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Sakura Gakuin (さくら学院 – literally Cherry Blossom Academy) is a school-themed Japanese Idol group managed by Amuse Inc., the same agency which manages Perfume, One OK Rock, and Babymetal (originally a Sakura Gakuin subunit), amongst other talents. Most years, the group is comprised of twelve girls†  spanning anywhere from 5th to 9th grades (ages 10-15).

Started in 2010note , with their first appearance at TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL that August, the group’s main Gimmick is that it is a "Limited Growth Period Unit", meaning that members who graduate from middle school in real life (the end of compulsory education in the Japanese school system) also leave the group, prompting the annual end-of-term "Road To Graduation" concert at the end of March. note 

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Just like a school, the subunits of Sakura Gakuin are called clubs – such as the Cooking, Science, Tennis, Heavy Music, School Store, Wrestling, Baton Twirling, Newspaper, and "Go Home" themed clubs. Songs from whichever clubs are active in a year, along with songs from the whole group are collected in an album released around the end of the Japanese school year. They also release singles during the year.

The group also releases various videos as bonuses on special editions of their albums. One of these are the Class Tests which involve the members taking a test in general knowledge every year.

There is a Student Council with designated roles. Which positions exist depends on the year, though there is always a President. Other titles used over the years include Performance Chairman, Talk Chairman, Spirit Chairman, Mood Chairman, Education Chairman, Vice President, and Production Chairman. These roles are usually filled by the year's 9th-graders (i.e. Senior/final year), with the exception of Vice President, who – if the title is active – will always be an 8th-grader. The girls are accompanied by their "Homeroom Teacher" Hayashi Mori (commonly referred to as Mori-sensei) who keeps them on their toes during interviews, handles most of the showrunning during livestreams, and often acts as a mentor to them, if perhaps a Trickster Mentor sometimes.

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Other talent agencies have Idol training units (for example the Hello! Project Kenshuusei). Sakura Gakuin is unusual even with respect to these due to the school year membership limits. Also, there is no senior Idol group or project the members are specifically aiming for – indeed, most graduates pursue other occupations: as models, TV presenters/personalities, actresses (TV, voice, film, stage), etc., and a few have left entertainment entirely.

Has an entry on the other wiki.

Members

More details on the Character Page

Current Members (as of May 2018) {seniority order taken from SG's website}

  • Maaya Asou (joined: 2015, Education Chairman in 2017 nendo, 5th Talk Chairman)
  • Marin Hidaka (joined: 2015, Hamidase! Chairman)
  • Yuzumi Shintani (joined: 2016, 8th Student Council President)
  • Kano Fujihira (joined: 2015, Second Performance Chairman)
  • Soyoka Yoshida (joined: 2015, Third Education Chairman)
  • Tsugumi Aritomo (joined: 2016)
  • Momoe Mori (joined: 2016)
  • Sana Shiratori (joined: 2018)
  • Kokona Nonaka (joined: 2018)
  • Miku Tanaka (joined: 2017)
  • Miki Yagi (joined: 2017)
  • Yume Nozaki (joined: 2018)

Graduated Members (based on graduation date)

  • Ayami Muto (Founding member, first Student Council President, graduated: 2012)
  • Ayaka Miyoshi (Founding member, graduated: 2012)
  • Airi Matsui (Founding member, graduated: 2012)
  • Suzuka Nakamoto (Founding member, second Student Council President, graduated: 2013)
  • Mariri Sugimoto (joined: 2012, graduated: 2013 {she left early to pursue modeling after grade school})
  • Marina Horiuchi (Founding member, third Student Council President, graduated: 2014)
  • Raura Iida (Founding member, Performance Chairman, graduated: 2014)
  • Nene Sugisaki (Founding member, first Talk Chairman, graduated 2014)
  • Hinata Sato (Founding member, Mood Chairman, graduated: 2014)
  • Moa Kikuchi (joined: 2010, fourth Student Council President, graduated: 2015)
  • Yui Mizuno (joined: 2010, Production Chairman, graduated: 2015)
  • Hana Taguchi (joined: 2011, Spirit Chairman, graduated: 2015)
  • Yunano Notsu (joined: 2012, second Talk Chairman, graduated: 2015)
  • Rinon Isono (joined: 2011, fifth Student Council President, graduated: 2016)
  • Saki Ooga (joined: 2012, first Education Chairman, graduated: 2016)
  • Saki Shirai (joined: 2013, third Talk Chairman, graduated: 2016)
  • Sara Kurashima (joined: 2014, sixth Student Council President, graduated: 2017)
  • Mirena Kurosawa (joined: 2015, MC Chairman, graduated: 2017)
  • Aiko Yamaide (joined: 2013, Vice President in 2016年, seventh Student Council President, graduated: 2018)
  • Megumi Okada (joined: 2014, 4th Talk Chairman, graduated: 2018)
  • Momoko Okazaki (joined: 2015, Ganbare Chairman, graduated: 2018)

Sub Units

  • Baton Twirling Club: TWINKLESTARS (active: 2010-2012, 2014-2015)
  • Go Home Club: sleepiece (active: 2010-2014, 2015-2017)
  • Cooking Club: MiniPati (active: 2009-2017)note 
  • Heavy Music Club: Babymetal (active: 2010-)note 
  • Newspaper Club: SCOOPERS (active: 2010-2012)
  • Tennis Club: Pastel Wind (active: 2012-2014)
  • Science Club: Kagaku Kyumei Kikoh LOGICA? (active: 2012-2014, 2015-2017)
  • School Store Club (active: 2014-)
  • Wrestling Fan Club (active: 2014-2015)
  • Art Club: trico dolls (active: 2018-)

