Kaneko Kazuma Comments on Nocturne Demon Design

I’m sure there are a lot of people who remember eirikrjs’s posts of all the entries from the Demon’s Bible artbook. Here’s a useful compilation, just in case.

The best part about the book is that it featured not only the interpretations of different artists, but also Kaneko’s comments on his own designs. Some of them may be interesting, some of them may hold nothing new, I’ll let you decide. What’s certain is that I’ll have to make separate (and several maybe) posts, so for the time being, here’s the first part. Each demon’s name links to a hi-res version of its design, so you can have a clear image of what Kaneko is talking about.

EDIT. Aaand since things obviously didn’t go as planned, I changed the links. Not sure how many people wanted to see pictures for ants.

EDIT. 04.10.17 added a missing word to Archangel’s description thanks to a confused anon.


DEITY

Vishnu
I can’t really change the design of the Hindu gods no matter how much I want to, so this was the final result, but maybe I’ll change it after this.

Mithra
Mithra is a god who provides mediation between good gods and evil gods. When I drew him, I chose to combine him with the god of time, Zurvan, and drew a different side of him.

Odin
Scandinavian mythology has quite a lot of mapper type gods. He’s an old man, but I drew him as a warrior. It’s a design that’s been around since the first game, so there was no need to change it much.

Amaterasu
I made Amaterasu into a man for the first time. There are also theories that she was a woman, so I actually wanted her clothes to be a bit more androgynous, but the model had its own build, so it ended up like this.

Atavaka
Atavaka has remained the same as before. He has a lot of arms though, so it was unpleasant for the staff. I really wanted to draw such a large design.

Horus
He’s a sun god, so he’s shining. If he’s too shiny when he’s by your side in a fight, well, that’s life. Horus is also a demon whose design hasn’t changed a lot.

MEGAMI

Scathach
She’s a teacher, so she really gives off the feeling of a witch. Rather than fighting with a sword, she’d the type to overcome you with her fighting spirit. So, for some reason, she’s sitting in mid-air. Masters always sit in a kneeling position, but if someone tries to attack them from behind, they’ll block them in no time.

Lakshmi
Her design has remained the same since the first game, but I’ve been playing with various colour schemes. Well, she’s got a dancing image. A demon that always appears in the series.

Sati
I made her look like she’s burning; it’s a powerful image after all. She may be wearing a veil, but changing this demon’s appearance is difficult.

Sarasvati
She doesn’t have four arms, but I did have her play the sitar. Sarasvati is a character I want to draw together with Brahma after this game.

Ame no Uzume
I completely changed the design for her, Kikuri-hime and Kushinada-hime this time. She’s dancing, so I emphasized her folding fans. The circle is a circumpunct. It’s not typical.

ENTITY

Albion
I used the motif of the huge drawing on the ground of Dorset in England. Now that I look at it, the sword he’s carrying resembles a seven-branched sword. He’s made of something like a ball of energy.

GENMA

Cu Chulainn
One of the most popular characters in the whole series. The design has changed to some extent, but I figured I should make him look more Celtic from now on.

Hanuman
He’s always appeared in the series and is a popular and easy to recognise character. The eyes of the Hanuman of Hindu mythology are big and round, it’s pretty cool.

Kurama Tengu
I was planning at first to design a lot of Tengu, including the Defender Lord, but it would have been too much. Cooler Tengu will appear from now on, so please look forward to them.

YOMA

Efreet
A typical design, don’t you think? Jinn’s boss, fire edition. I’ve actually been told he resembles me a bit. I distinguished them by giving one the ponytail and the other horns.

Purski
Ganesha, Nepal version. His outfit resembles that of the indigenous people of the mountain regions. I’m really into that kind of fabrics, they’re beautiful.

Jinn
Another typical design, just like the Efreet. I’m not sure why, but this is the image of Jinn I have in my head.

Ongkot
One of the followers of Sugriva. He’s not a major figure, but since we had Hanuman this time, we had the two monkeys share the same animations.

Karasu Tengu
Starting from some theories about the Tengu being mountain priests, I gave him the image of a mountain ascetic. Or maybe a member of a ninja-like hidden group in the service of an influential person.

Dis
Dis is the name of a group of goddesses, so her clothes are like their uniform. The tattoo is partly based on Irish design. She’s got the image of a nun, so I gave her a shaved head.

