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Dedede: Comin' at Ya! (Hoshi no Dedede in Japanese, meaning Dedede of the Stars) is an anime sponsored by NightMare Enterprises. The anime stars King Dedede As Himself fighting a monster named Kirby that threatens Cappy Town. It is Very Loosely Based on a True Story from an incident in Cappy Town where a monster called Octagon attacked. Despite an audience rating of 0.001% after the first episode aired, at least one more episode was produced, if not twenty.


Well, not really. This series does not exist; it's actually a Show Within a Show from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. However, while the series may not be real, the tropes it uses are...

Dedede: Comin' at Ya! provides examples of:

  • As Himself: Everyone except the sheep and Kabu are played by the Cappy Town resident they represent.
  • Adaptational Badass: Dedede has Power Copying that the real Cappy Town resident does not.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Dedede is hated by most of Cappy Town's residents for purchasing monsters, but here he is the savior of the town.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Kirby goes from the hero of Cappy Town to a horrible monster that threatens to destroy it.
  • Animation Bump: The opening's animation is much more professional than any of the actual episodes. Also, the amateur animation changes to a realistic and detailed style in the first episode during Dedede and Escargoon's meeting in the castle.
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  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The giant monster Kirby attacks Cappy Town.
  • Character Shilling: Dedede stops running from Kirby at one point so that he and Escargoon can praise each other.
  • Christmas Rushed: The animators were so behind schedule that some of the later scenes lacked color and backgrounds and the voice actors had no rehearsal session.
  • Creator Backlash: Various cast members found themselves criticizing the final product while it was in the process of airing. Some examples:
    • Escargoon complained about the anime's Off-Model artwork.
    • Tiff and Tuff were upset with the change of main character from Kirby to Dedede, especially because Kirby was the villain. They were displeased with the quality of the final product on its own merits too.
    • Meta Knight complained about his only line, saying that he couldn't make it sound cool. In English, he instead states that that would be something he would never say.
  • Death by Adaptation: The mayor and police chief of Cappy Town, who survived the Octagon incident, are stepped on and crushed by Kirby in this version.
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  • Gainax Ending: The first episode ends with a bunch of poorly-drawn pictures of Kirby before a Melting-Film Effect on a frame of Dedede's face.
  • Limited Animation: Several scenes have the characters stand around with only their mouths and the camera moving.
  • Melting-Film Effect: The first episode ends with the film melting on a drawing of Dedede.
  • Off-Model: The animation is amateurish and keeps changing the character designs all the time. The last half of the first episode lacks color in many scenes and often uses storyboards instead of actual animations.
  • Playing with Fire: Kirby attacks the residents of Cappy Town with fire breath, and Dedede inhales the breath to become Fire Dedede.
  • So Bad, It's Good: How the citizens of Cappy Town reacted to the second episode.
  • So Bad, It's Horribleinvoked: After the first episode aired, the real King Dedede was told that the final product was so terrible that the audience rating was 0.001%.
  • Stock Footage: Dedede jump roping at the start of the second episode is recycled from a test animation staff member Escargoon made as a proof-of-concept.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Behind the scenes, Tiff complained about the anime giving her Catchphrase to Escargoon. In English, Tiff sarcastically claims that Escargoon saying "suck it up!" to Dedede was something original.
  • Throw It In!: Apparently, the cast decided to improvise to make up for the increasingly-Off-Model animation.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: King Dedede, Escargoon, and Kirby are clearly the only ones who wanted to be there.
  • Transformation Sequence: After inhaling Kirby's fire, Dedede spins around before being engulfed in a bright yellow light and becoming Fire Dedede.
  • Troubled Production: The animators for the first episode was running behind schedule and could not finish everything by the release date. Production of the second episode had the scenes drawn and colored as they ran into the film camera!
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The first episode's plot is based off of an incident from Cappy Town with Dedede replacing Kirby's role and Kirby replacing the role of Octagon.
  • Vindicated by History: The first episode was so poorly-received that the audience rating was 0.001%. After the second episode, the audience decided that it was So Bad, It's Good.
  • Voices in One Room: The voices were recorded this way, which unfortunately gave the cast members the opportunity to criticize the final product together while it was airing.
  • What Could Have Been: The anime was originally supposed to focus on Kirby, but disagreements behind the scenes made Kirby the villain and Dedede the hero instead.

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