I really couldn't say how it was accomplished, but I'm itching to find out.
I really do adore the game for a number of reasons. The subtext of motherhood really does run through the entirety of it, which is something I didn't think about when I originally played it. Having a female lead at that time in an Eastern RPG is also something outside of the norm, and something else I'd be very interested in learning more about; how was it handled? Was there resistance to the idea either because of marketing or the concept of gender roles?
As for my admiration of the original PE, all I have to say is that it's the first game game I bought when they started releasing PS1 Cassics, just so I didn't have to scuff up my hard copy anymore.
Have either of you seen the movie? I haven't, but I'm curious how much/if any, of that adaptation was implemented.