Discography

Singles

  • Yume ni Mukatte / Hello! IVY (2010)
  • Verishuvi (2011)
  • Tabidachi no Hi ni (2012)
  • WONDERFUL JOURNEY (2012)
  • My Graduation Toss (2013)
  • Ganbare!! (2013)
  • Jump Up ~Chiisana Yuki~ (2014)

DVD Singles

  • Heart no Hoshi (2014)
  • Aogeba Toutoshi ~From Sakura Gakuin 2014~ (2015)
  • School Days -2015- (2015)

Albums

  • Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo ~message~ (2011)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo ~FRIENDS~ (2012)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2012 Nendo ~My Generation~ (2013)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2013 Nendo ~Kizuna~ (2014)
  • Houkago Anthology from Sakura Gakuin (2014)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2014 Nendo ~Kimi ni Todoke~ (2015)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2015 Nendo ~Kirameki no Kakera~ (2016)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2016 Nendo ~Yakusoku~ (2017)
  • Sakura Gakuin 2017 Nendo ~My Road~ (2018)


Sakura Gakuin contains examples of (for tropes concerning BABYMETAL, see their respective page):

  • A Cappella: A regular open class event called "Archaeology of Song", held by Principal Kuramoto is based around this – each of the girls has to choose a song from before the time they were born, then they have to perform part of it without any kind of musical accompaniment.
  • Alternate Character Reading:
    • Hinata’s name literally means “Sunny Place” so naturally her catchphrase involves bringing warmth and light into others' lives
    • Moa’s name is made up of the characters for “most” and “love” as such, her catchphrase is “Value love the most”
    • Aiko’s name is made up of the characters for “Love” (ai), “Child” (ko), “Mountain” (yama) and “Exit/leave” (de/ide) so her introductory verse in the song “Mezase! Super Lady” involves the line “My dear little girl coming from the mountain”.
  • Alternate Reality Episode: the music video for "Heart no Hoshi" involves the members playing nymphs living in a forest who discover a door leading to this reality, where they witness their regular selves performing the song.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • The end of Yui’s "Yearning for Friends" video.
    • "Sleep Wonder"'s lyrics can be interpreted this way, especially when taking the performance choreography into consideration.
  • Annual Title:
    • The main albums released every year
    • "Mezase! Super Lady", as the whole point of the song is to introduce each member.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Essentially the whole point of the group, which is explicitly cast as a training unit.
    • Ayaka and Airi are very likely more recognized in Japan for their work after Sakura Gakuin. Both are now successful models and have had roles in numerous commercials, TV shows, and movies. Ayaka is also a co-host on the talk-show Merengue no Kimochi while Airi has hosted a couple of well-received travelogues.
    • After graduating from the group and taking a 2-year breaknote , Ayami started a solo idol career, mainly influenced by Seiko Matsuda. She went on hiatus at the end of 2015, apparently due to lack of success (and Amuse not renewing her contract), moved to New Zealand to learn English, and has stated she intends to return in a form as-yet unknown.
    • Thus far, Babymetal is the only subunit to have broken out on its own. Once a subgroup, it now fills large concert venues and has performed on four continents.
  • Audience Participation Song: Most notably waving the Sakura Gakuin flag during "WONDERFUL JOURNEY" and conversing with the girls during the School Store Club’s song “Pièce de Check”.
  • The Baby of the Bunch
    • Yui and Moa. Even after Hana and Rinon joined, as the newcomers were (and are) taller despite being younger.
    • Saki Ooga. Promptly nicknamed "Baby-chan", which stuck through at least her third year in SG, due to her shortness and extremely youthful appearance – the braces she wore up until 8th grade only enhanced this. She's actually seven months older than Rinon, who is almost half a foot taller.note 
    • Aiko. One of the very few members admitted as a fifth-grader; she was the shortest and youngest for two years – Megumi and Sara, who joined the next year, are both older and taller than her.
    • Yume is the fourth-youngest and third-shortest girl ever to be admitted to the group, but she stated she wanted to avoid this label. Hopping around like a bunny and using… odd methods to get her seniors to play with her doesn't help her case.
  • Badass Adorable:
    • Babymetal. That's kind of a big part of their shtick.
    • The Wrestling Fan Club, most notably Hana who, at 13½, "knocked out" (read: punched in the gut) a grown man during a TV show and is known to be an avid New Japan Pro-Wrestling fan.
    • Kano Fujihira, the smallest member in the 2015 nendo, demonstrated her strength by lifting Rinon (the tallest member at the time) during the entrance ceremony.
  • Big Eater:
    • Nene was known to be constantly hungry and looking for food. She often talked about food in her diary entries. On more than one occasion, a hot mic picked up her stomach growling.
    • Yunano said many times that she ate six times a day. Heaven knows how she stayed so slim.† 
    • When asked about visits to various places/countries, Moa usually mentions food before anything else.
    • Aiko loves ice cream. Whenever someone (usually Megumi) would get onto her about eating too much, she would promise to cut down on the sweets… and usually failed. She remains, for now, tiny in spite of this.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The School Store Club's skits beginning in 2016 when Tsugumi, a big fan of these, filled the slot left empty by graduate Saki Shirai.
  • Book-Ends:
    • They usually end transfer concerts and sometimes graduations with their first ever recorded song, "Yume ni Mukatte" ("Aim For Your Dreams")
      • It's also the final track on the 2015, 2016, and 2017 nendo albums.
