You guys remember when I said it was a great time to be a weeaboo in Bali? Well, fuck that shit.
Seni2Negeri Fails Spectacularly
The first event on the roster, Seni2Negeri Natsu Gakuen managed by Dewata Nihon Academy (DNA) has already crashed monumentally and blew up in an orgasmic and angry shade of red. Weebs were infuriated by the lack of communication from the EO, and even the partner EO abolished their partnership. And now, it’s up to DNA to salvage the situation and at least save themselves from the wrath of angry weebs.
You’d think that once they failed, they’d have the decency to at least issue a formal apology (not a bullshit one like on their event page) and try to refund tickets. They did that, actually. Last month, a meeting was held between DNA, booth owners, and the general weeb public to discuss what should happen. Luckily it didn’t end up like Battle Royale (though I really wanted for that to happen; I wasted my time popping popcorn in the microwave). Refunds were to be commenced as soon as possible. Everyone was expected to remain calm.
And now, on the 6th of July, just when I was checking my FB news feed after a jog, I found more shattering news. Take a look:
In sum, DNA has agreed to refund ONLY tickets priced at 100K (for the general weeb public). These tickets were the last wave of tickets sold to the general weeb public and were regarded as “regular tickets”. Sounds great? Think again.
During the first phase of their sales, DNA sold tickets that were priced at IDR 25K. These were known as “pre-sale” tickets. Now, since there was only a limited amount (around 600 according to Kotakotak Organizer, DNA’s partner EO), these tickets sold out like a fat American drinking beer on Independence Day. As for the refund of these 25K tickets, Kotakotak Organizer has agreed to exchange them for tickets to another event they’re hosting called the Tokyo Fiesta (not discussed here).
After these pre-sale tickets were gone, DNA issued another batch of pre-sale tickets, only this time, they were priced at IDR 50K. They have deleted the post on their page, but luckily, the Internet never forgets. See the pic below.
In the post, DNA explicitly states that 50K tickets are also regarded as legit pre-sale tickets. Also, see that Rp 50.000 on the left side? These tickets were sold at 50K a piece. This means that these 50K tickets should also be refunded. But here’s where things get fucked up. In the comment thread of Pic 1, the admin states that 50K tickets ARE NOT eligible for refunds. DNA admin also goes as far as denying they even sold 50K tickets in the first place, despite evidence showing otherwise. Go deeper into the comment thread and you’ll find the admin being a total dick.
This is a real problem. It shows a major blunder from DNA. It’s like they’re not even trying to set things straight. It’s like they’re trying to run away from responsibility. It’s like they’re asking disgruntled weebs to come at them with pitchforks and dakkimakuras. And how is it that this admin still alive?
Anyway, for DNA, my condolences. Next time, when you try to organize an event, get your crew in check. Make sure they’re trained in public weeb relations.
False Promises from Dewata Anime Festival
With Seni2Negeri out of the picture, it now falls on to Dewata Anime Festival (DAF) to become the beacon of hope for Balinese weeaboos. So far, they’re doing quite well. They began promoting tour packages, both domestic and international, and cosplay guest stars are confirmed to come. Tickets are still on sale. All seems to be going well.
A minor issue regarding guest stars happened a while back. Ying Tze was displayed as a cosplay guest star on DAF’s official poster, but Ying Tze herself has not concluded a contract with DAF.
Another issue happened last month regarding DAF’s guest star lineup. You might have heard about it.
On their page, DAF revealed Babymetal as a confirmed guest star for DAF (the post has been deleted). This caused a sudden uproar. Amuse Singapore, Babymetal’s official rep in Southeast Asia, declared that Babymetal has no scheduled appearances in Southeast Asia. Of course, this caused confusion among people. Their hopes of seeing underage girls trying hard to play metal music were diminished. DAF then changed their post, saying that they’ll wait until Babymetal officially announces their appearance.
What is it with false promises and Bali weeaboo events? Is it a marketing ploy to increase publicity? Whatever it is, the “fake” announcement was a real dick move by DAF. I guess someone’s getting fired over there. Also, since the event will be held in November, there’s still some time for DAF to conclude an agreement with Babymetal. I just hope things go well, not like Seni2Negeri and their failed attempt to get JKT48 to come to Bali.
All in all, with an event failing spectacularly and another I’m still skeptical of, I really consider retracting my statement of now being a great time to be a weeaboo in Bali. Now back to watching my Chinese cartoons in peace.