The latest issue of Shonen Jump reveals an amusing new character in Square Enix’s upcoming Final Fantasy XIII, an afro-donning, dual pistol wielding man whose hair is apparently large enough to serve as living space for his pet chibi chocobo: サッズ・カッツロイ / Sazh Katzroy.

The full sized scan from the magazine is below:


Not much in the way of details are given, but it is apparent that the dual pistols he carries will probably be his main weapon type in the game, and he does have a chibi chocobo that he carries around with him.

The magazine suggests that the chocobo, Hina, might be carried around in the unnamed character’s hair, which definitely does seem large enough for the task.


Above are Final Fantasy XIII’s more traditionally designed characters. Perhaps Sazh looks somewhat out of place?

A response to the new character design:


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    Comment by unicogirl
    19:20 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So much for thinking Sankaku readers were mature.

    Comment by Watson Waterstone
    10:00 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was this bad-ass mofo based off Will Smith by any chance?

    Comment by kay
    07:53 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another stereotypical black character. At least give him a better hairstyle so we can take him seriously...

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    Comment by hurricane567
    05:51 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *cough*Lando Calrissian*hack*

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    Comment by caligula el kuro
    08:34 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    as a man who had an afro there are certain things you hide in it depending on size for his convenience the following:
    1) his hairpick
    2) blunts or smokes
    3) writing instruments
    4) a knife 3-under inch
    5) small rolls of paper (rollin/writing)
    6) cell phone, keys, money

    Please add your own (try to make it realistic to keep it interesting)

    Comment by Kis
    09:37 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nooo haha I'm laughing way too much. uuugh the only other black guy besides Barret? at least they got another lulz.

    i want that chocobo chick

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What I really like about this is that the Chocobo is basically the chicken of Final Fantasy, and the black guy loves them, and is seemingly raising one.

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    Comment by exia
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    Comment by Black King Vegeta
    06:20 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh my god, lol.
    Wakka from FF X was part black yo!

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    Comment by twin blades
    14:31 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    cant japan i least creat one good nigga in a anime,videogame, manga. only one comes to mind bob from tenjho tenge and even still.Im an aspiring manga artist whos black and im going to change japans and the worlds view on blacks.exspecialy in manga!!!!!

    Comment by Watson Waterstone
    09:59 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you watched The Boondocks? I know it's not Japanese, but it's still my favorite (pseudo-)anime with black characters in it.

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    Comment by exia
    08:20 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    please do. i find it funny in anime when they just choose some guy with a deep voice to play the black characters voice. im sure there are plenty of black people in japan that can read, write, and talk enough fluent japanese to be hired as a Seiyu.

    Comment by M.O.T
    01:46 05/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    O and those who say all japs dont like blacks r just as closed minded as thier statement. This is not the 1st time thier was a black character in ff series

    Comment by M.O.T
    01:44 05/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There r some black ppl in japan like any other race that could bw possible to live thier. Met one. And i live in japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 06/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh Gawz the afroz burns my eyes...

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    Comment by Zophier
    10:06 23/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure he will be a good char in this game. (I hope)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 26/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is cool, we need more black people to represent in the anime/game verse ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 03/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Narcissist, you are forgetting Tousen in Bleach lol
    And Yorouchi
    Tite Kubo uses people of nearly every race

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 25/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everybody need a little F.F.C....


    Obama inspired....

    Comment by Sadistic Laughter
    14:45 17/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He seems cool, and if he's a good character then I'll play him. I don't care what race he is, as long as they make him bad ass. If he can put his guns where his mouth is then I'm all for it. I can't say that I'm reassured that they aren't making him a stereotype just so they can have comic relief because it might be. If they are just making him just to appease people then they should get rid of the character. Making him a damaging stereotype is going to do more harm then good. If they made a believably cool character then good for them.

    Comment by Gakipu
    10:30 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moe Moe Oerba! <3

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    20:38 22/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All of you guys say there's so few black main characters in Anime.... as if AKAGI TAWANORI never existed..

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *looks at the character portraits* Guess, who will be left out of the active party most of the time?

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    Comment by basilio
    17:31 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Cait Sith?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    its gotta be the minority.
    its always the minority.

    Comment by Parn
    17:06 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can dig it.

    Comment by BuggyBY
    17:49 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This game better have some pools to stand in front of, or I'll have to write them an angry letter.

    Comment by 8子
    16:27 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    is the story for this FF different from any of the other ones?

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    Comment by Vallen Chaos Valiant
    16:51 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's about Crystals. What else? ALWAYS the crystals.

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    Comment by exia
    15:29 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    give it to the japanese. they successfully made chocobo loving, stereotypical, gun toting, afro samurai wannabe black dude. BREAK YO SELF FOOOOO!!!

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    Comment by Geerie
    16:54 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm going to laugh if he turns out to be the intelligent caring level headed guy and everyone's misconceptions turn out wrong. unlikely but a bit more funny. i guess were all guilty of racial stereotyping in one way or the other.

