Island Sisters

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Island Sisters
Island Sisters.png
Artwork of the Island Sisters from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Details
First episode Caterpillar Thriller
Last episode Tooned Out (cameo)
Main role Guest stars
Voice actor(s) Tara Sands and Amy Birnbaum (English)
Yuko Mizutani and Madoka Akita (Japanese)
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The Island Sisters are a pair of tiny twin fairies from Kirby: Right Back at Ya! who live with Mosugaba on the Embrya Island in the South Seas. They have a peculiar bond with the giant monster Mosugaba, and have the power to both summon and calm the giant insect using their singing. To take advantage of this, the Island Sisters are kidnapped by Night Mare Enterprises and forced to call Mosugaba to Dream Land for King Dedede. After causing a stir in the kingdom, Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby reunite the sisters with Mosugaba and they return to their island in peace.

The Island Sisters are based on the Shobijin from the film Mothra.

Characteristics[edit]

The Island Sisters are two tiny twin girls with sparkling eyes and tan skin. They wear a rough two-piece outfit and have long light-blue hair with blossoms on their heads, as well as orange hoop earrings. Their anatomy is similar to Tiff's, as they have defined arms and hands, but only two stubby green Kirby-like feet and no legs.

The Island Sisters either speak in unison or finish each-others' sentences, and only desire to live in peace on Embrya Island with Mosugaba. They have the ability to both summon and calm Mosugaba using their singing, which can be heard by the creature from extreme distances.

Mosugaba's song[edit]

In the Japanese version, the song that the Twin Nuts sing to Mosugaba has very peculiar lyrics. It is based upon "Mothra's Song", and while describing characteristics of Mosugaba, it also contains references to both Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. The lyrics are as follows:

Mosugaba, ya!
Mosugaba!
Although you are large,
you are also a flying angel
Our branch office is the
Kanda building,
in tiny Yamanashi prefecture,
that's HAL.
Can't get enough
to eat.
Mosugaba, ya!
Mosugaba!
Mosugaba, ya!
Mosugaba, ya!

モスガバーや
モスガバー
大きいけれど
堂天任
支社は 神田の
ビル
小っちゃいな
山梨県 HALは
食い物に
困るよ
モスガバーや
モスガバー
モスガバーや
モスガバーや

Mosugabā ya
Mosugabā
ōkīkeredo
dō ten'nin
shisha wa Kanda no
biru
ko tcha ina
yamanashi ken haru wa
kuimono ni
komaru yo
Mosugabā ya
Mosugabā
Mosugabā ya
Mosugabā ya

The line "you are also a flying angel" is transcribed from Japanese as "do-tennin". This word is an anagram of the word "Nintendo". The lyrics also reference HAL Laboratory's former headquarters in Japan's Yamanashi prefecture: the Kanda building, which appears in Kirby's Stone transformations in some of the games.

The song reappears in instrumental form in Kirby Mass Attack and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, as "Desert Scorcher" and "More Dig and Dash", respectively.

Role in Caterpillar Thriller[edit]

The Island Sisters use their singing to calm Mosugaba after they are freed.
Main article: Caterpillar Thriller

In Caterpillar Thriller, the Island Sisters are kidnapped from their home on Embrya Island by Night Mare Enterprises. From there, they are sent through the Night Mare Enterprises Teleporter in a cage to Castle Dedede, and King Dedede commands them to summon their guardian monster to Dream Land using their singing.

Later on, while Mosugaba is antagonizing Kirby, Escargoon decides he has had enough allergies and gives Tiff the key to the Island Sisters' cage. After being freed, the Island Sisters sing to calm Mosugaba down, ending the conflict. Kirby then delivers the Island Sisters to Mosugaba, and they fly home.

Trivia[edit]

  • The light pattern in the Island Sisters' eyes is a reference to the symbol used to summon Mothra in the film Mothra.
  • The Island Sisters later cameo as posters in the episode Tooned Out.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ザ・ツインナッツ
Za Tsuin Nattsu
The Twin Nuts
(this name is based on the music duo The Peanuts, who play Mothra's twin fairies in the film Mothra.)