I’m pretty sure LAL was Tokita. The combat design is definitely reaching towards CTs positional elements but I don’t think it quite comes together. But there’s a clear throughline from LAL to CT to Parasite Eve if you know what to look for in the combat system design.Wait wait wait, Tokita the man behind FFIV and Chrono Trigger directed this??? It gets even better.
Oh man, I was already sold on Front Mission, this is great. Hope she's back to do the soundtrack on both of them again.
FM was Shimomura and Noriko Matsueda (FF X-2, Tobal 1, Racing Lagoon, The Bouncer) and it’s a solid mix of epic militaristic battle themes with more laid back electronica/jazz/fusion in the towns. Criminally underrated work by both of them.