In a 1992 interview with the game's animator Toshiyuki Kubooka published in BEEP! Megadrive pre-release magazines, he was asked how working on a game like Lunar: The Silver Star compared to animation? He responded:
"The character design itself is almost the same. However, because these characters need to be rendered in compressed, chibi-pixel form, you’ve got to make sure their basic shapes are distinct enough to make them immediately recognizable. This was my first time doing that kind of bonafide character design work, but I was pretty free to do what I wanted, and I had a good time. The animation work for Lunar was entrusted to Shunji Suzuki, who worked with me on Nadia."