Sakura no Hanabiratachi

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"Sakura no Hanabiratachi"
Single by AKB48
from the album Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007
B-side "Dear My Teacher"
Released February 1, 2006 (2006-02-01)
Format CD Single
Genre J-Pop, Pop
Length 5:24
Label AKS, Avex Distribution
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto, Hiroshi Uesugi
Producer(s) Nobuhiko Kashiwara, Yasushi Kubota, Kotaro Shiba
AKB48 singles chronology
"Sakura no Hanabiratachi"
(2006)
"Skirt, Hirari"
(2006)
"Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"
Single by AKB48
from the album Set List: Greatest Songs Kanzenban
B-side "Saigo no Seifuku"
Released February 27, 2008 (2008-02-27)
Format CD Single
Genre J-Pop, Pop
Length 5:20
Label DefStar
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto, Hiroshi Uesugi
Producer(s) Nobuhiko Kashiwara, Yasushi Kubota, Kotaro Shiba
AKB48 singles chronology
"Romance, Irane"
(2008)
"Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"
(2008)
"Baby! Baby! Baby!"
(2008)

"Ōgoe Diamond"
(2008)
Limited edition, type A.
Limited edition, type B.

"Sakura no Hanabiratachi" (桜の花びらたち Cherry Blossom Petals?) is Japanese idol group AKB48's debut single, released independently through AKS on February 1, 2006.[1] The single was the highest debuting girl group single since Morning Musume's "Morning Coffee", released in 1998.[2] The song was composed by Hiroshi Uesugi and written by Yasushi Akimoto.[3] The song was re-recorded and released again in 2008 as the group's final single with major label DefStar Records. The song was sung by the original 21 members of AKB48 that later formed Team A. Center of 2006 version was Minami Takahashi. while 2008 version was Minami Takahashi and Maeda Atsuko.[4]

Promotion[edit]

The launching of "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" was held on February 1, 2006, at the AKB48 theater. During this event, a video presentation of the events that occurred during the formation of Team A was shown. 20 Members of AKB48 Team A then performed "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" and "Dear My Teacher," and later introduced themselves one by one to the public. Notable during this event was the absence of Tomomi Ōe due to school activities.

The song was used as the theme song of the TBS drama Desu yo Nee., along with being used in videophone commercials for NTT docomo. The B-side "Dear My Teacher" was used as the ending theme song for the variety show Mitake Uranai.

The re-released version had several tie-ups. The lead track was used as an ending theme song for the variety show Arabiki-dan, while the B-side "Saigo no Seifuku" was used as an image song for the 26th Yokohama International Women's Ekiden.

2008 version[edit]

Inviting Team K and Team B members to join this song, a new, 2008 version, "Sakura no Habiratachi 2008" (桜の花びらたち2008?), was created. A poster was given for a purchase of any version of this single at the AKB48 Theater Café. Having only one member from AKB48 on each poster, there were a total of 44 different types of posters. These posters were handed out randomly to any purchaser. Anyone who has collected all 44 types were invited to a Spring Festival by AKB48.[5] However, DefSTAR Records later announced that this offer would be cancelled due to the fact that this scandal, attracting purchasers by offering a special reward that would cost lots of money to achieve.[6][7]

A special B-side is featured on the type B limited edition, where the song is rearranged into a school choir pieces.

2010 version[edit]

"Sakura no Hanabiratachi HaruUta 2010 Special" (桜の花びらたち 春うた2010スペシャル?),[8] with special lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto applied at the very last part of the song, was sung by the members appeared on "HaruUta 2010" (春うた2010 Spring Songs 2010?), live broadcast on March 27, 2010 by NHK.[9]

Reception[edit]

The single debuted at #10 in its first week, with 22,000 copies sold.[10] It charted for a further three weeks in the top 50, before finally leaving the top 200 eight weeks after its initial chart entry (in that time selling double the first week).[10]

The 2008 version was less commercially successful. While it also debuted at #10 with 22,000 copies sold in its first week,[10] it only spent a single week in the top 50, leaving the charts five weeks after its initial week and selling a total of 25,000 copies.[10]

This single was AKB48's most sold single from their independent period and time under major label DefStar Records. This was broken by their first single with King Records in 2008, "Ōgoe Diamond," which sold over 80,000 copies.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" (桜の花びらたち "Cherry Blossom Petals") Yasushi Akimoto, Hiroshi Uesugi Nobuhiko Kashiwara 5:24
2. "Dear My Teacher"   Akimoto, Mion Okada Jun Kageie 4:15
3. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi (Karaoke version)"   Akimoto, Uesugi Kashiwara 5:24
4. "Dear My Teacher (Karaoke version)"   Akimoto, Okada Kageie 4:15
Total length:
19:18
2008 regular/Type A tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"   Akimoto, Uesugi Kashiwara 5:20
2. "Saigo no Seifuku" (最後の制服 "Final Uniform") Akimoto, Shintaro Ito Ito 4:36
3. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 (Instrumental)"   Akimoto, Uesugi Kashiwara 5:20
4. "Saigo no Seifuku (Instrumental)"   Akimoto, Ito Ito 4:33
Total length:
19:49
2008 type B tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"   Akimoto, Uesugi Kashiwara 5:20
2. "Saigo no Seifuku"   Akimoto, Ito Ito 4:36
3. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 (Gakkō Mix)" (桜の花びらたち2008(学校 Mix) "Cherry Blossom Petals 2008 (School Mix)") Akimoto, Uesugi Akiyuki Tateyama 5:31
4. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 (Instrumental)"   Akimoto, Uesugi Kashiwara 5:20
5. "Saigo no Seifuku (Instrumental)"   Akimoto, Ito Ito 4:33
Total length:
25:19

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Sakura no Hanabiratachi
Oricon Weekly Chart[10] 10
Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008
Oricon Weekly Chart[10] 10
Billboard Japan Hot 100[citation needed] 26

Reported sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[10] 46,000
Oricon physical sales (2008 ver.)[10] 25,000

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced By: Yasushi Akimoto
  • Executive Producer: Yasushi Kubota, Kotaro Shiba
  • Creative Direction and Photography and Edit: Yasumasa Yonehara
  • Photography: Hirohisa Sako
  • Hair and Make Up: Hiromi Kawano
  • Design: Takumi Matsubara

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48公式サイト|ディスコグラフィー" (in Japanese). AKS. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  2. ^ "AKB48、デビュー作が初登場TOP10入り!モー娘。以来の快挙達成!" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  3. ^ "J!-ENT Dennis A. Amith interviews Hiroshi Uesugi". J!-ENT 20th Anniversary Annual (2013). J!-ENT. October 13, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://entamedata.web.fc2.com/music2/akb48single.html
  5. ^ "AKB48劇場「桜の花びらたち2008」購入者特別プレゼント!" (in Japanese). 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  6. ^ "「春の祭典」ご招待施策中止のご案内". 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  7. ^ "「独禁法抵触の恐れ」AKB48ポスターコンプリート企画中止" (in Japanese). 2008-02-28. Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  8. ^ "「春うた2010」(6)曲目決定!". NHK. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  9. ^ "「春うた2010」(5)桜の花びらたち2010". NHK. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-05-09.  (subscription only)