Playing it up to make it seem random was key here, because if it's deliberate then it's unfair but if it's random then who's to argue? But isn't it a little suspicious when the three frontmen end up one in each unit? And isn't it a little suspicious that Inoo fumbled with his rock, paper, scissors cars as if looking for the one he was told to put out? It may seem ridiculous, but making it seem random was important, I think, for this to be well-received. And at first it appears a stroke of luck for Keito, to be paired alone with Yamada for a unit song. He's 1/2 of the unit! That's literally twice as much as any member of the 4-member unit. But then suddenly it all became clear when the songs were out: Keito was put alone with Yamada to essentially give Yamada a solo. Keito can sing backup/harmony with only one solo line (I think he does have one?) in the whole thing because it's "okay" in the management's eyes to treat Keito like crap still (despite Ino-chan moving up in the world… Keito still seems to be at the bottom of the food chain.) When I realized it, it was like the clouds parting, because… of course. It was so obvious. It wasn't a push for Keito… it was okay to put him firmly as backup to Yamada because he's the one who counts the least.
I don't think, to be fair, the quiz was rigged. I don't think it mattered to them who got the music video. I don't really understand the other groupings (though I could throw around some theories, like old Ya-ya-yah fans wanting to see Hikaru and Yabu work together again, and then Yuto and Chinen being in the same group to balance out the wait of Daiki's presumably larger fanbase), but I feel like any of them could have made a successful video. In fact, Union honestly seems like an odd choice to me because the other two have stronger concepts, in my opinion, but… it is what it is.
At any rate, I'm really really happy that I got Pet Shop Love Motion (which I'm currently listening to on repeat) out of the whole ordeal, and I'm sure I'll stop being bitter and rolling my eyes at the management, anyway. Ironically, Ino-chan has more solo lines in Pet Shop Love Motion than Keito has in 3/14~Tokei (I'm unsure how you're supposed to pronounce it; I think Yamada explained as "Saisho no Tokei" in a magazine? But I feel like 314 being read Saisho is a bit of a stretch lol?), so I guess I can stop being a bitter bitch… OTL Either way, I hope they go back to 3-member even groups with the next album. Bring back Night Style People, Kaitou y-ellow voice, and Aioi-tai!!
In other news, TGIF~ I'm going to try to get lots of sleep and get pumped for The Music Day tomorrow~ I hope everyone has a good weekend!