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the idea that mikan was somehow more privileged than others in japan because she was there on a student visa rather than a working holiday visa is just ???? to me because a working holiday visa allows you to be in japan doing literally anything OR nothing. They have the option of getting a job working with Japanese people or practicing the Japanese language, or even enrolling in Japanese classes (some of which are free and provided by community centers—you do NOT have to be on a student visa or enrolled in a school to take Japanese classes), or spending all day making friends with Japanese nationals and doing language exchange opportunities or sitting in a cafe or at home self-studying for a couple hours every day. idk i just don’t understand how it’s a more privileged position to be in japan specifically to study/work than to be in japan to do literally whatever the hell you want. If you’re here for 5+ years and your Japanese is still crap because you’ve nested yourself in a perfect gaijin bubble, it’s kinda your own fault.
with all these new sponsors i wonder if maybe her “busy” was constantly emailing brands begging for sponsorships, because i can’t imagine all of these brands just happened to hit her up all at the same time after five months of her barely posting to her social media and constantly bleeding followers. though ofc she conveniently made it sound like these brands are coming to her (“don’t worry i turn down the ones i don’t like” sure jan)
OOF part of me wants to be like "surely this is a coincidence right??" but the music even starts and flows the same way the only difference is that Kenna leaves in sounds on certain clips while the original doesn't. The execution and style is way too similar for it to be an accident, all the way down to the similar vibe of the videos, and similar length. Does this girl never learn? There's a difference between being inspired by someone else's style and outright stealing it.
Kenna needs to realize that there are more than just a tiny hivemind of people that exist on this planet and not all people want the same videos. It's probably not all the same people who are saying they want Japan videos AND old kenna back AND have her talk more ALL WHILE then going on to say she's lazy and she sucks. I'm willing to bet good money that these are all different (groups of) people making these comments, and she needs, for her own mental health as well as to not offend and belittle her audience, to stop interpreting them as the same. Like, even on PULL there are people praising her journaling video and saying they liked it and are glad she put it out. And I'm sure her youtube comments are FULL of comments like that. But instead she focuses on the one or two people who say the video sucks or that they want someone different. Like????? You will never put out a video that 100% of people love and heap praise on Kenna that's not how humans work. I know we're all our own worst enemy when it comes to paying waaaaaay too much attention to negative reactions, understandable. It can be frustrating. But instead she turns it into another excuse to lash out at the fans who're actually willing to stick with her through her shit attitude and five million controversies. Girl, get a grip, vent to a friend in PRIVATE, or just @ PULL which we all know is what you really want to do here. EDIT: yeah this is legit the only "negative" and it's just someone very politely saying they'd love if she'd share her experience more.
Maybe kinda tinfoil hat-y but I have a hard time believing this is her apartment in Tokyo. Even actual homes in Tokyo don't have ovens/kitchens that big and spacious. But as far as I know she still hasn't done an apartment tour or shown her kitchen so I can't be sure. Either her Japanese apartment is bizarrely furnished and ungodly expensive, or this is an old photo that she's trying to pass as a new one to make it look like she actually has friends and a social life and a huge fucking kitchen.
Eh ngl, I kind of like Mikan too. At first I took her to be just another thin pretty foreigner who went to Japan to be scouted and do some half-ass modeling while making mediocre fake-happy videos about how GREAT!!!! Japan ('s foreigner bubble) is but not really contributing toward or acclimating to the society at all. (AKA most jvloggers these days.) But over time my feelings toward her have softened a lot. She feels pretty authentic in her videos and generally seems pretty willing to admit when she fucks up or makes a mistake or doesn't know something. While it does seem like she extended her time in Japanese school as long as possible just to not have to leave Japan, it's worked out in her favor and she can interact with Japanese people really well. (I mean, she actually has Japanese friends; it's pitiful how rare that seems among expats.) She's also willing to work to support herself, which feels kind of rare with youtubers of her status. I don't really LOVE her but I do like her enough to stay subscribed even though I don't really care about Japanese fashion.
I can't stand self-hating weebs/otaku/fans of shit. Maybe it's just because I'm old and already went through that phase where I was ashamed of being super passionate about nerdy stuff and then came to realize that, rather than making me more comfortable with myself by hiding it and pretending I didn't like anything dorky, it made me uncomfortable and unhappy to do so. IMO there is nothing wrong with being open and excited about the shit you like, even if it's shit that isn't ~cool or ~popular. I'd rather spend time any day of the week with someone who wants to talk excitedly and happily about their random obscure interests and hobbies than with someone who just shits on stuff 24/7 and pretends to not like anything. There is nothing more annoying than being with someone who polices the way or capacity in which you like things or talk about things or dress or idek what else. Just let yourself like the shit you like and I promise you'll be so much less miserable without that stick up your ass.
has anyone else noticed that ever since she was mocked for her milk with a tiny bit of coffee in it all of her pics now have much, much darker coffee? honestly this (aside, of course, from her absolutely trash attitude) is what irritates me most about her: she's absolutely incapable of being true to herself. Girl, if you like intensely watered down milk coffee you do you. But now just because a handful of people made fun of her she has to change the ~performance~ of how she consumes coffee. Her whole life is an act, I can't imagine what it feels like to live like that.
sorry to resurrect this from a few pages back, but I was scrolling through older pages on my way back from class and this made me realize: Kenna's 'career' (which was supposedly a life dream for her) of learning Japanese is effectively.... over. I truly thought she would go the same route as Mikan and stick with learning Japanese all the way until she couldn't claim that visa anymore, which would bring her to an N2 or N1 level. But she literally only took six months of Japanese lessons--on the slowest possible track, no less. I'm honestly kind of shook; she sincerely intends on staying in Japan long-term but she has no intention of continuing her Japanese studies. Even just four hours a day was too much for her. I feel like she thinks just being in Japan is going to magically teach her to speak Japanese, but that's really not how it works. Japanese is an absurdly difficult language (particularly for native speakers of non-Asian languages) and it has a lot of innocuous rules, a lot of kanji that look absurdly similar, a lot of words have the same pronunciation but different meanings depending on how they're written or placed within the context. And there's no way in hell Kenna has it in her to self-study, which is recommended for 2+ hours every day to learn a language like Japanese if you want to be skilled at it within a few years. I mean, she can't even find the determination in herself to edit videos--something she needs to do for her actual livelihood. so unless her 'big life update' is that she re-enrolled in Japanese classes for a second term, I can't help but feel that--at this point--she has no intention of really ever learning the language. It's like someone said a few pages back in the thread: Kenna only ever likes the idea of things, but the second they require effort she can't be bothered. But language can't be accomplished without effort. This just proves how little she actually ever wanted to know Japanese. "Life dream" my ass.
she's gotta prove how uwu dainty and petit she is. (until it's time for her to be uwu cute and relatable and she makes a post about eating a whole pizza by herself ofc depends on what skin she's wearing on what day) EDIT: lmao
tinfoil hat theory but I'd be willing to bet Kenna doesn't want to use the easily findable royalty free music because it's the same music everyone else uses and people from the foxtail house have to be ~~~~~unique she could easily remedy this by paying a creator to make a few tracks that are specific to just her and her aesthetic, but we all know how much it kills her to invest in her actual job instead of shitting money on useless trinkets and books she doesn't read.