Lightning Returns interview with Ali Hillis – We want your questions! By Erren Van Duine on January 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Hello everyone! We’re teaming up with FF Union for a unique Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII interview opportunity.

As you may have guessed based on the title, we’ll be chatting up Ali Hillis – the English voice of Lightning – as we prepare for the western launch of the final chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII saga.

We’d like to ask you guys to submit questions that you’d like to ask Ali regarding her character, career as a voice actor, or anything else you’d like to know. The interview will take place next Tuesday, February 4th and we’ll be accepting questions until through Monday, February 3rd. You can ask us below in the comments or through our Mognet Central forums.

  • Alleo

    I really would like to know if she played the saga :) and if she did how she liked it.

  • mimĂ©tics

    If I had one question for Miss Hillis, it would be : Which lightning did she enjoy the most to voice between the three installments ?

  • Jesus Christ

    Are you going to tell her that Nova Crystallis panned LR? I’m just saying…and askin. It’d be interesting to see how she respond to that.

  • Erren Van Duine

    And that matters why?

  • Joshua

    My question is: How was your overall experience voicing Lightning, and do you feel you’d ever return to the studio to voice future Final Fantasy characters?

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Why am I getting so many dislikes for pointing out what Toriyama previously said? Please don’t tell everyone here agrees with him.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    But no other other developer goes on like this than Toriyama or at least this publicly since Final Fantasy carries significant weight that needs to be handled with care.

    Toriyama is probably no more of a nice or caring person than Michael Bay, Uwe Boll, Paul W.S. Anderson, David Cage, George Lucas or Bobby Kotick as well as being no more honest than Randy Pitchford, Peter Molyneux and Dennis Dyack.

    This man, Yoici Wada and all the bitter Square-Enix execs are all killing the Final Fantasy franchise and are given the JRPG genre and the entire Japanese gaming industry a bad name… and it’s… gotta stop.

  • Podcast3Above

    Would you like to reprise your role as Lightning in a future Final Fantasy title?

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Someones still a little butt hurt that someone posted an opinion o.o”

    ….even after everyone else got over it ;) But i cant wait to read the interview!

  • Maz loa

    Japan likes to expand their stories with Audio Dramas and the XIII series is no different. If SE were to ever localize them, would you be interested in lending your voice for them?


    …You realize p4rgaming is a satire news site right? Their articles are made up.

  • blade

    1. What was it like to voice Palutena from Kid Icarus: Uprising?
    2. What do you think Lightning’s fatal flaw is?
    3. Any headcanons you’d like to share? ;D
    4. What is your favorite line/scene from Lightning?

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    Question for Ali: If you weren’t cast as Lightning, which other character from the FFXIII universe would you have been interested in voicing?

    (Please feel free to rephrase that question as you see fit)

  • Eftaker Ahmad

    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for PC port please…?!!

  • FFU Lauren

    It won’t be a read interview, it will be an actual podcast :3 x

  • FFU Lauren

    It’s more so us, Final Fantasy Union. We (+Erren) just thought you guys would like to hear from Lightning :3 Although, food for thought, there are some VAs that I don’t really like in terms of their performances, but if you guys like them, I’d do my darnest to get them to answer your questions if I thought you’d like them to. I’m sure Erren feels the same :) x

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega


  • Ryuukishi

    I’d want to ask what’s next for her career! A hint of upcoming roles and projects, whether it’s reprising Lightning or Liara (I wish) or more likely something totally new!

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Okay! I’m sorry but Toriyama is one of the worst tellers to have ever existed, plus I doubt anyone will let go of his stupid claim that Lightning is the first female protagonist to ever exist in a Final Fantasy.


    I did. And it seems like plenty others have too. He wasn’t the first game designer/director to say something untrue to promote their game. It happens all the time in the industry. Activision made a claim about Call of Duty Ghosts where they “invented” some kind of technology that had the fish swim around you underwater. Yet, that’s existed since Super Mario 64. People just like to be up Square’s assess all the time. You can not like Square/Toriyama if you want. But I’m just trying to make you understand stuff like this isn’t uncommon.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Oh cool :P Still lol, cant wait!

  • Jesus Christ

    It matters to people who wants to know. I want to know and I’m positive that I’m not alone on this. If I were her, I’d like to know who’s interviewing and if they have an opinion of me. You obvious do for a long time. It’s not a bad question or topic to ask her.

    “Miss Hillis, how do you feel about the lukewarm to bad reviews that LR has gotten since its release in Japan? Do you feel Western reviews will be the same?”

    “Miss Hillis, do you feel like Square Enix is milking Lightning in the franchise? Do you think Lightning as a character is tarnish with this sequel… based on reviews?”

    “Miss Hillis, what’s your response on some of the negative feedback Lightning as a character been getting since the first game? Do you think the nay-sayers just don’t get it or they have a point? Is it down to just preference?”