Koppa Tengu
The main attraction is his size and, anyway, I just wanted to make him small, since things do change with size, even though it’s the same model. He’s small, but flashy, resembling a street performer.

Isora
Isora is a god of the sea, so his model was connected to Forneus’s. Fish faces creep me out actually, so to me he’s the most frightening of all demons. If something like this attacked me, I’d start crying.

Apsara
I changed her design to make her a bit cute. Indian inspired leotards are cute, right? This is a group of goddesses, just like Dis, so what she’s wearing resembles a uniform.

FAIRY

Titania
Since the Fairies are supposed to have a joyful image, I made Titania have the same air about her. Until the previous game she used to have a cuter image, but now she’s a bit sexier.

Oberon
His clothes are typical king’s garments. He’s rather small this time, but, truth be told, I wanted to make him smaller than this. He’s actually an extremely small character everyone laughs at. Actually…

Setanta
Since now we have a system based on evolution, I designed him to be easily identified with the later Cu Chulainn. His clothes are white but I wanted to emphasize his origins, so I added a tartan pattern.

Troll
He resembled an Oni in Shin Megami Tensei, but I drew him as a cute, dumb guy starting with Devil Summoner. The medal seems to be his elegant feature. At least according to him…

Kelpie
An extremely typical design. Unlike with Kikuri-hime, I based him on parts of the design that had previously appeared.

Pyro Jack
His origin is Jack-o’-lantern. He’s a character designed to be a mascot of the Shin Megami Tensei series, so his Halloween motif is the same as always.

High Pixie
Simply Pixie’s advanced version. Her hair is standing up straight because she’s…high. She’s arranging it to stay high. A character that has appeared since Shin Megami Tensei II.

Jack Frost
The design of a demon resembling a snowman came first, and while searching for a name, I realised there are very few legends about Jack Frost himself. The little guy has a tail actually.

Pixie
Her costume from Shin Megami Tensei is stuck as my mental image, so I brought her in like that, but I want to change her to be in tone with the times~.

NIGHT

Lilith
She was a character in Shin Megami Tensei, so her image is a symbol of free will. Half of her body is covered in what looks like scales rather than tattoos.

Nyx
Why, if this isn’t the design of the Queen of the Night! Even her hair is standing up properly. Her pose gives her the air of a bar mistress and since she’s the night, black is her main colour.

Queen Mab
She was human at first, so her image gave me a bit of trouble. I love fur so I put it on her collar and sleeves. I asked a lot, but did receive the model as it is. Her upper half is covered in pearl-like scales.

Loa
A character that’s been around for a long time. I wanted to change his silhouette a bit, but he’s a demon I really love. Loa are served in various types of Voodoo.

Kaiwan
I wanted a god that resembled a star, so I found Kaiwan. He’s a god with extremely rare appearances. Design-wise, the black and white pattern is his main point.

Succubus
The seductive type. She’s got the same origin as Lilim, but she appeared when the people of old blamed being horny on demons. She’s got nuts hanging from her ankles. Hidden meaning, you know.

Incubus
The design appeared halfway through the series. The male version of Succubus. The cover of his pride and joy is decorated with heart marks. There are nuts hanging from his ankles. Hidden meaning, you know.

Fomorian
A big favourite of mine among all these demons. He’s cute. His face resembles a goat’s, and I really like that kind of dumb faces.

Lilim
If I had to say, Lilim are demons of Christianity who attract people. They’ve always appeared in the series, but this is the first time they were introduced as Lilith’s daughters.

TYRANT

Mot
He’s a god of death, so I put him in a coffin. The coffin’s pattern has a winged discus from the region of Mesopotamia and the figure of Inanna, to represent the realm of the dead. Speaking of which, he’s very shy, so he doesn’t leave his coffin.

Alciel
Same design as Abaddon, but since he’s something like a king of Hell, I gave him a crown. The crown is strange, it looks like a tomato.

Surt
I gave him a sword of fire to match the legends. There’s a difference in his design, his joints look like cones now. They match the top of his head.

Abaddon
One of the characters I really love this time. He’s a fallen angel, so I gave him wings and made his face very expressive. Too bad you can see his shoulders when he attacks.

Loki
He’s an old character, so he’d keep his old form no matter what, but I finally gave him underwear this time. He’s civilised now. Odin is here at the same time as well.

DRAGON

Seiryuu
The image of an Oriental dragon. According to some stories, the Four Symbols were originally all dragons and were only differentiated later, so Seiryuu was the representative of fish.

