With the graduation of Morning Musume's Yoshizawa Hitomi, the last of the "Golden Age" Morning Musume lineup is now finally gone.
Ahh, that picture above sure brings back memories and feelings of nostalgia. And knowing that we cannot turn back the sands of time brings a tear to the corner of my eye... :(
Many of long time Morning Musume fans remember the infamous "Love Machine Curse", one that even Iida Kaori brought up on a Yasuda Kei graduation special in a Utaban show.
The sequence of graduations goes like this ->
And in the end, the curse holds true, and they REALLY graduated in that exact order. And another eerie trivia added to the Momusu history. A coincidence? Or a "Final Destination"-like Grim Reaper is stalking for a payback on the girls' most successful single ever?
Later, Ray of Cult of Pop and AmericanWota.com pressed his luck further to predict another "curse" with a Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~ Curse after the graduation of Konno Asami and Ogawa Makoto.
Where the possible sequence could very likely be like this ->
.... or whatever sequence you can think of. The first to graduate in this instance was Konno Asami, followed by Ogawa Makoto.
CJ Marsicano of "Stuck in a Pagoda with Motoko Aoyama" strongly disagrees with this curse. Michishige Sayumi seems to be the least likely Momusu member to graduate at this point, and the only way I could think of is by way of another Friday scandal. But at least he should be happy that his future wife Tanaka Reina will always be the last or second last to graduate no matter how you try to rearrange the order of this curse. Of course, the graduation of Yossie have broken this curse anyway, and he seemed pleased as he poked fun at Ray.
Nay... tis' not "Chokkan 2 Curse". That single is not a very highly acclaimed song, nor does it have a record breaking sales anyway. If the devil wants to play, he may choose another -> "Rainbow 7 Curse"!!!
Where the sequence goes anti-clockwise from twelve-o-clock onwards ->
....Well, OK...Yeah I know... Konkon graduated first before Mako-chan.... yeah... but it was initially supposed to be a double graduation, but Konkon left the group on an earlier date because she had an entrance examination dateline to catch. And this was the closest picture I can find. :P
Arguably the least successful Morning Musume album (in my personal view), "Rainbow 7" garnered a lukewarm response at best. There were a few great songs in that album, of course, and I've read lots of praises about this album, but it didn't break any records and didn't make a loud impact. What a shame. And to think that Kusumi "Miracle" Koharu was supposed to help them increase Momusu's lure. Which brings me to my next point.
Next one to be Kusumi Koharu? Possible. She's not a lotta help to the current Momusu lineup and have been doing more non-Momusu related projects anyway. Since, she already have her fanbase established, so she may be graduated early to be assigned to more anime projects. This way, UFA can break into the anime scene further - a world that they have been trying to enter, and also a world that is dominated by their rival Avex. Unless Koharu is assigned to be Mitsui Aika's mentor of course. But then again, there have been rumours circulating that the mentor for Mitsui was going to be a 6th gen member again... and that person is Fujimoto Miki! :D
So... once again... we'll just wait and see.