Dragon Quest X, the Wii MMORPG for Square Enix’s popular franchise, launches today in Japan, and you know what that means: lines of people waiting outside shops!
There’s usually not much to do when you show up hours before the store opens, so people tend to break into smaller groups and just kick it with some strangers for a while. Like in this photo — you have a few guys chatting on the stairs, some women hanging out in their own circle, and… a dude dressed as a Slime and sitting by himself.
Maybe if he turns up the volume on his video game, someone will get curious and ask what he’s playing.
When asked what kind of a Slime he dressed up as, he claimed to not be a Slime at all. According to our reporters on the scene, he said, “I’m afraid I just blue myself.”
Taking a break from gaming to scarf down some pizza topped with spinach and Forever Alone-ness.
I asked JC where this Tsutaya branch was located in Tokyo, and he answered, “Shibuya, a very fashionable high traffic area where nobody should be dressed in spandex.”
“What’s poppin’, Slime?” “Nothin’, five.”
Perhaps he thought a lot more people would show up in costume? Maybe he’s scared he’ll lose his place in line if he goes somewhere to change into normal clothes?
In a better world, he would not have stood alone as the sole cosplayer — Drackies, Sanguinis, and Slime Knights would have surrounded him, protecting this fellow from the judgment of bored video game bloggers.
Series creator Yuji Horii would have greeted him at the entrance, shook his hand, and, with a twinkle in his eye, told him that his copy of Dragon Quest X had a special surprise waiting. And once the disc loaded on his Wii, the MMORPG would magically transport him into the game as a Slime. He’d roam the virtual hills, the happiest game character there ever was, eventually marrying a Gem Slime and raising a family. In a better world.
[Update: A couple more photos of Slime guy!
Apparently everyone was lining up for a launch event hosted by Square Enix and Horii.
Kotaku points out that Mr. Slime did exchange a high-five with Mr. Horii. No word yet on whether he was able to jump into the game and hook up with a Gem Slime.]
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