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The King and the Sun

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The King and the Sun
Various arrangements of "The King and the Sun".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby Super Star Ultra (2008)
Last appearance Kirby Fighters 2 (2020)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa or Hirokazu Ando
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"The King and the Sun"[conjectural title] is a theme from Kirby Super Star Ultra that plays during the Revenge of the King staff credits cutscene. It serves as a parody version of the similarly named "My Friend and the Sunset".

Composition[edit]

The dejected King and Waddle Dees walk by the setting sun.

"The King and the Sun" is an arrangement of "King Dedede's Theme", stylized to sound like "My Friend and the Sunset", capitalizing on their innate similarity. As such, it is set in A minor and 6/8 time, and has similar instrumentation. It features a descending variant of the intro and accompaniment from "My Friend and the Sunset", followed by the second ("Peanut Plains") section of "King Dedede's Theme". Near its latter half, the theme diverges and resolves to tonic. From here, the first section of "King Dedede's Theme" continues. It gives way to a final section close to the second element of "My Friend and the Sunset" and diverged second phrase from "King Dedede's Theme". This stays in a prolonged dominant before looping.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, the theme plays during the cutscene "The King and the Sun" at the end of Revenge of the King.

Kirby Fighters 2[edit]

In Kirby Fighters 2, a faithful arrangement of "The King and the Sun" appears alongside "Kirby Fighters 2: The Destined Rivals" as the true ending staff credits cutscene. A major variation with its characteristic rhythm plays during the epilogue of the Final Chapter of Story Mode: The Destined Rivals alongside the game's aforementioned leitmotif and "My Friend and the Sunset".