Greetings, Magical Meteorites and other Citizens of the Universe.
Even in the dead of January, I’m still waking up to the New Year and trying to get things together. (This is partially because I didn’t exactly take that “break” I wanted over the holidays.) One such thing is the results to the Michishige Sayumemorial Survey.
Originally crafted in August 2014 almost in tandem to the Berryz edition, I considered unveiling them sooner or later. As with many decisions regarding the blog, there was a poll for that.
Eventually, the two revealing posts were split up with Sayumi’s post going up first. Posts about the poll went up on Tumblr in early November with many (albeit sporadic) signal boost reblogs going on until January. On November 13, the poll went live on the blog and thus word was spread on Twitter.
Between November and January, there have been a total of 33 responses (thank you all), a majority of them being within the first month. In December, I realized my folly in not providing enough about the album songs and the era experiences themselves so the data is somewhat flawed in that regard. Apologies in advance.
In early November, after discovering the virtues of URL shorteners and finding ones that work, I created a shortened URL that could be beneficial towards signal boosting. (In a slight folly, I accidentally created another–albeit lesser used–one.) Altogether, the shortened links were clicked 19 times (17 for the first one, 2 for the second) with the following results:
- United States: 9 clicks
- Japan: 4 clicks (2 on the first link, 2 on the second)
- Canada: 2 clicks
- A single click coming from Mexico, Sweden, Australia, and the Philippines.
Now, I’m inclined to go deeper with the analytics data provided by the Google URL Shortener, but that might be pushing it. Besides, it shows the diversity of fandom across the globe and it doesn’t matter if you’re a Firefox PC user or operating Chrome on an iPhone. (Tell me if I’m wrong.)
What matters is fandom, history, and the analysis of both through the provided data so let’s begin!
Question 1: What is your favorite single throughout Sayu’s tenure?
The clear winner is Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan with 12 (36%) votes. This pleasantly surprised me as this is relatively recent in terms of content.
The next five are:
- One・Two・Three / The Matenrou Show (11 votes – 33%)
- Shabondama (9 votes – 27%)
- Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0 (9 votes – 27%)
- Nanchatte Renai (6 votes – 18%)
- Kimagure Princess (6 votes – 18%)
The next results regarding this question will be in tiers:
15% (5 votes) Bracket
- Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
- TIKI BUN/ Shabadabadoo~/Mikaeri Bijin
12% (4 votes) Bracket
- Resonant Blue
- Naichau Kamo
- Shouganai Yume Oibito
- Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!
- Wakuteka Take a chance
- Help me!!
9% (3 votes) Bracket)
- Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
- Egao YES Nude
- Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
- Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai
- Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?
6% (2 votes) Bracket
- Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~
- THE Manpower!!!
- Onna ni Sachi Are
- Seishun Collection
- Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game
- Only you
- Renai Hunter
3% (1 vote) Bracket
- Iroppoi Jirettai
- SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
- Kanashimi Twilight
- Maji Desu ka Ska!
- Pyocopyoco Ultra
0% (0 votes) Bracket
- Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT
- Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago
- Osaka Koi no Uta
- Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~
- Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan
- Pepper Keibu
As for Question #2 (Best Album), here are the results there:
- 10 MY ME with 12 votes (36%)
- Platinum 9 DISC with 7 votes (21%)
- Fantasy! Juuichi with 6 votes (18%)
- 12, Smart with 6 votes (18%)
- 13 Colorful Character with 6 votes (18%)
- SEXY 8 BEAT with 4 votes (12%)
- Rainbow 7 with 3 votes (9%)
- 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini! with 1 vote (3%)
- COVER YOU with 1 votes (3%)
- Ai no Dai 6 Kan with 0 votes (0%)
What is immediately obvious is the fact that the newest material has a majority in the voting pool. For reasons that will be shown in the later results, there is a good reason for this — and a testament to Sayu’s legacy and role in bringing Morning Musume out from relative obscurity. On that note, one honorable mention should go to their latest album, 14 Shou ~The message~, because in spite of my best efforts, I neglected to add it to “Best Album” question in this section. D’oh!
Let me make it up to you by showing off the best in show.
Anyway, tune in next week as we go over the results of the second part of the survey: The Early Years.