I would like to respond to the Anonymous comments left beneath my Tokyo Decadance post, as well as comments made about me on Tumblr.
Anyways, thank you Anonymous for the responses, criticisms, opinions, etc. Comments of all kinds are welcome on my blog, regardless of their feelings towards me or what I have written. I also appreciate that a couple of the comments were left out of concern for Versailles and Kamijo, and were not mere attacks on me (though attacks were included as well). In response to your well-thought-out comments, I’ll return with one of my own.
The truth is, I believe the commenter(s) have misunderstood me. My guess is that my “review” (it was not a review, really, but an impression) was posted somewhere on the internet and the people who read my post became angry and left comments on my blog having never been to Twisted in Tokyo before. Though I understand everyone has busy schedules and most certainly have better things to do than read my blog, I would appreciate a bit more research before my integrity is brought into question.
The first thing I would like to address is that I am not a Westerner who traveled to Japan for Halloween, went to Tokyo Decadance for the first time, saw Kamijo for the first time, and proceeded to do nothing but “moan.” I did not “pass judgment on people [I’ve] never seen before.” I passed judgment upon musicians I’d seen have better performances. The truth is, I work eight hours a day in the Japanese countryside at a job I’m not fond of, working with delinquents and under-trained teachers, to pay for the fun I have in Tokyo. I understand that people in England would do anything for the opportunity to see Versailles, but I’m not a person in England. I’m someone who worked extremely hard, even through the death of my best friend, to fill out applications, gather letters of recommendation, go to interviews, and get a job that allows me to stay in Japan. I work very hard for my pleasure. Every show I go to is different, and there will be good ones and bad ones. The Japanese fans understand this, and I understand this too as I approach my 65th concert. Two years ago I saw Versailles perform at V-Rock Festival and gave them a very good review. That performance two years ago was excellent. This was a different show.
Another point of contention I have with the comments is that they assume Tokyo Decadance is a concert. It is not a concert, it’s a party. I’ve been to a Tokyo Decadance Halloween party before and wrote my “review” based on my own comparison. One party was fun, the other was not. The commenter(s) feel that what I wrote about Kamijo couldn’t possibly be true, or was an exaggeration, but they forget that this was a party. Two years ago, Kaya did things at Tokyo Decadance that he was quite embarrassed about, and he apologized profusely and asked people to take down the videos of it. Why did he do such embarrassing things? Because it was a party, it was 4 AM, and he’d had some drinks. Tokyo Decadance is not the same as a concert, and the performers don’t treat it the same or behave in the same fashion they normally do. I’m sorry I brought this fact into the light, but it’s not my job to censor the internet or protect the integrity of JRockers. When someone criticizes a performer, it doesn’t mean they “really hate them all.” It means they watched the performance, reflected upon it, and concluded that the musician didn’t perform to their highest potential. I think Kamijo is a wonderful singer and a great performer. But that night was not his best night. While I understand that Versailles fans become concerned when they see posts like mine, they also need to understand that Kamijo is a human being. He’s not a god, and he’s not perfect, and it does him a great disservice to believe he is always godly and perfect. It’s important to clear the stars from our eyes and look upon these performers rationally and thoughtfully. They’re people with the potential to grow and change, and it isn’t fair to the performers to put them upon a pedestal and expect them to never fall off.
The last thing I would like to say in my defense is that the commenter(s) are the ones who are “exaggerating.” No “trouble” or “chaos” has been caused by what I wrote. If drama formed in the Versailles communities, I apologize, but English-speaking Versailles communities are small and have no effect upon the Japanese Versailles community, which is the one that counts. The Japanese are barely aware that an English-speaking community exists, and the English-speaking community’s purchasing of merchandise and occasional trips to Japan to see the band have little to no effect upon the band’s career, future, or standing. I assure Anonymous that the Japanese have written far worse things on the internet than I have, and those are the comments that are seen by many and affect the band. What I’ve written will fade into obscurity like everything else I write. At least it would have, if the Versailles fans themselves hadn't spread it. If they're so concerned about many people reading something negative I wrote (though I hardly think I said anything negative, other than some personal observations), then why do they re-post it? Why not contain it here, on this blog, where it belongs? I’ve checked to see what “chaos” Anonymous speaks of, and I’ve found none, other than some people panicking and bickering about me on Tumblr. The English-speaking Versailles communities are moving along the same as they always have, regardless of what I’ve written. There seems to be little to no awareness that my “review” ever happened, other than what I saw on Tumblr. But the people who love Versailles certainly wouldn’t be swayed by my words, would they? A good fan can sift through comments and criticisms to form their own opinion on the band. And they certainly wouldn't post my words in anger in various parts of the internet, right? Because that would just spread my words farther.
The fact of the matter is, even if Kamijo were to hear what I wrote, I doubt he’d feel the slightest unrest. His career has remained perfectly fine for years and years and years despite, and in spite of, the internet. My critics on the internet repeatedly mention how "biased" my blog is. You're correct. It is biased. Because it's my blog. Versailles fans are biased in favor of Versailles, and love them unconditionally. I'm not biased towards Versailles, personally, but sometimes I'm biased towards bands I do love. This is called human nature, and it's normal. I would be worried about myself if I didn't have biases, because it would also mean I had no hate, and thus no love. If the internet has a problem with what I write, they can choose not to read it. And they can especially choose not to spread it. But I don't appreciate being called an "idiot" for writing my own feelings. I understand that what I say on the internet always has the potential to come back to me, but I would appreciate it if it was kept to disagreements, and not attacks on me as a person.
Also, I would appreciate if the Versailles fans would have a little more confidence in their band. Just because one girl (me) saw the show one way, doesn't mean you should suddenly see your favorite performers any differently. I shouldn't have that kind of power, and it shows a clear lack of trust on the part of the Versailles fans. Someone on Tumblr accused me of being a dumb teenager, but I fear the ones who found their love of Versailles disturbed by my words were probably far younger than I am.
Thank you for your time.