It really depends. If she is supposed to serve real quality food - I definitely I agree with you. But honestly, from what I understood they are going to stuff her into a maid-costume and make her serve worms. She seems to be there to be the weird fetish-y Asian girl. Pretty much how she sells herself on her channel.
A dream comes true! She will cook live at the panel *lol* So she will serve weird Asian food like silkworms in a maid costume. :-/ Like, was she invited to be the Asian gimmick there? It's like a weeb stereotype checklist to make anything Asian look as weird and quirky as possible. I mean, she had it coming with the content she puts out, otherwise I would have felt bad for her.
Religious or not, I agree with @Kale. Normally for godparents you choose someone who you are very certain will always be close to your family. Of course Taylor is the aunt, so she fits the role as a godmother pretty well... aside from not being anywhere near her family. I guess her sister wanted to make her happy.
This is exactly what I thought too OO Her friend looks pretty gorgeous though! Also Taylor herself looks great in her dress. What bothers me though are the comments under her photo with Ellbow-san. Ugh. I don't know why, but I get second hand embarrassment from all the "you are such beautiful people!!!", "couplegoals", "Kyaaa", "Ellbow-san is so hot" comments. Like, girls, chill, you are exaggarating. (sidenote: I don't think Ellbow-san is ugly or anything, but people are reacting like he could stare at Whatever's Next Topmodel) Also to be honest: I wonder if her fans would be still saying that if she was dating a non-Asian dude. I'm sorry, but I think most of them are simply into Asian guys.
This is awesome!! We will see tons of clips from real Yumi. There will be people who film it, or the organisers will film. We will have her unedited face and voice. What is she going to wear? Will she flash everyone with her tiny skirts? What will she talk about? As someone who doesn't even know anime or manga or videogames. How will she talk? Will it be a cringe-fest or will she reveal that all her past videos were an act?
Also, seeing the guest description of the ocnvention hosts, I have to ask: Is this a serious convention? The way they described her sounds so gimmicky...
Call me weird but I kinda like that Venus doesn't delete a video although it's not been perceived well. I also think that if Manaki was truly against it, she would have taken it down for real or never posted it. I don't like the video, but it would be a lie to say that it makes me feel worked up or angry. As for them as a couple, I'm with @rieaku. Personally when I thikn of them as a couple I always remember the video Venus made when she secretly filmed Manaki's reaction to dinner (?) she cooked for him. It gave me such steady-relationship vibes.
I normally refuse to comment on this thread, because I'm not an English native speaker and don't get the pronouns used here. But I just caught up with everything and I'm so disappointed. What an awful person. How Jude treated their sister and mother and how they talked to them shows how much of an ugly person they are. How can you attack a baby that wasn't even born yet!? I have enough of their shit.
For me, 1mio times better than the last mean-girl vlogging clique, who did nothing but hop from one vegan restaurant to another, play Pokemon go or stay at home. Like... omg. I know, the bar isn't high if we compare the new generation to Taylor R, late!Sharla, Kim etc (and side-note: I do like some of them, I even follow some until now, but many of their Japan videos were... sorry...garbage). Taylor B makes some pretty decent videos, I think her lucky bag for plus sized girls video was a great idea. In general with her, osharegirl and Kemushi-chan it's obvious that they are in Japan to stay. They don't make many touristy videos, but Taylor made one about shopping a job-hunting suit (pretty interesting video!) In my opinion Keira belongs to their group too. She hangs out with them a lot. I really like her videos - she made a lot of travel videos, visiting a wasabi-farm, visiting smaller towns etc. Also she made some videos about her model jobs. Out of them I probably find Kemushi-chan the least interesting, BUT that's out of personal preferences as she does lots of school-related videos. Emma is sometimes a bit negative, but now that her boyfriend is with her, I think she is going to be happier :-)
Eating meat-free is not as simple as not putting meat in whatever you eat. People who eat vegan or are vegetarian normally put a lot of thinking into what they eat, so that they get all the nutritions they need. It's basic knowledge. To me it sounds more like she is trying to convince herself, like... ugh this smells soooo bad *makegaggingsound* Because she is talking non-stop about this. I can't recall Taylor or Sharla doing that.
I meant it more in a friendship way, but okay: Then let me rephrase it: "On top of that she never collabs with someone who might benefit from her without her benefiting from him/her." As in she won't collab with someone unless she gets something out of it. (exception Nicole/Greg) Better? I stand by that. Sharla is calculating in who she chooses as a collab.
Edit: I still don't fit that Sharla is a real snowflake. If we moved her to the snowflake section, we would need to move Micaela too. And what about Mimei? I still think that Taylor is a lot more snowflakey than the others, in her own way.
I disagree. I think he is the perfect example for what's wrong with her channel at the moment. Her videos with him were really well received by her audience, because they were different. She even made the one with the surprise boxes a second time (and the vending machine with the boxes was something he showed her). I'm not saying he didn't benefit from her (I don't know if they are friends or not, I'm only following his channel loosely), but it was really surprising for me that after so many years she needed him to show her special corners in Tokyo. Her channel has been very stagnant content-wise (with a few exceptions, I liked when she went to that climbing park last (?) summer) - the videos with slightly more interesting content were the ones he gave her the ideas for.
I agree with you on number 2, but not so much on number 3. She is extremely calculating in who she follows. The only two people she truly seems to hang out with despite them having really small channels are her old college friends Greg and Nicole. But other than that she only follows people she can benefit from. It's not only about the numbers, but certain people already have a huge reputation, they have contacts, an audience different from hers, sponsorships, know insider-places etc. Which is why she can definitely benefit from Megan and Sunny like crazy. As for the others: Did she really hang out with Sophie, really, not just once? Kim Dao has a dedicated fanbase who loves her and hardly ever critcises her (whereas Bii just tagged along with Kim. There is no interaction between them and Sharla now, is there?) - I can see why she would collab with Kim. She benefited from Tokyolens like crazy - the content she made with him was perceived extremely well - she obviously needed him to create content. And even if she might not benefit from Kim or some of the others in terms of viewers, she gets something from hanging out with them. On top of that she never collabs with someone who might really benefit from her. No matter if that person is interesting, has good content etc. This is what I find extremely shallow.
I don't really judge her for being a fangirl (although I'm not a Kpop fan myself) and liking pokemon etc, I don't really mind that. I mean, I would suggest her to get a different hobby too, something that is not that superficial, because in a long term you need hobbies that go deeper and help you learn and grow. In general I'm rather annoyed by the fact that she tries to feed a koreaboo audience.
Okay, still not a fan of patreon in general, but I have to admit that's actually pretty good. Offering your patreons a surprise box is kinda cute. Beckii did that too back in the days, and it's a charming idea.
I don't think she would like to move back to Japan - in her last months in Japan she was looking so bored. Now that she moved back home and in with her boyfriend she is so much more energetic. Her China videos with him were actually pretty good. Also about the constant travelling alone: You know, if it works for them... Her boyfriends seems okay with it, so does she. There are couples who are cool with that. Maybe he is also really busy with work? He also seems to be very supportive of her. I also doubt she is cheating on him, I mean, this is really quite a big accusation to make (even though she cheated on her last boyfriend)
What I am wondering aobut is rather: Were does she get the money from? She travels so much and shops so much. Wasn't she in Europe and China and in Japan twice within the last year? I'm really surprised she can afford it.