Yeah, it's a shame the underwater monsters are so weak, I'd much rather grind with them than the generic human enemies in the Crystal Tower.
EDIT: MacGuyver, how much would it cost to buy a Hermit or Mandrake from you? Here's some Amano art to sweeten the deal.
Also, some more analysiseses:
Slime/Red Marshmallow/Black Flan
I like the disgruntled expression, and the way he sort of looks like a living blanket.
Love those spindly legs! I also like the distressingly human teeth. Unfortunately, this design was completely butchered in the DS version:Why, Squeenix?! Why?!
I was originally going to write this off as a generic sexy monster chick, but there's actually some pretty cool details, like the tentacle-like hair and the wings instead of arms. It really looks like a bird that just sort of evolved humanoid features.
Nothing much to say.
It's a... chimera. Nothing to separate it from other chimeras. The Mage's palette is pretty cool.
It's a fairly standard horse enemy, but the Nightmare does have that awesome golden palette.
Nothing much of note, but I do like the expression.
Dread Knight/Gold Knight
I like to think he's sort of flying around using his feet as boosters. FWWWWWWWWWWSH
And of course, more gold.
I love the horn, it makes it look like some sort of demonic narwhal. Its mindless eyes are also cool.
I like the horn on this one, too. I also love the similarities between the Kagura and Seahorse palette, and of course there's that amazing gold palette. I have no idea why I like that one so much.
I love the camouflaged look, this guy kind of looks like it could fit into real-world ecology. I also love Remora's palette.
Though the sprites are fairly uninspired, Amano's original art does have an excellent cybernetic bent, and I don't know why they decided to drop it:
I love the monstrous face, tentacles instead of legs, and odd square build. Takes "crab monster" in the best possible direction.
Based on a dumb pun, but I like the jewelery. Lends them an air of civility.
Mostly speaks for itself, but I like the asymmetrical eyes. Almost seems like a more powerful Carbuncle.