Dean’s Weekly Music Spotlight Wk4: Sakura Gakuin – Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~
Sakura Gakuin (Cherry Blossom Academy) started out in April 2010 with their first appearance at the TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2010. A few months later, they released their major debut single “Yume ni Mukatte / Hello! IVY” in December 2010.
Sakura Gakuin released their first album “Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~ ” in April, 2011 “Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~ “. I wonder why it has 2010 in the title and was released in 2011?
Anyway, as I went to their release event, I picked it up. At first I thought they were just another idol group. After a listen though their album, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Most notably with their song “Doki Doki☆Morning” by sub-unit BABYMETAL. It is unlike any idol song you’ve heard before. Especially from such a young group. Metal isn’t something I’d listen to but I can’t get enough of “Doki Doki☆Morning”.
As far as traditional idol songs there’re lots of memorable ones, such as “HELLO! IVY” and “FLY AWAY”.
“Really is a good album. Has some good songs in several styles, and pulls off the rockier stuff with aplomb.”
1. FLY AWAY
2. Hello! IVY
3. チャイム (Chime)
4. ハッピーバースデー (Happy Birthday)
5. プリンセス☆アラモード (Princess☆a la mode)
6. Brand New Day
7. Dear Mr. Socrates
8. めだかの兄妹 (Medaka’s siblings)
9. ド・キ・ド・キ☆モーニング (Doki Doki☆Morning)
10. 夢に向かって (Face Your Dreams)
I heard all of Sakura Gakuin will graduate when they leave Middle School. It’ll be a sad day but I hope they’ll continue with new projects!