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The “K.R.T. Girls”, moe mascots fronting the line for Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Rapid Transit (KRT), are no stranger on our humble website. Just recently, we saw them taking over their trains with full-length decals, and just a couple of days ago they released a new image song for one of the girls that briefly mentions a few of the stations along the subway lines.

It’s a catchy pop tune befitting of the cute, refreshing image of the mascot girls, but some Japanese netizens are saying that it sounds like a theme song for an erotic game. Give it a listen after the break!

The K.R.T. Girls have been a hit in Taiwan since the pioneer of the group, Xiao Qiong, made her debut late last year. More commonly known as the Takame Girls in Japan, the moe mascots have gained quite a bit of popularity among fans in Japan as well.

▼ Xiao Qiong


In conjunction with KRT’s recent promotional campaign, an image song was written for Xiao Qiong, titled Next Stop. With You (下一站.與你; Xià Yí Zhàn. Yǔ Nǐ). As its title suggests, the song speaks of travelling with a loved one, and its catchy melody gives it a vibrant and happy vibe. You may have already heard a snippet of it in our earlier post, but the company has recently released the full version of the song, so here it is! Translated lyrics below.

The next train
Has entered the station
My heart jumps for joy, can’t wait a moment longer
I don’t know why
There’s no need to ask why
Travelling with you just fills me with happiness

Tell me, are you anticipating something, just like I am
Tell me, how can I feel the unique passion of this coastal city
Tell me, where should I begin from to get closer and experience this river of love
Tell me, how can I explain this heart throbbing moment

Formosa Boulevard is the shiniest seashell of all
The Dome of Light sparkles like no other
Sizihwan shows a hint of her color
With a romantic sunset

A treasure is hidden
At every intersection
Waiting for someone to discover her uniqueness
Preserve it with your camera
Outline it with your paint brush
It’s waiting for you to capture its most beautiful moment
I don’t know why
There’s no need to ask why
Travelling with you just fills me with happiness

Tell me, why is there a need for routes and rules to fall in love with a city
Tell me, what formula should I use to become the most romantic traveller

What are the chances of experiencing the military matters at Weiwuying
If there is love, we can experience it many times
See the flowers by the window at Cingpu
Listen to the poetry of the rays between the clouds

A treasure is hidden
At every intersection
Waiting for someone to discover her uniqueness
Preserve it with your camera
Outline it with your paint brush
It’s waiting for you to capture its most beautiful moment
I don’t know why
There’s no need to ask why
Travelling with you just fills me with happiness

Formosa Boulevard, Sizihwan, Weiwuying and Cingpu are stations that can be found on the KRT’s Red and Orange Lines. We only wished the song covered more than just four stations, and described the charm of Kaohsiung City beyond seashells, flowers and clouds.

Looking on the brighter side of things, since there are a total of four mascot girls on the team now, hopefully there’ll be more songs to tell us more about the sights and sounds of the city.

▼ Left to right: Emilia, Xiao Qiong, Jie-er, Nana.

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Perhaps to a particular group of…experienced gamers, a cute voice coupled with a joyful melody and lyrics about romance is what makes up a theme song for an erotic video game, but to the rest of us, Xiao Qiong’s image song just sounds like a wholesome happy song. What do you think?

Source/images: YouTube/希萌創意行銷股份有限公司 via Otakomu