Song of Atarashii Gakko no Leaders stuck in my head!
Popularity of Atarashii Gakko no Leaders has been growing these days.
But what the meaning of Atarashii Gakko no Leaders?
I’ll introduce you the meaning in both Japanese and English here.
Meaning of ATARASHII GAKKO
If I write Atarashii Gakko in Japanese, it becomes “新しい学校(あたらしいがっこう)”.
Atarashii(新しい) means “New”.
Gakko(学校) means “School”.
So I can translate it as New School(新しい学校).
Their group name is 新しい学校のリーダーズ in Japanese, actually.
リーダーズ means “Leaders”.
So Leaders of New School is the direct translation of their Japanese group name.
Concept of Atarashii Gakko
The concept of Atarashii Gakko is “Out of line”.
“はみ出す” in Japanese.
They focus on getting off the paved track by their individuality and choice.
Yes, I understand it.
Usually, well-behaved students are highly valued in school.
If you violate school regulations, you get scolded.
So model leaders are always the ones who keep to the regulations.
But Atarashii Gakko no Leaders are literally new leaders.
They stick out from the society and break the regulations if necessary.
Interesting and surreal point of them is their costume.
You know, the long skirt is for exemplary students in Japan although that’s a normal thing.
I think modern female high-school students try to shorten their skirts.
Because that looks stylish and cute for them.
Long skirts are certainly good considering the school regulations.
But they look lame for high-school students who love and follow modern, kawaii fashion.
So if you wanna break the regulations, shortening the skirt is correct.
But the skirts of Atarashii Gakko are long.
They keep to the regulations!
That make their existence surreal and more unique.
What is Otona Blue and the meaning?
Most famous song of Atarashii Gakko no Leaders is Otona Blue (オトナブルー).
What’s the meaning?
Otona means “Adult” in Japanese.
It is written as “大人 (おとな)(オトナ)” in Japanese.
Blue means “Blue”, so same meaning as English.
It is written “ブルー” in Katakana or “青(あお)” if you use Kanji or Hiragana.
We say ブルーになる (become blue) when something shocking or sad thing happened.
It’s a kind of slung and the situation you feel blue and depressed is ブルーになる.
As you can imagine from the lyrics of Otona Blue, it is a song of a girl who can not become adult although she wants to be.
She stretch herself but difficult.
I think she is a teenager, struggling to become adult and wants to be treated as grown-up.
So the title became Otona Blue, I guess.
Atarashii Gakko is 新しい学校 (あたらしいがっこう) in Japanese.
The group name expresses they are new school leaders who pave the way for.
Their song Otona Blue stuck in my head, haha.
I hope they break rules in a good way and meaning!
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