Today I shall tell you a tale of another of my childhood heroes. He doesn’t fly around in a giant robot, but he does have a wicked ass scar on his face:
That’s right, his name is Squall Leonhart and he is the hero from a video game. Those of you who know who he is can start mocking me now, everyone else better listen up cause this is awesome:
You see, the thing about Squall is he doesn’t give a fuck. Just like Heero (you know, the guy from last time who pilots the giant robot), he is focused on his goals and doesn’t care about how he is seen or what he is ‘supposed’ to do. Squall came to me during high school, a time when there is a lot of social pressure to conform and people judge you the harshest for the stupidest stuff.
In the world I lived in, there existed the dreaded dance. It was something you were supposed to go to, something you were supposed to be excited for, and something you were supposed to dance at. Bullshit! Young Travis thought. But for some reason none of my friends agreed with me. Nobody except for Squall:
Here is a dude, who totally kicks ass at dancing, but pretends to suck at dancing so he doesn’t have to do it, because dances are stupid. Of course a pretty girl got him to dance anyway, but the point is I admire characters who do their own thing, even if it makes people mad or goes against tradition. So I decided to cosplay as Squall at SacAnime last year.
Now, most of the time when people cosplay as Squall they dress how he looks in the rest of the game, with that leather jacket and like 27 belts. I wanted to stand out by wearing the dress uniform he had on in that dance scene. There are a couple of other short scenes in the game where he is wearing those same clothes, but that dance is really the only time you see him rocking something formal. There are so many costumes and characters at conventions like these that I wasn’t expecting many people to know who I was dressed as, but about a dozen people recognized my costume from that dance scene, and that made me really happy.