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4:03 pm - 03/26/2012

L’Arc~en~Ciel performs at world famous Madison Square Garden

On March 25th, rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel performed at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City. MSG is a world renowned venue and L’Arc became the first Japanese act to perform a solo concert there. Tons of fans packed the venue.

MSG is located in central Manhattan and it is a venue Western artists take much pride in performing in, MSG has the nickname of The World’s Most Famous Arena. L’Arc was first scheduled to hold their concert at another venue, but when around 5,000 tickets were sold on the spot, they changed their venue to MSG. Before their performance, leader Tetsuya commented, “It’s a privilege to stand on such a historic stage. We’re looking forward to it.

Japanese culture is gradually becoming more popular in the United States, with anime being at the forefront. Vocalist Hyde commented on how some of their American fans are even memorizing and learning Japanese through L’Arc’s lyrics.

Dotty Roldan (47) came to the concert with her daughter Jasmine (18), who became a fan through anime. Dotty happily commented while herself and her daughter were buying T-shirts, “I love L’Arc.” In addition, Cat Davis (27) showed her love for the group as she came to the venue all the way from Mississippi; around 2,000 km (1,242 miles) away from MSG. Last November, Cat also got a tattoo of the band’s name on her back. “I like them right after The Beatles. Even though I can’t understand the lyrics, I can feel the emotion in their songs.

nansuki 27th-Mar-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
Although they way some people were wasn't an anime convention. =/
itskimbitches 27th-Mar-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
ugh really? those types are persistent! i believe they even show up to cherry blossom blooming events like that! it's ridiculous.
nansuki 27th-Mar-2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Yep. -_- And those that were wearing the loli-attire, should at least make sure that it fits their body shape & skin tone. Its one thing loving cotton-candy pink hair & its another thing wearing it. >.>
fumine 27th-Mar-2012 01:15 am (UTC)
I know such fans too. They probably mean well, but it's just as you said ^^' Plus, how do you jump around in a constricting dress and killer shoes? Especially when it gets very hot inside the venue.

Btw, glad you enjoyed yourself ^_^b

Edited at 2012-03-27 01:16 am (UTC)
nansuki 27th-Mar-2012 01:31 am (UTC)
I admit, some of them pulled it off really well! But others looked so out of place & incomplete. o.O Oh man, it can't be comfortable jumping around in those killer shoes. Lol.

Yep~ Hopefully sometime this week I'll upload the few pictures & videos I took. I love Hyde's & Ken's Engrish. XD
fumine 27th-Mar-2012 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to it <3 ^^b
sufafiori 27th-Mar-2012 08:32 am (UTC)
That would be wonderful. Something to make the week go by more quickly.
nekobot01 27th-Mar-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
That drives me crazy!! smh.

Japanese cultural events are not cosplay events. Save that shit for the anime convention.
nansuki 27th-Mar-2012 01:34 am (UTC)

Btw, who is the girl in your icon?
nekobot01 27th-Mar-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
That's Helen!!
mjspice 27th-Mar-2012 10:12 am (UTC)
She was such a UNF back in her day. Sad that today's dances are nothing but vulgarity. XP
lyra1227 27th-Mar-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
This this this this this.
crucifyregret 27th-Mar-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
They do, in fact, do this.
mecha_danger 27th-Mar-2012 09:03 am (UTC)
Totally agree with you, but to be fair, at the SF Cherry Blossom Festival (the only one I have firsthand knowledge of) there actually is a cosplay contest. It's not just ohanami (in fact there's not very much emphasis on the cherry trees at all), there's food, Japanese-American cultural stuff, even a Miss Japanese American or something like that, and I think the cosplay stuff really increases the weeaboo appeal and thus the turnout.
yaoilicious_53 27th-Mar-2012 12:46 am (UTC)
exdream1999 27th-Mar-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
Interesting fact:

When I saw L'arc at Tokyo Dome in 2006 there were more than a couple of Japanese people who came in cosplay, especially as Edward Elric.
nansuki 27th-Mar-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
Seriously? Were they at least done well?
I guess there aren't enough anime conventions...Or too many attention seekers. Maybe they only wore it once & need to wear it again because it cost them so much (money/labor).

omg the sweat! >.>
exdream1999 27th-Mar-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Yep, they were really nicely done. On average, not say all, but usually people who do cosplay in Japan tend to do it on the hardcore level.

Also, at least all the cosplay where from things related to L'arc.

Tangent: People (even boys) cosplay at Arashi concerts too, it's mostly of the outfits from the concerts, but you also get your Kaibutsu-kun's and such cosplays too.
liime_arix 27th-Mar-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I remember seeing pictures of little kids in Kaibutsu-kun cosplay outside the concert halls. It's really cute.
nansuki 27th-Mar-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
Ohh, that's good to hear.
I guess its understandable when they cosplay things that are related to the concert. But here, some girls were dressed up like the sweet lolitas. I'm not even sure if that's the right term, but the dresses & wigs definitely did not match the rock feel. (Cotton-candy pink with a huge cutesy bow...) And, to top it off it was poorly done. ("Do you not own a mirror? Check yourself out before leaving home.") =/

I did see a girl dressed as a yankee?. Like she was part of gang. I almost stopped her to take a picture. X)

Oh yes! I remember seeing a few pictures of the crowd & spotting a Kaibutsu-kun in their recent concerts. That was cute.
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