This Armor

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This Armor
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Studio album by Chihiro Onitsuka
Released March 6, 2002
Recorded at Melody Star, Landmark, and Artworks Mouri Studios in 2001 - 2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 51:00
Language Japanese, English
Label Toshiba EMI/Virgin Tokyo, Universal J
Producer Takefumi Haketa
Nozomu Tsuchiya
Chihiro Onitsuka chronology
Insomnia
(2001)Insomnia2001
This Armor
(2002)
Sugar High
(2002)Sugar High2002
Singles from This Armor
  1. "infection"
    Released: September 7, 2001
  2. "Ryūseigun"
    Released: February 6, 2002

This Armor is the second studio album recorded by Japanese singer-songwriter Chihiro Onitsuka, released in March 2002. It features two lead singles "infection", "Ryūseigun", and remake versions of "Arrow of Pain" (B-Side of a single "Gekko" in 2000) and "Little Beat Rifle" (double A-Side to "infection").

Onitsuka described the album as "a sequel to Insomnia", her chart-topping debut which came out in 2001. Like its predecessor, the title of the album was named by the artist, simply because she liked the sound of the phrase. Cover art was taken by photographer Mika Ninagawa in Miyako-jima, Okinawa prefecture.

This Armor debuted and peaked at the number-three on the Japanese Oricon albums chart and remained the top-300 for 25 weeks, with estimated sales of over half a million copies. The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan upon its release, for shipments of over 400,000 units.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs arranged and produced by Takefumi Haketa.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rollin'" Chihiro Onitsuka, Takefumi Haketa[2] 5:06
2. "Ibara no Umi (茨の海, Sea of Thorns)" Onitsuka 5:05
3. "Shadow (シャドウ)" Onitsuka 5:41
4. "everything, in my hands" Onitsuka 4:45
5. "Our Song" Onitsuka, mayu 3:49
6. "Ryūseigun (流星群, Meteor)" Onitsuka, Haketa 5:12
7. "Little Beat Rifle" (album ver.) Onitsuka 4:53
8. "Arrow of Pain" Onitsuka 5:15
9. "infection" Onitsuka, Haketa 5:45
10. "Crow" Onitsuka, Haketa 5:15
Total length: 51:00

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes of the album[3]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[1] Platinum 510,000[4]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

External links[edit]

Official music videos

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2002年3月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. March 2002 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 510: 12. May 10, 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ 作品データベース検索サービス [searchable copyright database]. Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-02-01.  Note: Co-writer's credits are omitted from the sleeve-notes for the album.
  3. ^ This Armor (CD booklet). Chihiro Onitsuka. Toshiba EMI, Melody Star Ltd. 2002. 
  4. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Taiju']. Oricon. Retrieved January 17, 2014.  (subscription only)
  5. ^ "This Armor/鬼束ちひろ-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック" [(Highest position and charting weeks for This Armor by Chihiro Onitsuka]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Original Confidence. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. ^ "2002年 アルバム年間TOP100" [Oricon Year-end Albums Chart of 2002] (in Japanese). Retrieved February 2, 2014.