Fright to the Finish
- This article is about the final episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. For the movie, see Kirby: Fright to the Finish.
Fright to the Finish is the 100th episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series, and continues the story from the previous episode: Combat Kirby. In this episode, Kirby and his companions aboard the Halberd infiltrate eNeMeE's Fortress and do battle with the fortress' master directly. During the fight, Tiff is captured by eNeMeE and used to lure Kirby into the depths of the fortress while King Dedede and Escargoon get even with the N.M.E. Sales Guy for all the scams he pulled on them and the others prepare a bomb inside the fortress to blow it up. Once Kirby arrives in eNeMeE's sanctum, eNeMeE proceeds to assault him using nightmares to torment his dreams, but Tiff pulls out the Warp Star and tosses it to Kirby, who eats it to gain the Star Rod Copy Ability and uses it to finally destroy eNeMeE. Having earlier lost the Halberd, the crew is forced to return to Dream Land using the Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter, and heads through just as the receiver in Castle Dedede is repaired. Once they escape, the bombs planted detonate and destroy Night Mare Enterprises, finally ridding the universe of their dominion and allowing the Dream Landers to live in peace.
This episode is the final part of the five-part finale to Kirby: Right Back at Ya! called Kirby: Fright to the Finish. It also marks the last appearance of the Bomb Copy Ability and the only appearance of the Star Rod ability in the anime series.
The following characters appear in this episode:
|Cast of "Fright to the Finish"|
|"He has led us into a trap!"|
|"eNeMeE's really a living nightmare, so the only place you could beat him was inside a dream."|
|"And I ain't even got a way to order me no more monsters!"|
|"It's too late, child. Kirby is about to face his worst nightmare!"|
|"If you'd like to negotiate, you'll have to speak with my boss!"|
|*garbled* "-gonna blow!"|
|"That's what I'm tellin' ya! I found this on the floor!"|
|"Hey! Let's set off a blast up there and wreck the place! That'll stop N.M.E.!"|
|"Kirby beat eNeMeE and now we're gonna destroy this place!"|
|"That's where they control the fortress!"|
|"I guess Kirby's gonna beat us once and for all, Sire."|
|"Must be the command center!"|
|"Don't worry. I'm comin' along to provide backup support!"|
|"I hate to tell ya this, Meta Knight, but I got some bad news for ya! Three Destroyas got through. They're headed your way!"|
|"-our children won't be able to return!"|
|"But there must be some way we can get out of here."|
|"There's the monster delivery system!"|
|"It's no use! This confounding contraption won't work!"|
|"It's just been totally pulverized!"|
|"Kirby and his crew have actually done it!"|
|"If that transport machine isn't fixed in a few seconds, Curio-"|
|"Good luck, my friends!"|
|"Then it's up to us to destroy his fortress somehow!"|
|"This bird ain't no chicken!"|
|"Why don't you guys go?"|
The episode begins where Combat Kirby left off, as the crew of the Halberd chase after eNeMeE deep within his fortress. They attempt to open fire on eNeMeE, but the blast from the Halberd's cannon is absorbed into the void inside eNeMeE's cloak and does nothing. Meta Knight realizes too late that they have been led into a trap, and all of the turrets inside the fortress open fire on the Halberd. Meta Knight orders the ship to turn around and get out, but they are trapped inside by a closing gate, forcing them to take cover inside a tight crevice inside the chamber. As this is happening, Kirby is goaded by King Dedede and Escargoon to exit the ship and fight directly as several Air Riders close in on the ship. Kirby inhales their missile fire to gain the Bomb Copy Ability and then commandeers a Winged Star to battle them. Once they are defeated, Kirby proceeds to destroy the nearest turrets to prevent them firing on the Halberd, while Tiff comments that the dream training he received from Kabu in Air-Ride-in-Style - Part II is paying off. As they watch this, King Dedede and Escargoon get a call from the N.M.E. Sales Guy, and he directs their attention to eNeMeE, who uses his hypnotic gaze to mind-control them. On his command, King Dedede and Escargoon abduct Tiff and carry her off the ship. As they head along a moving platform, Kirby spots them from the air and gives chase.
Seeing them go, Meta Knight and the others endeavor to form their own plan to destroy the fortress, while Chief Bookem finds the cell phone that King Dedede dropped earlier and shows it to Meta Knight. While Kirby flies after King Dedede and Escargoon, he spots more Air Riders looking to attack him. Kirby swallows the flames they spit at him to gain the Fire Copy Ability. Fire Kirby proceeds to use his ability to defeat these Air Riders, but in the process, he loses sight of Tiff. Back at the Halberd, the crew manages to tap into the phone's data and uses it to locate the source of its signal. Chef Kawasaki recommends setting up explosives at this central location within the fortress, so he ends up getting tagged to carry out the operation with Kit Cosmos acting as backup. Meanwhile, King Dedede and Escargoon deliver Tiff to the command center, where they meet the N.M.E. Sales Guy in person for the first time, and find out what he looks like in full view. From here, Tiff is picked up by eNeMeE directly, who carries her away. As this happens, Kirby sees him and follows as eNeMeE leads him deeper into the fortress straight into another trap.