    I think it’s a good thing to ask her for her commentary on the criticism her character and the games been getting since day one. And you can give her examples, whether or not you want to include your review is up to you.

    It’s quite relevant if you ask me. Now, I don’t now if I have crossed any line here making that first post, so hopefully my questions are still considered. No ill-feelings here, just honestly asking.

  • Jesus Christ

    If you read my comments on that review page, I didn’t say anything nasty to anyone and I wasn’t bothered by it.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    i don’t wana start anything so lets agree to disagree :3

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Omg i wish there would be another one :P

  • Jesus Christ


  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Perhaps next year we can look forward to a new Call of Duty game that stops all terrorism in the world by unleashing a deadly virus that kills everyone who isn’t 3/4 white and 1/4 bald eagle. That was a quote from Zero Punctuation when Yahtzee called CoD Ghosts worst game of 2013. You just put me in somewhat in a good mood there just now.
    Aside that, if you ever see Motomu Toriyama in person, please tell about Terra from Final Fantasy VI and maybe Yuna from X and X-2 just to see if he really made a mistake and put his setence into better context like say “Lightning is the first SOLO female protagonist in the same vein as Vincent in Dirge of Cerberus and Zack in Crisis Core.”.
    Just help him be more aware of the people who play Final Fantasy games.

  • Somber

    Man. A lot of rude, inappropriate questions and indirect insults. This is why FF Fanbase had fallen into the nastiest fanbases list. Sad….

  • Dark

    Do not use “every”

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    If you truly believe that Lightning Returns is a middle finger to XIII fans everywhere, you simply don’t get it. If anything, LR is the ultimate “thank you” to the real fans… fans who have enjoyed XIII and XIII-2 despite all the negativity that has inexplicably followed this series. And yes, I’ve actually played Lightning Returns (Japanese import. 4 full play throughs. 200+ hours), so I’ve seen just how many “thank you” moments were packed into this game. :)

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Really? If the people of the world in LR are ones from Academia 500AF, why can’t they rebuilt the science and technology they had in XIII-2? XIII was a sci-fi heavy game, so why throw it all away?
    What about Lightning herself? I remember that she had passion. She wasn’t afraid to swing a punch when she was angry but also would show a sense of compassion when it was neccessary. How about she looked in XIII? She was visually striking and fitted with the whole sci-fi premise.
    Why does she need all those stupid outfits that don’t fit her character? Why can’t she use a gunblade anymore? Why can’t she just show some basic human emotion and empathy towards others anymore? She pretty much shows no concern for Snow or anyone around her when steals everyone’s souls.
    Oh wait. I read there IS an explanation why she became such a husk but when it’s told as well what is being told, it’s too late for me to care. “Oh look at me! I’m like Jesus Chirst except I kick ass, give no real teachings or philosophies to live by and wear a slutty cat outfit to increase my cup size.”
    How is all this suppose to be related to the tension between Cocoon and Pulse, the whole Fal’Cie conspiracy and the timeline troubles?

  • Matthew Barnes

    I love Final Fantasy XIII’s mythos, I really do but I have a limit and have to say: No, that is not a justification. I KNOW Liara from Mass Effect, Liara shows emotions but she is the most boring character in Mass Effect with a gimmick that gets old hot blue space women who are neither male nor female. Samara is MUCH more interesting than Liara and I can sense so much emotion and power coming from her, that I did not feel from Liara.

    Lightning has about as many facial expressions as Bella from Twilight. If she was so against being a L’cie whose destiny was controlled to the point where she was willing to blow up Orphan and subsequently Cocoon without thinking of the consequences while being an “Army of One”. Then all of a sudden she takes a knee to Etro after being indoctrinated by the “This is how things are, accept it.”

    My friend is a soldier, he has complexes, expressions emotions that I can sense behind his actions, in other words: A mind and a reason for doing what he does. Lightning however? The only thing that made sense was her going to blow up the Sanctum for what they did to Serah. When she took Hope with her because “Leaving a child behind who just lost his mother would straight up be fucking wrong”. I saw her sense of ethics.

    When I saw her willing to blow up a planet with a bunch of people still on it, I said “WTF Lightning!?” Then the game ended and I said: “What? That’s it?”

    I’m looking forward to Lightning Returns, I want to see if they solve this and give me a path to believe ability in Lightning’s character.

    From what I can see, she is a ruthless death god who is killing everybody and justifying it by saying “To save their souls.” With no remorse or bother.

  • KanjiLikesBoys

    1)that’s really any D-bad on the internet who doesn’t fear their attitude coming back to hurt them
    2)All fanbses complain, all the time.

  • KanjiLikesBoys

    1)that’s really any D-bad on the internet who doesn’t fear their attitude coming back to hurt them
    2)All fanbses complain, all the time.

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