    • The video for "Jump Up" ends with the camera zooming back through previous scenes, eventually returning to the photo (now with the girls on it) from the beginning of the video
    • Ditto for "Melodic Solfege", the video ends showing the same record player from the beginning.
    • The Sakura Gakuin Festival 2010 featured a dance cover of "Motteke! Sailor-Fuku" (the opening theme of the anime Lucky Star). They repeated this at the 2014 anniversary show "Celebration in December" with Yui and Moa – being the last members remaining from the original lineup, in their final year – taking the positions of the seniors†  from the first performance.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • In the early days, Ayami, as she was a bit of an airhead while being the leader of the group
    • After that, Suzuka for mostly the same reasons
    • Pretty much every Class President is likely to be picked on by Mori-sensei.
    • Honestly, just about every girl bar none is destined to be picked on by him.
      • The only real exception was Airi, as she was such a Shrinking Violet at the time that going after her would have come off as mean. Now that she's grown to have much more confidence in herself and has a successful career, he's not as willing to hold back, as he demonstrated when he crashed Airi and Ayaka's joint "Coming-Of-Age Day" livestream in January 2017.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "Pièce de Check"
    • Several songs during live shows have sections where the audience participates, often during instrumental bridges if the girls aren't speaking (and sometimes even if they are).
  • Candid Camera Prank: Mori-sensei loves pulling these on the girls. Often his prank involves him jumping out of a random place to shut the girls' activity down by yelling, "Yarase nê yo!" ("Not allowed!!").
    • As of April 2018, he has done this to announce a test every single nendo since 2012, including twice in 2015 – usually, but not always, by jump-scaring the girls.
      • The first time he did this to announce a test, in Suzuka's final year, the girls had gathered in the room to play a game when Mori suddenly walks in and screams at them. Nene, being closest to the door, immediately says Screw This, I'm Outta Here! and all the girls try to leave, but he stops them.
      • The next year, in 2013 when the girls were led to believe they were recording an entry to a contest with the international choreographer Eddie Murphyngton only to be surprised by Mori-sensei jumping out of a cupboard to say that learning the dance was futile and he was only there to announce the next Class Test. Also, Eddie Murphyngton was played by Wataru from the ramen shop down the street. His afro, sunglasses, and decent English was apparently enough to fool the girls. Poor Moa, the girl closest to the cupboard when Mori jumped out, nearly had a heart attack.
      • In 2014 the girls and the filming staff decided to get revenge, making him some food for his birthday coated in wasabi. At first everything went okay until the girls got A Taste of Their Own Medicine, with Mori-sensei reversing the prank, revealing that he knew all along and that a new Class Test is coming up.
      • In September 2015, the girls were led to believe they were filming a promo for a special edition of their weekly LoGiRL show at the TV Asahi offices. Cue Mori-sensei coming in behind them announcing it's just a ruse for the next class test.
      • Then, at the end of the 2015 nendo, they were told they were going to a meeting about their next video shoot. But Mori was hiding around the corner ready to jump out at them. Rinon, who was in her fifth and final year, was the first to enter and seemed to have figured Mori's plan out the moment she and the other non-transfer members entered the room, as she's shown carefully trying to peek around the corner before he could pounce. She did catch him before he jumped… but he leapt out anyway, taking the other five by surprise. They were let in in two groups, so the older members could also have a laugh at the newer ones' expense.
    • Subverted on the test front when he did this during the 2011 nendo. He hid in the luggage compartment of a bus for some time while the girls boarded in expectation of leaving Tokyo for a field trip. Then Mori walks onto the bus – cue a dozen young girls screaming – but he announces they really are going on a field trip (to film the "FRIENDS" music video).
  • Catch-Phrase: Most of the girls have one or two lines they always say during their introductions on concerts.
    • They also frequently repeat the name of their first song “Yume ni Mukatte” (Aim for your dreams) and another song “Ganbare” (“Good luck/Do your best” written unconventionally (顔笑れ) with the characters for “face” and “laugh”) in diaries, or in the case of graduates in tweets and blog posts
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: a lot of the girls are described as airheads by the others and Mori-sensei, sometimes quite contrary to their skillful and sharp performance on stage.
    • Special mention goes to Marina, whose brain often seemed to be on another planet entirely; Suzuka, who despite her undeniable professionalism is also a complete dork; and Rinon, who insisted on her own cleverness yet almost always came in dead last on the nendo tests and LoGiRL quizzes.
  • Confession Cam: A whole bonus video for the 2014 album is based around the girls answering questions and confessing about their feelings of the year into a mystery tube set up in the hall.
    • Brought back as a feature in some of the LoGiRL shows.
  • Cover Version: In addition to newer members often rerecording songs by the original members…
    • "Aogeba Toutoshi" is a cover of the Japanese graduation song by the same name.
    • "Tabidachi No Hi Ni" is also a cover of a Japanese graduation song.
    • All three of Sleepiece’s songs are covers of children’s songs.
    • 2013’s graduates recorded and performed an acoustic cover of their earlier song “FRIENDS” and a fully Japanese version of The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer”.
