NIS America shortened the gap between the Western and Japanese releases for the Atelier series. Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland will be available in May, less than a year after the game’s debut in Japan.
Official site: http://nisamerica.com/games/atelier-meruru/
This might be the first Atelier game I buy. The videos I've seen make the battles seem much more exciting than in previous games, if only on an aesthetic level.