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All of the cosplayers who turned out in their Visual Kei get ups should be commended for bringing something different to the family of anime fans. Many were for the first time informed of Japan's alternative Rock culture, a scene that mixes well with the world of anime and manga. I hope this exposure encourages more Westerners to pay attention to what is going on musically in Japan, and perhaps in the future Anime Expo will be inspired to bring some Japanese Bands to the United States!

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