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>Phalanx

Box art by Yoshiyuki Takani

Japanese artwork, first published by Kemco in 1991.

Designed for the Japanese market. Sharp X68000 version pictured.

Also available on: na.


Yoshiyuki Takani would create a art masterpiece exclusively for the Sharp X68000.  


The veteran illustrator of TAMIYA military model-kit box arts would beautifully depict Phalanx’s star-fighter in an uncommonly calm setting for a shoot ‘em up cover art.


Very much in line with the style of illustartor Shigeru Komatsuzaki, Yoshiyuki’s delicate brush strokes, soft pallet and detailed realism would be a welcome artistic change to the more common anime style seen in the Super Famicom’s equivalent release.


In the US, publisher Kemco would infamously create the equivalent SNES box art. Bereft of any quality, it depicted a banjo-playing hick. Whilst certainly achieving the tongue-in-cheek recognition, and notoriety, the publisher set out to garner, it was a depressing alternative when Takani’s artwork was available.


A hidden gem of a box art, Phalanx is another classic work from one of Japan’s old guards in the art of painted war.




Other notable Yoshiyuki Takani box arts.

1990

>Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (JP) MSX.

1991

>Genocide 2: Master of the Dark Communion (JP) FM Towns, Super   Famicom, X68000.



If you like Phalanx you’ll love…

1983

>Laser Zone (EU) Commodore 64, VIC-20.

1984

>Gulf Strike (NA) Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, DOS.



Sources and further reading:

>http://futuristicrobots.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-14.html

>http://zion.cnmsl.net/animator/takani_profile.htm





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1986

>Gradius/ Nemesis (worldwide) Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Famicom, FM   Towns, Game Boy, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC Engine, Sharp X-1, X68000,   ZX Spectrum.

1994

>5th Fleet (EU/ NA) DOS.




1995

>Strikers 1945 (JP) PlayStation, Saturn.

1999

>Omega Boost (JP) PlayStation.

Posted - 30/9/13, by Adam Gidney

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