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Sekiranun no Geijutsu
Single/Album Sekiranun no Geijutsu
Kanji 積乱雲の芸術
English The art of cumulonimbus
Romaji sekiranun no geijutsu
Center Hatsune Hikari
Artist Senbatsu
Composer 39P
Lyrics S-Quadruple


Sekiranun no Geijutsu (積乱雲の芸術, The art of cumulonimbus) is AKB0048's 573rd major single (575th overall), and is the 15th single of the new era. It is written by OmegaPri and includes voting tickets for the 574th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo were included in this single.

CD Information

  1. Sekiranun no Geijutsu (積乱雲の芸術) / Senbatsu
  2. monochrome world
  3. Koishicharu Dilemma (恋しちゃるDilemma) / 154th (+154.5th) Generation
  4. Mugen no Borderline (無限のBorderline) / Team A
  5. River of Time

  1. Sekiranun no Geijutsu (積乱雲の芸術) / Senbatsu
  2. monochrome world
  3. Promise
  4. Oikakete Matroos (追いかけてマドロス) / Team K
  5. Ima Koko de Iru (いまここでいる)

  1. Sekiranun no Geijutsu (積乱雲の芸術) / Senbatsu
  2. monochrome world
  3. MECHANICAL HEART
  4. Dream Girl / Team B
  5. Kowase no Kokoro (壊せの心) / Successors

  1. Sekiranun no Geijutsu (積乱雲の芸術) / Senbatsu
  2. monochrome world
  3. Don't Cry / AKB0048
  4. Aru hi, Sekai wa Suki ni Michite (ある日、世界は好きに満ちて) / 154.5th Generation
  5. Fate (運命) / AKB0048

Single Senbatsu

24 Member Senbatsu. Hatsune Hikari Center

Successors: Akimoto Sayaka the 15th, Yokoyama Yui the 13.5th, Takahashi Minami the 7th, Kuramochi Asuka the 13th, Sashihara Rino the 11th, Shimazaki Haruka the 11th, Kodama Haruka the 8th, Ikuta Erika the 11th, Eguchi Aimi the 4th, Nakai Rika the 15th, Minegeshi Minami the 7th, Matsui Jurina the 8th, Watanabe Mayu Type 5
153rd Generation Ryuuzaki Miyoko, Nakahara Monica
153.5th Generation: Hatsune Hikari
154th Generation: Kasumi Yuuna, Ayana Elise, Kobayashi Griselda, MoYoung Marian, Itou Haruki, Tomone Kaoru
154.5th Generation: Chibana Miko, Natsuki Hotaru

Lyrics

[Hat/Ryu/Tom] Kyoushitsu no mado kara sunda aozora miteru
[Hat/Ryu/Tom] hobo omou seikatsu wa Free & Easy
[Aya/Wat/Kas/Tak] Totsuzen me wa hana saku hajime
[Aya/Wat/Kas/Tak] Taibou no SHIIZUN mada osoroshii

[Aki/Min/Nak/Sas] Kumotta haru no MEMORI [Mat/MoY/Nak/Shi] (saigo no haru issho ni)
[Aki/Min/Nak/Sas] kesshin shita My dream [Mat/MoY/Nak/Shi] (daga hantai shita My dream)
[Iku/Kod/Nat] Okotta dakedenaku ([Chi/Yok] hitotsu zutsu)
[Iku/Kod/Nat/Chi/Yok] yatto yuuki wo dashite!

Sekiranun no shita de kamo shiremase
seki de wareme ni nebukai kanashimi
fuuka shiteremasen.
Socchoku ni itte, tsuyoku natta.
Sora wo takaku tondeiru
Tenkouno arashi wo toushite

[Aki/Min/Nak/Sas] Haru wa koushin no yakusoku wo sashite
[Aki/Min/Nak/Sas] Naze kako wo tsumaru no?
[Mat/MoY/Nak/Shi] Totsuzen kaze to kimi no kaori ni yuku
[Mat/MoY/Nak/Shi] Marude sugu soko... nakarou.

[Iku/Kod/Nat/Chi/Yok] Sora wo koete [Hat/Ryu/Tom] (furikaettemiru to)
utagawashii tachiba ni ite
[Hat/Ryu/Tom] Keizoku no kyoufu [Aya/Wat/Kas/Tak] (sekai de kagirare misekake)
[Hat/Ryu/Tom] yami no naka de kiete
[Aya/Wat/Kas/Tak] nani no atokata mo nokosazu ni

Yami no naka ni tsukamatta kamo shirenai
boku no karada ni nebukai kodoku
taiyou no you ni hikari wa uchikatsu.
Socchoku ni itte, kashikoku natta.
Keya de osoku kaika shiteiru
Tenrui no atsuryoku no shita de

Kimi tte... boku tte... kare tte... kanojo tte...
sore tte... kumo tte... minna tte idou.

