Hello. Welcome to this special lecture from the Royal Idol Institute in London. I am here to talk to you today about the science of Sakura Gakuin.
For an idol group to be just simply awesome you need one thing and that’s a great leader. Morning Musume have had it several times (Ai-chan and Sayu for instance), C-ute have it, Berryz Kobo don’t. It’s an elusive thing. However Sakura Gakuin have it through the wonder of Horiuchi Marina having already previously had it through the awesomeness of Nakamoto Suzuka. Marina is an unstoppable spazzing energy ball of pure cuteness. This makes her a great figurehead for the group. Allow me to demonstrate. A group with a boring leader will leave audiences feeling like this…
Sales will at best be like this
However groups with awesome leaders will have audiences feeling like this…
Sales meanwhile will be all…
See? Now that’s science that is.
And so onto Marina.
Stand out girl!
Ad girl! She’s currently advertising the PS Vita.
This girl has cuteness overload and you can’t help but be dragged along by her sheer bouncy energy. She’s also a busy idol. Sakura Gakuin have many sub-units and she’s in almost all of them. Yes milk it while you can. That’s the secret of success.
Marina was in the now disbanded Twinklestars…
Twinkle twinkle little stars.
The now disbanded Sleepiece…
The science club Kagaku Kyumei Kiko Logica?
Standing in front of a MomoClo poster just to prove their awesomeness.
The tennis club Pastel Wind…
And of course the school nurse injection club In Your Knickers…okay I’m making that last one up.
Oh and she was an original member of the cooking club…
With Marina at the helm Sakura Gakuin have broken into the Oricon weekly top ten for the first time. Their last single Ganbare! reached weekly number 7. This is the first time Sakura Gakuin have managed to actually come close to the success of their breakout sub-unit BABYMETAL (all in capitals because it just is for some reason. It’s all heavy maaan).
But scientifically you also need a cute idol with a big gob. C-ute have Nacky, Momusu have Haruna, and here too Sakura Gakuin can match this. For in Taguchi Hana they have as good a lookalike of a young Nacky as you’ll ever get…
Fan of violence. O-o
Hana comes with the Morningtime “Princess Pretty” seal of approval. So far only Nakajima Saki and Tanabe Nanami have been recipients so it’s cute praise indeed!
Other members who stand out are the BABYMETAL duo Moa and Yui (Suzuka has officially now graduated from Sakura Gakuin but not BABYMETAL)…
Yui is my favourite of the two. She’s just so cute and little…
Although Moa is a big idol fan and likes Suzuki Airi so respect is due.
Probably my fourth favourite after Marina, Hana, and Yui (and just ahead of Moa) is the cutely big-jugged (EARS! I’M TALKING ABOUT EARS!) Rinon (who is 13 today)…
Numbers 4 and 2 in my ranking.
Then there’s the awkward looking but somehow very likeable Ooga Saki…
And the looks-older-than-13 Shirai Saki…
But of course having the idols isn’t enough. You also need the songs. Sakura Gakuin have them with as much energy as any group could muster. They are quite the happiest, most energetic and uplifting group in idol music today. Sweet, innocent and exceptionally catchy. Plus they have some really good videos. Check out the pv’s to Wonderful Journey, My Graduation Toss, Friends and the slightly odd run-to-Budokan scenario of latest single Ganbare.
Alongside C-ute and Momusu Sakura Gakuin are my favourote idol group. Even ahead of Momoiro Clover Z. Check them out if you can. They are worth it if you need a shot of innocent, happy Japanese pop. And scientists have conclusively proven that if you want a happy, well-balanced life you need a healthy dose of innocent, happy Japanese pop.
Anyway to end my lecture and by way of demonstration enjoy some more pics…
The cooking club’s second incarnation!
Linlin lookalike Notsu Yunano.
Idol t-shirts always seem similar no matter what the group.
Ooga and Rinon.
And that’s it. I’m sure next time I’ll be back going on about C-ute or Momusu. Until then look to the (idol) stars and dream.