Hour of the WolfWrath
Hour of the WolfWrath is the 26th (24th in the 4Kids broadcast) episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, King Dedede orders one of Night Mare Enterprises' most powerful monsters named WolfWrath to get rid of Kirby, but the monster runs haywire and starts setting Castle Dedede ablaze. Having fought this beast before, Meta Knight attempts to duel WolfWrath again, but gets one of his fangs embedded into his mask which paralyzes him. Sword Knight and Blade Knight pick up the fight while attempting to keep the other castle residents safe, recounting to them that Meta Knight protecting the two from WolfWrath in the past was the reason they are loyal to him. Against Tiff's wishes, Kirby grabs Meta Knight's sword Galaxia and joins the fight against the monster, and he and the two warriors manage to kill him once and for all after a lengthy fight, saving Meta Knight in the process.
This episode marks the first appearance of the Galaxia ability, and is the final episode of Season 1. It also marks the first time Sword Knight and Blade Knight have been in leading roles for an episode.
The following characters appear in this episode:
|Cast of "Hour of the WolfWrath"|
|"He can't wake up unless his sorry sally WolfWrath is defeated!"||This episode marks one of the few times where Blade Knight can be at least somewhat understood in the 4Kids dub.|
|"Listen to me, both of you! Protect Kirby no matter what! I will deal with WolfWrath!"|
|"Blade, I can't believe it! It's here! WolfWrath is here!"|
|"But we just served the King a ten-course meal!"|
|"Ah. I don't think it's housebroken!"|
|(Fololo) "That monster's not around here...yet."
(Falala) "But it'll keep looking 'til it finds us!"
|"I don't care nothin' about its temperature! All I want it to do is get rid of that pink pest Kirby!"|
|"What a try-ifying experience!"|
|"I'm afraid WolfWrath doesn't take too well to training, Triple D. He's kind of a hot dog, and if you try to break him, you'll get burned!"|
|"Really? So how come you didn't keep your promise to him to protect Kirby?"|
|"You guys sure are loyal to him. How'd you meet 'im?"|
The episode begins in Castle Dedede, as King Dedede is ordering a new monster from Night Mare Enterprises. Through the teleporter comes one of N.M.E.'s "hottest monsters" WolfWrath; a spiky red wolf with a wild temperament and fire-based abilities. The N.M.E. Sales Guy explains that WolfWrath is not to be taken lightly, and may attack King Dedede if he is not careful. As the monster runs free through the castle grounds, Sword Knight and Blade Knight spot WolfWrath - recognizing him right away - and run off to warn Meta Knight of the situation. King Dedede orders the Waddle Dees to lock up the castle grounds to prevent WolfWrath from escaping. The monster soon finds Kirby and Tuff out in the castle courtyard and attacks them. Meta Knight swoops in to defend them, and Sword and Blade soon step in as well with Tiff.
Meta Knight orders the others to get back while he deals with WolfWrath. As the fight commences, King Dedede and Escargoon watch from a surveillance camera. After a long running battle with the beast, Meta Knight is critically injured by WolfWrath, getting one of his fangs lodged into his mask, and collapses, as Sword and Blade recover their master. In a place of safety, the two attempt to pull the fang out but fail, and explain to the others that Meta Knight is still alive, but has been paralyzed, and cannot recover unless WolfWrath is destroyed. Sword and Blade then resolve to go after WolfWrath. Kirby attempts to follow, but Tiff stops him, fearing for his safety. WolfWrath continues to roam around the castle as the two soldiers attempt to track him down. They try to battle him in the kitchen, but WolfWrath creates a veil of smoke through the area and pin them down. Kirby steps in to inhale the smoke and then blow it back, throwing WolfWrath aside and giving Sword and Blade a chance to get away.
The group holes up along with Meta Knight in a small living chamber in the castle as Tiff patches Sword and Blade up. Tiff then scolds them for running recklessly into battle against Meta Knight's orders. Tuff then asks the two why they are so loyal to Meta Knight, and Sword and Blade recount the story. They explain that they had once been roadside bandits, and had attempted to rob Meta Knight on a roadside during the war against N.M.E., but he was being pursued by WolfWrath, and the monster soon started attacking them as well. Meta Knight defended them from the monster and drove him away, earning their gratitude. Sword and Blade then explain that WolfWrath re-energizes himself using fire, and can only be defeated by exposing him to water.
As King Dedede wolfs down his second ten-course meal of the day, he demands to know why WolfWrath has still not been contained, and Escargoon soon sees using the remaining cameras that the whole castle is burning. Seeing this, King Dedede orders the castle to be opened up again to let WolfWrath escape, and the Waddle Dees get to work extinguishing the flames. The sprinkler system activates, which drives WolfWrath into the courtyard and gives Sword and Blade an opportunity to battle him again. On his own initiative, Kirby pulls Meta Knight's sword Galaxia with the intent to help them, and jumps down against Tiff and Tuff's wishes. Tiff then calls the Warp Star, and Kirby uses it to bat WolfWrath away. The monster then leaves the castle down toward Cappy Town, but has to stop when a large pool appears in the way. Sword and Blade attempt to corner him there, and Kirby jumps in to help again. The Galaxia is knocked out his hands, but he inhales it to gain the Galaxia ability.
Kirby bats WolfWrath aside again, where he briefly gets his foot dipped into the pool, reeling in pain. This reminds Sword and Blade of how Meta Knight had bested WolfWrath in their first encounter, and they formulate a plan to force the monster into the pool. WolfWrath manages to knock Kirby away using more fireballs, but Sword and Blade run in and get a hold of him, dragging the beast into the pool. Kirby then regroups and finishes WolfWrath off using a Sword Beam, cutting him clean in half and finally killing him. The fang embedded in Meta Knight's mask breaks, allowing him to wake up. As Kirby poses with the Galaxia in hand, Sword and Blade look on, remembering the moment they swore loyalty to Meta Knight as the episode ends.
Dialogue differences between versions
- In the Japanese version, Customer Service describes Chili Dog as a monster born in the fires of Hell.
- In the Japanese version, there is no implication that Dedede had already eaten before ordering his cooks to prepare the meal. There is also no marching song as they bring the meal out.
- This is the first episode to end with a simple fade-out, rather than the star wipe which focuses on Kirby.
- This episode would later be included as a bonus feature on the DVD release of Kirby: Fright to the Finish.
Kirby knocks WolfWrath away using his Warp Star.
Names in other languages
Chūsei! Sōdo to Bureido
|Loyalty! Sword and Blade|
|German||Die Stunde des Wolfszorn||The Hour of the Wolfswrath|