    Comment by Neo X Alucard
    09:13 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That one major downfall of the internet ananimity, It allows people to feed their insecurity's and stereotypes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 23/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You Neo X Alucard,are my hero ;__;

    Comment by Otaku Dan
    15:28 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    about time they post a brother in FF.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    16:11 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They HAD one, in FF 7. Remember Barret?

    And before you say 'No', he walked the walk and talked the talk.

    So, bruthas in FF aren't anything new. It's just more apparent this time around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol. Black main character? What is this a blacksploitation game? I think not. Watch Turn A Gundam to get your fill of a kinda black main character(..or at least colored that way)

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    Comment by firaku
    10:08 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'f you want a black main charcter watch Afro Samurai, a samurai anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:22 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah man! that one was awesome. How could i forget that one.

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    Comment by GearFourth
    18:16 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, f*ck that. We had one 12 years ago. That's plenty.

    No. Bad. Shut the f*ck up. Please.

    Black main character next time, please.

    Comment by Neo X Alucard
    09:04 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love it when people like Narcissist talk with out thinking. Bob Makihara ring a bell, How a bout Bowie Grant, Afro, Nadia, Sado Yasutora? Get out more fool, stop being a slave to other peoples ideals. It's a big world out there and most Japanese are not as close minded as you.

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    Comment by Sigh
    04:07 18/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There was no white men in Fresh Prince either, you don't find me complaining. Nobody should feel obligated to put a certain race in a game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Minsc set the standard of all WRPG heroes. Shaved heads is now all the rage when you to kick ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck black people. power to the kkk's! white america FTW!

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    Comment by Spiketrigger
    08:06 23/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually when you think about it. it was a black person in every FF game that was on PS1 or Ps2. now it's Ps3 :P the list being , Barret , Kiros Seagill , for FF9 i'm gonna call Amarant Coral , black (even though he's not. he's a random race) , then for ff10 it's the summoner Dona , and ff12 fran. These were a good group of people , although they're not part of the main cast. This new guy though XD omg he's such a joke...his "humour" is just..... annoying. Personal i think it would be cool to see a Black main character...but i dout that'll ever happen XD . it's a Japanese game , so why would it be any other race than Japanese as a main character? But Actually i saw someone say this "You do realize that the majority of characters in this game franchise are modeled after Asians right?" HA!! yeah right XD they are SO modeled after white people. Dude look at cloud. when was the last time you saw a Japanese man with Blondie hair and blue eyes? And his facial structure is from NO Asian origin XD . not only him but Tidus (even though in cinema mode he looked japanese , but at no other time) , Zidane , and Vaan , had that same look. squal was the only difference and even so i DARE anyone to say he looked Japanese LOL XD . Even if they were supposed to be made after Japanese , they sure didn't look it. Actually if you go down the line of main cast members , it's only a hand full of ones that look Japanese anyway. But yeah XD just had to say that , Cause yeah , the race this is dumb :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 24/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize that the majority of characters in this game franchise are modeled after asians right?

    Comment by awesome_dude
    01:35 25/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another bunch of idiots playing the racism card , bah shut up i dont get why people expect special treatment in video games. It was this behaviour that caused such a comotion in resident evil , having to change the african zombies to white people. You guys shoot white people in games all the time and u dont see us complaining. This character looks awesome in my eyes, he looks like he'll be the one to add humour into the dark storylines.

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    20:31 22/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japaneses don't like Blacks? I thought that was Koreans...

    Google "Raymond Johnson", he's one of the most beloved 'staff' of the Pokemon franchise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Take heart fellow adventurers, for you have curried the favor of Boo, The only miniature giant space hamster in the Realm. My friend and companion ever since my h-h-head wound, he will lead us to victory! Onward to the Gnoll Stronghold to the west! Tarry not! We must go soon! "

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    Comment by Miroku74
    00:50 16/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I'll be damned! I *forgot* about Kiros. I stand corrected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:26 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    pfff u guys forget another brutha already: Kiros from FF8. He wants to have a word with you.

    Comment by Spoony Bard
    20:24 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's Japan, there are no black people, what can you expect?

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    Comment by Narcissist
    21:44 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thankfully the Japanese do not like black people for other things then comic relief. I always laugh like hell when they have some random nigga named Bob who does something ridiculous in j-dramas.

    Regarding characters with pets, one has to remember Minsc from Baldurs Gate!Big white guy with shaved head and a raging passion for justice. Alawys with his partner, the hamster Boo. Who actually is a SPACE HAMSTER.
    You would always get irritated that the damn hamster was stealing one of the three quick-slots, but then you would press him and hear *squeek* and immediately forgive him. :D

    "A den of stinking evil. Cover your nose Boo! We will leave no crevice untouched!"

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