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Loud Locomotive

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Loud Locomotive
Sample of "Loud Locomotive" from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Debut appearance Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016)
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa[1]
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"Loud Locomotive" is the second train theme in Kirby: Planet Robobot, heard in Rhythm Route - Stage 5. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa[1] and can be found as Track 046 in the Jukebox.


On the futuristic train.

"Loud Locomotive" is a techno theme in F Mixolydian mode and 4/4. It begins with a loud and distorted iteration of its melody: a rising third and descent to E-flat in the first phrase and C in the second. The melody plays twice with this distortion until softer chords take over. Then, the melody is repeated by a synth, and another chord transition follows. Then, a new melody comes for the second section, bright and in D-flat major. This melody is quite close to the third section of "Desert Stage", and bridges to a future track with similar origins. The melody repeats in a more quiet, percussive synthesizer. The final section features a rising passage, this time similar to the second element of "Desert Stage". With diverse harmonies, it ends with two rising fourths, each suspending for a short while. The track then loops.


  • This track is one of the few included in the Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Soundtrack to have a very different English name compared to its Japanese one. In particular, "Loud Locomotive" was also a name given unofficially by fans to this song before the soundtrack released. It's unclear if the official name was given based on that unofficial one, or if this is simply a coincidence.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 超特急ちょうとっきゅうミライカナリ
Chō tokkyū miraikanari
Miraikanari Super Express
超特急, "super express", is an obsolete term for rapid express trains in Japanese. ミライカナリ is the name of the train, and can be taken as かなり未来 ("so futuristic"). It plays on the name of ニライカナイ (Niraikanai), the Ryukyuan religion's concept of paradise.