The Price of the “Sotsugyou” ~ Part ED

October 14, 2015

You can read Part 0 here, Part 1 here, and Part 2 here!

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How has your week been? Well, I’ve been doing somewhat better than last week, though there were some rock bottom moments here and there. I’m fine now, thank goodness.

On a brighter note, I’ve been setting myself up to provide more video content, most likely of an art-related nature. However, I have considered doing a Q&A session while working on a possible tribute pic for Fukuda Kanon (unrelated the one mentioned in this post’s footer). In fact, I’ve been considering it for a long time now.

Speaking of which, for the past few weeks, I’ve been exploring the following:

…is there a correlation between graduations and high sales? Rather, the question would be “What effect do graduations have upon overall sales?

Well, I decided to answer this using Morning Musume as an example.  In Part 0, I began to discuss my fascination with the correlation between graduations and sales, using Morning Musume as an example. In Part 1, I began to take a deeper and chronological look starting with the first 9 graduation singles and their respective departees. In Part 2, I continued to do this with the later 9 graduation singles and their departees. This week, I will close it all together and bring it home!

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The Price of the “Sotsugyou” – Part 2

October 7, 2015

You can read Part 0 here and Part 1 here!

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How has your week been? Well, mine has been filled with feels. It began with me getting the bright idea to hear the song on my jewelry box’s music box and then looking it up on YouTube. (Warning: feels.) It continued with this Breaking Cat News comic that truly left my heart raw. It ended with me finding utter cuteness and a new injection of energy (might’ve been caused by World Smile Day). Those are just the feline feels.

All of this was compounded with an intense case of blackout, introspection, and the rainy day blues. That last one can be attributed to Hurricane Joaquin coming through. I’m still salty over missing the Super Blood Moon due to overcast conditions. Did I mention yet another shooting happened here in the States? (Ironically, the day after that was the International Day of Non-Violence.)

Know what else can cause blues? Graduations. Welcome to this next installment of “The Price of the ‘Sotsugyou'” where I try to answer the following:

…is there a correlation between graduations and high sales? Rather, the question would be “What effect do graduations have upon overall sales?

Well, I decided to answer this using Morning Musume as an example.  Last week, I began to take a deeper and chronological look starting with the first 9 graduation singles and their respective departees. This week, I will begin continue to do this with the next 9 graduation singles and their respective departees: Ishikawa Rika (and Yaguchi Mari), Konno Asami & Ogawa Makoto, Yoshizawa Hitomi (and Fujimoto Miki), Kusumi Koharu, Kamei Eri & JunLin*, Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa (and Mitsui Aika), Tanaka Reina, and Michishige Sayumi.

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The Price of the “Sotsugyou” ~ Part 1

September 30, 2015

You can read Part 0 here!

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How has your week been? Over the past week, I joined Instagram. I mostly post WIPs of the comic project I’m working on (which I’m almost finished with btw) so if you’re into that, give me a follow. (I do intend to post a sketch of a Fukuda Kanon tribute that’s been in the back of my mind since May. Her grad and grad single are coming, meaning the inevitable related posts are as well. In fact, it’s why I’m doing this to begin with! Speaking of which, Chuu!Sugoi!Idol announced their own tribute plans. Be sure to spread the word! You know I am.)

On another note, the following is related as well:

Anyway, all this graduation talk has sparked the following ponderings:

…is there a correlation between graduations and high sales? Rather, the question would be “What effect do graduations have upon overall sales?

Well, last week, I began to discuss my fascination with the correlation between graduations and sales, using Morning Musume as an example. This week, I will begin to take a deeper and chronological look starting with the first 9 graduation singles and their respective departees: Fukuda Asuka, Ishiguro Aya, Ichii Sayaka, Nakazawa Yuko, Goto Maki, Yasuda Kei, Abe Natsumi, Tsuji Nozomi & Kago Ai, and Iida Kaori.

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The Price of the “Sotsugyou” ~ Part 0

September 23, 2015

Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!

How has your week been? Well, over the past weekend, I started my art/portfolio blog! While I’ll continue to post art to my main (personal) blog, I’ll also be posting my art there so it’ll get extra focus. (Plus, it was repeatedly suggested, even recommended that I have a separate art blog if I’m going to use Tumblr as a base of operations.) On Monday, we had the cake eating to celebrate my brother’s birthday as he had a root canal the day of. (Ouch.)

Fortunately (and hopefully) for you lot, this post is more like the cake than the dental work! This one (or “series” of which) was a long time coming. Allow me to explain why:

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MSS: The Results Show – Act V

February 22, 2015

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Welcome to Act V of the Michishige Sayumemorial Survey: The Results Show. Last week, we paid tribute to the Michishige Years. Now, we’re going to go all over the place and cover other aspects of the timespace mentioned as we go over More Musume Stuff!

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MSS: The Results Show – Act IV

February 15, 2015

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Welcome to Act IV of the Michishige Sayumemorial Survey: The Results Show. Last week, we paid tribute to the immortal Takahashi-Niigaki Years. Now, we’re going to cover the space we’ve been waiting for: the Michishige Years!

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MSS: The Results Show – Act III

February 8, 2015

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Greetings, Magical Meteorites and other Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to Act III of the Michishige Sayumemorial Survey: The Results Show. Last week, we examined the early phases of the long tenure. Now, we’re going to head even deeper into the history with The Takahashi-Niigaki Years.

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MSS: The Results Show – Act II

February 1, 2015

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Greetings, Magical Meteorites and other Citizens of the Universe!

Welcome to Act II of the Michishige Sayumemorial Survey: The Results Show. Last week, we did a general look into those 11 years. Now, we’re going to head deeper into the history starting with The Early Years.

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MSS: The Results Show – Act I

January 27, 2015
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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.

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“What Basic Premises Inform Your Blog?” A 2014 Perspective

November 11, 2014

Years ago, Ray sent out a question to the blogging community: “What Basic Premises Inform Your Blog?

While you have can read the original version of my answer here, I thought that in the spirit of a revisited post before, I’d give this one a try. As usual, the old answers are in italics while the new answers in normal font.

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