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Anime Expo 2009 - Visual Kei and Black Butler Cosplay

July 2 - 5, 2009 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA


With a concert appearance by Moi dix Mois on the schedule, several fans of visual kei rock came to Anime Expo dressed to thrill.
Visual Kei and Black Butler cosplay at Anime Expo 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Daniel M., Alex C. as Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji: Black Butler and Brian V.

© Deb Aoki

Japanese visual kei or "visual style" rock is notable for the performers' dramatic costumes and make-up. So when one of the top bands of the genre, Moi dix Mois came out to Anime Expo to rock the house, a lot of Gothic and Lolita fashionistas and visual kei fashion fans came dressed for the occasion to the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Daniel M. (left) mentioned that he especially liked L'Arc~en~Ciel, because "their style of music is more edgy." Meanwhile, Brian V. (right) mentioned Versailles Philharmonic Quintet as a band worth watching, for their elaborate costume and "great music."

Middle man Alex C.'s outfit was inspired by Kuroshitsuji, a.k.a. Black Butler, which is a popular (and as yet unlicensed in the U.S.) manga and anime series by Yana Toboso. Noted for its sumptuous Gothic-inspired costumes and dark but fascinating storyline, Kuroshitsuji is mainly about Sebastian Michaelis, a butler who is bound by a demonic contract to serve Ciel Phantomhive, a twelve-year old aristocrat with a taste for elaborate costumes.

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