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Sprites Hoshizako in Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream
The name Hoshizako (星ザコ) is unofficial and it's popular amongst the Japanese fanbase. Hoshi (星) means "star" that references its shape, while zako (ザコ) isn't an actual word with an actual meaning, but in video gaming, it generally means "trash", "rubbish", or more specifically, "general enemy". A more literal translation would be "star enemy".
The sprite of Hoshizako in Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream shows that it's a red star with two beady eyes. More can be seen in other colors like green, blue and purple. They also can be seen in different sizes. It looks very similar to the Invincibility Star in the Mario Series.
It is an enemy during Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream on Marisa's and Kotohime's stage. They do not shoot danmaku whatsoever, but if defeated, they'll put a small bullet on the opponent's screen. They come in four different colours, each requiring a number of different hits: red (1 hit), green (2 hits), blue (3 hits) and purple (4 hits). There are also 4 different sizes: tiny, small, medium and large. The large and small ones are shown to have their eyes closed as though they are happy.
- 1997/12/29 Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream - Marisa's and Kotohime's stage