I’m a Persona and SMT fan.
We’ve played Persona 3 & 4, Devil Summoner 1 & 2, and are well into Nocturne.
Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2, Eternal Punishment, Innocent Sin, and Devil Survivor 1 & 2 sit on our shelf, waiting for their turn among full-time jobs and adult responsibilities.
I’ve made about 25 Persona costumes, helped with many more, have plans for other Atlus cosplays, and spent over a year of my life building a massive sculpture of Izanami-no-Okami for Fanime 2013. Line and I helped start the California SMT/ Persona Cosplay community on Facebook. We’ve run many gatherings, and organized King’s Games for some of them.
At AX this year, my friend was planning to wear Princess Yukiko, so I wore my Yukiko costume to get a few photos with her, and to be comfortable. A man approached me, and asked for a picture. I happily let him take it.
Then, he looked at me with this condescending smile, and asked how many hours I’d put into my Persona 4 playthrough. The anime had come out recently, and he obviously, blatantly thought I hadn’t played the game at all.
This insufferable Asshole actually quizzed my “nerd cred”, in a clear attempt to expose me as a “fake geek girl”. I muttered something about “oh, about 100 hours. On the 1st playthrough.” He walked off.
None of what I mentioned above matters. I can cosplay Yukiko having seen only the anime if I freaking want, and it’s none of this douchebag’s business. I never got a chance to say it to him, but:
Dude, fuck you. Go fuck yourself. Take your sanctimonious, fan-policing, fake-geek bullshit, and get the fuck out of MY fandom.
And you know what? I’ve never been asked anything like that when cosplaying Yosuke. Or Kanji. Or Souji, Dojima, Adachi, or anything without tits and a skirt. It’s just sad.