Sekiranun no shita de kamo shiremase
seki de wareme ni nebukai kanashimi

[Aya/Wat/Kas/Ryu/Tak/Tom] fuuka shiteremasen.
[Aki/Min/Nak/Sas] Socchoku ni itte, tsuyoku natta.
[Mat/MoY/Nak/Shi] Sora wo takaku tondeiru
[Iku/Kod/Nat/Chi/Yok] Tenkouno arashi wo toushite

Yami no naka ni tsukamatta kamo shirenai
boku no karada ni nebukai kodoku
taiyou no you ni hikari wa uchikatsu.
Socchoku ni itte, kashikoku natta.
Keya de osoku kaika shiteiru
Tenrui no atsuryoku no shita de

[Hat/Ryu/Tom] Haru no jidai de osoku kaika shiteiru

教室の窓から澄んだ青空見てる
ほぼ思う生活は Free&Easy
突然 芽は花咲く始め
待望のシーズン まだ恐ろしい

曇った春のメモリ(最後の春 一緒に)
決心した My dream (だが反対したMy dream)
怒っただけでなく(一つずつ)
やっと勇気を出して!

積乱雲の下でかもしれませ
石(せき)で割れ目に根深い 悲しみ
風化してれません
率直に言って、強くなった
空を高く飛んでいる
天光(てんこ)の嵐を通して

春は更新の約束を指して
なぜ過去を詰るの?
突然 風と君の香りにゆく
まるで すぐそこ・・・無かろう。

空を超えて (振り返ってみると)
疑わしい立場にいて
継続の恐怖(世界で限られみせかけ)
暗闇(やみ)の中で消えて
何の跡形も残さずに

暗闇(やみ)の中に捕まったかもしれない
僕の体に根深い 孤独
太陽のように 光は打ち勝つ
率直に言って、賢くなった
花野で遅く開花している
天涙(てんるい)の圧力の下で

君って・・・僕って・・・彼って・・・彼女って・・・
それって・・・くもって・・・みんなって 移動。

積乱雲の下でかもしれませ
石(せき)で割れ目に根深い 悲しみ
風化してれません
率直に言って、強くなった
空を高く飛んでいる
天光(てんこ)の嵐を通して

暗闇(やみ)の中に捕まったかもしれない
僕の体に根深い 孤独
太陽のように 光は打ち勝つ
率直に言って、賢くなった
花野で遅く開花している
天涙(てんるい)の圧力の下で

春の時代で遅く開花している

Viewing the clear blue sky from the classroom window,
almost convinced that life is free and easy
Suddenly, buds start to bloom
It's that long-awaited, yet dreadful season

Memories of that clouded springtime (our last spring together)
where I decided my dream (whereas you opposed my dream)
Not only did anger form (one by one),
I finally found courage!

Although I may find myself under cumulonimbus clouds,
and ingrained in a rock's cracks are sadness,
I won't be weathered.
Quite frankly, I became stronger.
Soaring high in the sky,
through heaven's storm of light

Doesn't spring refer to the promise of renewal?
If so, why am I harping on the past?
Suddenly, your scent goes along with the wind
It's as if you're close by... probably not.

Exceeding the skies, (in retrospect)
there you stand doubtful.
The fear of continuing, (in a world seeming limited)
you disappear in the dark
Not a trace left behind.

Although I may be caught in the darkness,
and ingrained my body is solitude,
like the sun, my lights will overcome.
Quite frankly, I became smarter.
Slowly growing in this flower field,
under the pressure of heaven's tears

You are... I am... he is... she is...
It is... the cloud is... everyone is moving on.

Although I may find myself under cumulonimbus clouds,
and ingrained in a rock's cracks are sadness,
I won't be weathered.
Quite frankly, I became stronger.
Soaring high in the sky,
through heaven's storm of light

Although I may be caught in the darkness,
and ingrained my body is solitude,
like the sun, my lights will overcome.
Quite frankly, I became smarter.
Slowly growing in this flower field,
under the pressure of heaven's tears

Slowly blooming in this time of spring

MV Synopsis

An acoustic version of Seki begins with a black screen. A cherry tree fades in, swaying in the schoolyard. Following, various shots of the Senbatsu are seen - some alone, while others are in pairs or groups - in multiple places on the campus. The camera then pans on Hikari looking out of the window emotionless, her aggression being taken upon a piece of paper. However, seeing her friends lit up a smile and lessened her grip.

A voice interrupts the soothing tune, thus grabbing Hikari's attention.
"Hikarin!" Called Miyoko, dragging Kaoru by her side. "Come help us gather the others for practice?" Miyo continued, rather questionably.
"Uh, give me a moment." She replied, moving the paper behind her back.
Noticing this action, Kaoru asked, "What's behind your back?"
"Um, nothing important. Just another test score..." She paused, causing Tomomo to raise an eyebrow. "I got a B. Still processing it."
"A B's not that bad." Miyo smiled.
"Yeah, totally not bad for your application-" Kaoru was cut off by Miyo nudging her rib.
Hikari took a deep breath. Exhaling, "Just... I'll be there." She earned a nod from Miyoko, but an eye roll from Kaoru.
Linking her arm through Tomomo's, the other two girls walked away. The acoustic version of the song stops as Hikarin watches her friends walk away. Having a sad expression, the official song takes its place.

