SBR journalists make The Village Voice NYCC 2016 Cosplay List!

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Oct. 10,  2016- Sara Barton

Only at New York Comic Con (NYCC) can a journalist have their 15 minutes of fame. Every year, thousands of cosplayers are photographed by fans and the press. Each media outlet has their own version of a top or best cosplay/costumes list. This year we got our moment in the sun.

Anita and I, joined by guest correspondent, Digi Kolobong, were on our way to the Rooster Teeth booth to interview Barbara Dunkelman & Miles Luna from RWBY. As we left the Press Room, we were approached by a woman from The Village Voice. She was impressed by Anita and Digi’s costumes and asked if they’d liked to be photographed. Ecstatic-we seized the opportunity!

Anita cosplayed as Shiro, from Voltron: Legendary Defender(2016)  and Digi cosplayed as Weiss Schnee, from RWBY (which was fitting for our interview.) The photographer, C.S. Muncy, loved my tinted rainbow glasses. He asked if I wanted to be photographed as well. I was surprised given the simplicity of my costume. I was cosplaying as Radio Times Reporter, Jilian Holtzman, from Ghostbusters (2016).  (I thought it would be funny to play up the journalism pun.)

New York Comic Con 2016 has been a magical experience for SBR!

To see the full article:

“Incredible Cosplay at New York Comic Con 2016”
http://www.villagevoice.com/slideshow/incredible-cosplay-at-new-york-comic-con-2016-9204567

Photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice

L’Arc~en~Ciel Makes History!

L’Arc~en~Ciel concert at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2012

Belated review by Megumi Sato

They made it
I was simply amazed and then touched. Before my very own eyes. L’Arc was playing on the stage of Madison Square Garden for the first time as a Japanese band.And they were completely ready.
Androgynous Hyde’s emotional voice soared. The band’s sound was so intact and in sync with the ever changing and perfectly crafted background video screen.
But the best was the audience. As the band said, it took 20 years to get here. But the fans also have been waiting for a long time. They roared as Ready Steady Go, beloved theme song of “Full Metal Alchemist”, came on. It told that they’d been dreaming of this moment. Both the band and fans seems like they were enjoying the moment very much as if this love affair would never end. This musical euphoria was so infectious that even the MSG ushers couldn’t help smiling.

Such major publications as NY times and Village Voice gave them positive reviews. Think about it. Most artist make MSG after the relentless tour circuits and million radio plays. L’Arc has never done anything like that in America. But they set the hurdle this high and made it happen. Even hard nosed critics couldn’t deny it. The reviews show their huge respect for the band.

I’m so proud of L’Arc. They gave all the Japanese bands the chances to break into the market too.
Every time I think about that night. I can’t help but smile to myself.