Genbu
If we follow Seiryuu’s story, then Genbu is the representative of animals with shells? Design-wise, thebagua pattern on his shell is of Chinese inspiration.

SNAKE

Yurlungur
He’s a god of weather, so I made him rainbow-coloured. There are a lot of snakes who symbolise continuity, like Ouroboros, and I made it so that you can’t tell which is the head and which is the tail.

Quetzalcoatl
Legend says he’s a feathered snake, so that’s how I drew him. Well, he looks more like a cross between a bird and a snake than just a feathered snake. This is also a character with a long history in the series.

Nagaraja
He is a king, so I gave him a rather grandiose appearance, with a muffler that resembles snake scales or fins. There are rumours that normal Naga look grandiose as well, but still.

Mizuchi
He’s a dragon that dwells in water, but the water is solid, so I gave him a snake shape. There are all kinds of legends about him, but I exaggerated his design a little.

Naga
I gave him a shield and made him resemble a warrior. He’s got a bell attached to his tail though, so it’s easy to tell where he is.

Nozuchi
An earth dragon. Well, what’s long here is the nose, or is it the mouth…He really feels like a monster. I want to design more and more of these really strange looking creatures.

AVATAR

Barong
I drew him to resemble the Barong dance costume. There are two persons dancing inside the costume, but this is a living being, so I made him short.

Yatagarasu
Horus was already here, so I didn’t make him resemble the sun, but I made his beak golden; he doesn’t look like a normal crow anymore. His story can be expanded upon, so I’ll focus some more on him.

Xiezhi
I was thinking I design a lot of plain characters. I figured I should make a sheep-like polygon but…didn’t do it in the end. He’s often encountered in China, an apparition that only charges at you.

Makami
I wish I had emphasized his mouth or something, since it’s actually a wolf, but I prioritised its figure. If you look hard enough, you’ll notice the paws. So cute.

HOLY

Chimera
The so-called composite monster – I left it like that and it became the easy to recognise Chimera. Scary, isn’t it? Its movements are monstruous as well, it truly feels right.

Baihu
His body reminds you of a cloud, but it’s a powerful one. He’s a representation of power and movement. He’s one of the Four Symbols too, so originally he may have been a dragon. Perhaps he’s the representative of quadrupeds.

Zhuque
He looks like a peacock and although peacocks are blue, I made him red; I also added the eye motif to his feathers to make him look elegant. I like how big and impressive he looks in the game.

Xianli
I was thinking about her movements, but… Even though she’s based on Nekomata, the latter feels more sophisticated, while Senri is more rural. The conical hat shelters her from the rain as well.

Unicorn
This is simply a typical Unicorn. There are a lot of horse-type characters this time, but this one is the base.

Shiisaa
He’s an old man. He actually resembled Barong, but now he’s a human-faced dog. He’s got a big face and is clenching his teeth. He’s yellow, so in Feng Shui that would signify good dependent origination*.

BEAST

Cerberus
The most common image of Cerberus has three heads, but since he’s connected to the protagonist, I only gave him one. For example, in battle mode, it turns into three heads. That negligent watchdog air he’s got about him is cute.

Suparna
A bird from Garuda’s lineage, wearing a headdress. A big factor for birds is the plumage, so thinking about their design is difficult. If I drew them all normally, there would be no difference between them, so it gets complicated every time.

Orthrus
His rank is lower than that of Cerberus, so he can’t pull and draw back his heads. That is why he’s permanently stuck in the two-headed mode and his master doesn’t spoil him as much.

Badb Catha
She’s a person, but since the legends linked her to a crow, I drew her as one. I’ve tended to do this in Megaten since a long time ago.

Nekomata
Maybe I went too far with the anthropomorphisation…? I actually designed her as a werecat, and since those are humans who turn into cats, I made her look really human.

Inugami
Inugami have their head cut, so that’s the only tangible part. Its body is half transparent, like a ghost. It looks cute this time, one of my favourites. The length of its body is a representation of the soul.


* I am not particularly well-versed in this type of concepts, so let me know if I made a mistake.

WILDER

Hresvelgr
The design is in the image of a big white eagle. He’s also a messenger of the realm of the dead however, so I gave him a lot of dead man faces on his wings.

Mothman
I made his general shape look like a heart. The actual Mothman has similar shoulders as well. And since he’s from America, his face is like Do_npa’s*. Get it?

