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Kine's Theme

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Kine's Theme
First 30 seconds of Kine's Theme from various Kirby media.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995)
Last appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (2023)
Other appearance(s) Kirby: Canvas Curse
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Composer(s) Tadashi Ikegami[1]
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Kine's Theme is the musical piece associated with Kine which plays whenever Kirby is riding on him through normal stages in Kirby's Dream Land 2. It was composed by Tadashi Ikegami.[1]

Composition[edit]

Kirby and Kine taking a dip with Squishy.

Kine's Theme is a somewhat slower-paced and laid-back tune, characterized by the contrast between its steady percussion and its main melody. Its two main verses run in 4/4 time signature, and are equal to each-other in length. Notably, the introductory verse which does not loop in the song is fairly long in and of itself, being half the length of one of the main verses.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Dream Land 2[edit]

Kine's Theme first appeared in Kirby's Dream Land 2, along with the character it is named for. The song plays whenever Kirby is paired with Kine while in a standard stage, and overrides the stage's main theme. The song does not play in boss stages, Bonus Chances, or Level Hubs.

Kirby: Canvas Curse[edit]

A remix of Kine's Theme plays in Silver Submarine. It features a slower tempo compared to the original, and various parts of the melody are slightly changed.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kine's Theme plays as the theme for a few stages in Onion Ocean. It has been re-orchestrated, its tempo sped up a little, and a few extra verses have been added. This can be seen as a somewhat odd musical cameo, as Kine himself does not appear in this game outside of a Stone transformation.

This version of the song is titled Happy Mambo. This is a pun on the music genre, the mambo, as well as the name for Kine's species, the ocean sunfish (マンボウ manbou in Japanese). The song is arranged by Hirokazu Ando[2].

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, "Happy Mambo" makes a reappearance in Wild World - Stage 7 EX.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

A calm remix of Kine's Theme can be heard in Swept Out to Sea. Notably, it has a small new intro, underwater ambient sounds spread during the whole piece, and the main melody is played by a piano.

Other appearances[edit]

Kine's Theme can be heard as the second piece of the track Kirby's Dream Land 2 Animal Friends Medley from the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert. As a medley, it's paired with Rick's Theme and Coo's Theme. Notably, the song is played in a lower key than usual, and primarily focuses on oboes. This version is arranged by Shogo Sakai.

A short remix of this theme was featured in Kirby Pupupu Train, and it is included on the Kirby Pupupu Train Eki-melo Collection under the name リップルフィールド駅 (Ripple Field Station).

On the Kirby 30th Anniversary Site, the original version of the theme plays when viewing Kirby number 13 ("Nakama to Isshoni").

Names in other languages[edit]

"Happy Mambo"[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハッピーマンボー
happī manbō
Happy Mambo
Traditional Chinese 快樂曼波
kuài lè màn bō
Happy Mambo
Simplified Chinese 快乐曼波
kuài lè màn bō
Dutch Vrolijke mambo Cheerful mambo
French Joyeux mambo Happy mambo
German Munterer Mambo Cheerful Mambo
Italian Mambo allegro Cheerful mambo
Korean 해피 맘보
haepi mambo
Happy Mambo
Portuguese Mambo feliz Happy mambo
Spanish Mambo feliz Happy mambo


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert pamphlet interview
  2. Kirby: Triple Deluxe Jukebox