Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's Star Spangled Japanese Voice Cast Revealed (UPDATED)
During the Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 event (you can check our coverage from day one and day two) we learned a bit more about some of the Japanese voice actors that will lend their voices to the characters that will populate Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Today, thanks to the keen eyes of Lodestone forum user Rorn, we get a little more insight on who will voice two other prominent characters in the game.
During the event, Square Enix put on display a number of scripts with the autographs of the voice actors that were part of the cast, and the one displayed above holds the key to two new names.
Cid Nan Garlond will be voiced by Rikiya Koyama, a veteran voice actor that lent his vocal cords to Basch in Final Fantasy XII, Rikimaru in Tenchu 4, Taiga Saejima in Yakuza 4, Duke in Tales of Vesperia, and a very large number of characters from Anime series like Hideo Kuze in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Logan/Wolverine in all the X-men Anime series. He even voiced Master Chief in the Japanese version of Halo 4.
Minfilia will have the voice of Miyuki Sawashiro, another well known actress and singer that voiced Milla Maxwell in Tales of Xillia, Cammy in Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter X Tekken, Ivy in Soul Calibur V, Momohime in Oboro Muramasa and many Anime characters like Kosuke Kira in Btooom!, Shion Karanomori in Psycho-Pass and Rin Suzukaze in Majestic Prince, that is currently being aired in Japan.
Both actors are star-level ones in the field of Japanese voice acting, and show once again (together with the high-level names that were already revealed) that Square Enix is definitely pulling out all the stops to give the game the AAA treatment it deserves, especially considering that the fans have been waiting its “rebirth” for almost three years.
While we’re still kept in the dark about the cast for the English track, those that love Japanese voice acting will be in for a treat, as players will be able to select the language of voices and subtitles separately in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
If you don’t know who Cid and Minfilia are, you can check the eight episodes of my The Story So Far column, that recaps the storyline of the first game. Incidentally during one of the Q&A events at the Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 Director Naoki Yoshida (that today celebrates his 40th birthday, so happy birthday to Yoshida-san!) said that Minfilia is going to get a “new and sexy” costume with the new game. You can see the concept for it below (courtesy of the Final Fantasy Wiki).
UPDATE: Rorn posted again (we have to thank the amazing research conducted by the Japanese community of the game, that you can find here) with a full list of all the names recognized from the seven scripts displayed at the event. While we don’t know who all but six of them will voice in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, you can click each name to see their Wikipedia profiles and get a good idea of their voice (for a few of them I had to link the Anime News Network profile, as they don’t have a Wikipedia one in English).
- Yuichi Nakamura (Thancred)
- Eri Kitamura
- Emiri Kato
- Aki Toyosaki
- Ai Kayano
- Kei Shindo
- Shinnosuke Tachibana (Alphinaud)
- Yuki Ono
- Yu Kobayashi
- Kousuke Toriumi
- Mariya Ise
- Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Rie Tanaka (Kan-E-Senna/Garuda)
- Aya Endo
- Marina Inoue
- Hiromi Hirata
- Anri Katsu
- Go Inoue
- Satoshi Hino
- Hiroki Yasumoto
- Shuichi Ikeda
- Sayaka Ohara
- Yayoi Sugaya
- Rikiya Koyama (Cid nan Garlond)
- Daichi Endo
- Takuya Eguchi
- Hidemitsu Shimizu
- Masakazu Nishida
- Akio Otsuka (Gaius van Baelsar. Yes, he’s the Japanese voice of Solid Snake)
- Shigeo Kiyama
- Riki Kitazawa
- Rie Murakawa
- Masako Ikeda
- Miyuki Sawashiro (Minfilia)
While we still don’t know most of the associations between voices and characters, this is definitely a star-spangled cast. Now we can only wait and see if Square Enix will give us a comparable cast for the English track.