Lesbian…. Now that I have your attention I can give you the warning or lack of warning. There will be no spoilers in this post it is merely my reflections on the series as a whole as I finished it the other day. I won’t spoil any endings and I certainly won’t tell you which of the girls is a lesbian. One more thing I’ll say before getting started is that I’ve only played Atelier Rorona, Totori and Meruru. I haven’t played any of the older ones and that’s because they look like that haven’t aged well.
Yeah so I know it’s not anime but it may as well be with the amount of dialog and cut scenes. I swear over the course of these three games I sat through over 20 hours of spoken dialog or at least text and the funny thing is that’s the most enjoyable part. Put simply it’s a story driven game series which evolves and changes as it tells three separate stories over about twenty years.
On the surface it looks colorful and childish but hidden under that facade is an array of adult humor which the younger audience won’t understand but it doesn’t even matter that they don’t get it because this game can be brutally unforgiving and lock you out of end game content if you so much as waste a spec of time doing something unnecessary. That in my eyes is what made this experience worthwhile because I had to earn the story content and actually think about it instead of just sink time into it.
Sure the battle system and alchemy process which I’m still convinced is sugar coated witchcraft were unbalanced and overwhelming but to a true master of the game you could achieve so much that actually required you to think about it instead of just play the game and “grind” to level up.
What I’m trying to get at is that if you have any interest in JRPG’s, visual novels or anime then you should give it a try provided you have the time. I only started it because a friend recommended it, turns out he never played it before and still hasn’t but that didn’t stop it being one of my favorite game series in the past few years.
Atelier Aysha comes out in English next year so I’m looking forward to that.