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AAA (トリプル・エー Toripuru Ei, Triple A), standing for Attack All Around, is a 7-membered Japanese co-ed dance vocal group under the label Avex Trax. The group is marketed by their label as a "super performance unit", with its name 'Attack All Around' referring to the group's intention to tackle all kinds of different music genres and challenge all areas of the entertainment industry. AAA initially made their debut as an 8-membered group on 14th September 2005 with the single Blood on Fire, however in mid 2007 female member Yukari Goto left the group due to health reasons.

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Current Members: (in age order)

  • Naoya Urata (10th November 1982) - ♂
  • Misako Uno (16th July 1986) - ♀
  • Takahiro Nishijima (30th September 1986) - ♂
  • Shuta Sueyoshi (11th December 1986) - ♂
  • Mitsuhiro Hidaka (12th December 1986) - ♂
  • Chiaki Ito (10th January 1987) - ♀
  • Shinjiro Atae (26th November 1988) - ♂

Discography:

  • Attack (2006)
  • All (2007)
  • Around (2007)
  • Departure (2009)
  • Heartful (2010)
  • Buzz Communication (2011)
  • 777: Triple Seven (2012)
  • Eighth Wonder (2013)
  • Gold Symphony (2014)
  • AAA 10th Anniversary Best (2015)

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Tropes associated with AAA's works:

  • Anime Theme Song - Quite a number of them.
    • 'With You' as the first ending theme song to Inuyasha: The Final Act. This is basically the exact same thing as Hide-Away, just with different lyrics.
    • 'I4U' as the ending theme to movie Prince of Tennis: The Battle of the British City.
    • As AAA was appointed as PR ambassador for One Piece's 15th anniversary in 2014, many of their tracks have been associated with the series (much to Nissy's delight).
      • AAA did a cover of 'We Are!' in 2012 as the ending song for One Piece's TV special Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends.
      • Next Stage was used as the ending theme of another One Piece special 3D2Y: Overcome Ace’s Death! Luffy’s Vow to his Friends.
      • Wake Up! is the 17th opening for the anime.
    • Ashita no Hikari as the second opening song for World Trigger.
  • Ascended Extra - Chiaki, Shuta and Shinjiro used to be just background dancers/backup vocals in AAA until much later after debut.
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    • Chiaki started having her own lines in 2009, joining Misako, Nissy and Leader as the main singers of AAA.
    • The remaining members Shuta and Shinjiro got individual vocal lines in all singles starting around 2011.
  • Audience Participation Song - Hurricane Lili Boston Mari, a concert favorite. AAA performs this song every single year at a-nation without fail. Everyone, literally everyone, has to spin a towel above their heads during the chorus of the song.
  • Color-Coded Characters - Each member of AAA has their own official representative color. These colors are orange (Nissy), purple (Misako), green (Leader), yellow (Hidaka), blue (Shinjiro), pink (Shuta) and red (Chiaki). Before Yukari left, her color was pink and Shuta was black.
    • For some strange reason, in their 2010 double A-side single Aitai Riyuu/Dream After Dream (Yume Kara Sameta Yume) the member colors seemed to have gone through a shuffle for both PVs. Nissy was red, Misako was pink, Leader was dark blue, Hidaka was a lighter blue (doesn't look green...?), Shinjiro was purple, Shuta was orange and Chiaki was yellow.
  • Design Student's Orgasm - The video for Break Down. Enough said.
  • Gratuitous English
  • Hip-Hop: Hidaka's speciality, as evident in his solo works under the name SKY-HI.
  • Japanese Pop Music - Duh.
  • Manly Tears - Shinjiro leaks a drop or two at the end of Aishiteru no ni, Aisenai. This is rather unusual as Shinjiro normally doesn't show his tears to the public (unless filming a drama or movie).
  • Mascot - A~panda, a panda with the letters "AAA" on its belly. It is colored in the members' official colors, and is frequently used in concert tour goods as soft toys, figures, straps, etc. A giant, life-sized A~panda is often seen walking around at concert venues.
  • Stop Motion Lighting - The videos for Hide-Away (2:59 - 3:13) and Still Love You (2:58 - 3:12 and 4:27 - 4:41). May cause epileptic seizures.
  • The Four Chords of Pop - They use the chord progression's minor variant vi-IV-I-V in their tracks. Examples include Party It Up, That's Right, 'Shout & Shake' and boys-only song Soul Edge Boy, although other songs like Next Stage and 'Hands' also slip that chord progression in their choruses.
  • Two Girls to a Team: They may be a co-ed group, but their gender ratio is rather unbalanced.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Shinjiro, particularly during AAA's earlier days. Many fans were shocked that such a deep, husky voice came out of the youngest member of the group.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Nissy and Leader (with Misako as the lead female singer) back during AAA's earlier days. This has now changed, with all members having a fair share of their own lines.
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