There's something endearing about practical effects. Without them, films like Star Wars, Blade Runner, or Legend would arguably have never have become the touchtones of magic movie-making they're regarded as today.
According this short video, Sakaguchi says mixing the practical and digital involves making models by hand and then photographing them, after which they're overlaid with 3D characters. In his words, Fantasian is a game that, "shouldn't exist."
📷: Hironobu Sakaguchi