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Judgment of the Malus Pumila

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Judgment of the Malus Pumila

"Judgment of the Malus Pumila":
"VS Darpa-Dippa-Dupas" / "VS Flock of Doomers":
"Hot! Elemental Boss Battle":
"Onward to a Pain My Heart Knows Well":
"Settling a Score - Atone for One's Misdeeds!":
"Crossing into the Parallel with You":

Various arrangements of "Judgment of the Malus Pumila".
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Composer(s) Yuki Shimooka[1]
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"Judgment of the Malus Pumila" is the main theme associated with Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, composed by Yuki Shimooka[1]. This song mainly plays in the hub area of this Extra Mode, and is also incorporated as a main leitmotif into other songs associated with this mode.


Judgment of the Malus Pumila is an orchestral theme composed in a 4/4 time signature at 152 beats per minute. The song is played primarily in the key of A Minor, while some leitmotifs in the song play in other minor scales, notably within the range of D to F-sharp Minor. It features a prominent usage of trumpets, violins, and minor instruments like xylophone and harpsichord incorporated into smaller side melodies. A bell-like sound resembling the one used in C-R-O-W-N-E-D also plays throughout the main beat of the song. The song features excerpts of other leitmotifs from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, mainly the ones that are associated with Magolor himself.

In the song's intro, "Road to Victory" is incorporated as part of it, before playing the first original melody featured in the song. Afterwards, the song switches to 3/4 time signature and to the key of D Minor (while still retaining its original tempo) to play the "Limitless Power" leitmotif, which is associated with the "Let Me Explain Everything" cutscene. It then gradually switches key to F Minor before moving on to the opening notes of "Welcome Your New Overlord", used to transition into the second original melody of the song. This melody features excerpts of "Magolor, the Far-Flung Traveler" incorporated into different parts, and pitches up key by one semitone halfway through it.

Near the end of the song, the opening notes of Welcome Your New Overlord play again, and parts of C-R-O-W-N-E-D and Road to Victory are played before the song slows down and reverts back to its original key. Finally, an excerpt from A Visitor from Afar (specifically the part that plays when Kirby and friends enter the Lor Starcutter in the opening cutscene) plays while accompanied by digital static and signal interference sound effects, before looping back again to the first melody of the song.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

"Judgment of the Malus Pumila" first plays on the main menu for Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler.

So far, "Judgment of the Malus Pumila"'s first and only appearance is in Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, where it is used as the main theme for Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, and plays on its own menu screen as well as the hub area. This song, especially the second melody featured halfway throughout, is incorporated into most of the tracks associated with this mode as a leitmotif. Judgment of the Malus Pumila can be found as Track 169 in the Jukebox.

The first song to make use of "Judgment of the Malus Pumila" as a leitmotif is "VS Darpa-Dippa-Dupas", a rearrangement of "VS Sphere Doomer". Near the end, a partially-rearranged version of the first melody of "Judgment of the Malus Pumila" plays at a time signature of 4/4. This arrangement was also composed by Yuki Shimooka and can be found as Track 172 in the Jukebox. "VS Flock of Doomers" (Track 182) is essentially an extension of the aforementioned song, and was also composed by Yuki Shimooka.

"Hot! Elemental Boss Battle", the main boss theme of Magolor Epilogue, features part of "Judgment of the Malus Pumila" incorporated into the song. It takes a bit of a deviation from the original melody, and part of Magolor, the Far-Flung Traveler plays to close it out and transition into the second section of the song.

A faster-paced, more intense version plays in the stages of Locandra Dimension. This arrangement is titled "Onward to a Pain My Heart Knows Well" and is composed by Hirokazu Ando. Notably, the second melody of "Judgment of the Malus Pumila" features a more distinct deviation from its original version which also intertwines with part of the second section of "Magolor, the Far-Flung Traveler". This song can be found as Track 181 in the Jukebox.

"Judgment of the Malus Pumila" is also incorporated as part of "Settling a Score - Atone for One's Misdeeds!", the Ultra Sword theme used in the Master Crown's boss battle. Its leitmotif is notably similar to the one featured in "Onward to a Pain My Heart Knows Well", and is rearranged alongside several leitmotifs related to Magolor to sound like "The World to Win". It is also arranged by Yuki Shimooka and appears as Track 185 in the Jukebox.

Lastly, the song is incorporated throughout the first section of Magolor Epilogue's credits theme, "Crossing into the Parallel with You". It is composed by Hirokazu Ando and can be found as Track 186 in the Jukebox.


  • Malus pumila is the scientific name for the common apple tree. This is among the few details in Magolor Epilogue that foreshadow the creation of the red fruit from Fruit Fragments, which resembles a large Gem Apple.
    • The Greek word "Malus" can mean "apple", "evil", and "mast (of a ship)", depending on the reading. Aside from the aforementioned connection to the red fruit, the latter two meanings are especially pertinent to Magolor, who commands a ship — the Lor Starcutter — and is being judged for his evil actions.
    • Interestingly, another name for the common apple produced by Malus pumila is "paradise apple". Magolor's name is derived from the Lor Starcutter, which in turn also has the word "Lor", meaning "paradise" in Hyness' language.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 断罪だんざいのマルスプミラ
Danzai no Marusu Pumira
Malus Pumila of Judgment
Chinese 定罪的智慧果
Dìngzuì de Zhìhuì Guǒ
Judgment From the Fruit of Knowledge
Dutch Het oordeel van Malus Pumila The judgment of Malus Pumila
French Le jugement du Malus Pumila The judgment of the Malus Pumila
German Urteil des Malus Pumila Judgment of the Malus Pumila
Italian Il giudizio della "malus pumila" The judgment of "malus pumila"
Korean 단죄의 말루스 푸밀라
dan-joe-ui mal-lu-seu pu-mil-la
Malus Pumila of Judgment
Portuguese O julgamento de "Malus Pumila" The judgment of "Malus Pumila"
Spanish El juicio de "Malus pumila" The judgment of "Malus Pumila"