Late last month, Guilty Gear Strive began trending on twitter after fan-favorite character Bridget was announce at EVO 2022 as part of the game’s season 2 rooster, with additional characters yet to be revealed!
Bridget was introduce as a twin, male character with a unique upbringing in which Bridget needed to be raised as a girl in order to avoid a superstition among her village that believed that a family who gave birth to same sex twins would bring an omen or bad luck to the village; because of this, Bridget came a very memorable character. Although there was much excitement from Bridget’s return after nearly a decade hiatus, Bridget began trending on Twitter for a very different reason.
In STRIVE, Bridget fully embraced her feminine side and ‘came out’ as a transwoman. Throughout STRIVE, Bridget hints at self-doubt and the feeling of wanting to admit to something but is afraid to do so. Conflicted, Bridget seeks Ky Kiske out, and he encourages her to decide for herself how she wants to live. Her conversations with Ky and Goldlewis lead her to admit to being scared of losing what she has but no longer wanting to lie to herself, and asserts that she is a girl; and finally, find the strength to live as her true self no matter what others think.
Although a handful of fans were not happy about this decision, most fans have come out in support of Bridget. Throughout Twitter, fans showed their support for Bridget with tweets, fanart and fan videos; sharing their enthusiasm and their opinions as to why Bridget coming out as a trans individual is an important highlight in the Guilty Gear series. Furthermore, Arc System Works confirmed Bridget’s gender, In an article published this morning, (9/14/22) in which Daisuke Ishiwatari (Creator of the Guilty Gear series) states:
“We’ve received many inquiries about Bridget’s gender. After the events of Bridget’s story in Arcade Mode, she self-identifies as a woman. So, as to whether “he” or “she” would be the correct pronoun for Bridget, the answer would be “she.” Ishiwatari continues “Bridget tries living as a man, but it doesn’t feel right. This is where the Arcade Mode story begins. After her exchanges with Goldlewis and Ky, Bridget faces parts of herself she has tried to ignore, and makes a big decision for herself. I hope that all of you will watch over her path after her courageous choice to stay true to her own feelings.”
We also wanted to hear from the English voice actor of Bridget and get their opinion on the matter and their experiences voicing Bridget. We had the wonderful opportunity to interview the voice of Bridget, KELLY OHANIAN. Join us for this very special interview as we speak about her experience voicing Bridget in Guilty Gear strive and her experience with the fandom!
Watch til the very end and find out how you can win one of three SIGNED BRIDGET prints! Singed by Kelly herself! The deadline to enter is 10/1/22!
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