Mates, the Ultimate Fantasy VII Rebirth hype prepare has left Midgar station and is barreling towards us at a fever pitch within the run-up to the RPG’s PlayStation 5 launch date of February 29, 2024. Y’all see that new trailer? When you haven’t, you’ve in all probability no less than heard followers squealing in regards to the first take a look at Vincent Valentine, Zack not being lifeless like he’s alleged to be, and a number of different cool moments. All that’s properly and good, however there’s one second within the trailer we aren’t speaking about sufficient. And we needs to be, as a result of the perfect character in all of Ultimate Fantasy VII is coming again in Rebirth: Andrea Rhodea, the king of the Honeybee Inn.
Andrea is without doubt one of the finest additions in Final Fantasy VII Remake’s new spin on an old story. He’s the proprietor and lead dancer of the Honeybee Inn, which was a brothel within the unique 1997 Ultimate Fantasy VII. In Remake the Honeybee Inn is a lavish nightclub, full with extravagant dance routines, gorgeous costumes based mostly on the titular bug, and a hunky pansexual king operating the place.
The modifications labored on just a few fronts. It made the Honeybee Inn a extra memorable touchstone of Cloud and Aerith’s time within the Wall Market quite than a bizarre, uncomfortable detour tinged with homosexual panic. Now it’s a celebratory second in regards to the freedom of expression and breaking down gender norms. The up to date scene let Cloud costume in drag with out disgrace and felt like an actual queer house in a recreation that was in any other case prepared to imagine Cloud was concerned with a lady so long as they have been in one another’s proximity. Positive, Cloud and Aerith are simply passing by means of, but it surely was a significant second for Ultimate Fantasy VII’s bigger world to indicate that queer folks and locations exist.
At the same time as an individual who doesn’t love Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake for lots of causes we received’t get into—don’t get me began on my lack of religion in Sq. to tug off an Evangelion-style meta-commentary after practically each prolonged universe it’s performed in Ultimate Fantasy has undermined the supply materials not directly—the Honeybee Inn scene stays an all-time nice second for me within the collection. It’s joyful to look at unfold, and Andrea is without doubt one of the most charming characters for as little screentime as he will get.
Provided that he’s a facet character and fairly tied to a particular location the celebration is departing on the finish of Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake, I didn’t assume we’d see Andrea once more in Rebirth, or the third recreation that can wrap up this revamped story. However it seems to be like we’re heading to the Gold Saucer in Rebirth, and Andrea is about to bop his ass off as soon as once more.
And take a look at this king fucking go. He was a charismatic dancer in Remake, even when saddled with a beginner dance companion like Cloud. Every time I heard a catchy pop music again in 2020 (say, something from Woman Gaga’s “Chromatica”) pictures of Andrea and Cloud dancing instantly entered my thoughts, like an outdated screensaver or music video. So I’m certain the brand new choreography he and his crew are engaged on in Rebirth will stamp itself onto any pop album I hearken to in 2024.
I actually cherished Dion and his homosexual relationship in Ultimate Fantasy XVI, however due to just a few disappointing selections Sq. Enix made with the character, I nonetheless left that recreation a bit saddened by its obvious hesitance to showcase his love story with the identical confidence because it did his straight counterparts’. Recent off Remake’s Andrea, an extremely proud queer man within the Ultimate Fantasy universe, Dion’s remedy felt like two steps ahead and one step again. I don’t anticipate Andrea will play an enormous function in Rebirth, however I’m very glad to see he’s again, killing it on the stage, and looking out effective as hell in white.