- This article is about the episode involving the Pukey Flower, and should not be confused with The Flower Plot, which involves Lovely.
Flower Power is the 18th (16th in the 4Kids broadcast) episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, Kirby is put into an unrelenting sleep after inhaling a Noddy, and after taking a hit to his ego due to his responsibility for the event, Tuff resolves to travel to Babagahara and use the Pukey Flower to wake Kirby up, meanwhile being openly assisted by Fololo & Falala and secretly assisted by Tiff and Meta Knight. After a series of close calls, they manage to reach the flower in a deep cave, only to discover that it is a monster, and King Dedede and Escargoon had planned this happenstance as a trap to get Kirby eaten by it. After Meta Knight struggles with the Pukey Flower, Tuff gets over himself and helps fight the monster off, using its petals to wake Kirby up and allow him to pin the flower down using the Needle ability, then allowing Meta Knight to finish it off with a torch.
This episode marks the debut of the Needle Copy Ability in the anime series. It also marks the first time that Tuff has been the central character of an episode.
The following characters appear in this episode:
|Cast of "Flower Power"|
|(Falala) "We're going with you!"
(Fololo) "We owe it to Kirby!"
|"It is better for Tuff to believe in himself right now."|
|"Well you owe it to Kirby! And so do the both of you! Now go out and find that Pukey Flower and bring it back here!"|
|"Well, it's all up to me, now!"|
|"Oh, look at that! It's on sale!"|
|(no dialogue)||Como makes a cameo appearance as one of the creatures Tuff must contend with.|
|"Noddy monsters can put their enemies into a deep sleep. I'm afraid little Kirby could sleep for a very long time. A century at worst."|
|"So long, Cappy Town. Hello, Nappy Town!"|
|"Heh! Looks like Kirby's all conked out!"|
|"What if your water log gets waterlogged?!"|
|"My dear, I'm not sure I like the idea of you picnicking by yourself!"|
The episode begins in Cappy Town, at Tuggle's grocery store. Kirby, Tuff, and Fololo & Falala are at the store picking out treats for a picnic, and Kirby grabs for himself a chocolate bar. As the group leaves, King Dedede and Escargoon arrive in their Armored Vehicle and dump one of the leftover Noddys from The Pillow Case into Kirby's proximity. Tuff encourages Kirby to inhale the Noddy, which he does, but this ends up putting Kirby into a deep sleep which he can't be awoken from. Having planned this, King Dedede and Escargoon drive off gloating. Later on, Tiff arrives with Falala at Doctor Yabui's clinic to check in on Kirby, who still cannot be awoken. Doctor Yabui explains to Tiff that Kirby had inhaled a Noddy and is now suffering a sleeping sickness which he may not wake from in their lifetimes. Fololo & Falala reveal that Tuff told Kirby to inhale, which draws Tiff's ire toward him for a moment, but Yabui breaks them up to tell them of a possible cure; the Pukey Flower, located in the depths of Babagahara. Tuff refuses to go into that dangerous jungle for Kirby's sake, so Tiff resolves to go by herself.
After bidding farewell to her parents, Tiff sets off on a log boat with Kirby in tow down the river toward the jungle. After she withstands a taunt from King Dedede and Escargoon, Tuff jumps onto the boat, throwing Tiff off, and proceeds to row forward intent on leaving her behind. After Fololo and Falala follow suit, Tiff gets pulled out of the river by Meta Knight. As Tuff and Fololo & Falala make it deeper into the jungle and continue on foot, Tiff and Meta Knight follow behind out of sight. Tuff quickly gets tired of carrying Kirby on his back, but refuses to let Fololo & Falala help. Soon, this leads to a struggle between them, which causes Kirby to fall out and into a massive cobweb. Soon, a large Como appears to eat Kirby, and Tiff tries to move in to help, but Meta Knight urges her to stay back and let Tuff handle it. Tuff panics and throws a stick at Como, but it misses. At the same time, however, a stone from elsewhere lands on Como's head, forcing it away. Tuff celebrates, thinking he hit it, which causes Tiff to comment on this to Meta Knight, but the masked swordsman insists that Tuff should be allowed this confidence.
