Although Babymetal were probably always cute, they haven't always been guitar-wielding metal fiends. 

Only a few years ago, Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal were in a J-pop group called Sakura Gakuin. The group, whose name translates to “Cherry Blossom Academy,” is pretty unique.

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Sakura Gakuin has, at any given time, 10 to 12 members between the ages of 10 and 15. The group is elementary to middle school themed, so when a member graduates from junior high, they leave the group and are replaced by a new younger member.

But that's not all: Sakura Gakuin has an annual ceremony in which the aged-out members of the group “graduate.” The group then releases a video of the graduation along with their annual album. 

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The ladies of Babymetal—Suzuka Nakamoto, Yui Mizono and Moa Kikuchi—are all Sakura Gakuin alumni. 

You can check out the extremely peppy Sakura Gakuin music video, “Song For Smiling,” featuring fingerpaint, school uniforms and sugar cookies, below. The song is from 2013, and looks straight out Playhouse Disney. But do we detect a hint of electric guitar in there?

 

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