Surely an adult should know how to control themselves at an anime convention. Apparently not. I was recognized at a convention by some old friends, two very kind twin sisters I will call Aradia and Alfred due to them cosplaying those characters. I ended up spending a majority of my day with them; it all went well, until a certain Germany cosplayer approached us with her posse in the lobby, we will call her Ludwig.
She didn’t bother to excuse herself, interrupting our conversation looking rather angry and asking if we had seen a cosplayer wearing a “shitty”, “crummy” black wig. She made it clear that she wanted to give them a piece of her mind. I could tell just by watching that Aradia and Alfred felt uncomfortable around her and her group.
Later that evening we were checking the rave room, and when we walked out Ludwig was there with her posse. She saw us, and I think this was an attempt to be in character, but she pulled out a prop gun and acted as if she loaded it. She set her full attention on Alfred, screaming “AMERICA!” and pointing the gun straight at her. Her group cheered and chanted insults such as “IM GOING TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE ALFRED!”. Aradia was horrified as she quickly hurried us both out of the hallway back to the lobby. Fake or not, we were astonished that someone would have the nerve to pull a gun out and threaten someone with it, and not ONE person stepped in to stop her, and the fact that she was cheered on was terrible. I still sit here thinking why a group of full grown women would think it would be funny to suddenly target and threaten a child at a convention. They might have thought that is was a joke or “in character” but this was neither funny nor cute. Please try and control yourself please, you reached the age where it should be essentia.