Nightmare Fuel: Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Surely such a bright and innocent show based on such a bright and innocent series
couldn't have its moments
, could it? Wrong!
- The demon beasts (or in the English dub, monsters) are primarily filled with this. Most are actively violent and willing to cause harm, and with some imagination, it's pretty much guaranteed to score some frights. For example..
- Dedede in the dub is a parody of George Bush, and a hilarious one at that, but in the original, his idiocy leads to active death threats, and attempts at murder (usually of children), nearly every episode. He also holds a Book Burning to cover up the fact that he doesn't know how to read. The more you look, the clearer it is that he's a bit more than a harmless buffoon who only holds the title of King because the Cappies let him.
- Some of the deaths can get a little more violent than might be expected from a kids show. Examples are burning to death, getting slashed in half, eaten (though that one is to be expected to an extent, given that it is Kirby), launched into the sun, and disintegration, among others.
- And the grand prize goes to Scare Tactics (Japanese title: A Midsummer Night's Scream) Part 2. OH GOD. From the numerous horror movie references (including an homage to the shower scene from Psycho), the ghosts (like a plasma ghost that leaps at the camera, and a baby ghost with a seriously disturbed face) to a seemingly bleeding skull (it was red paint, but still) to that clock room, to a torture room (containing Dedede's apparent death, complete with more red paint blood) to the chaos of it all, and the fact that it's an elaborate death trap Haunted House that Holy Nightmare Co./NME sent over without anyone knowing initially. In the end the place burns down, thanks to a mishap with Fire Kirby. If you want to see it in full detail, watch it yourself in whatever form you may prefer (English, Japanese with subtitles)... it got a few cuts in the dub, but this could only lower the horror level so much.
- Escargone (Japanese title: Forgotten Escargon). The episode is about Escargo(o)n not being recognized by anyone at all, due to the demon beast known as Erasem/Boukyakku entering his mind. The only way it can be driven out so that he can be remembered again is to essentially torture him until it leaves, though the Looney Tunes-esque silliness of the torture methods in question can leave you not quite knowing if you should be horrified or laughing. It's ripe with Paranoia Fuel, and the fact that it actually lives at the end only adds to that.
- Escargoon Squad. Very similar to Scare Tactics, it features Escargoon attempting to get revenge. Such examples include a FREAKING TORTURE/GHOST ROOM THAT SCARES DEDEDE CRAPLESS. Also, one lightning flash causes Dedede to go into a horrific state of distortion, almost to the point of being unrecognizable.
- The Holy Nightmare/Nightmare Enterprises Theme from the original version is surprisingly terrifying and mysterious.
- Nightmare himself really lives up to his name in this anime series. Not only did he conquer countless planets, he also wiped out an entire resistance group (with Meta Knight being the Sole Survivor) and sent a meteor crashing into Pop Star. And since his only weakness was the Star Rod, he was completely unstoppable until Kirby arrived to do so. Even worse in the Japanese version, where he would always exist as long as there was darkness in people's hearts.
- Even in the very first scene in the series. It shows a flock of sheep being attacked and devoured by a giant octopus. It even shows their bones and skulls fall to the ground afterwards.