Briana White, the voice of Aerith in Final Fantasy VII Remake, tries her hand at a spot of cosplaying.
Final Fantasy has been a staple for many gamers since its first installment in the 80s so it’s not hard to see why its community is one of the biggest and one of the most creative in the gaming universe. Unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy VII Remake shipped over 5 million copies worldwide, digitally and physically, since its launch on April 10, 2020, and also saw that nearly half of its players saw the game through to the end, despite it being pretty lengthy. Final Fantasy is also widely known for its amazing cosplayers who love to rock out as their favorite characters from the franchise but what you maybe won’t see every day is the actual voice actors from the game taking part, too.
Briana White, who most Final Fantasy VII Remake players will know is the voice of Aerith in the remake of the PlayStation One JRPG from 1997, has posted on her personal Twitter account a couple of shots from a photoshoot with photographer Martin Wong showing off her amazing cosplaying skills as Aerith Gainsborough, the last of the Cetra, an ancient race with powerful magical abilities. Even though White has orbited the gaming and entertainment industry for a long time taking on the roles of an on-air host, commercials, YouTube and Twitch, cosplaying wasn’t something she was too familiar with. Thanks to the help of Twitch streamer and cosplayer Lady Zero, White’s beautiful dress and ribbon enabled her to slip into the role of Aerith perfectly. Briana also sought the help of professional makeup artist, Twitch streamer, and cosplayer Helloiamkate, completing the Aerith photoshoot. With such incredible talents merging together, Briana’s cosplay resulted in some stunning images that really brought the character to life, just as great as the voice actor did vocally.
Beyond excited to share these first 2 photos of my Aerith cosplay. How lucky am I to voice her?
Photographed by @MartinWongPhoto, styled by @helloiamkate, dress & hair ribbon made by @LadyxZero. More pics to come!
— Briana White (@ItsBrianaWhite) October 24, 2020
Briana White shared a video clip of her live-streaming the game and as Aerith is first introduced, we can see the Aerith voice actress begin to become very moved especially so when Aerith hands Cloud a flower. The Japanese voice actor for Cloud, Takahiro Sakurai had declared in an interview that if he had to choose, he would choose Tifa over Aerith. If you’re eager for more Final Fantasy content here at DualShockers, why don’t you check out this 70-year-old retired hairdresser from Scotland who decided to cosplay as a Final Fantasy 7 remake NPC to cheer her son up through the coronavirus lockdown, animator Junaid Chundrigar who took on the cast of Final Fantasy 7 Remake and transformed them into funny looking Cartoon Network characters or how about this Final Fantasy VII Remake guidebook that will most notably include rough drafts of character designs, storyboards for the cutscenes, and exclusive interviews.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is available exclusively on PS4 since April 10, 2020. The exclusivity will be removed in April 2021, and it’s all but officially confirmed it’s coming to PC. Square Enix is already working on the sequel as well. If you fancy picking the game up for yourself, you can purchase it from Amazon here. Check out our extremely comprehensive review of the title here. And DualShockers Senior Staff member Allisa James’ very own beginner’s guide to the game is here if you’re just starting and need some help.