Arama They Didn't

4:36 pm - 07/04/2010

BENI disappoints fans at Anime Expo AX 2010 in LA

Fan report:
First of all, her management is made up of Nazis which I guess I should have expected.
No common people pictures (though I did manage to sneak in two crappy ones), no asking questions before they "approve" them, no physical contact with BENI, etc etc etc. I had planned to ask BENI to sing something on the spot but I was told no.

Anyways, as for BENI herself, she did seem kind of stuck up. When asked what her favorite anime was, she answered "I knew I was going to be asked that" in a very irritated, exasperated way.
She didn't seem too happy to be there and especially seemed disdainful of the silent crowd (more on that later). I definitely saw a lot of the "bitchy" mannerisms a friend pointed out: head tilts, dismissive glances, and pursed lips abound. Then again, I couldn't exactly blame her for being pissed off. If some sweaty fat nerd asked me what my favorite fruit was, I wouldn't give him a very nice answer either.

Now for the crowd...It was clear that more than 90% of the near-empty room had no clue who BENI was. There seemed to be more press, who were confused at the lack of attention of an "A-list Japanese pop star", than actual attendees. Most of the actual attendees seemed to be there because they:
1). Wanted to reserve a seat for AKB48 (the next panel),
2). Sheer curiosity/boredom, or
3). Had fallen asleep in the room the night before like a homeless bum and had just woken up. The atmosphere of the panel was silent, dead, and awkward. I can't count the amount of times the host had to step in to ask something just to fill the silence.

Highlights of the panel:
-BENI decided to cut her hair after she was playing on some iPhone app and thought it looked cute.
-Wikipedia is wrong. She's a sociology major.
-No one on her staff knows English. If she wants to make an English version of her website, she'd have to translate it herself.
-The "Call Me Beep Me" Kim Possible music video is emberassing for her to watch. Can't blame her.
-Her favorite fruit is mango.
.....The rest of the questions seemed to be pretty basic. I'm sure a full transcript/video is out there somewhere.

Autograph Signing:
Not very long and I'm sure after 10 minutes it was deserted (leaving poor BENI looking bored for 50min). I talked around and most of them seemed to be newly converted sheep. Only one guy actually knew who she was before the Con.

When I finally got to meet her, I told her that I loved "Kiss Kiss Kiss". This actually got her to stop and look up (with a pleasantly surprised expression) because "Kiss Kiss Kiss" was one of the songs not mentioned on the booklet. She thanked me in return and asked me if I was going to attend her the concert. I told her I wasn't (to a sad look that was clearly mourning the loss of $30) and she told me "maybe next time" and then that was pretty much it.

Throughout our brief but pleasant conversation, BENI seemed to be perfectly polite and friendly. She even seemed kind of happy when talking to maybe but that may have been just because she could tell I actually knew shit about her.

Or maybe I was the only one who was outgoing enough to actually talk to her *shrugs*.

Source: kisekigurl@jpopforum

OP: Why is there no BENI tag in this comm?
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exit_halo 4th-Jul-2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
OP: Why is there no BENI tag in this comm?

'Cause no one knows who she is! XDDD

sorry, couldn't resist.

I saw the same sort of thing happening with Aural Vampire at ACen this year, they were just sitting there while everyone flocked to the Soul Eater seiyuu signing booth. Poor guys.
our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're so mean! XD
I don't exactly like all of her songs, but she really has a nice voice.
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our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
This is just a fan report about Beni Arashiro's appearance at an anime convention in LA
galaxy_rescue 4th-Jul-2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
She was a very unpressional artist according to fan report, with that kind of manners she will keep being unknow sadly.
our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Too bad, I like her voice D:
sold_my_seoul 4th-Jul-2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I think they should have a separate type of place where Japanese artists could perform, like KMF.
perfume 4th-Jul-2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
This. I bet there are tons of J-artists that would love to headline a venue in the states and do a little touristy stuff in between. It's too bad most artists can only go with animu-related events, otherwise they have to have a fanbase large enough to have their own venues (i.e. Visual-kei or j-rock).
ifotismeni 4th-Jul-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
who is this?
our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Beni Arashiro, a japanese singer
jinjin_atsuiyo 4th-Jul-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
If she stopped being as rude as she was, she'd have more fans.
There can be only one Erika-sama.
shonen_key 4th-Jul-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
I definitely saw a lot of the "bitchy" mannerisms a friend pointed out: head tilts, dismissive glances, and pursed lips abound.

head tilt? .___.
jinjin_atsuiyo 4th-Jul-2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
She should have added a Betsu ni~ along with the head tilt.
rogueslayer452 4th-Jul-2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
-The "Call Me Beep Me" Kim Possible music video is emberassing for her to watch. Can't blame her.

Whoa, flashback. Though random, as I wonder how is this relevant to her exactly?

But judging from comments here, I can definitely say when you go to a convention of sorts and there's someone there that many people don't know or recognize someone a lot of times the panels can be filled with plenty of dead air. Or standard questions that are repeated, so on one hand I can understand her getting frustrated and that it can come off as "bitchy" to some. On the other hand though, even with that one should continue to have a nice poise throughout even with that kind of disappointment.

I liked the part where she seemed grateful when a fan actually knew her work.
jinjin_atsuiyo 4th-Jul-2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Especially the part where miss Diva-wannabe dismissed her the moment her fan said she whouldn't go to her concert.

Erika-sama should have been invited instead. Or maybe somebody actually important.
roomgirl 4th-Jul-2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
I don't listen to her music, but I don't blame her for the attitude at all, honestly. No one appreciated that she was there, there was really no reason for her to be there, and it just sounds like the whole thing went horribly. Laughed pretty hard at the homeless bum thing, though.
nyankee 4th-Jul-2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
This. Her management team is probably who books events, not her, and if it were me, I'd be disappointed that I wasn't there to meet actual fans and pissed off at my management team for arranging an appearance for ... uh, no one.
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noa_xan 4th-Jul-2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
+1 xd

I really like her.
Her music is nice but...I agree with U.
She's not the artist that an Otaku would know.
ungalad 4th-Jul-2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
They should've asked her about Akanishi. That might've cheered her up.
jinjin_atsuiyo 4th-Jul-2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
They're friends, so maybe/maybe not.
Although rumours say she's banging a music producer or something like that.
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wuhuan11 4th-Jul-2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
This "Jpop/jrock artist in an ANIME convention" thing needs to stop.
capybara_cafe 4th-Jul-2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes!
capybara_cafe 4th-Jul-2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
This is exactly why I hate it when they bring musicians to anime cons. Poor woman. Wonder if the con covered their travel costs, or if they were trying to recoup costs from the concert..
nyankee 4th-Jul-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
It's likely the latter -- from what I understand they get paid for booking but not for travel, usually. AX is a big-fucking-deal anime convention though, so I could be wrong.
suwillgetu 4th-Jul-2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Her music is boring anyway and I'm not surprised that many people didn't seem to know who she was. Also, even though I'm not a fan, I wouldn't mind at all joining her staff and helping make an English version of her website. That's kind of what I want to do after college, haha

Edited at 2010-07-04 09:19 pm (UTC)
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