Do you know what gives me a hard time? End-of-the year lists. For someone like me, who likes and tries to find value in the littlest of things, every decision involves a heart wrenching choice. Regardless, my idol friends on Twitter (you know who you are) provided me with enough motivation to attempt an end of the year list of idol releases. I agreed to this undertaking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this undertaking provides me the motivation to look and listen at a wide cross-section of idol music. Lots of idol groups have been popping up of late, and without this project I feel like I was missing many groups that I would love.
This is strange territory for me. I don’t actually know much about Sakura Gakuin. From what I have gathered, they are all middle school students or younger and are under Universal Music in Japan (making them not independent idols). I first heard of the group through their subgroup BABYMETAL (an odd mixture of idol and metal, as the name implies). I’ll probably be talking more about BABYMETAL in the future, since I think it’s a stellar group. Nakamoto Suzuka is graduating from Sakura Gakuin, and this is her send-off into the high school! The song is fun, filled with exuberance, and sends Su-metal off with a burst of joy. If you are tired of the electro-sounds of Morning Musume, this song is definitely for you. It’s filled with live instruments playing a poppy rock sound that sounds refreshing in the current idol scene.