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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peachpastiche 4th-Jul-2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Man I am really disappointed because I was mad I couldn't go and I jokingly called myself Beni's only fan. I expected people to at least try to get into her before the con and stuff, but I guess with the music act overload this year, it was probably asking too much. She can't compete with AKB and I've artists :(
our_scars 4th-Jul-2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Musically speaking? Yes, she actually can. She just needs a better composer/songwriter.
flipangel_88 4th-Jul-2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
if it hadn't beni for Akanishi I wouldn't know who the hell she was ... and I still don't ... just that she was friday'd with him once and a private picture of them together at some party ... that is all ....
our_scars correction4th-Jul-2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
They weren't FRIDAYd, it was Josei Seven and they were chatting friendly.
booksandsarcasm 4th-Jul-2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
lol, I don't know this girl, but tbh, the mark of a true professional would be to take a sucky situation like this to showcase her awesome personality and maybe even garner the interest of people to create NEW fans.
booksandsarcasm 4th-Jul-2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Though! Understandably everyone is human and makes mistakes. However, I stand by what I originally said.
coffee_hanjan 4th-Jul-2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
she went to my school
mitchy_fleur 5th-Jul-2010 09:24 am (UTC)
eh really?
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agentduckiechan 5th-Jul-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
AX is just out there for the amusement and assembly of fans: have fun, watch some anime, look at all the people dressed up, buy some stuff, etc. Although I must say, I just went and didn't have as much fun as I did other times, even with the big-budget makeover and even maybe because of the big-budget makeover
lane_myer 5th-Jul-2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Idk, this is just one person's point of view. What came off bitchy and stuck up to her could have been interpreted as something else to another person. Although the event does sound like it turned out lame for both BENI and the attendees who had no clue who she was.

Btw OP, love your icon! :)
chifunii 5th-Jul-2010 12:50 am (UTC)
I think so many things about this but I don't know where to start. >>
piemin 5th-Jul-2010 12:55 am (UTC)
well, still don't care. i love her. that's enough.
fukamiru 5th-Jul-2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Dang, that's tough to hear! :(

Only recently got into her music, and I do like it!
I was there at anime con yesterday, but forgot to buy tickets to see her. D:
bob_chan 5th-Jul-2010 01:57 am (UTC)
To clear this up: Most conventions (especially rich ones like AX) give the artists travel expenses and sometimes even pay them a fee too, but not all artists are lucky enough to get paid. If the artist has support members or staff to pay, then they start off the con in the red. But a lot of artists (especially bands) will do it anyway, because they consider it an honor to perform here in the US.
If no one knew who she was at AX, then someone didn't do a very good job of promoting her. Even so, she should have been a little more humble and patient.. Giving your fans a bad impression of you is never the right way to go imo, especially if it's your first appearance here. Girl, you just made yourself look terrible to a bunch of new potential fans! :(
kirari 5th-Jul-2010 06:27 am (UTC)
*thumbs up*
shavashava 5th-Jul-2010 02:16 am (UTC)
I would be a bitch too if my only chance to play in America is in front of otaku that are more interested in AKB48 tbqhwu
sorenemrys 5th-Jul-2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Agreed. I honestly wouldn't want to be where she was and I doubt she was excited at all about having to be there either.
neocopasetic 5th-Jul-2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Idk, I understand being annoyed, but being chipper and friendly could have made fans out of those people who didn't know her. Reaching out goes a long way with people, y'know?
brighty11 5th-Jul-2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Most of the actual attendees seemed to be there because they:
1). Wanted to reserve a seat for AKB48 (the next panel),

Yeah, this would have been me.
acidblackcurry 5th-Jul-2010 03:00 am (UTC)
she's a DIVA.
chibi_rei 5th-Jul-2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Too bad. I think she's a good singer. I'm surprised. I mean, hasn't she been around for 6 years already? I guess at AX if you don't have an anime tie-in (or aren't idol like H!P peeps) than you don't matter :\

I'm not surprised at her attitude. Granted she *should* have a certain level of professionalism, but it's hard when the majority of people around you don't care.
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