Atelier Meruru Is The Third Game With Rorona And The Last Game In Arland

By Spencer . March 22, 2011 . 1:09am

imageDengeki PlayStation has a blowout on Atelier Meruru, a sequel to Atelier Totori and Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland. Meruru (which could also be Meryl or Merle) is a fifteen year old alchemist apprentice and Totori, now 19, is her teacher. Atelier Meruru takes place in the small country of Earls, which is just outside of Arland.

 

Rorona returns in this game, but she appears as a little girl who really wants to eat pie. Since Rorona was Totori’s mentor in Atelier Totori, Rorona should be even older in Atelier Meruru. Part of the mystery is how or why is Rorona a girl since Dengeki didn’t explain why.

 

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Atelier Meruru has a new system where players help her cultivate the world. It’s possible to turn this empty space into a giant tower. Players can also customize their alchemy creations by making small changes to a formula. Gust completely changed the battle system in Atelier Meruru. The game displays the turn order on the side of the screen with character icons lined up vertically. Atelier Meruru uses a cost turn system, which sounds like a fancy way of saying attacks change the turn order.

 

Gust says Atelier Meruru will be the end of the Arland storyline for now and there will be a conclusion to the series. That’s not counting downloadable content, which Gust plans to release.

 

Atelier Meruru is slated for release on June 23. A limited edition with another crystal paperweight and Meruru Nendoroid will go on sale for 10,290 yen ($127) while a standalone game costs 7,140 yen ($88).


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  • Rarutos

    Mmm, loli Rorona might be Rorona’s daughter maybe?! Unless they already confirmed that it /is/ Rorona…But I can’t wait for this game! I always love Gust’s games. But man, dat LE costs an arm an a leg… I was planning to get this one’s too, since I missed Rorona and Totori’s since I opted to just wait for the English releases for those…

    Edit: DERP, the screenshot clearly says the speaker is Rorona… But I guess that still doesn’t rule out the possibility that it’s Rorona’s daughter. I think?

    • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

      Being Rorona’s daughter would be a plausible explanation. I also think it’s great, whether she’s Rorona or her daughter, that she has an affinity for pie. I like pie, therefore I like her! Logic! I’ll stop being weird now.

    • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

      It would actually be a very Rorona thing for her to somehow screw up and name her daughter Rorona, or her daughter be kind of weird and just call herself Rorona. I’d go with the daughter idea too, since Rorona’s probably into her 30′s.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

      I’m gunning for ‘Rorona tried to make a time travel machine powered by pie and didn’t get it quite working’ myself.

      Call it a hunch (or me cheating, one of the two) but I bet Rorona thought Astrid went through time, and she tried to follow, and consequently instead of manipulating time, she manipulated time on her body, and consequently needs pie to power the effects to get back to her normal age.

      You heard it here first! Okay, I’m kidding on the prediction.

      … Sad part is, given what Rorona has done (In Totori she tries- oh right, never mind, spoilers) it actually wouldn’t rate as the most absent minded thing she’s actually done, and it’s actually sort of plausible.

      And if you’re wondering, it’s not actually the first time that a main line Atelier used time travel accidents. Violet (or was it Judie? I NEVER remember correctly) as a game is based around it. (Ingrid is really, really scary then)

      • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

        I’m more for the time travel idea. Rorona could name her kid Rorona as well, but there’s no way they would look exactly the same right? Right?

        Also, TIME PARADOX.

        • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

          Well, the general rule of the Arland universe (we’ll call it that) is that EVERYTHING is Astrid’s fault.

          Rorona developing tactical nuclear weapons? Astrid’s fault.
          Sterk being an obsessive stalker? Astrid’s fault.
          Rorona being a clutzy ditz and messing things up? Astrid’s fault.
          Rorona making pies that can kill people at range? Astrid’s fault.
          The world being a screwed up place? Astrid’s fault.
          Cudelia having a short complex? Astrid’s fault.
          The Kingdom initially hating Alchemy? Definitely Astrid’s fault.

          Totori’s mother disappearing? Astrid’s fault. (Well, sort of)
          Totori beating up a thousand year old threat? Astrid’s fault.
          Totori’s true ending? Astrid’s fault. All of it.

          But then again, the underlying note is that Astrid propels the world, and the sad part is that she does things a lot just because she can. Even though Rorona’s the star, I’d argue that Astrid’s actually the driving force.

