Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku

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"Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku"
Berryz Kobo Version Regular Edition cover
Single by Berryz Kobo × Cute
from the album
Ai no Album 8
(Berryz Kobo)
Dai Nana Shō 'Utsukushikutte Gomen ne'
(Cute)
B-side "Tanjun Sugi na no Watashi" (Berryz Kobo Version)
"Kirai de Kirai de Kirai" (Cute Version)
Released November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09) (Japan)
Format CD single (CD, CD+DVD)
Event V (DVD)
Genre J-pop, pop
Length 14:35 (Berryz Kobo Version)
14:53 (Cute Version)
Label Piccolo Town (Berryz Kobo Version)
Zetima (Cute Version)
Writer(s) Tsunku
Producer(s) Tsunku
Berryz Kobo × Cute singles chronology
"Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku"
(2011)
"Chō Happy Song"
(2012)
Berryz Kobo singles chronology
"Aa, Yo ga Akeru"
(2011)
"Be Genki (Naseba Naru!)"
(2012)
Cute singles chronology
"Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko"
(2011)
"Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku"
(2012)
Music video
"Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku" on YouTube
°C-ute Version Regular Edition cover

"Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku" (甘酸っぱい春にサクラサク?, "In the Bittersweet Spring, the Sakura Blooms") is the 1st single by Berryz Kobo × Cute (pronounced Berikyū), a collaboration unit between the Japanese idol groups Berryz Kobo and Cute. The single was released on November 9, 2011.[1][2]

It's a middle school graduation song.

Background[edit]

Different versions of the single were released simultaneously on two record labels: Berryz Kobo's version was published by Piccolo Town, which is the Berryz Kobo's label, while Cute's version was published by the C-ute's label, Zetima. There were 3 editions of each version: Regular Edition (CD only), Limited Edition A (CD+DVD), Limited Edition B (CD only).

There was also a so called Event V, a DVD containing several versions of the music video for the song "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku", released.

The title song was appointed as the ending theme for Ōsama Game, a BS-TBS horror movie in which members of both Berryz Kobo and Cute played.[3]

It is a graduation song, but, as Maimi Yajima pointed out, it's not a sad farewell song, but rather a positive journey song.[4]

First "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku" will be included in the Hello! Project compilation album Petit Best 12 and later in the Cute's upcoming 2012 album Dai Nana Shō 'Utsukushikutte Gomen ne'. It will also be present on the Berryz Kobo's upcoming album Ai no Album 8.

Critical reception[edit]

Hotexpress's Tetsuo Hiraga wrote in his review: "The song has a consistent utterly happy and cute typical idol groove". But the reviewer also added that the song seemed very "chaotic" to him.[5]

CD single[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tsunku.

Arrangement:

Berryz Kobo Version[edit]

CD
No. Title Artists(s) Length
1. "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku" (甘酸っぱい春にサクラサク)    
2. "Tanjun Sugi na no Watashi..." (単純すぎなの私・・・) Berryz Kobo  
3. "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku (Instrumental)" (甘酸っぱい春にサクラサク(Instrumental))    

C-ute Version[edit]

CD
No. Title Artists(s) Length
1. "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku" (甘酸っぱい春にサクラサク)    
2. "Kirai de Kirai de Kirai" (嫌いで嫌いで嫌い) Cute  
3. "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku (Instrumental)" (甘酸っぱい春にサクラサク(Instrumental))    

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Weeks
on chart
Sales
First
week
Total
Oricon Daily Singles Chart 7
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart[1][2] 8 3 20,535 24,745
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 32
Billboard Japan Hot 100[6] 15 1
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales[7] 9 2
Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay[8] 53 1
Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay[9] 85 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oricon profile (Berryz Kobo Version)" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Oricon profile (Cute Version)" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  3. ^ "ベリキュー合同チームで「王様ゲーム」EDシングル発売". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Berryz工房×℃-ute、「甘酸っぱい春にサクラサク」PV撮影で見せたプロの仕事". BARKS (in Japanese). BARKS. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  5. ^ Tetsuo Hiraga (2011-10-30). "残酷映画の主題歌にハッピーな卒業ソング。その意味は?". Hotexpress. Plantech Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN (2011/11/21)" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link Corporation & Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  7. ^ "Hot Singles Sales|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN (2011/11/21)" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link Corporation & Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Adult Contemporary Airplay|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN (2011/11/21)" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link Corporation & Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary Airplay|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN (2011/11/28)" (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link Corporation & Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 

External links[edit]

Berryz Kobo Version[edit]

Cute Version[edit]