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Q and A with Savin Part Nine:
There was a lot of questions again - and good ones too!
I made as large a selection as I could with the time I had available.
Hope you'll find these quick answers interesting.
What season/month was it when Eva/Molly escaped her boarding school?
Are there female Nourasian Knights, or are they a male-only warrior group?
The Nourasian Knighthood is traditionally a male order. But it is not infrequent for outstanding Female warriors to break the mold and be officially accepted among them.
Why did Don and Rick part ways professionally before the events of Oban: Star-Racers?
For Don Wei work is a big escape from his tragic past. He’s a control freak that only thinks of work and victory.
As Rick grew more successful and more confident, Don Wei’s control grew more difficult to bear.
Did you ever think up a leader for the Crog Imperium? If so, is the leader male or female?
Warning! Spoiler for episode 23!
Just as the Crogs are made up of a large number of heterogeneous Clans, the Crog Imperium is not ruled by a single individual but by an Assembly of generals and heads of the Clans.
Regularly however, one leader steps out and takes full control for a while.
The last one, a ruthless dictator, was overthrown just as ruthlessly a little before the Great Race of Oban.
In the series, Kross himself will seize his chance to become the new Supreme Ruler of the Crogs…
What is the time translation between Earth and Nourasia? Is there a specific time translation like x amount of years on Earth equals y amount of years on Nourasia?
The years on Nourasia are not all of the exact same length due to an unusual planetary orbit. Days and nights are also longer than on Earth and Nourasians themselves live much longer than humans do. So it’s hard to make a direct comparison.
Roughly speaking though, I’d say one Nourasian year is equivalent to around two human Earth years.
Are Ning and Skun really sisters like the English dub told us?
The dub is right (actually I wrote the English dub too
). But when Ning and Skun call each other “sis”, it’s a sign of their strong connection and very close ‘complicity’.
It does not mean that they are actual sisters.
When Maya and Don came home from their date, was Eva's babysitter at all related to Koji?
It has been a very interesting connection that I enjoyed reading on the forums but actually no, there is no direct link.
Warning! Spoilers for Episodes 22-26!
After a person becomes the Avatar of Oban, can they have something of a normal life--family, friends, kids, etc.--or are they bound to stay on Oban for the next 10,000 years?
The Avatar can send his “projection” easily across the Galaxy but as his powers originates from Oban - he can only physically leave the planet occasionally.
On top of that, his heavy responsibilities and the fact he will outlive almost any living creatures, make it very difficult to keep any kind of normal relationships.
Out of curiosity are you planning on naming any daughters you have Molly or Eva?
Well I’m not against it but I’ll need to consider it more thoughtfully when and if the time comes
Interestingly enough I heard one potential investor that backed down from the series at the last moment did name his daughter Molly.
Warning! Spoilers for Episodes 7!
In episode 7 Treacherous like Toros how can Satis and the Avatar be in the same place (when the Avatar appeared in the sky Satis was dressed as Super racer and Satis is the Avatar)?
The “giant Avatar” is only a magical projection created by the “real Avatar”, Satis.
Are any other alien races we've seen single-sexed like the Inna? Do the Crogs, Phils, Drudgers etc. have females, or can they reproduce some other way?
This is a large and quite technical question, but I’m willing to try to give a complete answer:
- There are female Phils, though they are few and they look rather different from the males.
- The Innas are only female, though technically the male race they often were at war with on their home planet can be thought of as their male counterparts.
- The Drudgers are servants of Oban and reproduce more like plants than anything else.
- The way Crogs reproduce remains a mystery to date. Female Crogs having never been seen, some human scientists have inferred that the Crogs could be born from giant “Crog queens” buried deep inside their home world, like human ants or bees. But that remains only theoretical.
How were all the characters able to understand one another? Was it something the Avatar did?
It’s bound to be the Avatar.
Warning! Spoiler for episodes 23 and later!
Did Satis always look old? Did he win the title as an old man or did he just age?
Satis was already quite old when he won the Prize (see O’s flashback). His new powers only slowed down his aging process during the many years that followed.
If Satis wasn't the Avatar, how long would his normal lifespan be?
Satis’ race is not strong physically but is a very resistant one. His normal life span would have been at least the equivalent of several hundred Earth years.
Why don’t they have noses?
I think I already answered that one earlier.
To sum up, I wanted Oban to have a specific graphic style, one that was not overly realistic and also one that would make the series easily identifiable.
I’m also personally not crazy about noses and especially not about the very small ones anime characters often have when they show their profiles.
That’s why we decided to get rid of noses altogether.
What theory did you use to create OSR? Tolkien's theory of first making a map, then the characters, then the story? Or something completely different?