    • The 2014 members of Twinklestars rerecorded their version of "Tenshi to Akuma", a B-side to the original Twinklestars' single, "Please, Please, Please".
    • A live version of "Over Drive" by Judy and Mary, at the Idol Otakarakuji Party 2015
    • The 2017 nendo album has the girls sing a rearrangement of Perfume's song "Nē (ねぇ)". As it happens, they performed onstage with Perfume during that year's AmuseFest, doing backup dancing during "Spending All My Time".
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • MiniPati’s ties and the lines on the era-3 uniforms: Green, Rose Red, and Yellow
    • Same with sleepiece’s pyjama colours: Green, Pink, and Yellow
      • Coincidentally, since the original members of Sleepiece were also the original members of MiniPati, the girls kept the same colors: Marina was yellow, Raura was pink, and Nene was green.
      • Summer versions are Blue, Pink, and Yellow since 2015.
    • Averted with the main group (and most of the other subgroups)
  • Costume Evolution
    • In the very early early days (around their debut at TIF 2010) they wore a dark grey uniform with different colored ties for each Jr. High member, while the elementary members had 2 different colored ribbons. Their skirts also had a grey overlaid skirt over the regular plaid skirt. During Summer, the Jr. High members wore dark grey vests while the Elementary members wore off-white ones.
    • Shortly after that, still in the same nendo, due to their collaboration with clothing line 'Mono Comme Ça' they switched to the dark navy blue blazers with red and blue plaid skirts. The ties and ribbons were also standardized to be red for all members. The design of this uniform is the basis for all later main uniforms.
      • Yuzumi wore this blazer as a Call-Back during the 2018 Transfer Ceremony as she trolled Mori-sensei and the audience by pretending to be one of the new transfers. Mori asked why she was wearing the old-style jacket.
      • Sara also wore the navy blue and the dark grey jackets just for fun in pictures shown during the web series Te no Hira no Sakura Gakuin.
    • Starting in 2013 (after Suzuka's graduation), those blazers were replaced with beige ones, although the overall design stayed the same. The skirts also got switched to blue and white plaid.
    • In 2016 (after Rinon's graduation), the jackets became grey with white trim on the collars, and the skirt's colors became blue with some red influence. The same year, they also revealed their new summer uniform: a light blue, short sleeved button-up shirt with a green and navy blue plaid skirt, although this is only worn for non-performance events; when actually performing they still wear the off-white vests with short sleeved white shirts under them that have been in use since the beginning.
  • Crossdresser: Saki Ooga is a huge fan of the crossdressing idol group Fudanjuku, and has dressed up as a boy on numerous occasions just for fun.
    • When Mori-sensei could not be present for the group's online show on LoGiRLnote , Moa appeared in his place dressed as him. The glasses gave her some trouble (unlike many members, she doesn't wear glasses even off-stage) so she took them off. Photos of her Mori cosplay appeared in the Shuffle-Unit photoset.
      • The next year, Saki Ooga dressed as Mori-sensei for a LoGiRL episode when he couldn't make it.
      • Sara also cosplayed as Mori-sensei for one episode. Unlike Moa or Saki.O, she didn't alter her hairstyle: a bob.
    • Mirena also dressed up as Detective Conan at the time she guest voice-acted in an episode
    • For the "Who will be win the Sakurademy Actress Award?" corner during the 2017 nendo Festival, 2-2 girls dressed up as boys (one in a gakuran, one in just the old navy blue jacket with trousers) each day to play opposite to the 6 others in the competition. This was quite unusual since every other year the audience would be reading the lines that were prepared for the role of the boy.
      • Before actually introducing the 2 girls crossdressing, all Mori-sensei mentioned is that they invited some people to play the boys and then later poked fun at the audience saying "You thought we invited some handsome young talent from Amuse, huh?"
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Most of them
  • Cuteness Overload: All of them, as to be expected from a Junior Idol group.
  • Educational Song:
    • "Sakura Hyakunin Isshu", about Hyakunin Isshu
    • "Planet Episode 008", about the Solar System
    • "Song For Smiling", about English phrases
    • "WONDERFUL JOURNEY", about countries
    • "Hana*Hana", about the language of flowers
    • "Animarhythm", about animals
    • "Mathematica", about math
    • "Melodic Solfege", about classical music
  • Evil Laugh: Mori-sensei, after collecting the test papers in the first four class test videos.
    Ayami: "He's a demon!"
  • Evolving Music: "Mezase! Super Lady", since new verses need to be added for every new member. Sometimes even existing members' lines get rewritten for a new album – for example, once Yui finally hit her growth spurt and was no longer even remotely the shortest member, the line about her height was altered; Aiko had at least two completely different verses during her tenure, as the first noted how much younger and smaller she was than everyone else.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Two of the videos released as extras on the 2011 album’s special editions are based around this.
    • One involves Yui wanting to be taller and accidentally changes places with Airi, then the tallest member.
    • The other involves Ayami being fed up with being seen as cute and girly and wanting to be as cool as Ayaka. They too change places for a day.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Can often happen between two girls admitted at the same time and/or are in the same grade.
    • Originally it was Yui and Moa. Most of the time they were just trying to one-up each other in height, as both were absurdly short for their age. They also always tried to outdo each other on the nendo tests – this one extended to real life; both focused on academics since neither could best Suzuka in singing.