          I’d bet the server I’m building right now that Astrid’s at fault in Meruru personally. Somehow, she always is…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

        Yeah, I’m thinking Time Travel too.

      • Pesmerga00

        Reminds me of Big Viki and Little Viki from Suikoden III.

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    Oh my! This is sounding like a wonderful experience to be had. And Rorona being a little girl only wanting to eat pie? Fridge Brilliance perhaps? Or not?

  • http://www.carpefulgur.com SpaceDrake

    “Gust says Atelier Meruru will be the end of the Arland storyline for now and there will be a conclusion to the series. That’s not counting downloadable content, which Gust plans to release.”

    Could you elaborate on this? Are they talking about closing out the Atelier franchise as a whole, at least for some time?

    That wouldn’t be surprising, really, although I’d be a bit sad if they put the series to bed without one last friggin’ Salburg/Gramnad game to wrap up some of the dangling plot bits involved there. The world totally needs to find out what happened to Marie, Elie and crew in the end.

    Anyway, as I said elsewhere, not too pleased with that first trailer they showed off that focused on Meruru’s *butt* for a moment. Not what this franchise is about, thanks. Still, interested to see where they take this, since it sounds like Atelier Annie writ large.

    • Ereek

      I don’t have the scan, but from what it sounds like to me they’re just closing the Arland trilogy. They’re going to a new area/style with the next games.

    • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

      Iris had 3 titles, ar Tonelico had 3 titles, Mana Khemia had…! Ah-ha!

      But yeah, they seem to enjoy trilogies to get as much out of each area of their gigantic world as possible. There will be more, just not in this particular land. Zone. World. Who knows.

      • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

        If you want to be really pedantic, technically Salburg had FIVE titles and Annie and Lise are just a pair, not three, so there isn’t a pattern – I think they make as many as they can think can work story wise, I guess. :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

        Oooohh, Nicky, now you’ve made me start salivating for a PS3 Mana Khemia 3.

        • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

          Ugh, you and me both. I wonder why they stepped backwards with these games. The battle system for MK1 and 2 were just super fun and fast-paced.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

            I loved MK2. I must admit to having never played MK1, but that’s mostly because I played Cross Edge first (really mostly because I am a Disgaea and Darkstalkers fan). Then from there, it made me want to check out the other games that crossed over, so I picked up Ar Tonelico, got into that series, picked up Mana Khemia 2, hope to one day play part 1, and really hope a 3 comes along one day.

    • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

      I’m actually glad that they’re ending the Arland series because they’re ending it while it’s still great. I’m sure there’s a lot more you can do with the Arland world, but it’s best not to push it.

      And look, they’re willing to spew a steady stream of DLCs too! Everyone wins.

    • HarryHodd

      Couldn’t care less about Meruru’s butt. The castle she ran by was what left a lasting impression.

  • Ereek

    I think the name is probably meant to be Meruru more than the other choices (Meryl/Merle) because it fits in with the naming scheme of the previous Arland heroines (Ro-Ro-Na, To-To-Ri, Me-Ru-Ru).

    • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

      Rorolina, Totooria, Meruuuruuia?

      • Ereek

        Nah, it needs a consonant, like Rorolina. I’m thinking Merurita might be cute, if a bit derived.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

      Plus, if you were going to anglicize her name, you could just as easily make, say Rorona into Leona.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

    MEANWHILE, OVER IN NORTH AMERICA.

    • DanteJones

      I’m not sure why, but reading this made me laugh out loud. Must be the lack of sleep. XD

    • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

      Dont worry, let’s belive in NISA!! ;D

    • Kai2591

      I BELIEVE IN NISA!

      (btw nice Char pic. Care to share? lol)

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo
        • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

          Friking infinite stratos, is the cliche of the cliche… i seriously can see dating sim games of that anime soon, and a freaking open ending with the dumbest character ever…

          • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

            Yeah, it’s probably the perfect definition of “Generic Harem”. It’s awful, but the character is cute.

        • Kai2591

          Nice. Thanks!

      • Zero_Destiny

        Don’t believe in NISA. Believe in Me. Believe in the Me who believes in NISA!!!

        • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

          Your Totori is the alchemist that shall pierce the sales charts?

    • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

      *checks watch* Soon.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

        I will wait…

      • BadenBadenPrinny

        I shall erect a shrine

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

          Hey…you sa…

          *my god, it’s like I’m 12 years old sometimes*

    • Reitsumi

      Soon or late they have to release Totori and Meruru

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    LOLI POWER!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

    Makes me wonder what the adults were doing (or rather not doing) to be letting these young people mess around with Alchemy.

    “Boundaires? Nah let’s just assume they will get bored with messing around with dangerous stuff and end up settiling down for a boring 9 to 5 job. The world ending up being in danger? Nahhhh not gonna happen”

  • http://twitter.com/theanimalmaster blood donor

    @SpaceDrake “Anyway, as I said elsewhere, not too pleased with that first trailer they showed off that focused on Meruru’s *butt* for a moment. Not what this franchise is about, thanks.”

    anyone who plays it purely for the alchemy and combat is either INsane or INdenial XD

    • Ereek

      I play Atelier for the management aspects. I don’t see the problem with that.
      The fanservice does not appeal to me and he’s right, it has never been a huge part of the series until recently. It was more subtle, and there wasn’t as much emphasis on it. Even play something as new as Atelier Lina and you’ll see the difference in how much fanservice there is.

      Though, admittedly, Chaos from Atelier Iris 2 was quite nice.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

      So where does it leave me then? I have about as much interest in girls butts as the next girl. :P

      For most part, it’s mostly the creation. But then again, I’ve always liked making stuff, and having items form a major part of a game is fun, even if you could literally level countries with the right flame setup.

    • raymk

      Then what is this franchise about then? If its not about the fanservice and not about the alchemy or combat then is it for the story? Something which most if not all rpg should be about in a trilogy? I noticed that all 3 has fan service in them you just weren’t looking hard enough cause it was there lol. To me even with that stuff the series still isn’t about that kind of fan service,I like stuff like that but for this game it doesn’t bother me.

    • Guest

      They like that stuff (little girls butts)

  • Wackoramaco87

    I’m a bit sad this series end, but at least they didn’t completely shut out any hope for the future! On the other hand, I really hope to see this come over eventually, I heard that Rorona did pretty well, and Totori will probably make it over as well.

    The fangirl in me compels me to add this- can’t wait to see how some of the characters *coughSTERKISKELcough* have aged! =D

  • Kai2591

    Instant buy for me when this gets localized.

    I’ll only buy premium editions for any Gust game i get!

    (I wonder why there’s no Rorona Nendoroid yet…)

    • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

      Probably cause they might release one later.

      There’s a Totori one up for grabs in June if you want to preorder it now though, and Totori’s been out about what, a year now?

      (My, how does the time fly? Has it been that long since I ran the game through like six times?)

  • http://www.siliconera.com Melinda

    All I do know is I finally get a new project – This however requires me to finally various upgrades to my systems (Which will take somewhere in the vicinity of a couple of weeks to facilitate the move in systems. R&D sucks sometimes.)

    I’m sure you’ll figure out what that means.

    But then again, it’d be more interesting than the support I’m doing right now for other people… Some people simply can’t catch a break.

  • holyPaladin

    I finished Rorona and need Totori now NISA!

    And of course Meruru in the future~

  • Soma

    Aw, I wish that North America would get limited editions that come with Nendoroid figures. ; A ;

    In any case, sounds like they’re making some interesting changes to the battle system. The turn order thing sounds like it might be somewhat similar to Radiant Historia …

  • Zero_Destiny

    Oh Chibi Rorona is cute. :) Bummer though I wanted to see her all grown-up. Well maybe there’s an ending for that. :) Alright NISA let’s keep the games coming on work on Atelier Totori now. :) Thank you. You guys are great. :D

  • Darkrise

    Still no sign of Totori yet…. =(

  • http://ggftw.com/forum/ Monkey_T

    Meruru… Not diggin’ her name, but whatever.

  • raymk

    I’m guessing they made Rorona a child to not have her looking to old,but shouldn’t she just be about 28 or 29 by this time?

    • HarryHodd

      It’s gonna be a twist and I bet a really humorous story.

  • Pesmerga00

    Here are a few scans if anybody is interested.

    http://scrawlfx.com/2011/03/atelier-meruru-dated-and-detailed-in-dengeki

    The graphics look like they have gotten a nice upgrade. One scan seems to show what looks like the World Map. All in all looking good.

  • HarryHodd

    1st trilogy jrpg series this gen on home consoles? I really love Gust games. Glad they are doing well and can’t wait to see what they do next.

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