Nue
I love this kind of air headed air, with eyes out of focus rather than expressionless. I decided to make him look rounder in the end.

Raiju
An energy type. He’s crackling. His movements are also sharp and abrupt and feel like a flurry. I think it would be nice if this kind of movements differed from time to time.

Bicorn
For some reason, he just feels like a big goat to me. He’s a horse though, so he’s got a big body. This is also why his hoofs won’t break.

Zhen
This is what would happen if a seahorse became a bird. Birds actually give me trouble, so I used that as my motif. He’s supposed to be a poisonous bird, so I gave him colours associated with poison.

ELEMENTS

Flaemis
It’s easy to recognise these spirits as the four elements, but trying to turn them into pictures is rather difficult.

Aquans
Water has gone the opposite way in this representation. In the game though, the Elements are just something to spice up fusion.

Aeros
A surging image. The Elements are more ingredients than actual characters, so I didn’t dwell on the anthropomorphisation aspect too much.

Erthys
Erthys is a rock. Well, he’s the most polygon-like among all Elements, so perhaps the easiest to work with.

MITAMA

Saki Mitama
The Mitama are easy to recognise, just like the Elements. It’s the first time they appear in the Shin Megami Tensei series.

Kushi Mitama
This expression really suits Kushi Mitama. The Mitamas’ faces show their personalities. The Elements are a representation of nature, but the Mitama represent emotions.

Nigi Mitama
In contrast with the Elements’ Western air, the Mitama are part of the Japanese culture. I find it really interesting how the ideas they represent are completely different.

Ara Mitama
This time, the Mitama appear as raw fusion elements. They are easy to draw and I chose them because they were easy to work with.

FOUL

Shadow
I reused some parts from Will o’ Wisp, but gave them different movements. Their faces kind of look like a footprint, but oh well.

Phantom
This one reuses the frame of Will o’ Wisp as well, but I’m really glad I changed some of its parts and its expression and ended up with something different.

Black Ooze
It’s a stronger version of Slime, so I made its eyes go round in circles and emphasize its power. I’m happy all the demons in the Slime family have really good movements.

Blob
I borrowed the colour and other aspects from the movie and really wanted to show that. Its eyes aren’t moving around, but it’s great how dynamic the movements are.

Mou-Ryou
This type of concept or ghost are beings made of energy, so they can’t actually be seen, but I figured I should represent them through some suggestive colours and actions.

Slime
At first it appeared randomly in RPGs, probably because it’s a major figure, so coming up with a design for it was difficult. Its face is rather human.

Will o’ Wisp
I wanted to at least make it Willy. This is the base for all its family. This form is also a type of anthropomorphisation.

FURY

Shiva
The movements are Nataraja, the embodiment of dancing Shiva. All that moving around is really entertaining. What he’s carrying are his possessions, the clothes are the hide of a white tiger.

Beiji Weng
He appeared together with Nanto Seikun in Devil Summoner, and while Nanto Seikun is an embodiment of fire, I drew this one as an image of ice.

Wu Kong
An extremely popular character. I think it’s because of the quality of the themes found in Journey to the West. I think his image feels like the time when he was still at Mount Huaguo.

Dionysus
A paranoid, hippie or maybe psychedelic feeling. I captured him as a god in the middle of a drinking and furiously dancing crowd.

LADY

Skadi
Skadi truly is –shadow-. A person from the country of shadows. Since her body itself is -shadow- I gave her a mantle that would emphasize that.

Kali
In temples, statues of Kali have parts that resemble skeletons and this is why the design is like this. I made her look a bit robotic, so she also resembles a killing machine.

Parvati
I’ve emulated so much of her design, but I wonder if she’ll look at least a little splendid? As expected, having Shiva and cute Parvati is good.

Kushinada-hime
The same model as Kikuri-hime and Ame-no-uzume. Since she turns into a comb, I emphasized them in her design and made her easy to recognise.

Kikuri-hime
She was a candidate to be the protagonist’s partner at first, so I emphasized a lot of her qualities. She was originally a shaman, so I made her dark, in the image of the land of Yomotsu.

KISHIN

Thor
I gave him the image of a viking combined with a macho. Mjolnir is just big this time, but I’d like to make it more similar to the original.

Bishamonten
The Four Heavenly Kings have retained their old designs. Together with Tamonten, Bishamonten is the most popular among them, so he’s pretty respected in some places.

