In the gaming world, we have a lot of heroines to look up to. We have your Samuses, your Princess Peaches, your Chun-Lis, etc etc. Yet there are more women in gaming then just those famous heroines. There are many support characters out there, some of these are ladies in peril. Some may just ignore them and go on with the main storyline but others, with chivalry in their heart, take the time to help these ladies. And what do you get for it? You are given something to give you an advantage over defeating your enemies. From a new tool or weapon, to an increase in life, or even some cash to help fund your travels. Today we highlight one of those forgotten ladies of gaming. Julie Rich, a Florida cosplayer, pays tribute to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ Agitha. Reminding us all not to forget to help a lady in need.
Agitha is a newcomer to the Zelda Universe making her first appearance in 2006 in Twilight Princess. She is the self proclaimed Princess of Bugs. This 10 year old blonde girl lives alone in her “castle” where she is planning a ball for all the Golden Bugs in Hyrule. Already this game female breaks the bounds of normalcy with her love of insects, they adorn her home and her clothes and she is not shy to pronounce her love for them. When Link meets her she states that she believes the bugs have gotten lost and tasks you with finding them. When Link returns with golden bugs he has found he receives many rewards such as different wallets and lots of rupees. If you find them all she even dubs you an “honorable citizen”.
One of my favorite people to talk to, Julie Rich, has been featured in several past articles. She was interviewed for her Final Fantasy IX cosplay of Freya, she has also been featured in several other pieces particularly in the Final Fantasy vs DOA series: just look into the slideshows and you will see Julie as Rikku and Rinoa and her photography skills were also on display on a piece on Rinoa Heartilly where her sister, Jamie Rich, models as Rinoa herself for which she got special recognition for. Now she comes to us once again to show us another of her great cosplays in the first part of this interview she tells us about what makes this character so special.
1. Why did you take an interest in this character and how close does the character resemble your personality?Why not cosplay someone more recognizeable?
“When I was playing the game, I kept telling myself I would like to find someone to cosplay from this series, since I have already done Tetra and wasn’t quite ready to start Zelda yet (still not, actually). So I’m doing my thing, running around, chasing dogs, breaking jars, picking up cats, the usual thing you do in any LoZ game. Then I come across Agitha (I call her “Aggie,” so get used to it!). It was love at first sight! I showed my mom, and she was a little skeptical. Needless to say, so was I! But I wanted to see if I could do it. And I did!Besides. Everyone cosplays the same characters for the LoZ series. The side quest characters need more love, dernit! She’s too cute to pass up. And she gives you a bigger money bag. Oh, it was also an excuse to make bugs.”
2. What initially drew you to play the game?
“I really like the series, but I was a “late bloomer” so to speak. I didn’t play them as they came out, since I never had the games or the particular system needed to play it. My mom told me that it was a little “too advanced” for me on the NES. But at this point, I already played a few games (or parts of some), and of course “Twilight Princess” wasn’t going to allude me. Besides, I was taunted by it at Toys R Us while I worked in video games there when it was suppose to originally be released before the Wii came around, like a steak before a hungry wolf. I wasn’t about to pass up that steak!! **Side note, I hate steak…** Anyway, I grabbed it for the GCN to keep him left handed (and I didn’t have a Wii… that helps) and fell in love with the beauty and the game itself.
As for the bug segment, I’m crazy curious by nature so of course I went in. I never finished the side-quest due to getting side-tracked, but I went in there now and again. I knew I would get SOMETHING out of it. Figured if I find bugs, bring them back to her!”
3. What was so special about the character’s appearance?
“Special? Look at her! She’s adorable! As a costumer, though, I was drawn into the different elements of her costume. The details, the edging, the quilting, the colors, the wings, everything. Then as I was playing, I started to find myself thinking of ways to do it, and do it on a budget. How I would harness the wings, how I would do the butterflies on the skirt (and how to attach them), etc.How I was able to focus on the game is beyond me.”
4. Usually boys are the bug catchers, do you find it odd that a girl was chosen to portray this character?
“Never really thought about it before. Thinking about it now, I don’t think it’s too odd. When I think of boys and bugs, I think of them pulling off the wings or mounting them on walls. I think a girl portraying the bug-lover gives in another level they could do, case and point the “bug ball.” **great, now I have “The Beetle Ball” song from Don Bluth’s “Thumbellina” stuck in my head**A boy may also want to challenge Link to a battle of “who can catch the most bugs first” game, and more minigames might be overkill.”
5. Is she your favorite video game babe? If so why, if not who is?
“I can say she is not my favorite “video game babe” by any means. She’s a young girl, thus eliminating her from any “babe” category. Her Lolita appearance gives off a different vibe. She’s definitely one of my favorite side-characters in any game. “
TO BE CONTINUED….