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Final Fantasy XIV Director Naoki Yoshida Cosplays As New Reaper Job

Yoshi-P announced the new FFXIV job by cosplaying as the Reaper at FFXIV FanFest.
Naoki Yoshida cosplaying as the Reaper at the Final Fantasy XIV Digital FanFest
Naoki Yoshida cosplaying as the Reaper at the Final Fantasy XIV Digital FanFest

If you're a fan of the Final Fantasy series, then you probably have heard of the recent announcements regarding the critically-acclaimed MMO, Final Fantasy XIV. This past weekend at the digital FFXIV Fan Festival, director Naoki Yoshida (aka Yoshi-P as the fans call him) announced more news about the upcoming Endwalker expansion. Aside from a new trailer as well as the hit Male Viera reveal at the end of the keynote, he also announced the new "Reaper" job that players will be able to play as in the game.

For those who are unfamiliar, Yoshi-P is known to cosplay as the new job when they are announced at FanFest. When the Stormblood expansion was announced in 2017, Yoshi-P cosplayed as the new Samurai job. For the Shadowbringers expansion in 2019, he cosplayed as the Gunbreaker job that was included in the expansion.

Naoki Yoshida cosplaying as the Reaper at the Final Fantasy XIV Digital FanFest

For this year's FanFest he wore the new Reaper job look, complete with a massive scythe, hat, leather armor, and a weathered cloak. While we don't know exactly who made the cosplay for him, he's been known to commission popular FFXIV cosplayers. In 2019 he commissioned cosplayer Chezah to create his Gunbreaker cosplay for the Shadowbringers expansion announcement at FanFest. Whoever made his Reaper cosplay was certainly prepared to make him look the part for the digital FanFest this year.

Naoki Yoshida cosplaying as the Reaper at the Final Fantasy XIV Digital FanFest

Fans were super excited to hear about the new job as well as see Yoshi-P cosplaying as the Reaper. Many were quick to comment on the look on Twitter, and many were impressed with the scythe prop that he wielded around on stage. Some also created memes of the cosplay, such as the one below with co-lead world/ lore developer and translator Koji Fox as the ghost familiar that is seen in the Reaper gameplay reveal.

Koji Fox and Naoki Yoshida Reaper FanFest 2021

With Yoshi-P's Reaper cosplay being such a big hit at the digital FanFest this year, we can't wait to see what the FFXIV director will cosplay as next.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker releases on November 23, 2021.

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Kelsey started her cosplay adventure at a small convention outside Sacramento in 2011. Since then, she has been featured on major websites such as IMDb and Variety Magazine, and worked with companies like Besame Cosmetics featuring Disney & Marvel makeup products. Her passion for cosplay and love of the community brought her to join Cosplay Central as Editor-in-Chief in 2020. In her spare time she’s usually seen playing with her dog and scouting the next best photoshoot location for her cosplays.

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