    • Suzuka and Ayami apparently had this dynamic in real life – both admired each other but were jealous of the other's strengths. As mentioned elsewhere, when Ayami was asked about her relationship with Suzuka, she replied, "Listen to 'Friends'." That song's lyrics are about how friendship isn't always a smooth road.
    • From 2014 to 2018, between Aiko and Megumi on pretty much everything. This is because Megu brings out Aiko's tsundere side.
  • Ghost Story: A LoGiRL stream revolved around these, with the girls even telling each other some stories.
  • Girl Group: What this is.
  • Girlish Pigtails: How many of them have worn their hair at least sometimes. Sara was the major exception as her hair was in a bob the entirety of her time in the group.
    • Neither Ayaka nor Saki Shirai wore pigtails either – both would do a single ponytail (Saki once her hair became long enough, as she began her time in the group with a bob cut).
  • Go Look at the Distraction: While the girls put wasabi into Mori-sensei's food during the wasabi prank video, Sara and Megumi drag him out of the room to play Pin-Pon-Pan.
  • Graduation for Everyone: Everyone is bound to leave the group, so each year is concluded with a graduation ceremony. The only exception thus far was the very first (2010) nendo, as it had no seniors.
  • Gratuitous English: The song "Pumpkin Parade" includes a lengthy intro and interlude narrated in quite broken English (bordering "Blind Idiot" Translation).
    • Some other songs also include random English phrases, such as “Thank you, oh my friends” in "FRIENDS" and almost every second line in "Song For Smiling". Arguably these are cases of Surprisingly Good English.
    • Averted with Marin Hidaka – who has a relative that is a native English speaker, thus she'd been learning for quite some time before joining – whose pronunciation is 94% flawless. Naturally, they often give her English lines in the songs (notably "Song For Smiling").
  • Height Angst: Oh so much. The shorter girls tend to compare heights constantly (they often have to line up in height for photo shoots)
    • The Yui/Airi drama Yearning for Friends is all about this.
    • Aiko Yamaide was only 10 when she was admitted into the group, so one would expect her to be tiny. Problem for her is that over the next five years, she didn't grow much, topping out at 151.1cm (4'11½"). She often lamented in her diary entries that her kouhai kept outgrowing her.
      • At the 2015 transfer-in ceremony, when Aiko introduced two of the new members, both of them turned out to be taller than her even though one of them was a year younger. They immediately started comparing heights with Aiko.
      • When Megumi – eight months older than Aiko but still in her class – joined in 2014, she wasn't that much taller than Aiko. Four years later at their graduation, Megu had grown so much she was nearly One Head Taller. note 
    • As of 2018, Ayami, the oldest alumna, remains the shortest girl ever to graduate Sakura Gakuin, at 149cm (4'10⅔"). This provides much amusement to everyone else. Ayami, for her part, has both angsted and joked about it.
  • Honorary True Companion: Many fans usually end up also following various other girls who are only tangentially related to Sakura Gakuin. Despite not being directly involved, these girls' friendships and connections with the members sees them being considered honorary members. This title is most prominently given to former Karen Girl's member Yuika Shima, who was part of that trio with Ayami and Suzuka, then later worked with Raura.
    • This has latterly extended to the members of Ciào Girls, which is also under the Amuse umbrella and has counted SG members among its ranks, notably Yuzumi and Miku. Thus, some Fukei will follow former and current Ciào Girls like Miki Kanai, Yuno Fuse (now Yuno Natsuse), Anna Yamada, Yui Kato, Momo Kobayashi, Karen Kojima, Liliane Roy, Kurumi Miyata, Yui Uemura, etc.
    • Female siblings of members are not exempt from Fukeis' attention either – see Hana's younger sister Otoha Taguchi or Suzuka's older sister Himeka Nakamoto (formerly of Nogizaka46).
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Sakura Gakuin has had a few.
    • Airi and Ayaka were both tall by Japanese standards even when they joined the group. Nowadays, both are at least 170cm (5'7") in height. They do a lot of modelling work.
    • Mariri joined the group when she was eleven years old, in sixth grade, and immediately became the tallest member despite being the second youngest – a smidge taller than her fellow Hiroshiman and idol Suzuka (that year's only senior and the second tallest). These days, Mariri stands at least 168cm (5'6.14") tall. She also does a lot of modelling work.
    • Rinon had been the tallest girl in the group since at least 2014, about 165cm (5'5") in height by her final year. Naturally, she was chosen to introduce the shortest girl (Kano) of the 2015 intake.
  • "I Am" Song: "Mezase Super Lady" is where the girls introduce each other. The lyrics change every year as members transfer in and graduate.
  • Ice Queen: Ayaka’s personality is played up as one a lot, even after Sakura Gakuin. Evidently, only Mori-sensei has the ability to throw her off-balance to the point she breaks her own character.
  • Important Haircut: Several girls do this. Whether it's during their time in the group or after depends.
    • During their SG tenure:
      • Raura cut her hair into a bob in 2011 to remind herself to work even harder, though she grew it out again over the next three years.
      • Rinon cut her hair short(er) during her final year, likely for the same reason.
      • Yuzumi cut her hair short not long after joining and has kept it short ever since.
    • After graduating (within at least a few months), often to mark their transition to a new stage of life:
      • Ayami cut her hair short after graduating for her solo career.
      • Immediately after graduating in 2014, Nene bobbed her hair; Raura had also done so (again) by August.
      • Yunano cut her hair short(er) after graduating. Later on, she dyed it brown.