I didn’t use any specific theory. If I remember well, I first spent a lot of time thinking about the world and all the different alien races that populated it and that I wanted to see “live” the adventure.
Then Eva/Molly came out of that mist and as soon as we had her everything else started to fall right into place / to reorganize itself around her.
Warning! Spoiler for episode 24!
Is O over 10,000 years old? (Referring to the flashback)
Yes. O’s race can live almost indefinitely - if it stays out of arm’s way.
Warning! Spoiler for episodes 22 and after!
How old does Canaletto's race live? Seriously, he's over 10,000 years, he should be dead by now. Is that just a trait of his race or did some 'Avatar power' or something remain in/with him that extended his age?
Canaletto’s race can live for a very long time, but it’s really the magical powers he accumulated before, during, and after his reign as Avatar that gave him such prolonged life and powers.
What was the name of Maya's star-racer?
The day of her crash, Maya was piloting the Cloud II
On that same line, did Rick's star-racer on Earth have a name?
There wasn’t one specific star-racer that Rick piloted from day one. He piloted many different star-racers - and destroyed quite a few during his short career (remember how Miguel complained about the way ships were treated at Wei Race in epi. 1?)
In the hope that one question being asked a lot and frequently... what color are Rick's eyes?
Rick always kept his glasses on so I could never take a good look during the production. My guess is they might be green, but that’s just my guess
I've always wondered this, but how old are Stan and Koji?
They’re in their mid-twenties.
The appendages on Canaletto's back have always reminded me of Spider's legs (Cursed Arachnophobia...) Did you do this on purpose? What was your main inspiration(s) for the physical design of Canaletto?
They are part spider legs, part tormented wings.
Very early designs of Canaleto portrayed him closer to a bird (of bad omen).
A little off topic, I know, but what advice would you have to give to a college-level, aspiring manga/anime artist in terms of 'making it' in the business and also in pushing your characters and stories to the limit of development?
If possible try to find a good school to make connections widen your technique and understand a little better how the professional world works.
Most importantly practice and work work work, and something good is bound to come out of it.
Warning! Spoiler for episodes 24 and after!
By the second to last episode, Earth President McMillan seemed to have come unhinged. By the time the Earth Team returned to their homeworld, was President McMillan still in power or had someone else taken over for him?
The absolute failure of President’s Mac Milan’s plans of war marked the end of this presidency and for a time at least the end of his sanity.
In episode 3, right before their race with Grooor, Jordan pulls out his dog tags and says, "Please, don't let me be cloned." What exactly does he mean by that?
It’s an expression from the year 2082, where human cloning has become possible but only in extreme cases – like death.
It basically means “don’t let me be killed” – and is also much more easy to have broadcasters agree to
In the Molly Star Racer Trailer, I really like Aikka's mask. Was there any story behind that mask, or did it have any plan in your initial design of Oban Star Racers?
I liked the mask too. At the time of the trailer I was thinking of insisting more on Aikka’s darker side and the mask would have been be symbol of that. But when we started actual production, we realized we already had quite a few aggressive looking alien competitors around, and we preferred to drop Aikka’s mask in the end.
What would Eva's life be like if her mother never died?
Probably more simple and happy but also a little more classic and less interesting for the rest of us
She probably wouldn’t have died her air or pierced her ears too (which reminds me of that sequence in the Butterfly Effect when all seems to have finally turned out for the better but where the main character hates the “classic” couple he and his girl friend have become).
In all cases, with such a father and mother, chances are she would still have become a pilot.
Your birthday was recently, correct? Get any birthday presents from your fans?
I got some really cool fanarts, and I also got that sexy doll:
A big thank you to all the fans!
If the Avatar is the protector of our galaxy AKA the Milky Way, then are there other Avatars out there in this vast universe as well, inhabiting other galaxies out there?
Since there are other Galaxies surrounding ours, it surely means there are other Creators at work there. The Avatar however was created specifically and solely in our Galaxy in response to the terrible war that almost totally annihilated the Milky Way’s Creators and their creation.
Why does Ned help Molly in episode 1?
Nobodies cares much about Ned, and Ned doesn’t care much about anyone. He’s as old as the school and almost part of the furniture, a bit of an outcast in his own rights. But he’s also seen a lot of Molly throughout the years, all those times when she came to his desk to check – in vain - if there was any mail from her dad. He slowly grew found of her and offered to help her out when he understood what she was up to.
With which program did you made these 3d drawings? 3Ds Max? AutoCAD? Other 3d program?
It’s no secret: we used Softimage XSI.
Why was Sul racing in Oban if he already had everything he wanted?
Looking for a challenge that may (re-)ignite some surprise and excitement into his existence.
If Sul could manipulate space, time, and destiny then why did he go the way he did?
He’s not the only one who can and his overconfidence lost him in the end…