Game on – ‘Ralsei’ gets vaccinated too


Lifting the mood: Goh, dressed in cosplay outfit, after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in Ayer Itam, Penang. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: He’s a huge cosplay fan, so Jeffrey Goh turned up for his Covid-19 vaccine jab loud and proud sporting a robe and a wizard’s hat.

He also put on paw-shaped gloves and a red scarf, just like the “Ralsei” character in the Deltarune video game.

Ralsei’s main magic spells are to “pacify” and “heal”, hence that was why Goh decided to assume the character when he went to the government clinic in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam for his second dose yesterday.

“The medical frontliners have been working day in and day out, so I wanted to give them a good laugh,” said Goh, 26.

Goh, who is a Bernama journalist, said he was inspired by a man in Kuching who turned up for his jab in a T-Rex costume.

“There were others who dressed up as Marvel comic characters, too.”

Initially, he was worried he might be turned away for not being properly attired but he decided to try his luck.

“I wanted to do something different and entertain everyone.”

To his pleasant surprise, there was a great response to his costume.

“The nurses wanted to take pictures with me and asked for a group picture as well.

“They even wanted to post the pictures on their website,” he grinned.

Goh said he picked the “Ralsei” role for its kind and wholesome nature.

“It is a costume I made a few years ago at a cosplay convention.

“The cloak, hat and ears were handmade while the other parts were ready-made,” he said.

Goh made sure his costume allowed easy access for his upper arm to receive the injection as his gloves ran up to right below his arm.

And it surprised him that none of his colleagues could recognise him.

“They kept staring and I could see them squinting, trying to figure out who I was.

“It was cool to see their reaction when they realised it was me,” he said.

Goh said he was happy that he got a chance to put a smile on everyone’s face and share his cosplay outfit.

“It has been a long time since there has been a cosplay convention, so it was nice to be dressed up,” he said.

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