      • Saki Ooga bobbed her hair immediately after graduation; Saki Shirai did so not long after and has kept it short.
      • Aiko cut her hair into a bob about a month after her graduation, mostly because she'd never had short hair and wanted to try it.
  • In-Series Nickname: as used by the members, both old and current:
    • NHMR or "the 98's" for the 2013 graduates Nene, Hinata, Marina, and Raura
    • 3AM for the 2011 graduates as all three of their monograms (in Western Order) are A.M.
    • M&M for Marina and Moa when they performed covers of Anime songs
    • As mentioned elsewhere, Moimoi for Moa and Yui.
  • Let's Duet:
    • Marina and Moa’s covers of Anime songs from the 3rd Anniversary concert
    • The Newspaper Club SCOOPERS, The Wrestling Fan Club, and the School Store Club consist(ed) of two members
  • Lucky Charms Title
    • "Princess☆a la mode"
    • "Miracle♪Pattyful♪Hamburger"
    • "Science Girl▽Silence Boy"
    • "Hana*Hana"
    • "Hirari! Kira Kira☆Yami Yami Museum"
    • "Jakapara Goo Goo ♡ Omurice"
    • "Dabada♪Salad de C'est bon☆Avenue"
    • "Akindo☆Soul"
  • Manly Tears:
    • Male fans during graduation concerts
    • Mori-sensei, during the acoustic performance of "FRIENDS" by the 2013 graduates a few weeks prior to them performing it at RTG-2013.
      • He’s barely holding it back during graduation concerts too.
  • Mecha: In the "Aogeba Toutoshi" video, the girls are visited by one.
  • Medley:
    • Logica?’s last performance with the original lineup at the 2013 nendo graduation concert was a medley of 3 of their songs.
    • 2nd generation MiniPati’s last performance at the 2014 nendo graduation concert.
  • Meganekko:
    • Soyoka is the only member who wears her glasses even during performances.
    • Raura, Yunano, Saki Ooga, Saki Shirai, Sara, Aiko, Megumi, Yuzumi, Miki, and others have been shown to need glasses to one degree or another (some just for reading; Miki for nearly everything). But no one to date other than Soyoka has worn their glasses during performances or photoshoots.
  • Mind Screw: Some of the nendo test questions make absolutely no sense, especially to a Western mind. No wonder some of the girls fail at them so hard.
    • In the 2012 Nendo Test, Rinon got an idiom question wrong. The idiom's English equivalent is "Birds of a feather flock together". Rinon's answer was "bird", but that wasn't correct in Japanese. When asked to explain herself, Rinon justified it the way an English speaker would (albeit in Japanese). Mori-sensei, who does not speak English, wasn't impressed.
    • Meta Example: Imagine pure metalheads in the West enjoying Babymetal (who are far better known outside Japan). Now imagine the same people loving a group of cute 10-15 year old girls who dance and sing Idol-pop.
  • Modesty Shorts: Although the skirts are not especially short, these are still essential given some of the more energetic dance routines.
  • Moe: Especially the younger girls. Some, like Yui and Saki Ooga, maintained this up through their senior years.
  • Music for Courage: "Ganbare!"
  • Now Buy the Merchandise: Since the creation of the School Store Club, pretty much every performance includes a segment of the club members introducing new merchandise before performing their song.
  • One Degree of Separation:
    • Suzuka and Mariri are both from Hiroshima and studied at Actor’s School Hiroshima (ASH).
      • This is the same school the members of Perfume hail from.
      • Another notable contemporary of Suzuka from ASH is Riho Sayashi, who at the age of 12 was recruited straight into Morning Musume (the founding group of Hello! Project).
      • Speaking of Perfume, they (along with Babymetal) employ choreographer Mikiko Mizuno, who occasionally works with Sakura Gakuin.
    • Some of the girls are or were previously associated with promoting Ciào!, a shoujo manga magazine, and others have worked together while modeling.
    • Marina and Hinata went on to do voice acting in the anime KutsuDaru joined by Yuika Shima. This is the same Yuika Shima who was the third member of Suzuka’s and Ayami’s previous group, Karen Girl’s.
      • Yuika also co-hosted Night of Spica, a gossip corner type show on Stolabo Tokyo with Raura.
    • When Ayami started a livestreamed talk-show on TV Asahi’s LoGiRL service, wrestling announcer Kiyono Shigeki became her co-host. This is the same Kiyono Shigeki who does the intro for the Wrestling Fan Club’s song, "Spin in the Wind", during concerts
    • Yui’s family was on good terms with Ayami’s family before the group was founded and she also wrote in a diary that she auditioned for the group because she "wanted to be a Karen Girl’s, too".
      • Yui had also known Hinata for some time before they both became founding members of Sakura Gakuin.
    • Mori hosts a weekly radio show called Mochikomi! with fellow Amuse talent/actress Asami Tano. While it's not unlikely for the show to feature Sakura Gakuin members or graduates as guests, Asami also ended up playing Sarah Kazuno in Love Live! Sunshine!!, the elder sister of Hinata's character, Leah Kazuno.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: All the albums (and the singles before 2014 nendo) came out with special editions containing behind the scenes footage, dance versions of the single, or other extra videos. You want to get all of the footage? Then buy the album two or three times.
    • Sometimes they even come with a card of a random member, so you might even have to get 10+ copies of a single to get them all
  • Or Was It a Dream?: At the end of Yui’s Yearning for Friends skit, after Yui wakes up with a bandage on her forehead, Marina appears in the background waving a magic wand.
  • "Pachelbel's Canon" Progression:
    • In "Jump Up ~Chiisana Yuuki~". First it might seem quite subtle, but the choir segment towards the end is just straight-up "Canon in D".
    • "Melodic Solfege" also uses the melody of "Canon in D"
  • Passing the Torch: Quite literally. At the 2011 transfer-in ceremony the original members of MiniPati (Nene, Marina, and Raura) handed over their scarves to Moa, Yui, and Hana respectively.
