Qoo (クー Kū) is a non-carbonated beverage from the Coca-Cola Company. Originally introduced in Japan on November 15, 1999 after Coca-Cola teamed up with Minute Maid to create a kid and teen-oriented beverage, Qoo is now available throughout much of Asia in a variety of flavors including grape and orange. In Germany, the product line was sold from January 2003 until November 2005.
The name comes from the mascot's reaction to tasting the drink. The mascot was designed by Momoko Maruyama, who created Deko Boko Friends. The Jingle, for the original Japanese version, is sung by Londell "Taz" Hicks, an American now living in Japan who also does the voice for the character Fo-Fo in "Deko Boko Friends"
Qoo is transliterated in Chinese as 酷兒 (kùér). It evokes images of “cool kid” since 酷 (kù) is a transliteration of the English word cool and 兒 (ér) means ‘child’ or ‘son’. However, in China and Taiwan, 酷兒 also happens to be the same transliteration as the English word queer referring to sexual orientation or gender identity.
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