Phantasy Star Compendium pages 41 to 45
PHANTASY STAR SETTEI, DATA, & ETC.
Phantasy Star Material & Etc.
Many settei were prepared during the production of the PS series. Various unreleased material from I, II, and At the End of the Millennium are all presented here.
[The following comes from production sketches of an alternate Lyla death scene (Yoshibon, in his li'l Yoshibon Club manga (included in the Compendium on pgs. 70-71), says that Lyla was originally supposed to die in Tonoe, though, since that manga has a not-at-all serious tone to it, I don't know if that statement can be taken at face value). Lyla is dying in her battle armor, on the ground near a building, with Thray holding her and Rudy and Hahn before her.]
- [panel 1]
- Thray: There now, Lyla. Don't speak.
Look after Rudy...
Thray: Don't say such stupid things!
- [panel 2]
- Lyla: Thray...!
- [panel 3]
- Lyla: Rudy...Don't cry!
You have an important job to do...!
You can't be weak like that!
It's no good to cry...
[Lyla says a couple more sentences in the two following panels, but the scripty, obtrusively-outlined writing makes it hard for me to translate. I *believe* that she says, in part, "They'll [the other party members] protect you... It'll be all right this way!", though, considering that Lyla just told Rudy that he has to be strong, she's probably not telling him in her next breath to rely on the protection of others, so that's probably not right.]
The first work was renowned for its beautiful graphics and animation. We present these charming characters in these many settei sheets.
Since she's the hero character, Alisa, as expected, has the greatest number of settei data sheets. you can see that a great many different Alisas were drawn before the final version at left.
- [manual Alisa]
- The illustration drawn in the manual, no doubt.
- [large Alisa with sword]
- The settei closest to the final Alisa. She seems like such a sweet girl.
- [warrior Alisa with sash]
- This design makes her look more like a warrior than a girl.
- [Alisa swinging sword]
- A settei drawing that gives the feeling of Alisa leaping into action. Do you think that it feels like she's attacking an enemy?
- [Alisa with short hair]
- It seems that there was also a design that gave Alisa a short-cut wave-hairstyle, as below.
- [long-haired Alisa]
- Alisa without a hairband but wearing a bandana. She has an adult air about her.
- [large anime-style Alisa]
- An anime-style Alisa. This illustration actually has some beautiful coloration.
Lutz is PSI Kodama-san's favorite character. You can see why in the illustration at left. [Note: the "illustration at left" is a head shot of a very feminine-looking Lutz (not bishounen feminine, but full-lips, long-lashes, wavy-hair feminine) much-pointed-to in discussions over Lutz's gender. Lutz is indeed male; he's referred to as "kare" (the Japanese male personal pronoun). The book points to the illustration to show how much Rieko liked Lutz's chara design due to the great detail invested in the work, which she wouldn't invest in a character to whom she didn't feel attached.]
- [Lutz reading letter]
- Of course, he looks best wearing the robes of a master magician.
[BTW, is Myau male or female in the Jap series? It never says here, 'cept for the caption of the Yoshida poster insert, described as a "group of heroines" - inferring that Myau is female, but I dunno...]
Since Myau had been conceptualized as a strange cat-like creature, his design was mostly settled, and he has few settei compared to the other characters.
- [winged Myau]
- Drawing of Myau after eating a Laerma berry. His wings are beautiful.
- [Myau jumping up]
- Was he based on a cat? There's a lot of material with him in cat-like movements.
- [Myau with Children of the Damned stare]
- A realistic Myau, as on the package illustration. He looks a little frightening.
- [Myau jumping down]
- Myau running with Alsulin dangling from his neck. He seems at once a cute but brave person [animal].
The one whom Alisa's older brother Nero told her about, Tyrone's character design fits perfectly into the "strongman" mold.
- [Tyrone in puffy armor]
- A settei pic of the Laconian Armor. The model is, of course, Tyrone, the only person in the game who can use it. It looks quite powerful in the illustration.
Many different types of monsters appear in Phantasy Star. The designers didn't any big changes from the numerous settei.
- [Cyborg Mage]
- A sketch of a Cyborg Mage.
- The way part of this monster is drawn so short makes it seem more grotesque.
- [La Shiec]
- An illustration of the dreadfully powerful La Shiec. The sinister mood is all-pervasive. His helmet seems to have changed a bit.
- The Motabians that were so cute on-screen originally looked scary, like this.
- [crab monster]
- A Horseshoe Crab. As the name implies, it was modeled after a horseshoe crab.
- Fantastic boat monster #1. Was this monster modeled after the Kraken?
- Fantastic boat monster #2. Was this monster based on a [shaakin - katakana]?
- It seems that many different styles of faces were devised for the Robot Police [Robotcops].
- Bignose, who boasts the highest attack power of all the monsters. The drawing below is also super-powerful.
- A ghost-type monster design. It's drawn very realistically with its subtle contrast of black and white.
- Rough sketch of a Zombie monster. A point was made of the slobber dripping down from its dangling, gaping jaw.
- [satyr/centaur-lookin' thing]
- A human-type monster. He supposedly attacks like a [kanji interference - sorry, I've looked in three dictionaries and can't find the character].
- An early drawing of an Ammonite. You can see that he didn't change much on the game screen. It was written in the settei text that it was supposed to fire off missiles.
- [demon head]
- A curious monster. Its face is protected by an aura-like thing. I think that this was originally called a "Nightmare".
- Was this supposed to appear on the seashore? Regrettably, this didn't appear in the game.
- Drawing of a Skeleton. In the game, it wields a sword and shield, but in early settei it had a scythe.