New Final Fantasy XIII character sporting awesome afro

Hurray for Final Fantasy XIII‘s newest playable character, a refreshing break from the spiky-haired, pale-faced, sexually-androgynous JRPG status quo. The latest issue of V-Jump gives us a first look at Sazh Kalzroy, who “likes the color green, wields two pistol-like weapons and has a soft spot for Chocobos.” And yeah, he’s black. This could be awesome or abysmal, depending on how he’s portrayed in the game — let’s hope Square Enix doesn’t screw this up and turn him into a walking, talking amalgamation of stereotypes. Apparently, the isolated island nation doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to racial sensitivity.

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