Release Date: November 9, 2011
- Amazuppai Hari ni Sakura Saku
- Kirai de, Kirai de, Kirai de (C-ute)
- Tanjun Sugi na no Watashi.. (Berryz Koubou)
- Amazuppai Hari ni Sakura Saku (Instrumental)
Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku is a collaboration between Berryz Koubou and C-ute. It’s described as a graduation song, but not the typical depressing kind that laments that the end of innocence and the beginning of life as a slave to real life commitments and infinite taxes. Nope, instead we have the two “kids” groups sending people off blindly with a shit eating grin on their faces as they head towards a brighter future. Well yeah, something like that.
Anyway, the a-side is exactly as advertised. Bright, cheery and full of uplifting feel-good dripping out of every single minute. I can’t imagine this being played at a high school or college graduation at all. But a grade school one? Why not? It seems to have that kind of vibe that would fit kids who are heading into 1st grade or junior high maybe. Look at the video for this song and it seems to be the consensus choice for use graduation theme use.
Although I would find it funny if some high school or college class used this as their grad theme & did the choreography while picking up their diplomas. Ah.. One can dream.
The b-sides feature individual tracks from each group. C-ute goes the dramatic route with Kirai de, Kirai de, Kirai de while Berryz does the opposite route with a track similar to the happiness of the a-side in the form of Tanjun Sugi na no Watashi..
I prefer what C-ute has to offer as a b-side. It’s in line with what they did on their Chou Wonderful 6 album and brings a different mood to the entire package compared to the Berryz song. That’s not to say that the Berryz song is one that you should skip. Much like with C-ute, if you liked Berryz’ recent album (at the time) this will probably satisfy you enough to give it at least one listen.
As a whole this was a great collaboration. Berryz & C-ute make for a great temporary mega-group as all their voices blend well together and the perceived weaknesses of each side are easily hidden with the vocal heavy lifting spread out among more members.
It would be nice if UFA did these things more often but perhaps that’s asking for too much. Plus, it would probably milked to death where the whole mystique and all that would wear off after a while.
Instead enjoy this as is then & hope for small tastes of Berikyuu in the future.