Jikokuten
He looks so plain compared to Bishamonten. I differentiate between the Four Heavenly Kings based on their belongings. Jikokuten has the sword. It’s supposed to match the image from a famous Japanese temple.

Take-Mikazuchi
Don’t know how it happens, but Japanese gods always end up with this kind of clothing. I intended to introduce some differences this time, but Take-Mikazuchi became the base.

Okuninushi
I tried to design him like Japan’s Cu Chulainn, or more like a fine man. He’s someone who is even kind to animals. The colour of his armour is a bit too dark, it’s actually supposed to be a beautiful silver.

Koumokuten
One of the Four Heavenly Kings. Koumokuten is pretty famous as well. He’s actually carrying a brush, but I wasn’t sure whether to draw it or not, so I changed it into a polearm.

Zouchouten
He is also one of the Four Heavenly Kings, but a plain one. What he is actually carrying is a spear.

Take-Minakata
His arms were ripped off by Take-Mikazuchi, so I chose to show his figure after this event. I also like his attack pattern. I feel there’s something very engaging about people forced into a certain situation, like him.

WARGOD

Ganesha
He was called Kangiten halfway through development, but we settled on his old name. Since this is an early design, his belongings aren’t the right ones. He’s one of my favourites though, so I want to improve his looks.

Valkyrie
I designed her as a warrior riding a horse. She’s dual wielding. I haven’t really touched her design too much this time, but I would like to work some more on her in the future.


*I spent some good minutes looking for this one. Kaneko is talking about Doronpa, an American obake from the manga Obake no Q-tarou.

VILE

Mada
I was thinking he’s like the Indian version of Nataku. I imagined him as quite robotic since he is a spirit made from fire by a hermit-like person.

Samael
He’s a snake type, but I really had to made him look different from the others, so I gave him a lot of wings and made him look tall. He also has seven eyes. This is a representation of Satan or an alias for Christ.

Taotie
It’s a goat, so I left it like that, but thought I’d also make it a little cute. It has its origins in a person as well – a story about how he became one of the four evil creatures of the world, symbolising the amalgamation of some of the seven sins.

Girimekhala
Not even I am sure why there’s only one eye. Maybe because I wanted to make him a dark character. I’m also the type who sets fights on auto, so this guy gave me a lot of trouble.

Pazuzu
There was this image of Pazuzu that appeared in a certain movie, so I based my designed on that. We have shared this figure for quite some time.

Baphomet
This time he actually resembles Baphomet. The end result is a usual picture of the Sabat. He’s got the caduceus, the pentagram, his symbols turned into objects.

Arahabaki
When I was little, I used to think that clay figures were aliens, but later on finally understood that they are an interpretation of the clothes from the Joumon period. It’s an impressive design, so I left it like that.

SERAPH・HERALD

Michael
I actually adopted the image from a certain European church. I was thinking how I should make each archangels different, so he became the oldest and the dragon killer, hence the spear.

Gabriel
Has also been said to be a woman, so I also gave her a lily. She’s a special existence and I made it obvious in Shin Megami Tensei II, but this game will be different.

Raphael
Raphael and Uriel haven’t really changed, but you can tell them apart because of their hairstyle and colour. I thought of Raphael as the symbol of ‘duty’.

Uriel
Uriel is ‘justice’. I think he’s also happy because of his evolution from the Thrones.

DIVINE

Throne
Thrones are wheel angels and I kept that in mind while designing them. This type of angels don’t have individual names, they’re just named as a group.

Dominion
Dominions are the gods of rules, or you could say that their image is related to law, so I gave them scales.

Virtue
The red thing is their heart. Aren’t there stories of offering your heart in order to prove your faith in Christianity? That is why I came up with this design of glass, to emphasize an image of cleanliness.

Power
I think of Powers as a group of fighting angels. There are various models on their shields, so I guess I should make them Octopus Corps from now on~.

Principality
They have the image of a king or a goddess of freedom because they represent monarchy. The image of a light radiating glory.

Archangel
Not like Power, but I thought of them as a lower ranked fighting squad and their design reflects that. What they’re wearing on the banner on their head is similar to the symbol that adorns Power’s shield.

Angel
They are God’s dogs or servants and their role is to connect Him to humans, so I gave them chains. Maybe these chains are fastened to Throne or Dominion.

