Momusu M3 Grand Prix – 11/7 Update

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!


It’s almost time for Musume faithful to head to Mexico. In the meantime, the Momusu M3 Grand Prix reaches one more stop on the road to the Final Round.

I was originally going to announce this past Friday (Tweet notwithstanding)…

…but I held off because I didn’t feel the mood was right. (After all, we were barely a day removed from Yanamin’s departure announcement and Mitsui Aika’s retirement was announced hours beforehand.) I then delayed it until today because of the fervor surrounding the US Midterm Elections and I felt it’d get lost in the noise.

Besides, the last thing you need to hear in a sea of “VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE LIKE LIVES DEPEND ON IT! VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!” is “Hey, my blog’s having a popularity contest of a tournament. Please pick your oshi in some fanpoll that will have zero bearing on your oshi’s standing in general idol life.”

So without further ado, let’s go over the results and the path ahead.

Members Tournament

The one with the best results will fill in the Wild Card slot and advance to the Final Round. In the event of a tie, a winner will be picked based on overall tournament performance.

  • Suzuki Kanon (1 Vote – 25%)
  • Nakazawa Yuko (1 Vote – 25%)
  • Michishige Sayumi (1 Vote – 25%)
  • Haga Akane (1 Vote – 25%)
  • Abe Natsumi (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Junjun (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Iida Kaori (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Makino Maria (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Niigaki Risa (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Iikubo Haruna (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Yaguchi Mari (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Sayashi Riho (0 Votes – 0%)
  • Yokoyama Reina (0 Votes – 0%)

So our candidates are Suzuki KanonNakazawa YukoMichishige Sayumi, and Haga Akane. Had I not remember the rules I put in place (thanks to me making this post), I would’ve had them duke it out on Twitter.

You’ll see the details regarding each member’s performance below. This (particularly the qualification process) also requires me to explain something called the Resorting Wild Card: Sometime in August, after some equivalency math, I resorted the members. As you can tell by the timing, this was too late to justify restarting the tournament. As a consolation, I had it where a member’s performance can act as a wild card factor. Fortunately, there were enough qualifying Wild Cards so it’d not be too crazy at the end. Also, the ones that made it through (Niigaki Risa, Iikubo Haruna, Michishige Sayumi, Haga Akane) were also small enough to put in to mix up the pot.

Before anyone asks, Niigaki Risa got in thanks to Zukki and Harunan got in thanks to Junjun.

Suzuki Kanon

  • Bracket: Top
  • Best Performance: Fourth Round (Runner-up; lost to Oda Sakura)
  • Final Match Ratio: 2 Votes (40%) out of 5
  • Method of Qualification: Bracket Runner-up

Nakazawa Yuko

  • Bracket: Top
  • Best Performance: Second Round (Runner-up; lost to Oda Sakura)
  • Final Match Ratio: 2 Votes (33%) out of 6
  • Method of Qualification: Good overall performance

Michishige Sayumi

  • Bracket: Top
  • Best Performance: First Round (lost tiebreaker to Oda Sakura)
  • Final Match Ratio: 2 Votes (40%) out of 5
  • Method of Qualification: Resorting Wild Card (Yokoyama Reina)

Haga Akane

  • Bracket: Bottom
  • Best Performance: First Round (lost to Konno Asami)
  • Final Match Ratio: 0 Votes (0%) out of 2
  • Method of Qualification: Resorting Wild Card (Makino Maria)

After tallying up the cumulative scores from each round, a winner becomes clear.

  • Suzuki Kanon: 9
  • Nakazawa Yuko: 4
  • Michishige Sayumi: 1 (0.5)
  • Haga Akane: 0

Suzuki Kanon advances to the Final Round as the Wild Card! Congrats Zukki!

Singles Tournament

Unlike the drawn-out, roundabout methods in the Members Tournament, hopefully things will be more sane in the Singles Tournament.

Please pick 3. In the event of a tie that exceeds the (3) available spaces, a winner(s) will be picked based on overall tournament performance.

If you want to add a single not seen here as your pick, you can take a look at this spreadsheet to help make your choice.

If the embed doesn’t work, you can make your voice heard here!

Final Thoughts

Even now, I can’t believe we’re reaching this point. Again, thank you so much for your support throughout these months.

This also goes without saying, but thank you, Hello! Project, for all of the fun. It’s been a wacky 20+ years and here’s to the next anniversary.

While the 20th anniversary celebrations are dying down, best keep them as strong as we can. I hope you will continue to enjoy these festivities.

In fact, I know a great example of keeping the fun alive already: the Haruna Iikubo Graduation Message Album. It’s currently open for submissions, but don’t sleep on it: it closes on November 15th!

Thank you very much for your support and please continue to support M3, your fellow fans, and the idols that inspire them… for as Harunan, Yanamin and Mitsii can attest to, it’s that an idol’s life is ephemeral so best enjoy them while they’re here!


11/9 Update: Singles Wild Cards Decided!

In the event of a tie that exceeds the (3) available spaces, a winner(s) will be picked based on overall tournament performance.

After the first week, Kanashimi Twilight was placed firmly in the lead with one vote. As a result of that and the fact no other votes were made to the other singles, the single automatically earned itself one of the three wild card spots.

Shouganai Yume Oibito and Koi no Dance Site‘s relative performance had gotten them wild card spots. In hindsight, I should’ve included more runners-up, but it was too late to change that and frankly… given that Shouganai ended up breaking a tie from its overall performance, I doubt it’d matter too much. Then again, its fellow runners-up (which are struck out) did fairly well (see below) and the idea behind wild cards is to add unpredictability through an unlikely choice. Plus, I didn’t want to push the limits of Polldaddy anymore than I have to — and seeing the embedded poll was… interesting in the UI. Also, I think voter fatigue is setting in (and the situation surrounding the US Election isn’t helping matters)….

  • Shouganai Yume Oibito: 10.5
  • I WISH: 10
  • Egao YES Nude: 9.53
  • Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0: 7
  • Koi no Dance Site: 6.5
  • Jama Shinaide Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakaindashi!: 4
  • Kanashimi Twilight: 4
  • THE Manpower!!: 4
  • Mikan: 4
  • Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi: 3.33
  • Pepper Keibu: 3
  • TIKI BUN / Shabadaba Doo~ / Mikaeri Bijin: 1.5

Either way, your Singles Wild Cards are Kanashimi Twilight, Shouganai Yume Oibito, and Koi no Dance Site. (Cue the cries of rigging, especially since I could’ve set this particular poll up better.)

Thank you very much for your understanding and support. The Final Round has officially begun as of this update!

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