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4:36 pm - 07/04/2010

BENI disappoints fans at Anime Expo AX 2010 in LA


Fan report:
Panel:
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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jinjin_atsuiyo 4th-Jul-2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
At least the fan or former fan now tried her best to attend to the anime expo
She didn't have enough money, that's not her fault
shroomko 4th-Jul-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm...

I don't really follow BENI but my first opinion of her was shaped by a friend who went to Sophia (also in the sociology department) who said that she and BFF Crystal Kay could be stuck-up and cliquish. (Given, this is second-hand information and I can't imagine what being a pop star attending university with plebeians is like...)

Can't say I usually follow J-pop artists in their outside activities, but I've heard various things about both here and there. But I really hope it's not what they're like. Particularly CK, because I LOVE her music and want her to be super cool and chill and stuff.

Someone tell me my friend is wrooooooooooong plz
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corrakun 4th-Jul-2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
kinda surprises me that anime nerds don't know who she is-- i've been following her since she did the ending theme for eyeshield 21, and without having heard goal, i never would've gotten into her. anyway, there's no condoning a bitchy attitude since it's her job to be professional etc etc, but i feel pretty bad for her.
jinjin_atsuiyo KEEPIN' IT CLASSY B*****S4th-Jul-2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Still think somebody else should've been invited
Even CK was a better option
And Ayu, Gackt, and so on
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Erika-sama is looking down on you now
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rabu_parade Re: KEEPIN' IT CLASSY B*****S4th-Jul-2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
OMG MASAMI IN THAT ERIKA PIC
kyra_chann 4th-Jul-2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
At least I don't follow her but I know who she is...
galaxy_rescue 4th-Jul-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
lol Beni looks so bitter in the second pic O.o
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futekitwilight 4th-Jul-2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I agree, I love Monkey Majik...
dreamtiny 4th-Jul-2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
"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."

1 and 3... wow.

Anyway: Japanese artists need to STOP relying on anime cons, especially if they're not associated with anime :/ They should do what the Korean artists do and have one giant concert in the US every once in a while (Hollywood Bowl). Now if only the Japanese artists would actually work together to let that happen... lord knows Johnny would never go for it but I'm sure some other artists would do it...
exit_halo 4th-Jul-2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yoshiki kinda started this with JRR but welp XD wasn't there supposed to be a second one of those eventually?
silence_edge 4th-Jul-2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
oh my... poor girl. really... no one can blame her to be pissed off :(
I would have been even more 'bitchy'. She's amazing, I would love to be there :(
ryoutarou 4th-Jul-2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
You know, what with getting paid and all, you think she'd have a better attitude regardless of the situation.
peppermintposey 4th-Jul-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
"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"

Umm, pardon me? Why would that warrant a bitchy response? That's her fan, and unless said fan is being outright rude or disrespectful, I think that's just ungrateful on her part. It sounds like she wasn't enjoying herself very much, but either way, she should buck up and act like the professional she's supposed to be. I'm under the impression that these people get paid to be there, but even if that's not true, no one should be a snob in front of the people who support their careers.
our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
That is why some other fans were disappointed D:
siha 4th-Jul-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
poor beni, i love her :(
kimiko1387 4th-Jul-2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'm sad I missed Beni (adds to list of reasons to move out West). I would have told her her recent album was bangin' and Girls' Night was my favorite track and I listened to it non stop during my vacation in DC.

I would have even forced more pathetically shy self to ask her a question.

While I feel bad for her and understand her anger was probably out of spite from having to work a convention where no one knew her and could only think of questions like what's your favorite fruit...I still feel she could have been more gracious. She's starting anew with a different label give it time.
our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
She should have had a better attitude about it and she'd probably gain more overseas fans who were there. But what's done, it's done, and can't be changed.

But she left AVEX 2 years ago already, girl XD .

I love her voice, but she needs a better composer.
louta 4th-Jul-2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
alrighty then.
vivimon 4th-Jul-2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
First of all, her management is made up of Nazis which I guess I should have expected.

I know I'll sound stupid and stuck up in the past... but as a German this kind of comparising somehow.. pisses me off ~.~
As a German it is really difficult to find the balance between not thinking too serious about "our" history the whole time as we are another generation, and on the other side keeping the respect for everything that reminds us of that time.
There would never be a person in Germany to call someone "Nazi" just for as something stupid as being an annoying manager/staff member.
our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I know, don't pay attention to that.
Sometimes people use words just because they don't necessarily have a vast vocabulary and end up making some wrong uses because of their ignorance.
taecish 4th-Jul-2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
It worries me when Japanese artists go to conventions because I feel like that's the only way they will see some of their western fanbase, and I DO NOT want to be associated with some creepy in-need-of-a-shower otaku. I know some people who attend cons are sane and hygienic but 90% of the attendees are usually embarassments.
ryoutarou 4th-Jul-2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Judgmental much? :|

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