FALLEN

Flauros
He’s got a panther’s head, but I wanted to change the rest of his design and ended up with this result. He’s got a sword in the middle.

Decarabia
This demon appears as a pentagram and I followed that image. He’s making puppy eyes, like the chihuahua from a certain advertisement*.

Ose
I left Ose’s leopard head in its place, unlike Flauros, and went in the opposite direction, making his body a combination between human and leopard. Wait, doesn’t he look like he belongs in G_in Saga**?

Berith
The upper part resembles a noble dressed in civilian clothes, but if I had to choose, it would be a knight in medieval armour. It’s exactly because of the armour and helmet.

Eligor
Eligor is of a lower rank than Berith, but he still manages to look impressive. He’s got both a mantle and a pelt.

Forneus
A new design. I drew him as a fusion result, with a human clinging to his back. This new image clearly emphasizes his character.

AVIAN

Garuda
This design hasn’t really changed. I’m glad he’s a bit more yellowish this time though.

RAPTOR

Gurr
He resembles an evil Garuda. His face is like a bird skull, but I actually wanted to make only half of it a skeleton.


* I assume he’s talking about this.

** Forgot about this, it’s Guin Saga. Thanks, greed92-smt!

FEMME

Rangda
I went a step further from the Rangda that appears in the Barong dance and gave her the image of a witch, removing her lower half, and having her sway to and fro. She is the mistress of Leyak, so I included scrolls in her design.

Atropos
The three sisters are new characters. They belong to the Greek pantheon, but I’m glad I managed to make them look fresh.

Lachesis
These three are connected by a thread on which they can read the destiny of men: ‘Here we go, sister!’.

Clotho
There are a lot of three-sister sets in legends all over the world, the Moirai included. I think there’s something about the number three.

Dakini
Dakini is a new design and I wanted her to feel like an Indian witch. I’m glad she ended up looking so good.

Yaksini
In contrast with Dakini, I left her old design as it was. For some reason, her hair stays in place when she moves. It’s vexing. I think she should be seen as a witch type as well.

Yomotsu-shikome
They have a humanoid body, which is actually formed by their hair. Imagine all the shampoo they use.

Taraka
Her design is between Kali and Yaksini, a bit more of a fighter than Yaksini.

Datsueba
A colour palette of Yomotsu-shikome, but she’s sitting down and holding a wooden grave tablet, a stupa. I wish her attacks were actually her hitting people with it. That’s what I intended for her when in the beginning.

BRUTE

Ongyoki
He’s a mysterious ninja, so I drew him as small, but highly efficient, but he looks big in the actual game. ‘Now they’ve done it! Oh well, he looks cool, so it’s fine’.

Fuuki
He’s got a fine air hole in his face. There are also several cyclone patterns on his body and I made his weapon look like a propeller. He is related to wind after all.

Suiki
The concept of this oni series is based on the Rider Kaijin[1]. Suiki, for example, is like a combination between a kappa and a demon costume. His body has got a wave pattern.

Kinki
I emphasized his heavy armour. He looks like an athletic guy or a wrestler.

Shiki-ouji
He’s actually the evolution of Shikigami, but I love the Izanagi school onmyoudou[2], so I mixed it into his design. He’s a prince, so he should be strong, but since he is already high level, I made him a little bigger.

Yomotsu-ikusa
They are dead warriors, so they don’t really eat anything leading to their skinny body. It seems that, depending on the region, this type of conical hats are used in funerals, so I figured I should include it as well.

Oni
I’ve been saying this for a long time, but Oni are like rebels against humans and have this punk image, so I designed them as punkers of the Heian Era.

Momunofu
The design itself is old and I finished him quickly, but he’s supposed to evoke a common soldier of old Japanese times.

Shikigami
This is none other than the shikigami of the Izanagi school onmyoudou. I thought I understood how it worked by looking at pictures, but once I started drawing it I had no idea what went where.

JIRAE

Gogmagog
The former stage of Albion, but it’s completely different if you take a good look at it. Since this is the image of a threatening giant, I’ll make it like the ones from the Tassili ruins! There’s an explanation that says the giants came from Africa.

Titan
It’s exactly the design of a giant, a titan. His armour looks a little Roman though.

Sarutahiko
He actually has a long nose. This Sarutahiko doesn’t. I added some armour to Take-Mikazuchi’s base.