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Ganbare!!"
  • Playing Against Type: Invoked and played with in the second half of "Yearning For Friends", where Ayami and Ayaka – two very different personalities – have to act as each other.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Not uncommon at the Graduation shows.
    • Most notably Moa during Suzuka’s graduation, even though they continue to perform together in Babymetal to this day.† 
    • Saki Ooga's reaction to Su's leaving was pretty much the same.
    • Nene did this with both Ayami and Suzuka.
    • Mariri didn't do this on stage, but has made it abundantly clear since that she felt this towards Suzuka.
    • Su herself tried and failed to hide this when Ayami graduated – it is the only time she is known to have nearly cried on stage.
    • An example not from a Road To Graduation occurred during the 2011 Nendo Test. When Ayaka and Airi had tied (again) in a high ranking, Ayami – who had come in dead-last the previous year – made an outburst that led to one of Airi's funniest moments.
      Mori: "And the other girl in third place is…… Airi Matsui!!"
      (girls applaud, Airi stands up to approach Mori but Ayami stops her)
      Ayami: "No! Airi, don't leave me behind!"
      Airi: "Bye-bye."
      (walks off)''
  • Recurring Element: "Check-it-out Chocolate" could be seen as this. First it was the brand of chocolate Yui and Moa get tempted by to become Black Babymetal during the IDZ Apocalypse concerts, then it gets referencednote  in "Pumpkin Parade" and later in Babymetal's "Gimme Choco!".
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: The whole concept of "Melodic Solfege". The verses are based on Chopin's "Nocturne No.2", Bach's "Minuet in G major", Beethoven's "Für Elise", "Act II No. 10" from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake Op. 20" and the 4th Movement of Dvořák's "New World Symphony", while a bridge also includes Mozart's "Turkish March". The chorus is mainly based on Beethoven's "9th Symphony" and Pachelbel's "Canon in D major"
  • Running Gag
    • Mori-sensei forgot Sara Kurashima’s last name during the 2014 entrance ceremony. She won’t let him live it down, and the incident is even incorporated into Sara’s introduction during "Mezase! Super Lady".
      • This also got referenced at an Open Calligraphy class. Sara wrote down Kurashima and after being asked why, she replied, "Well, that's my surname but that guy forgot it!", pointing towards Mori-sensei.
      • Again, during the 2015 Entrance ceremony when Mori-sensei was ready to continue the show, thinking all the new members have been introduced. Cue Sara running in shouting “Sensei, have you forgotten about me?”
    • Ayami’s height issues (she’s been 149cm or 4’10⅔” almost since the beginning). She's always joking about it, since the other graduates from her year, Ayaka and Airi, are both 170cm (5'7") or taller in height.
      • Yui and Moa, who were the smallest when the group started, outgrew her by their graduation.
      • Even Saki Ooga, the one and only Baby-chan, is at least one centimeter taller than Ayami. So is infamously-tiny Aiko.
    • A related gag is the tendency for the Class President to be the shortest of the graduates - Ayami, Suzuka, Marina, Moa, and Aiko.
      • Averted by the 2015 class president, Rinon, who was and is tall by Japanese girl standards, and considerably taller than either Saki. (would have been double-subverted had their classmate Mariri, who is even taller, not left early)
    • During graduation ceremonies, the souji speech to the seniors is read by one of the juniors (thus far, every time, that girl has gone on to become president). On three separate occasions, that girl has been significantly taller than the outgoing president, so the president must adjust the microphone downward to read her touji speech, usually resulting in the girls and the audience having a chuckle.
      • The first time, in 2012, was when Ayami followed Suzuka
      • In 2015, Moa followed Rinon
      • In 2018, Aiko followed Yuzumi
    • Nai! Nai! Nai!
    • Marina refers to most things as "-kun" (a casual honorific suffix). Even food, celestial bodies, or medieval shoguns.
      • Megumi, a huge history geek, tends to refer to historical figures with "-sama" (a formal honorific used to show respect to those one has met). Mori-sensei called her out on this when she correctly answered a question about Oda Nobunaga but then wrote "(様)" under his name – "Why do you call him -sama? You don't even know him!"
    • At an interview with Tower Records CEO Ikuo Minewaki, the girls were prompted to do an impression. Yui did an imaginary “Tomato-kun” (because of her obsession with tomatoes). The impression stuck and got referenced over and over again because of Yui’s uniquely masculine twist on it.
      • Moa became jealous of Yui's success with this impression and created “Spinach-kun” as her own version.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The Science Club "Logica?", complete with Labcoat of Science and Medicine.
  • Special Guest:
    • At the 2013 anniversary concert, the graduates appeared on stage and Ayami even joined the then-current members for a song.
    • Yui and Moa were unable to be present for Sakura Gakuin's set at TIF 2014 because they were touring California with Lady Gaga as Babymetal at the time, so Marina and Raura came back to fill in for them – their status as guests was noted by their different color shirts (blue while the other girls wore white).
      • Moa & Yui were extremely unhappy about missing their final TIF, so they appeared via video to talk to the audience and join along in dancing to "Yume ni Mukatte".
    • At the 2015 anniversary concert, during a performance of "Message", Airi and Ayaka joined in the song, and after a short talk they performed their subunit song, "Brand New Day".
