Well... Fourth place is fantastic, but the song didn't live up to the legendary runner-up placement in the NSC 180 final. I was deluded to think this would beat Kazakhstan and I overhyped "Labyrinth" as a result. Though "Labyrinth" got the best result since Japan's last winner and that's still something to be proud of.
Again, thank you everyone who voted for this gem!
The second Japanese entry of mine will be a weird one.
Kataomoiwazurai as an entry has a tragic backstory within this forum which is now concluded with a happy ending. A great placement for a very erratic song that ordinary listeners would not be into. This truly shows how loyal following and long-lasting fanfare can do wonders for great pieces of art to prove themselves. This is what the points are showing, thank you!
Also, special thanks to @DenizESC for sharing Kataomoiwazurai for the first time in the WLSC. And to @Uto for directly suggesting this for me after stanning the song for so long. You are the actual heroes of this story.
Decent results for this banger. Another goodie in the legacy of the acid trip. Thank you for all the wonderful points, Japan will continue under my watch for some more editions. Who knows where the future will take us?
Palestine and Morocco
Mongolia+ and Malaysia
Tajikistan and Cap Verde
This is incredible... With the addition of Miliyah's and Yoshida Brother's collaboration, another amazing placement for Japan! The fourth consecutive top 15 in my Japan Acid Trip on top of two top 5 placements, thank you for stanning gurls!
Turkey and Hong Kong
South Korea, Vietnam and Lebanon
Even if I never have scored a victory with Japan yet, this will probably be my best run in OM for quite some time. Getting at worst a 13th placement is very impressive and that's a feat few are lucky to achieve.
However, will the next Japanese entry live up to the high expectations?
Iran, Palestine & Nigeria
Hong Kong, India, Mongolia & Malaysia
Armenia & Guinea-Bissau
The best placement ever after my victory in OM 17! I f**king love you gurls, I can't imagine the support I have got from you after all these editions. Neither of my Japanese entries has resulted in a victory, but I might have won an even bigger prize...
I'm going to play as Japan for five more editions! That's a freaking million euros lottery win, so freaking how lucky I am!!!
Well... I did a big gamble sending this and I could still manage to pull this off somehow. Another proof that weirdo alternatives can do alright in the right online contest, and that online contest is OM! A big thanks to my sexy stans!
Iran, Turkey, Russia