Magibon is on the big screen at Akihabara! She's staring and saying a rehearsed Japanese line. (She probably doesn't even know what it means.)
Last January I wrote a blog entry about this American girl who calls herself Magibon. She stares into her computer's camera for minutes on end and, well, that's it. That's all she does. Yet she's a sensation in Japan.
Now I see this report on TokyoMango that she's on the big screen in Akihabara, Tokyo's neighborhood for electronics and anime fans. I can tell she's desperately trying to keep her mangled teeth from showing. (Yes, that's a terrible thing for me to say, but I can't help it!)
One of the comments posted on TokyoMango in response to the Magibon story echos by sentiments exactly:
"I realize that a lot of my resentment for her stems from jealousy, in that fickle Japan has not decided to make me their "next big thing," but I think that resentment is well-justified in that she really brings nothing to the table. If she has any talent, she is not presenting them in any of her videos. She doesn't sing, dance or act, she doesn't speak Japanese (except for a few well-rehearsed lines), and she isn't even all that cute. This makes the fact that they have chosen her to win the gaijin favor lottery that much more grating."
It's crazy for me to be jealous of a talentless twenty-something, but I'm like the person from the above quote. I'm upset because Japan has chosen Magibon and not me to be "the next big thing." What's Magibon's appeal? She looks a little like Peko chan, the mascot of Japanese confectioner Fujiya.