ATARASHII GAKKO! Releases Legendary ‘OTONABLUE’ Performance from THE FIRST TAKE on Streaming Services

21.June.2023 | MUSIC

On June 16, the girls’ vocal and dance group ATARASHII GAKKO! released OTONABLUE – From THE FIRST TAKE on streaming services.

 

Originally released in 2020, OTONABLUE has become incredibly popular over the past year, with its ‘neck-dance’ choreography trending on TikTok. With views on the social media site surpassing 2.5 billion, a music video was thrown together and released, pulling in over 20 million views in two months.

 

 

On April 7, ATARASHII GAKKO! performed a special version of OTONABLUE on THE FIRST TAKE, commemorating their first time on the program with new choreography. Filmed in a single take, their appearance pulled in 20 million views in record time, becoming the channel’s most popular video of 2023. This special live version is now available to stream.

 

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    Group: Hello, everyone! We’re Atarashii Gakko!, and we stand for individuality, freedom, and chasing after what you want!

     

     

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    RIN: Anyway, I looked so forward to lunch every day, I just wouldn’t want it to end.

     

    KANON: You’re still like that now! (The members laugh)

     

    RIN: It was like, since we were having certain foods on certain days, I wanted seconds of everything while I could get them. I’d eat what I could get myself, and then if someone didn’t want theirs, they’d give it to me and I’d eat all of it.

     

     

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    RIN: Before you lose sight of what you want, push forward with all your might and rush after it!

     

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    KANON: It’s okay to be greedy!

     

    Group: Want More, Get More! MOTTO MOTTO MOTTO! This has been Atarashii Gakko! Bow! School’s over!

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