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No Sleeves
ノースリーブス
No Sleeves live performance.jpg
no3b performing Kirigirisu Jin at Differ Ariake Arena, 2013. L-R: Kojima, Takahashi, Minegishi
Background information
Also known as no3b, Persona
Origin Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Years active 2008 - present
Labels Epic
Associated acts AKB48
Website www.no3b.net
Members Haruna Kojima
Minami Minegishi
Minami Takahashi

No Sleeves (ノースリーブス Nosuribusu?) is a subunit from idol group AKB48's original Team A, produced by Yasushi Akimoto. The group is commonly referred as no3b, a stylized version of the group's name, which is a wasei-eigo term for sleeveless clothes.

History[edit]

The trio debuted officially under the name No Sleeves on November 2008, but were previously grouped together and performed the songs "Junai no Crescendo" and "Bye Bye Bye" at AKB48 concerts and stage DVDs. They have had eight Oricon top 10 singles to date.[1] The group has released two digital singles under the name Persona (ペルソナ Perusona?) for the TV Tokyo drama Men Dol: Ikemen Idol starred by them.

After the apparent one year inactivity which followed the release of their 8th single Pedicure Day in December 2011, no3b joined as MC in Fuji TV's midnight ad lib music variety show Snack Kissa Eden (スナック喫茶エデン Cafe and Snack Eden?) together with Tetsuya Komuro, Kosuke Suzuki and Lily Franky,[2] where they held their first recorded performance of the next single, Kirigirisu Jin.[3]

No Sleeves' songs featured in different media: "3seconds" and "Christmas Present" in the drama Men Dol: Ikemen Idol as insert songs, with "Relax!" as theme song. "Tane" as Birdy the Mighty DECODE:02 anime ending theme. "Kiss no Ryūsei" as TBS ranking show Rank Oukoku (ランク王国 Rank Kingdom?) opening theme (December 2009 to January 2010). "Lie" as TBS TV show Ariyoshi AKB Kyowakoku (有吉AKB共和国?) ending theme. "Kimi Shika" as the mobile drama Kotodama no Onnatachi (言霊の女たち。 Women of Kotodama?) theme song, Shiodome Expo 2010 (汐博|汐留博覧会2010?) theme song and the variety show Jack 10 (ジャック10?) theme song (August 2010). "Answer" was used as the ending theme to the anime Beelzebub.[4] "Asatte, Jamaica" as the mobile drama Zoku: Kotodama no Onnatachi (続・言霊の女たち。 Sequel: Women of Kotodama?) theme song. "Kirigirisu Jin" as Fuji TV variety show Snack Kissa Eden insert song and ending theme. "Iin Ja Ne?" as the japanese television drama Megutan tte Mahou Tsukaeru no? (メグたんって魔法つかえるの? Could Megutan use magic??) theme song.

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Oricon
Album
Chart[1]
Total*
sales[1]
2011 No Sleeves (ノースリーブス?) 1[5] 103,042

Singles[edit]

Year Title Total Sales*
Notes
Chart positions Album
Oricon Singles Weekly Charts[1] Billboard Japan Hot 100[6] RIAJ digital tracks[7]
2008 "3seconds" Digital single as Persona. No Sleeves
"Relax!" 13 24
"Christmas Present" (クリスマスプレゼント?) Digital single as Persona.
2009 "Tane" (タネ?, "Seed") 9 46
"Kiss no Ryūsei" (キスの流星?, "Shooting Star of Kisses") 29,434 8 17 72
2010 "Lie" 32,668 5 10 41
"Kimi Shika" (君しか?, "No One But You") 41,168 6 12 94 TBA
2011 "Answer" 108,831 2 3 7
"Kuchibiru Furezu..." (唇 触れず・・・?, "Without Touching Your Lips...") 120,593 3 4 18
"Perori to Pepero" (ペロリとペペロ?) Digital single.
"Pedicure Day" (ペディキュアday?) 115,763 2 7 20
2013 "Kirigirisu Jin" (キリギリス人?, "Grasshopper People") 100,108 2 3 **

* Unofficial figure obtained by adding together Oricon sales numbers for different periods of time when the single or album charted on Oricon.
** RIAJ Digital Track Chart was shut down on July 2012.

Media Appearances[edit]

TV programs[edit]

Year Title
2010– PON!
2012–2013 Snack Kissa Eden (スナック喫茶エデン?)

Dramas[edit]

Year Title Media
2008 Men Dol: Ikemen Idol (メン☆ドル 〜イケメンアイドル〜?) TV
2010 Kotodama no Onnatachi (言霊の女たち。?) Mobile
2011 Zoku: Kotodama no Onnatachi (続・言霊の女たち。?) Mobile

Radio[edit]

Year Title
2009– No Sleeves no "Shuukan No Sleeves" (ノースリーブスの「週刊ノースリー部」?)
2009–2010 No Sleeves no "All Night Nippon" (ノースリーブスのオールナイトニッポン?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "ノースリーブス、アドリブで芝居に挑戦 小室哲哉もバラエティー初レギュラー". Oricon article about Snack Kissa Eden. (in Japanese). Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "ノースリーブス新曲は"金爆"鬼龍院が作曲 「えっ?と聞き直した」 (小嶋陽菜)". Oricon: No Sleeves new single lyrics written by Golden Bomber's vocalist, Shō Kiryūin. (in Japanese). Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ナタリー - グループ魂&ノースリーブス、新曲がアニメ主題歌に". natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ "AKB48派生ユニット・ノースリーブスが結成3年目で初首位". Oricon (in Japanese). January 6, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  7. ^ "有料音楽配信チャート" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 

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