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Neverland Company Off - Some interesting information

Postby News System » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:00 pm

A few days ago there was an event in Japan, which was a meeting/party for fans of Neverland Company.

It's called "Neverland Company Off" and it was held in a Game Cafe.



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(first some notes before you read the rest of this message):

- I got this information from Lufia 3 Fanpage , this blogpost, and this collection of tweets related to Neverland Company Off.
I don't really know much Japanese so I used a translating machine. So feel free to correct me (or give additional information if you do know japanese)

- If you want to view photos, I suggest visiting these sites themselves. (since I don't know if they would like if I used their photos here)

- And I would also like to thank @below_normal (from twitter) for sharing information with me. (@below_normal says he/she is not very good at English.) (I think he/she's the one who organised the meeting)

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Anyway, here's some more information.



There were dishes and drinks from the Lufia games, for example Cinnamon Pie, Navaroa, Miracle, Sundletan Tea and sunny side ups from Dragon Eggs. (The Dragon Eggs were actually ostrich eggs.)
There was also some recreated food from Chaos Seed and Energy Breaker (two Japanese only games by Neverland Company)




Although it's a fanmeeting, there were also 2 people related to Neverland Company, who were invited as special guests. They were none other than Masahide Miyata and Yukio Nakajima!
I have heard that they would like to invite Yasunori Shiono (the music composer) next year too.

Masahide Miyata is the Director and Scenario writer from Lufia I, II, TLR and Curse of the Sinistrals. Yukio Nakajima has also been with the Lufia series since the beginning, he did some music for Lufia TLR and re-arranged the music for Lufia DS (together with Tomoko Morita).
He was also in the credits of Lufia I ( his name only appears (as Y. Nakajima) in the Japanese credits if I remember correctly) and the credits of Lufia II. According to this (old) interview , he was responsible for "sound assist" in Lufia II.



Masahide Miyata and Yukio Nakajima have answered some questions about Lufia (as well as some other questions) so I'll try writing down the Lufia related information (from the Q&A that's on the Lufia 3 fanpage.)

Besides that they were also giving out autographs.



- About the origin of the name of Estpolis:

At first, they wanted to call the game "エステール" (Esteel? Estelle? Might be something like EsTale). However it seems there were problems with a trademark(?), so they had to change that name and went with a name that sounds similar to it, which is ofcourse Estpolis.

(エステール was being developed for the PC9801, but in the end it became Estpolis for the Super Nintendo)

The "Est" part actually comes from the word "east". There's also some text about Estpolis meaning something like "Capital of the East" and that there is a continent in each area (north, west, etc)but I'm not sure what to make of those parts of the translation.



- Next is something about the slow walking speed and the encounter rates of Lufia I(?). I don't really know what it says but it seems to be something about "stretching the play time" and creating a sense of adventure. (not sure about this one)



- The Japanese TV ad for Lufia II has become well known since it was posted on youtube.




- Yukio Nakajima says Lufia I also had a TV commercial, however the company doesn't own a copy of the video. (It turned out it was this one:)



I think Yukio Nakajima says there is also a second TV commercial for Lufia I (not sure)



- Zeppy's Fish Head form was first supposed to be a mermaid. But it turned out the other way around, with the upper-body being the one of a fish, and the legs of a human.



- Some one at Neverland Company (the president of back then?) liked to play guitar, which led to the "Suhrcustom11" weapon in Lufia II. (Suhr Custom is a kind of guitar).

The tea from Sundletan is in the game because the staff was addicted to tea at the time (?).



- Then there's some text about the Ancient Cave from Lufia II which I don't understand.



- Miyata is a fan of Tia (?)(I think they were asking him to choose between Selan and Tia?)



- Karyn is a widow and Milka is not Artea's daughter. (Actually Lufia DS is more clear on Artea and Karyn's relationship to eachother, it says Karyn is Milka's mother and Artea is Milka's guardian, but he is not her father. Artea says that he is single and that Karyn's husband is his best friend. But when Tia asks what his friend is doing now, Artea doesn't want to talk about it, so according to the game itself it could be up to interpretation whether Karyn's husband is dead or missing.)

- The next part is something about Artea's bow.



- There was a track that was not included on the original soundtrack (which was Daos' Theme from Lufia II). They explain why it wasn't included but I don't understand the translation.