As the beat picks up, the scenery changes. The Senbatsu appear working in a school gymnasium, wearing clothing similar to the ones people work out in. Most of the members are sweating - at the same time, a few are dancing, and the rest are either chatting amongst each other and/or drinking water. Throughout these shots, the camera was noticeably shaky, and the way the footage was being shot had differed. The video at this time is likely being shot on a phone, in which fans interpret either Sasshi or Miichan are holding, considering that they weren’t seen in the last few clips and their love for the cellular devices.

Once more, the scene changes. Hikari is seen looking out of a classroom window, intentionally when the first lines intertwine with the melody. Shaking her pencil in her hand, the girl has that same emotionless expression. Fans noted that a booklet and a scantron could be seen on her desk, making the assumption that the class was in the middle of a test. Following, Hikarin, Jurina, Elise and Takamina are seen viewing the blossoming flowers. Seconds later, Hikari's attention averted to three butterflies, one taking flight and leaving the others behind. A frown formed, but as Jurina interlocked her arm through Hikarin's, a smile crept back. Almost forcefully.

Moving on into the Pre-Chorus, a softball thrown into the air covers the Sun momentarily. It's then shot back into the air by Sayaka with a metal bat. She then caps her eyes from the bright light, while Karin is seen running to another diamond plate. Out of the blue, the referee announces a homeroom, though his voice was not heard and instead his declaration was written out. The people in the stands, some who are included in the A-Side, jumped from their seats and cheered. For a moment, Mayuyu, the pitcher, is shown defeated, but a cupcake given by Jurina cures her sudden "depression".

Hikarin, Miyo, and Tomomo are seen on the rooftop of the school, looking up at the sky now covered with cumulonimbus clouds. Rainbow colors flash throughout. A picture Miyo drew of the clouds is shown on her lap. The 3 then exchange each other a look and laugh. Other members are seen preparing for something. There are notable scenes, such as one where the front members are at a cafe, the middle row are dancing, and the back are designing uniforms.

After the chorus, several members - Elise, Paruru, Moni, and Aimi - along with other boys and girls are drawing Mocchi, who is posing in a white gown. All of a sudden, the door opens, revealing Takamina. Similar to the referee, Minami declares a "sudden meeting". However, she receives no cooperation. Thus, Tomomo walked through the door frame, crossing her arms. "Now.", the subtitles say. Everyone but Paruru rushed out. Instead, she calmly followed, likely not intimidated by Tomomo's "threat".

As the girls are seen running, they pass the library, in which Team Nerds are found. Yuuna is reading a book, Haruppi is drawing blue prints, and Sasshi is hiding her phone behind a book. As they see their friends running, they soon get up and follow. This becomes a chain, with members such as Ikuchan, Yuihan, and Hotan in the music room accompany the others. The gang then reunites, in the same place practicing a dance. Hikarin stops in the middle, thinking hard about something. Rather than lightly tapping her shoulder, Tomomo pushes the girl out of her dreamy state. Hikarin reciprocated, causing a fight between the two. A few of the members try to break them up. Hikarin then rushes out. Kaoru follows.

Once the center opened the door, the rain is pouring down. The music has paused momentarily. Tomomo quickly grabs Hikarin's hand and spun her around.
"What is up with you? You've been absent-minded throughout the week!"
Hikari looked down, shaking her head. "It's none of your concern."
Kaoru looked angry, "Well it might as well be since your actions affect everyone here! You're the center! Yet you don't show any generosity, and that's coming from me."
"Just leave me alone!" Yelled Hikarin, slapping Tomomo in the process. As if on cue, thunder lit up the dark sky. The rain becomes more heavy. The two stand their, both in shock of what just happened.
Hikari broke the silence. "I got accepted into my dream school." She paused. "I'm leaving." Tomomo looked genuinely hurt, not because of the slap, but what her friend had just said. "I might not even be able to perform, so congratulations, center." Her final words leave Kaoru frozen. The music returns.

It's already the bridge. Hikarin is seen with her parents at a train station, holding her belongings and looking down. The scene cuts to the others behind the stage at the school. Some of them have worried looks, notably Tomomo. She then receives a message on her phone. It was from Hikarin, saying "Tell everyone good luck, as well as goodbye.". The Ashen Blond quickly texts back, "They deserve more than a text saying goodbye. We miss you. It's sad how you're throwing this away - throwing us away. Good luck~" That hit Hikarin. She suddenly dropped her stuff and ran away from the station.

The others were already onstage, in the middle of the song. Out of nowhere, Hikarin arrives right before her solo line. The members all look at her, smiling, though some of their smiles hid sadness. This was the last time they were going to perform together. Nonetheless, the group begin to sing and dance. Clips and pictures of happy memories occur during the performance, likely being thought of by one another. Hikarin then begins to tear up, knowing that she won't see her friends in a long time. As the show concludes, the setting returns to the train station. Hikarin walking onto the train in grief until, the other girls approached the train, waving goodbye. This brings Hikarin to tears, yet another time. She waves back as the locomotive blows steam. The train runs into the distance, with the logo of the song placed in the sky accompanied by a rainbow.

Trivia

  • The single is commonly called Seki.
  • This is Hatsune Hikari's first A-side center.
  • Maeda Atsuko the 19th's last single.
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