    • Raura, Ayaka, Hinata, and Marina made small appearances during LoGiRL broadcasts. Raura took a particular liking to Kano after Kano casually insulted Mori-sensei to his face. Maaya was completely starstruck and unable to say any word the entire time Ayaka was on set; probably for the best she was farthest from Mori-sensei and Ayaka.
    • Ciào Girl Yui Kato appeared on LoGiRL in 2016. Another Ciào Girl, Liliane Roy, appeared on Fresh! Monday in 2017.
    • Mirena appeared on Fresh! Monday for the last show of 2017 to promote her play, Metal Opera Millennium Momotaro. Then she was a guest on the show again in March 2018 to alleviate Mori-sensei's burden of having to carry a whole livestream all by himself since the girls were rehearsing for the graduation ceremony. Words can't describe how delighted he was to see her intrude.
      • On this same episode, Sara also sent in a video message since she couldn't make it due to scheduling conflicts.
    • Aiko dropped in during the "Lonely Monday" FRESH! episode Maaya had to host alone.
  • Spoken Word in Music:
    • "Mezase! Super Lady"
    • "Sleep Wonder"
    • "Suiminbusoku"
    • "Pumpkin Parade"
    • The Wrestling Club song, "Spin in the Wind"
    • The outro to the sleepiece remix medley, “Non-stop Kitakubu Zaitaku Wasshoi”
  • Student Council President: Each class (nendo) has one, traditionally the 3rd-year member with the most experience and/or seniority in the group. Thus far, Ayami is the only girl to hold the position for more than one year.
    • Moa is kind of the exception, as Yui had more on-camera experience going in. But, Moa is the superior singer and more gregarious personality. Yui, meanwhile, did a lot of the work behind the scenes, notably creating setlists.
    • Yuzumi is the first class president to turn the old seniority system completely on its head. Although she is the oldest of the 2018 nendo by age, four members – seniors Maaya (who was expected by most to get the job) and Marin, plus juniors Kano and Soyoka – had been in the group longer than Yuzu. All four were given student council positions to back Yuzu up.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: the alien in the "Aogeba Toutoshi" music video and its mother.
  • Talkative Loon:
    • Marina, as her mind is constantly further along her train of thought than her mouth, resulting in wild hand-waving and random words.
    • Suzuka, but she’s a lot more collected than Marina.
    • Kano, who incorporates this trait into her Catch-Phrase.
  • Team Mom: Raura was always said to be this to the younger members.
  • That Syncing Feeling: The subgroup performances are usually done with backing tracks, although it is often difficult to tell. Watching the most inexperienced members of the group is usually the best way to see if this is happening. Most of the whole-group songs are done live ("Heart no Hoshi" is an exception, due to the extremely intricate choreography involved).
  • The Cameo: KenKen, the songwriter/arrangement composer of "Aogeba Toutoshi" appears as a hologram band for a second in the music video.
  • Title by Number: "Planet Episode 008"
  • True Companions: Invoked. Sakura Gakuin operates on the ethos of "Once a member, always a member", and almost all the graduates have attended at least one show following their own departures to support newer members. Current members often talk in diaries about meeting former members who gladly offer advice. Some former members who don't work together are nonetheless known to still keep in touch to this day.
    • This even applies to Mariri Sugimoto, who for several reasons left the group after just one year. She still shows up to live events when she can… even though current members probably don't recognize her.
    • And of course Mori-sensei tries to keep up with his former "students" too. It was through him that Fukei learned Nene had achieved her goal of getting into a nursing program.
  • Unishment: When the girls faced off against Idoling!!! in a punishment badminton game, one of the punishments for losing a point was eating a spoonful of aojiru powder. Despite its apparent bitterness and texture, Marina seemed to be enjoying it.
  • Unplugged Version: the 2013 graduates’ cover of "FRIENDS" and The Monkees’ "Daydream Believer"
    • Also, Ayami held an unplugged concert on June 10th 2014, named AYM Ballads, during which she sang "FRIENDS".
    • In one episode of FRESH!, Marin picked up an acoustic guitar and played a shortened English version of the Sakura Gakuin song "Identity" which she had translated herself.
    • The 2016 nendo's live redo of "Sakura Hyakunin Isshu", with guitar by Principal Kuramoto.
  • V-Sign: Many, many, many pictures. It's kind of a thing with Japanese girls in general.
    • Marin, being post-OG Sakura Gakuin's resident Cloud Cuckoolander, has been photographed giving a W-sign.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Aiko and Megumi played this up a lot, to the point one wonders if they actually hated each other (or at least Aiko hated Megu – spoiler: she really doesn't). There was even a skit about it at Sakura Gakuin Festival 2017.
  • Voices Are Mental: In the 2011 album’s bonus footage, Yearning for Friends
    • During live shows when Marin "reads the minds" of other members and/or Mori-sensei.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Often involving neckties/ribbons (these are usually the clip-on type)
    • Two in the Road To Graduation Final 2014 show: Aiko lost her ribbon during "My Graduation Toss"note , and Moa lost her tie at the end of "See You".note 
    • Megumi lost her ribbon on stage at @JAM EXPO 2014 during "Hana*Hana". Fortunately, Yui scooped it up during the song and helped her put it back on during the following MC session.
  • You Are Not Alone: Suzuka said in interviews that she felt huge pressure when she was appointed Second Class President in 2012 (replacing Ayami) and didn’t know if she was good for the job. She was apparently really surprised when the others threw her an “Appreciation Party” before she graduated.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The standard uniforms are a Grade-C at best. These are very young girls, after all.

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