After a long year of activities Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2014 ended and with this anew generation of members graduated, this time the BABYMETAL members
Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno, along with Hana Taguchi and Yunano Notsu. Summary and report of the event
Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno graduated from Sakura Gakuin!
Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2014 ended with a graduation full of emotions where the 3rd Graders Moa Kikuchi, Yui Mizuno, Hana Taguchi and Yunano Notsu graduated from this generation. "The Road To Graduation 2014 Final" took place at NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.
The Graduation Event started with long lines for Merchandise, first for VIP ticket users where they were able to get the new Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2014 Graduation Photobook with hand written autograph by the 3rd Graders and then for Regular ticket users. The attendees were in line very early to buy the new Graduation Ceremony merchandise. Both Fukei-San women and men we wearing gala costumes on behalf of respect and gratitude for the Graduation Ceremony. Also were spotted several Fukei-Sans wearing the new and old Sakura Gakuin outfits. After 2 hours of waiting outside the doors were open, and 1 hour later Graduation Ceremony started as expect at 17:00 Japanese Time. The sold out event had a 19 songs Setlist for the Sakura Gakuin's performance with also the expected Graduation Ceremony in the encore of the Set.
The Touji speech was in hand of Moa Kikuchi the Student Council President Of Sakura Gakuin for Nendo 2014. Kikuchi mentioned that the Sakura Gakuin dreams still living in the 3rd Graders even if they not continue. Also in tears Moa said that they feel really the warm support of everyone. In addition Moa mentioned BABYMETAL, and thanked the support received while she as "Moametal" and Yui as "Yuimetal" were member of the group during their stay on Sakura Gakuin, and they will support Sakura Gakuin now as BABYMETAL members.
In the other hand, who was in charge of the Souji speech was, Rinon Isono. Isono was the representative of the Kouhai (Juniors) expressing the appreciation to the Third Graders, Moa, Yui, Hana and Yunano.
In the Graduation Ceremony were present all the Sakura Gakuin graduates: Airi, Ayaka and Ayami from Nendo 2011, Suzuka Nakamoto and Mariri Sugimoto from Nendo 2012, Marina Horiuchi, Iida Raura, Hinata Sato and Nene Sugisaki from Nendo 2013.
さくら学院2014年度お疲れ様でした✨ 自分が卒業してから1年経つなんて… 4人キラキラしてて、みんな悔いがないって言ってました♡みなさんのおかげです！ ありがとうございました😊 2015年度のさくら学院も よろしくお願いします💕 pic.twitter.com/66oOD9VhmY— 飯田來麗 (@iidaraura) March 29, 2015
父兄のみなさん、さくら学院をNHKホールに連れてきてくれて、ありがとう。本当にありがとうございました！！まだまだ無限の可能性を秘めたさくら学院を、ずっとずっと見守っててください！よろしくお願いします！！— 武藤彩未 (@_mutoayami_) March 29, 2015
Also members of the BABYMETAL's Kami Band went to the Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2014 Graduation Ceremony featuring Takayoshi Ohmura, Mikio Fujioka and Yuya Maeta. Hideki Aoyama went to the previous Graduation Event "Be Ambitious, Memorial Summit"
In addition to all of these, the Sakura Gakuin 3rd Graders received the special message books wrote by fans all over the world and delivered by the Twitter User "Lempicka_", also
the girls received gifts from media sites like HOTWAVE.
OFFICIAL SETLIST SAKURA GAKUIN "THE ROAD TO GRADUATION 2014 FINAL":
01-Mesaze Super Lday
04-Gokigen Mr. Toropikaori
06-Tenshi No Akuma
07-Spin In The Wind
08-Peace The Check
11-Planet Episode 008
12-Heart No Hoshi
15-My Graduation Toss
16-Kimi Ni Todoke
17-Yume Ni Mukatte
-GRADUATION CEREMONY -
18-Tobidachi No Hi Ni
Photos below courtesy of Oricon Style and unknown sources.
Report by: Maik Gianino and Hitoshi Sugioka.