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My Friend and the Sunset

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My Friend and the Sunset
Various arrangements of "My Friend and the Sunset".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby Super Star (1996)
Last appearance Kirby's Dream Buffet (2022)
Other appearance(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Battle Royale
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"My Friend and the Sunset",[1] also titled "Revenge of Meta Knight: Ending",[2] is a recurring musical theme in the Kirby series composed by Jun Ishikawa. The track was first used in Kirby Super Star, serving as the ending musical theme of Revenge of Meta Knight which plays during the credits sequence, itself titled "Friends and Sun". It has since been heard in various forms in several other games in the series, generally being associated with Meta Knight as a character. The track has also made appearances outside the video games, notably in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert and The Sound of Kirby Café 2.

Composition[edit]

This theme is a jazzy blues song in the key of A minor, set at about 75 beats per minute. The song bears a striking resemblance to the traditional folk song "The House of the Rising Sun", particularly the 1964 blues cover by British rock band The Animals. One similarity worth noting is that both songs are set in 6/8 time, with prominent use of guitar arpeggios outlining the rhythm. The main instrument used is a trumpet, with a Hammond organ as accompaniment.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

"My Friend and the Sunset" first plays at the end of Revenge of Meta Knight.

In the Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra game Revenge of Meta Knight, this theme plays during the ending Theater movie "Friends and Sun": The Halberd is destroyed, Kirby manages to escape with Wheelie, and every Helper in this game is shown on the screen before the duo ride off into the sunset.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse[edit]

A remix of this theme can be unlocked by collecting one of the Treasure Chests found in the Volcanic Panic stage, to then be played in the game's Music Room (Track 029). Here it is titled "Revenge of Meta Knight: Ending".

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, this theme is remixed as the level complete theme of Meta Knightmare Returns the Sub-Game. The remix is titled "Brothers in Arms"[3] which refers to the bond between Meta Knight and his Meta-Knights. This version can be found as Track 139 in the game's Jukebox.

This theme and "King Dedede's Theme" are also mashed up into Dedede Clones & D3's theme, "Dedede's Tridimensional Cannon".[3]

Kirby Battle Royale[edit]

"Brothers in Arms" from Kirby: Planet Robobot is used in this game during Dedede's Cake Royale. It appears in the Music Collection as "Cake Royale 9" and plays during Meta Knight's dialogue after he is defeated at the end of the Gold League, as he congratulates Kirby and Bandana Waddle Dee for their victory. It is not used anywhere else in the game, but can be accessed and purchased in the Collection after hearing it once.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

In Kirby Star Allies, this theme is remixed as the boss battle theme of Meta Knight at the Sacred Square stage. This version is called 友と交わるその剣の音 (Friend and the Sound of Those Crossing Blades) in the Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack and can be found as Track 035 in the game's Jukebox.

A small portion of the theme also plays whenever Meta Knight appears as a Dream Friend, thus solidifying the association between the theme and Meta Knight as a character. This jingle is called メタナイト見参! (Meta Knight Spotted!) in the Original Soundtrack and can be found as Track 131 in the game's Jukebox.

A faint whistle of this theme can also be heard before the duel in Meta Knight's boss room, prior to initiating the fight with him. It is not clear if Meta Knight himself is whistling the theme.

The music that plays when battling Parallel Meta Knight and Parallel Dedede also features this theme. It is called 異空をかけた剣王との戦い (Sword King Battle Gambling Over Another World) in the Original Soundtrack and can be found as Track 193 in the game's Jukebox.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, an extended remix of this theme, incorporating the main theme of the game, plays in the credits that plays after beating Chapter 4 of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land[edit]

Meta Knight's battle theme in this game, titled "Sword of the Surviving Guardian", incorporates a new remix of the theme by Yuuta Ogasawara, though the inclusion of other motifs and variations building up cause the most apparent use of "My Friend and the Sunset" to be found shortly before the loop point. The most prominent melodic instruments are a bass guitar, saxophone, and trumpet in key of E minor, and the instruments take turns with the melody and harmony throughout the track. Notably, the leitmotif of "My Friend and the Sunset" itself has been altered and slightly extended, differing greatly from previous usages. The last third has been pitch-altered, and the lone ending chord of prior versions has been replaced with a new series of notes, ending the motif more energetically. Finally, many of the phrases in the track open with a similar arpeggio to the one found as the first three notes in almost every phrase in the parent theme.

Kirby's Dream Buffet[edit]

The arrangement from Kirby and the Forgotten Land can be unlocked as a Race music titled Kirby and the Forgotten Land: Bonus Song 1 if the game detects save data for Kirby and the Forgotten Land on the user's Switch. It can also play randomly during Free Rolling mode.

Other appearances[edit]

The original version of "My Friend and the Sunset" was included in the compilation album The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks, where it is titled メタナイトの逆襲:エンディング (Revenge of Meta Knight: Ending).

A short remix of "My Friend and the Sunset" appears in the Japanese version of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! in the episode Escar-Gone, shortly before Escargoon bumps into Kirby in a countryside. This theme also was included in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Sound Plus as track 36, where it is titled after the Japanese name of the episode in question.

Covers of "My Friend and the Sunset" have been performed in the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert (Track 3: King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley), as well as in The Sound of Kirby Café 2 CD (Track 5: Coffee Shop of Twilight and Starry Skies). In both performances, the track is played in a medley with other musical themes.

On Kirby 30th Anniversary Site, the Kirby Super Star Ultra arrangement plays when viewing Kirby number 18 ("Friend, Sunset, and...").

"My Friend and the Sunset" is the last song featured in the "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" in Taiko no Tatsujin. Unlike the other songs, it is not playable, and instead begins after the medley is cleared — fitting its original appearance.

Trivia[edit]

Video gallery[edit]

Video of the "Revenge of Meta Knight Medley" in Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow Ver.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 友と夕陽と…[4]
Tomo to Yūhi to…
メタナイトの逆襲ぎゃくしゅう:END[2]
Metanaito no gyakushū: Endo
Friend, Sunset, and…
Meta Knight Strikes Back: END
"Meta Knight Strikes Back" is the Japanese name of Revenge of Meta Knight.
French La Vengeance de Meta Knight : Fin[2] The Revenge of Meta Knight: End
German Meta-Knights Rache: Ende[2] Meta Knight's Revenge: End
Italian La vendetta di Meta Knight: fine[2] The revenge of Meta Knight: end
Latin American Spanish Meta Knight vengador[2] Avenger Meta Knight
European Spanish La venganza de Meta Knight: Fin[2] The Revenge of Meta Knight: End


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