Sudama
I figured I should give it a little more character compared to the previous game. It reached this form because I wanted to make it look like a Daphnia or a unicellular organism.

Hua Po
It is said that if more than three people hang themselves on a tree, they’ll turn into a Hua Po[3]. It’s like a three-way fusion in a way. She’s actually white, but she would have been too similar to Pixie, so I made her as red as a flower.

Kodama
It feels like the brother of Sudama, who has got this constant, rhythmical movement. Like a Daphnia or a sea monkey. In the end, I guess it was difficult to get over the Kodama from that movie.

HAUNT・GHOST

Vetala
It’s been showing up for many years, but every time under a different shape. This design had the insides removed and now looks like a walking corpse. If one of these things appeared in front of me I’d be terrified.

Legion
Another old one. They couldn’t insert this in the game, but it actually has all kinds of forms. I want to make more variations of it, you know~

Pisaca
Switching around some parts of Vetala led me to Pisaca. Old Bael used to look like this. So nostalgic…~

Laughing Skull
Skeletons are one of humanity’s primal fears. We’re normally completely unaware of the bones inside us and in a way they evoke fear as an existence both close to and far from us. Not to mention that having them laugh at us is truly terrible.

Yaka
He has the same body as Preta. This type of face appeared long ago in a demon called Sanni Yaka, so I turned this one into a mini version.

Choronzon
It used to look like a newt floating over fire, but I wanted to make it look more like a body of energy.

Preta
It’s nice how he looks like an enjoyable, cute guy. Truth is, the charms are like a piercing, and if you remove it, he starts getting hungry and can’t help it… This is just my idea though.

CORPUS

Manikin
In this setting, if there are gods, then it is absolutely necessary to have humanlike beings as well, so they are like mud dolls created as the new (human) inhabitants of the new world.

BOSSES

Specter
I wanted to make a big guy in the style of Will o’Wisp. Specter is a variation of spectrum, so it’s burning.

Mara
Things aren’t working well for Mara, so she’s small this time. Compare her to Shin Megami Tensei II where she was even riding a chariot. Her design is going to be a little unstable from now on.

Sakahagi
Susanoo’s legend is his motif, so he’s also wearing red and blue skins[4]. He tears off the skin and then wears it. Reminds me a bit of Ed Gein or Leatherface.

Black Frost
Jack and Black (heart) sounds good, right[5]? One of the Frosts said he’d become the emperor of the night in Kabukichou, but he got lost in the crowds and the white snow became black.

Futomimi
He’s only got the name of the original Futomimi, but perhaps genetic information or memories travel by the Vortex as well.

Ahriman
This is Ahriman, but since Angra Manyu appeared before with the same design, but blue, I made this one red. There are some differences, but the base is Angra Manyu.

Noah
He’s the drifting god, so I drew him in the image of a whale or a more ancient creature. Isamu’s ‘This is my god, cool, isn’t he!’ touched me. I couldn’t help but think he was like a big kid.

Baal Avatar
It’s designed to be the avatar of Baal. Hallel comes from Hallelujah. It would have been good to make them proper angels, but I turned them white and gave them a halo and my job was done.

Kagutsuchi
I wanted to make him more geometrical. Point is, he’s the sun. There are many other names for YHVH all over the world, so one of these concepts is the god of flames, of sun.


[1] I know next to nothing about Kamen Rider, so I assume I got it right…

[2] The Izanagi school is a style of onmyoudou and a folk belief particular to the former Monobe village of the Tosa Province. It is said that it originated from 24 types of magic following the instructions of the Great King Izanagi of India. It uses special shikigami during ceremonies and despite being a folk belief, it was transmitted through organised ritual prayers and charms.  Here’s a video.

[3] Another legend says that the regrets of the three or more people will fuse and form Hua Po. It is said the palm-sized, white-skinned little beauty’s voice resembles the cry of a parrot. If you leave her alone, she will dry up, but sprinkling water on her will bring her back to normal.

[4] ハギ hagi – colour combination worn in autumn – dark red exterior with blue interior

[5] The infamous Jack/Jack distinction that only exists in Japanese! Jack Frost is written as ジャック・フロスト(Jakku Furosuto), while Black Frost actually ジャアク・フロスト(Jaaku Furosuto). The pun here is that ジャアク can also mean ‘evil’ (邪悪) and…the rest is history.

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I translate things, mainly almost everything that has to do with gods screwing with humans' lives and getting their asses kicked in return.
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