As the N.M.E. Sales Guy and his guests watch this from the command center, King Dedede decides to toy with him by ordering some food from Chef Kawasaki, who delivers it in a jiffy. King Dedede then forces some of the dish into the N.M.E. Sales Guy's mouth. As Chef Kawasaki has them distracted, Kit Cosmos and Tokkori finish affixing the bombs and start the timer. As this is happening, Kirby chases eNeMeE into a room resembling a giant chessboard, last seen in Kirby's Duel Role. After dropping Tiff on the chessboard, eNeMeE taunts them, and Fire Kirby attempts to attack, but his fire breath is absorbed by eNeMeE's cloak. Back outside, the three rogue Destroyas from Combat Kirby continue to mop up the other Destroyas, but some of them escape into the fortress. Seeing this, the team contacts Meta Knight and tells him that trouble is on its way. At that moment, the Destroyas enter and bombard the Halberd, disabling its guns and forcing the crew to evacuate. As the Halberd is destroyed, it sends out a shockwave that takes the Destroyas with it, allowing the crew to get away safely. With no way to escape, the crew realizes that they are in trouble when the bombs go off. Meta Knight then suggests they can all use the Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter to get back to Dream Land, and, reluctantly, they all head to the command center.
Meanwhile, Kirby runs out of Fire breath and is exhausted after not leaving a scratch on eNeMeE. eNeMeE takes advantage of this opportunity and projects himself into Kirby's dreams to torment him while forcing Tiff to watch. Tiff calls for the Warp Star, and eNeMeE mocks her for this, but Tiff then pulls out the Warp Star that she was keeping on her person this whole time, and tosses it to Kirby to inhale, going against eNeMeE's expectations. Kirby then gains the Star Rod ability, and promptly uses it against eNeMeE, who is astounded that Kirby found his only weakness. As Tiff and Kirby wake from the dream, eNeMeE writhes in pain as he is dispelled and finally defeated. Tiff comments on how he really was just a living nightmare, and congratulates Kirby for finding his weakness and beating him. The two then hop on the Winged Star and ride back to the others. Once they reunite, they all travel to the command center and locate the monster delivery system. Hearing that his boss has been defeated, the N.M.E. Sales Guy runs off in a hurry. The remaining crew jumps aboard the teleporter and activates it, though King Dedede points out that the receiver on his end is busted. Regardless, they jump in, and the very next second, the bomb goes off, destroying the command center and taking the fortress with it as the rogue Destroya pilots get away.
Back in Dream Land, Professor Curio is attempting to repair the Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter in Castle Dedede, but is panicking as he is lacking a crucial piece. Just in time for the former Halberd crew to return, Captain Waddle Doo finds the piece and gives it to Curio to insert. With this done, the teleporter activates and the crew return safely to Dream Land. As a new day rises on Dream Land, the Cappies gather to look over their newly rebuilt town, though Castle Dedede is still in shambles. King Dedede groans about how he can't order monsters anymore, and Meta Knight taunts him by handing him the cell phone from earlier, only to have it show a static screen. The episode - and the whole series - ends as Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby look out to the rising sun and wrap up the story.
Dialogue differences between versions
- In the Japanese version, when Customer Service reveals himself in person, Escargon comments that even he is Kirby-sized. Customer Service responds by explaining that his physique is the way it is "to fit with the show's setting", astutely breaking the Fourth wall.
- In the Japanese version, when Fumu is trying to warn Kirby against following her while in Nightmare's clutches, Nightmare taunts her by saying if he is still an illusion, then she must be as well.
- In the Japanese version, Nightmare threatens that he will turn Kirby into one of his pawns on the giant chessboard, serving as his grave.
- In the Japanese version, Kirby cries out "FIRE!!" as he spews fire at Nightmare, and "STAR ROD!!" as he uses the Star Rod.
- In the Japanese version, Nightmare has one last line to deliver after he is dispelled while Fumu and Kirby fly back to their friends. He says (translated) "True to my name, I am but a dream that lives in your heart. Therefore, I am immortal. For as long as there is fear in your heart, I will someday return."
- In the Japanese version, Customer Service can be heard crying out as the fortress is destroyed, taking him with it.
- In the Japanese version, Fumu ends the episode by commenting on how much stronger and more capable Kirby has become as a Star Warrior.
- This episode marks the only time that King Dedede has ever complimented Chef Kawasaki's cooking.
- It is unclear how the Dream Landers back at the castle knew that they needed to get the Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter fixed in time for their comrades to return home.
Names in other languages
||Fly! Kirby of the Stars|
(This name is also used for a song from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.)