THE BLACK MOON
ART, ANIME, AND JAPANESE CULTURE
WEBLOG KIMONO FILM REVIEWS JAPANESE COOKING LINKS

BACK TO THE BLACK MOON'S ANIME EXPO PAGE

Visual Kei seems like a natural extension of Japan's modern anime and manga culture. While at first glance it doesn't look very Japanese, a more seasoned observer can immediately see an anime influence. The characters in some anime and manga known as Bishounen (literally "Beautiful Boy"), certainly inspire the musicians and fans involved in the Visual Kei movement. One can also see hints of Kabuki with it's exaggerated costume and make-up, and Kabuki has a long tradition of men playing onstage female roles. This ethereal beauty named Nadine is dressed as a member of the now defunct all-male Visual Kei band, Malice Mizer.

Photograph and text by Mark Vallen Copyright.
All rights reserved.