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?
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.
peppermintposey 4th-Jul-2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
I need to remember to stop saying stuff like that,'s pretty rude to anyone of German descent dealing with the stereotypes, and to anyone with relatives who were victims of any of the ickiness that went on in WWII. It's just become so commonplace in speech (in America, at least), that a lot of people don't think twice about drawing the [extremely exaggerated] comparison. :\
vivimon 4th-Jul-2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know that it was such a common word in the US o.O
Well.. I've only been there on holiday twice, so I can't say :D

But growing up in Germany you can't not think of WWII when hearing these words, because we grow up with history classes where we have the WWII subject every two years (I even had to write my final school exams about it ~.~) and it is often done in a very apologetic way, because the Germans still feel a big guilt and this is strongly given on to the next generations..

I think this is something that one can only understand who grew up in Germany :D
beautifiers 5th-Jul-2010 05:27 am (UTC)
It's common in a joking sense. It takes the place of the words "strict," "demanding," and other such variations -- though it depends on the person in question. I find that if someone actually uses the word in real life, they sound like a whiny little shit and no one takes them seriously :D
booksandsarcasm 4th-Jul-2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Eh- I feel bad for the newer generations that had to come after that awful period, but I don't see it as a remark on German people, but that awful regime. Of course, people use it too wayloosely and liberally (which I have been guilty of once or twice because obviously, it's an exaggeration) because some tightwad you have to deal with doesn't really = Nazi, but it's used as a negative term because the Nazis were awful. I don't think now that that is in the past people suddenly can't use it with disrespect because it deserves none of that. But though this is from my point of view, and I'm not German, I don't see it as saying someone is Nazi is an attempt to tie them to the German people of today.
vivimon 4th-Jul-2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I understand that completely :)
But sadly there are still too many people who are tying Germany to WWII still.. well, it can't be untied, but it shouldn't always be the first thought ;)
You should have seen the British newspapers before and after the World Cup game between Germany and England (and I was so troubled with this one, being German and Britain ;) )
The British newspapers like to call up the old terms like Krauts and "old enemys" whenever it is about soccer ;)
booksandsarcasm 5th-Jul-2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Yes~~ I think a problem with that (first thing you think of when you hear about Germany) is just because it's part of the World's history that is taught about in a lot of depth (though I hear Japanese atrocities in China during that time were on par if not worse). Which is not a bad thing since it's an important event that no one should forget. Otherwise, speaking from an American standpoint, most other German influences are things like cars and food. xD And usually Nazis tend to float to your mind first but not all the time? I don't know. It's a difficult situation and I can certainly get the frustration that people have with that.

Haha~ well I think that was in good fun but I can see why that would be irritating. I remember thinking it was kind of in poor taste but... xD well they got their butts handed to them when Germany won~ (I'm so interested in what Paul the Octopus' prediction for the Germany Spain match. :O ). (if you can watch the Daily Show where you are, xD the American host pokes fun at the British correspondent in the same way and it's pretty funny imo)

vivimon 5th-Jul-2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Well.. the great German cars :D Even though our two cars are both French xD
But if I think of it, most people will think of beer and Oktoberfest,too :D Even though this only marks a small part of Germany xD

I don't know the Daily Show ~.~ Would have liked to see it xD And I did hear of that predicting Octopus just recently before the match against Argentinia.. he was right in that one ;)
About the game against England.. I'm happy that we're going to England on holiday in two weeks and not now xD Soccer can be so serios sometimes xD But with a German mother and a British father I could have been happy with either outcome.. though I was more for Germany ^^
booksandsarcasm 5th-Jul-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
xD Ah, well, I don't drink (not of age even if I wanted to x'D) so when I think of drinking holidays I think of Saint Patricks Day in the U.S. (which seems to be a bigger deal here then there. xD)

Ah, yes, it's a good show! Though I like the Colbert reprot more.

Paul seems to have been right about every match so far. :O

It is. :// I mean, xD I'm a newbie and got pretty into soccer/football recently, I love that people are passionate about it, but when it gets to mobs breaking things and etc... xD I think then you've gone off of the deep end. If it's too serious, it's no fun.
samanosukesgirl 4th-Jul-2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
It's a shame that there are still people who associate Germany with the whole Nazi regime. They still assume you're still part OF it and all Germans are Nazis. Makes me sick.

I know Germans and when I get to know Germans, I have no intention of thinking of that dark part of your history. Really, I go on the subject of castles (as an example).

There's one German lady I know. She has two kids. When her daughter was in high school (I think? I just know she was in school), her teacher asked their students who they are, where they come from. She proudly said she's German-Canadian, and what I was told next made me want to punch a bitch. Said teacher told her daughter, "you're part of Hitler's children?" wtf..
vivimon 4th-Jul-2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
My mum ( who is German) once told me that when she went to London for work in the seventies, the first question she was asked by her new co-workers was, if Hitler was still alive and wether she supported him ~.~
samanosukesgirl 4th-Jul-2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
-__- What a bunch of..

One cannot ignore what happened. It did and we don't want to see it repeated.

I know that history is not all cupcakes and sprinkles. Why, when I tell people the eras I love, they ask me why. Gotta read up on the bad, too. I just want to know the good stuff, but history wasn't like that, isn't like that, and won't be like that (well, evil will still lurk in our lifetime. Fuck.. )

Also, "THE IRON CROSS IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!" <-- I'm sure you've heard that more than once.
brighty11 5th-Jul-2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I don't know if this is what you meant, but if you're offended by the trivialization of the shit the Nazis did, I get it.

But most people who use "Nazi" as a pejorative term on the internet don't think it refers to the modern German population... afaik. :\

Guess it depends on your perception.
lolli_baka 5th-Jul-2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I'm German too and I felt the same irritation when I read that word.
I'm always trying to ignore it but it's still nagging sometimes.
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