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Prelude: Into the Distant Sea of Stars

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Prelude: Into the Distant Sea of Stars
Sample of "Prelude: Into the Distant Sea of Stars" from Kirby Star Allies.
Debut appearance Kirby Star Allies (2018)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Prelude: Into the Distant Sea of Stars"[Japanese title] is an ambient theme from Kirby Star Allies that plays just before the big battle with Void Termina. It was produced by Jun Ishikawa[1] and it is track 113 in the Jukebox.


The adventurers approach the battlefield.

As the name implies, "Into the Distant Sea of Stars" acts as the prelude to "Suite: The Star-Conquering Traveler". The track is fairly short due to being an ambient theme, and it consists of outer space-like sounds and vibrations to mirror the tension of what awaits Kirby. To add on, there is also faint tubular bell-like sounds playing in the background that appear to be in D major, perhaps recalling the gamelan sounds used in Hyness's themes. As the bells fade away, the ambient sounds intensify, signaling that the battle with Void Termina is about to begin.

According to an interview provided in Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack, the area before Void Termina's battle was originally not supposed to have any music, instead reflecting the silence of space by only having the sparkling sound effects of the Star Allies Sparkler. The idea was to build anticipation toward Void Termina's appearance and his loud roar.

Because Jun Ishikawa's favorite part of "The Star-Conquering Traveler" (by Hirokazu Ando) was the introduction of the first movement, and that he felt he couldn't match Ando's "flashiness", he decided to create a track that would serve the purpose of making the introduction stand out. Thus, he created "a soundscape that was neither outer space nor dreams, neither music nor sound effects", in which a hint of Hyness could be heard, and then gradually faded away to give way to the reveal of Void Termina. Shinya Kumazaki stated that this was "a good song that was created through telepathy"; compatible ideas were shared without having to speak them aloud.[2]

Other appearances[edit]

Fittingly, "Prelude: Into the Distant Sea of Stars" starts off the "Suite: The Star-Conquering Traveler" medley from the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival. The tubular bells are much more apparent in this version of the theme. The medley itself is the tenth in the concert, and was both arranged and conducted by Megumi Ohara.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 序奏じょそうほし絶海ぜっかい[3]
josō: hoshi no zekkai e
Prelude: To the Distant Sea of Stars