See my post on page one with regards to why I still follow the group. I want to see what their next evolution is as a group or individually.
Western critical acclaim gets them what exactly though? When they eventually end up back in SK or Japan establishing careers what is that critical acclaim worth from a western website? If we're being matter of fact, for a group like Twice it means nowt. If JYPE put some media play out about it like other companies probably would have done, it would reach the members ears, the publics ears etc and might have some significance. But thats not the case, all it is currently is a number on a website for stans to use in fan wars. That's not worth wasting the twilight of their career as a group. They should have established the members when they had the best chance to.
I'm sorry but you're overstating the importance of a Monday release. It's not even the start of the tracking week in SK to maximise first week charting. It's not even the day songs tend to maximise UL's. A Friday/weekend release is more difficult as less of the GP tune in on the weekend but every other weekday is no different. IU tends to release on Wednesdays. Brave Girls released on Thursday. Twice released on Wednesday.
That question applies to every group. As I said before, JYPE's best shot is TWICE, a group nearing contracts renewals, have a huge international fandom to back them up. But that didn't stop them from pushing ITZY in the West as well. Bottom line is JYPE doesn't know how to manage their groups and that's it. They have no idea of what to do with TWICE from 2020 onwards and TWICE losing their stronghold in SK/Japan to newer groups/NiziU didn't help.
Momo also talked about this on Bubble. Nayeon also did in her Elle Korea interview. News of this type reaches the members ears by itself. I mean the group is releasing an album on Friday, a first in their career, do you really think they would go ahead with it and give it no second thought? They obviously have a goal in mind when they decide to release on Friday. There was even a video of what Korean think about this achievement and all of them were positive towards this.
You are now saying they should have established the members individually and I agree with this. But, was this mentioned in the OP or I magically missed it?
I'm not overstating, it's just the truth. Monday releases do favour Korean charts. You keep bringing up IU when it's clear that TWICE can't be compared to her. BG released on Thursday, yes but then their new song was a Monday release. RV, Aespa, OMG, SKZ, Somi etc like literally every artist releases on Monday. It might not be that important and it wasn't even my main point but it matters.