(something about adding it late in the game, after the CD was already recorded?)



- Next are some questions about Lufia DS. They're saying something about the voice acting and the capacity of the game. (They were only able to use 1/3 of the voice acting because of the space? People asked if there should be a version of the game with full voice acting? Really not sure about these two parts)



- Lufia III Ruins Chaser's scenario has already been written (?) and it's stored on a hard disc of a PC of them. (I don't know if they're just talking about the story itself or if they mean the entire script (the character dialogues etc).)

Maybe it'll be used one day if the situation allows it(?)(not sure about this one)



- When Lufia III was announced at Tokyo Game Show 1998, there was a dance act (?) involving cosplayers of Cecil, Lily and Michelle. I think this is a (very vague) photo of it.



- The fans wanted to know if it's possible for Neverland Company to put the demo video from TGS 1998 online, however it seems that Neverland doesn't own a copy of the movie themselves. The only known remains they have is the music of that video, which was made by Yukio Nakajima. (he once sent the MP3 file to Forfeit Island, and you're still able to download it there.)



(note by myself: Perhaps Natsume owns a copy of the movie? There are some photos online of E3 1999, which show a video with Japanese text and they just slapped a Lufia logo on top of the Japanese Estpolis III logo. I think it's possible that it might be the same movie that was shown on TGS.)


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- Yukio Nakajima says he's a Lufia fan himself (?)



- They were asked about what they think about the fact that some Lufia music was being plagiarized.

It seems that Neverland can't do much about it themselves, but they did receive an apology letter in the case of Super Robot Taisen K, which has the song "For the Savior" in it.

They're also aware of Alice Nine's song and that people online are showing the similarities between that song and Lufia II's boss battle. They say that even fans outside Japan know about the Alice Nine case.



- Miyata says there are also enthusiastic Lufia fans outside Japan, and that the company got fanmail that was written in English.
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Re: Neverland Company Off - Some interesting information

Postby fuyu » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:43 pm

@below_normal is "she"
and she is the one who organized the party.

about Ancient Cave: they wanted to make random-geneated dungeon on lufia 1 (like lufia 2), but the ROM capacity and time ware not enough.

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Re: Neverland Company Off - Some interesting information

Postby SinReVi » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:42 am

^ Thanks for the information.

Unfortunately I can't edit the newspost. (I vaguely remember that Chris removed the option because it didn't work right or something, but I'm not sure. But I think Chris himself might be able to edit messages that were written via the news system?)
And if I try to edit the forum post above, the videos and pictures disappear.

As for an Ancient Cave in Lufia I, maybe they could add it if they ever decide to make to make a (enhanced) port? And then they could also put in the casino that was going to be in the game =P

Actually I wouldn't mind if there was a Lufia I port for the 3DS =P
(I tried playing Lufia I & II on a 3Dtv with the 3D effect on, and the games don't look half bad, even though Lufia I and II obviously weren't made to be shown in 3D. Lufia I looks better because the graphics are more simple. (Lufia II has things popping up that definitely shouldn't) I like the battle screens the most, since the enemies look nice with the effects.)
Though I would still rather have a action RPG remake (like Lufia DS) of Lufia I instead of a straight port.
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Re: Neverland Company Off - Some interesting information

Postby teefa85 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:00 pm

Wow, a lot of interesting stuff was at that event.

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Re: Neverland Company Off - Some interesting information

Postby SinReVi » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:19 pm

I wonder what the Navaroa tastes like... =P
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Re: Neverland Company Off - Some interesting information

Postby DarkMaster2101 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:01 am

[quote="SinReVi"]I wonder what the Navaroa tastes like... =P[/quote]
Possibly like heaven and hell at peace with one another until you add the garnish?

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Re: Neverland Company Off - Some interesting information

Postby SinReVi » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:03 pm

News System wrote: Yukio Nakajima has also been with the Lufia series since the beginning, he did some music for Lufia TLR and re-arranged the music for Lufia DS (together with Tomoko Morita). He was also in the credits of Lufia I ( his name only appears (as Y. Nakajima) in the Japanese credits if I remember correctly) and the credits of Lufia II. According to this (old) interview , he was responsible for "sound assist" in Lufia II.


Checked it, he was in the Special Thanks section. However, in the USA version, they replaced the Japanese Special Thanks people with other names.
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