After the group retrieves Kirby, Tuff gloats to Fololo & Falala about his aim, but they doubt him, causing him to get mad and throw a ball of spiderweb at them, but he misses and hits a bees nest. The group then has to run away from the angered bees, causing Tuff to trip down a cliff and into a bog. After the bees disperse, Tuff goes to collect Kirby, but he gets caught in quicksand on the pool bottom and starts sinking. As Fololo & Falala approach to help, Meta Knight slashes a tree which falls into the bog and gives Tuff something to grab onto. That evening, the group sets up camp, intent on continuing their search the next day, as Tiff and Meta Knight comment further on the situation. Come dawn, the group ventures onward and finds a cave entrance which resembles a skull. The group enters the cave, but are soon forced out by a giant yellow cobra who chases them. Meta Knight dispatches the cobra by slamming a log in its mouth, then dropping a boulder tied to it from a rope to send it flying down a cliff. Tuff once again believes he managed to scare the monster off and gloats, much to Tiff's frustration.
With that obstacle out of the way, the group sets off into the cave. After coming up to a crossroad, Fololo & Falala use a false disagreement to get Tuff to choose the direction they wanted him to. After a short trek, the group then discovers the Pukey Flower dormant in a large opening in the cave. As the group approaches, the large bud quivers and then opens, revealing the flower inside. After marveling at this, the group approaches, but the flower then sends out a bunch of Venus fly-trap like appendages to capture them. Meta Knight steps in and cuts these down, freeing them and revealing himself in the process. Meta Knight then explains that this was a trap set by King Dedede, having spied on them back at the castle before coming out to Babagahara. Tuff becomes upset that Tiff had brought Meta Knight along, complaining that she doesn't trust him, while Meta Knight proceeds to battle the Pukey Flower. Tuff tries to walk away, dejected, but the others stop him, reminding him of his responsibility toward Kirby. As this happens, Meta Knight starts to lose the fight, as his Galaxia is knocked away from him.
Finding new resolve, Tuff runs in to help, but he is captured again as Meta Knight is further entangled. Despite this, Tuff, manages to worm his way to the flower's petals and pluck one, causing the monster to cry in pain and release Meta Knight. Tuff tosses the petal to Tiff, who uses it to wake Kirby, as he sneezes the Noddy he ate directly into one of the Pukey Flower's mouths, clogging its throat. Once fully stirred, Kirby begins inhaling, and manages to catch the spines on the Pukey Flower's base, transforming into Needle Kirby. Needle Kirby quickly uses his ability to pin down the monster. With the last of its strength, the Pukey Flower tries to eat Tuff, but Meta Knight finishes it off with a torch. Tuff makes amends with Tiff and Kirby, apologizing for how he acted, and Meta Knight compliments Tuff for his bravery. Kirby then finally unwraps the chocolate bar he was holding onto the whole time and eats it as the episode ends.
Dialogue differences between versions
- In the Japanese version, Lololo & Lalala mention they were tired after the first night's camp because they kept watch all night, rather than being kept up by Bun talking in his sleep.
- In the Japanese version, right before running in to help Meta Knight battle the Pukey Flower, Bun quietly comments on Kirby's desire for a picnic instead of shouting that he'll help Meta Knight.
- This episode marks the first time King Dedede has been in a secondary role for an episode.
- This episode features a cameo from Como, though it has been somewhat altered in design from its video game incarnation.
- The backpacks that Fololo & Falala are carrying have markings on the backs which are colored opposite to the character wearing each, complimenting each-other.
Names in other languages
Nemuri no Mori no Pinku Bōru
|Pink Ball in the Sleeping Forest|
The title evokes the Japanese title of the story of Sleeping Beauty, 眠れる森の美女 (Beauty in the Sleeping Forest), which follows the original French title of Charles Perrault's version of the story ("La Belle au bois dormant").
|French||La fleur de jouvence||The flower of youth|
The use of the archaic word "jouvence" for "youth" suggests an allusion to "la fontaine de jouvence" (meaning "the fountain of youth") or other similar rejuvenating magical entities or treatments.
|German||Der Duft der Pucki-Blume||The Smell of the Pukey Flower|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Flor do Poder||Power Flower|