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Aerith Gainsborough
138px-KHII Aerith
Kana エアリス・ゲインズブール
Romaji Earisu Geinzubūru
Origin Final Fantasy VII (1997)
Alias Aeris
Type Half Human/ Half Cetra
Role Ally
Age 22 (consistently since her death)
Gender Female
Alignment Toa Luminus (honorary posthumous member)
Home World Gaia
Other residences Gaia's Lifestream
Family Ifalna (mother, deceased)
Gast Faremis (father, deceased)
Elmyra Gainsborough (adoptive mother)
Zack Fair (boyfriend, deceased)
Attribute Light
Status Deceased, but her spirit endures
English Voice Andrea Bowen
Japanese Voice Maaya Sakamoto
Aerith Gainsborough is a minor character in Bionic Fantasy.

Story

When Cloud and Tifa were teleported to Ankoku Nui, Aerith traced Cloud's life force to the foreign planet, where she discovered what was happening to it. Appearing in Ankoku Nui's lifestream, Aerith meets the spirits of it's deceased former denizens, both human and Matoran, providing them comfort and solace as she makes her way to the heart of the planet. By communicating with the planet's crystal, Aerith was able to see into Ankoku Nui's past, and begins to slowly help it recover.

When Jikanmu's spirit enters the Lifestream, he encounters Aerith, offering his and the Genjuu spirits' help in restoring the crystal, and in doing so, they break Scryptorek's thrall over the planet, allowing life to flourish there again after the Makuta is killed. As the Toa Metru are being sent back to the island Mata Nui, the Toa Luminus meet up with Aerith in Ankoku Nui's Lifestream before they all go back to their own worlds.

Quotes

  • "Your actions helped restore the planet to it's rightful beauty, and now you can finally go back to your own worlds." - to the Toa Luminus

Trivia

  • Aerith's unseen interactions with the deceased of Ankoku Nui calls back to her role in "The Maiden who Travels the Planet", a semi-canon companion novel for Final Fantasy VII.
  • Aerith also appears in an AMA board with Crono to answer fan questions about Bionic Fantasy and most of the official material it was based upon.
    • GokaiWhite put them together as a tribute to The Vision of Escaflowne; Aerith and Hitomi Kanzaki are voiced by Maaya Sakamoto, and Crono and Van Fanel are voiced by Tomokazu Seki.

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