AKB48 sub-unit No Sleeves reunited for Minami Takahashi’s 26th birthday on April 8, 2017. Takahashi graduated from AKB48 on March 28, 2016 after more than 10 years with the group. Takahashi had a birthday event called “Minami Takahashi 26th Birthday Live 2017 ❤ 199104080127❤ 26❤.”
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The event was held at the venue called Shibuya Club Quattro. The former general manager of AKB48 and all of its sub groups sang 14 songs. Most of them came from her solo album called “Aishite mo Ii desu ka?” which was released last year.
Minami Minegishi served as the Master of Ceremonies for this event. There was also a surprise appearance by Haruna Kojima on the stage. Kojima will be graduating on April 19th which is also her 29th birthday. There was much excitement from the fans as they saw the reunion of No Sleeves. This sub-unit has members Minami Minegishi, Haruna Kojima, and Minami Takahashi. No Sleeves sang their popular song called Heartgata Virus.
Takahashi remarked that she did not remember when the last time was that three member unit sang together. No Sleeves is one of four AKB48 sub-units. Two of them (French Kiss and DIVA have disbanded). The other one is called Not Yet. Takahashi also said that she will be doing a nationwide tour. The first show will take place at PENNY LANE24 in Sapporo. The rest of the tour dates can be found on Tokyohive. Takahashi was the center for the single Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby which was the last single that she was named center. Her last single with AKB48 was the one called Kimi wa Melody (single #43). She was also one of the centers for the single Sayonara Crawl. Takahashi was one of the original members of AKB48 dating back to October 2005 with Atsuko Maeda. It is worth mentioning once again that AKB48 has a sort of superstar status in Japan and they are the country’s most popular pop music group. Congratulations for the return of Minami Takahashi and No Sleeves! Here is also the group’s great song called Answer.