How did it get to ayu vs. kuu again
How kuu is more popular than ayu at present though? ayu had higher rankings digitally on the yearly charts, she even had a song on the yearly chaku utas charts, higher sales overall, higher ranks at karaoke companies (and that goes with less promotion this year than kuu had even while she was pregnant) and she still has the longest tour for a female artist every year (except for namie's long hall tours), how ayu is at any bad state generally is beyond me too. kuu and ayu are minimum on the same popular state.
And a legendary status is not a thing that can be ruined by publicity stunts. These stunts are not worse than SMAP's group friend running naked drunk in a public park and then still manages to get out of it in the eyes of the public and manages to stay popular.
Yes ayu will probably decline, but for now the public doesn't really "protest" against her or even know about her stunts, or just japanese fanbase. Yes some did and the foreign fanbase is more concerned about her status, but until she's going to really fall to a bad state, with really low sales for an album drastically or full throttle articles about her, I don't buy "her legendary status" is broken, nor her career.
Legendary status broken doesn't fill your arenas and definitely not to ayu's extents.
Yes BoA was never at their level but I think she was even more popular than Ai otsuka so I don't know if it's really comparable and BoA was never as popular as kuu's extent.
I can't wait for The Shadow and Only One's Japanese versions!!