7 Moments We Need to See in the First Final Fantasy 7 Remake Episode

Aerith's Playground

This is the brief scene after Cloud tries escaping Aerith’s house. For one thing, it’s too brief; for another, it’s got lots of Aerith potential. Outside the original Final Fantasy 7, Aerith gets the typical kind, smart, and thoughtful girl who loves her friends treatment.

That’s fine, but it overlooks the “girl from the slums” dimension of her personality, the “beat your ass into the ground and not think twice” part Aerith is a girl unafraid of wandering around the Midgar slums. She’ll take on Turks, bravely remains in her church despite knowing full well what danger she may be in, and trusts this strange blonde man enough to give him refuge in her own home.

But she’s also the girl who wants to climb up a slide despite technically being an adult and be whimsical. Basically, she’s the anti-Cloud.  All this comes within the first 15 minutes or so of meeting her (outside the initial flower scene) and culminates with Aerith’s decision to chase after the Chocobo carriage carrying Tifa, when Cloud just sort of sits there.

Expanding the playground scene just before that point, where she starts to open up about herself some after forcing Cloud to take her along, is the perfect opportunity to explore these contrasting aspects of her personality. And making Aerith more endearing can only be a good thing, in light of that event that happens later.

Published Dec. 18th 2019

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