I have a favor to ask of you.
” “Run away.
You have to leave.
You have to live.
” Maybe this is a bit premature as we've onlyheard the Final Fantasy 7 Remake version of Sephiroth speak 33 words so far across twotrailers, but I've already seen quite a lot of fans talking about this, so I thought itwas worth discussing.
In this video I'll be offering my thoughtson this question – does Sephiroth's new voice suit the character, or is it the wrong choice? I'd also like to hear your thoughts on thisso make sure you drop a comment below to tell me what you think.
From what I've seen, of all the voice actingchanges for the FF7 Remake, Sephiroth's seems to have caused the most debate.
While I've seen quite a lot of comments – suchas these ones – questioning the decision to get rid of George Newbern, while also voicingtheir concerns about how Sephiroth has been depicted in the latest Final Fantasy 7 Remaketrailers, these concerns don't seem to be shared by all fans.
In fact when I posted a question about thisvery topic in my Facebook group, the feedback was largely positive.
My personal opinion is that, while it certainlyseems to be something a change of direction for Sephiroth compared to how he sounds inCrisis Core, Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts, I actually think this new voice suits himquite well.
One thing that’s clear throughout FinalFantasy 7 is just how manipulative and controlling Sephiroth is.
He draws Cloud towards him like a moth tothe flame, causing him to have a breakdown that almost destroys his mind completely.
That's alongside his ability to manipulateJenova and make her take on a form resembling his, before having her kill President Shinra, which is a crucial event given that it results in Rufus taking control.
And let's not forget about all the Sephirothclones as well.
Basically, it's Sephiroth's will that subtlymoves the others into place like pawns on a chessboard, allowing him to simply callfor Cloud to give him the black materia when the time comes.
This theme of manipulation is crucial, soI think it calls for a voice that is both subtle yet menacing and quietly malicious.
That’s exactly the feeling I got from watchingSephiroth in the recent State of Play and E3 trailers.
For example, when he says “I have a favourto ask of you” in a soft and quite understated tone, to me that just seems like he's playingmind games with Cloud.
Of course, at this stage we don't know ifthis is a vision being conjured up by the real Sephiroth, or whether or not Cloud'smemories are playing tricks on him.
Either way, we can clearly see that the spectreof Sephiroth is haunting and antagonising Cloud at every turn.
Whether or not Sephiroth will be depictedin this manner throughout the entirety of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake remains to be seen, but I think it's an interesting direction to take the character in.
That's not to say that George Newbern didn'tdo a great job of playing Sephiroth, because he did.
His version of Sephiroth had an edge to him, as well as an air of arrogance that probably comes from being the strongest member of SOLDIER.
But as this is a complete Remake, and somethingof a new beginning for the Final Fantasy 7 story, I don't think there's anything wrongwith approaching it in a slightly different way.
Personally I'm looking forward to seeing moreof this Sephiroth and seeing which direction the new voice actor, Tyler Hoechlin, takeshim in.
Now it's your turn to have your say.
What do you think about the new voice actingfor Sephiroth? Do you think it suits the character? Would you have preferred to see George Newbernstay in the role? Or don’t you mind either way? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
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