On November 12, at a Fan Club event, Oda Sakura was introduced as a new member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei, alongside Yamaga Kanae, after failing the S/mileage 2nd generation auditions.
On September 14, Oda was announced as the winner of Morning Musume 11th Generation ~Suppin Utahime~ Audition.
Oda will start official Morning Musume duties in January 2013 at the Hello! Project 2013 Winter Concert, after Morning Musume's 15th Anniversary Concert Tour.
She debuted in the single Help me!!
On December 14, Oda's Morning Musume member color was revealed to be Lavender