My name is Suzu.
I’m a 29-year-old female cosplayer, gamer, writer, and nerd. The first video game I can remember playing is Myst, but my first console was the N64. I think my brothers and I logged half of our childhoods on Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, and Majora’s Mask. I had a Gameboy Color, too, for Pokemon. I rediscovered PC gaming in college with RPGs like Knights of the Old Republic, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, and eventually branched out from there to dabble in simulators, strategy games, and the occasional first-person shooter. I began playing World of Warcraft in 2009, right around the time of WoW’s 5th anniversary. I have been a progression raider, an arena and RBG PvPer, and now a roleplayer. I’ve leveled one of every class at this point in time, and can comfortably say that I prefer melee DPS classes above all else, though tanking as a guardian druid is also fun and I love my shadow priest.
I’ve been cosplaying longer than I can remember, but I didn’t get serious about it until 2007, when I attended my first convention. I always had a hand in making my Halloween costumes, and I dressed up for the release of The Return of the King in an Eowyn costume I made over Thanksgiving weekend that year. But the cosplayers at Anime Central were on a whole other level from what I had done, and I was inspired. The very next year, I went as Princess Zelda – a costume which involved not only sewing, but also learning how to make prop armor. I was hooked.
I used to be really into certain fandoms. Lord of the Rings was probably my first venture into fangirl territory – I taught myself Quenya, at one point, though the only phrase I remember now is “a star shines on the hour of our meeting.” Then I had a Harry Potter phase, where I wrote a bunch of terrible fanfic and read a lot more. I’m a Ravenclaw, in case you were wondering, and my Patronus is a dog. When Lost was still a thing, I was really into that and had many long arguments with other Lostie friends about our theories on the show. That enthusiasm died with the end of the series, though lately I’ve been thinking about introducing my girlfriend to it. Sailor Moon was another big thing for me, and now that I think of it my love for that series probably predates Lord of the Rings. It was such an important and pivotal series for me as a middle-school girl, and I think it may have shaped not only my tastes in anime, but my tastes in entertainment as a whole. I remember staying up all night long to read borrowed Sailor Moon manga under the covers. Good times.
Okay, so maybe I still get a bit fangirly. It’s not quite the same as it used to be. I don’t have the energy for it anymore, and I’m trying to focus my creative energies on original work. That doesn’t mean that I’m no longer a fangirl, just that I think I’ve found a balance that works for me.
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