vol. 1 ISHII Yoshio

webgame creator interview vol.1 Yoshio ISHII

3. about "Panchira"

HOSHINO

I really love the game "Panchira".
How was "Panchira" happened to be developed? screenshot

ISHII

At first, I started making pictures with the materials of the software "Sashie Studio".

HOSHINO

Was this 3-dimensional?

ISHII

(laughs) My first attempt was drawing 3-dimensional pictures.
The software I used is for drawing illustrations.

HOSHINO

Oh, this software is for drawing illustrations.

ISHII

That's why the name is "Sashie Studio".(In Japanese, "Sashie" means small illustrations for books.)
And so, I wondered how I can create an erotic game with these pictures.

HOSHINO

(laughs)
Yeah, I never had an erotic game like this.
Yes, I think it's erotic, indeed.
So, you had girls picture and proceeded to develop an erotic game, right? (laughs)

ISHII

Yeah, yeah.

HOSHINO

How long did it take for developing "Panchira"?

ISHII

It also took about 3 days.

HOSHINO

Whole 3 days?

ISHII

No, I worked after my daytime job.
It took me long time to move 3-dimensional models.

HOSHINO

You took time for pictures.(laughs)

ISHII

Yeah, for pictures. It was hard to flex joints in a way I wanted.

HOSHINO

(laughs)
How did you decide the game element?
I mean, why the game happened to be played by collecting dots which make up a pantie?

ISHII

I wonder why...

HOSHINO

Was the picture already finished drawing at the initial?

ISHII

The picture was drawn later.

HOSHINO

Then, the game play came first, didn't it?

ISHII

Yes, I hit on the idea of the game and made up my mind to create an erotic game...

HOSHINO

What? Did you hit on the idea of the game?

ISHII

Yes, I did.
From the very beginning, I came up with the idea of collecting dots which make up a pantie. screenshot

HOSHINO

(laughs)
A peeked out pantie from the beginning!
We don't understand why this is "Panchira" for the first sight, do we?
("Panchira" refers to catching a glimpse of a girl's pantie.)

ISHII

No.
You can figure out when you collect all dots.

HOSHINO

Besides, only a pantie (laughs) remains vividly when the picture fades out.
I am not fooling around.
The idea that only a pantie remains vividly is very cool.

I was deeply impressed when I played.
I thought "how philosophical!".(laughs)
It's just only dots aggregate.
The action for collecting dots strongly presents the erotic direction, and it crumbles away! Then it returns to dots. screenshot

ISHII

Yeah.

HOSHINO

You know, it's "construction" and "destruction".
That's fantastic.

ISHII

I had an intention for this one. (laughs)
Indeed.

HOSHINO

You mean, this has a meaning.

ISHII

Yeah, let the game end by breaking into pieces.

HOSHINO

So it is meaningful philosophically.
But you told that the game was not accepted so much, didn't you?

ISHII

Yeah.
Well, I wondered the picture didn't suit.

HOSHINO

Umm, I think the picture is also good though.
I felt "Oh, it's NOT erotic at all!" (laughs)

ISHII

Might be a little disappointing.

HOSHINO

Hmm, Was it?
I thought that was nice though.
Then, maybe my preference is not balanced.

I thought you had some intention for the picture itself, but you didn't mean to?
The picture was not today's kind of moe characters.

Did you want it be more erotic? screenshot

ISHII

I wanted it a little more adult-featured.(laughs)
The materials contained in "Sashie studio" are all a little childish.
Even you choose adult models, the faces become like these.

HOSHINO

Because of "Sashie".(laughs)
So, you wanted it be more erotic if you could.

ISHII

Well, yes, a little more. photo

HOSHINO

(laughs)
So you feel a little regret.
I love "Panchira", including these pictures.
I was shocked by the game, feeling "oh, it's not erotic!".
Even it's not lolicon.

You told that it was not accepted so much.
How do you determine the acceptance?

ISHII

By the number of comments, and credits on the internet.

HOSHINO

What kind of credits did you have?

ISHII

There was not much credit.
No response.

HOSHINO

Hm.
Was it? I remember somebody picked the game. Right?

ISHII

Concerning how many links to blogs, or how they credit.

HOSHINO

So, the number of the articles referring the game was rather small.

ISHII

Yeah, it was small.

HOSHINO

Was it because you compared with "HOSHI SAGA", for example?
But I bet "HOSHI SAGA" had great number of references.

ISHII

Yeah.

HOSHINO

I wonder why.
I was excited very much.
Usually I don't pick up the games promptly after checking.
But I wrote about "Panchira" in my blog in a short time.
I can't help mentioning about it.

ISHII

Can I browse the mixi site?

HOSHINO

Sure.
If you don't mind using my account.

ISHII

This is my log for "Panchira". screenshot

HOSHINO

I see. There was no comment.
You wrote in your diary.
(about the meaningless dots which become a pantie and break up)

ISHII

Only this page picked up it other than Japan.

HOSHINO

How was the article?
Wow, I see. It became like this.
Your name was referred as well.

ISHII

It didn't have a very good reputation.
According to the comments.

HOSHINO

Hm.
Well, it must be hard, I guess.(laughs)
But I think it will go down in history.
At least in the history of the web games. (laughs)

(Interviewer: 0stage, HOSHINO Ken'ichi)

Links
- "Panchira"
- "Sashie studio"
- Tamasake blog Good games Panchira
- IndieGames.com Flash Game Pick: Panchira
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