it’s been a while since I’ve seen a release from Sakura Gakuin here at New School Kaidan. Well, I’m glad the drought is over with “#aoharuhakusho (#アオハル白書)”. The song puts the middle school set of girls perched on a flat piece of real estate above a quarry. With an upbeat tempo and a frantic arrangement, Sakura Gakuin reminds us where BABYMETAL and why the group grew to be such magnetic performers. Despite their ages, the girls look polished and sharp in a way that many idol groups can’t compare. It’s just a shame we only get a short version here. “#aoharuhakusho” is scheduled for inclusion of the groups “Sakura Gakuin 2019-nendo ~Story~” release, but I can’t find any links for you. I’ll be updating for those as soon as I find them.
Sakura Gakuin (Japanese: さくら学院, lit. ‘Cherry Blossom Academy’) is a Japanese idol girl group formed in 2010 by the Amuse talent agency (Perfume, BABYMETAL, etc.). The group’s membership falls within the age range of Japanese compulsory education, typically containing between 10 and 12 members at a time who fall between the ages of 10 and 15. With the theme of school life and extracurricular club activities, when the academic year ends at the end of March, the group releases an annual studio album, new members “transfer in” to the group, and others who finish compulsory education “graduate”, or leave. Sakura Gakuin’s current lineup includes members Fujihira Kano (藤平華乃), Yoshida Soyoka (吉田爽葉香), Aritomo Tsugumi (有友緒心), Mori Momoe (森萌々穂), Shiratori Sana (白鳥沙南), Nonaka Kokona (野中ここな), Tanaka Miku (田中美空), Yagi Miki (八木美樹), Sato Neo (佐藤愛桜), Todaka Miko (戸高美湖), Nozaki Yume (野崎結愛), and Kimura Sakia (木村咲愛).
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