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#1  Edited By valahuir

@Demoskinos: I have decided to wear mine to my next group gaming session to see who gets the reference. Although I think I'm going to have to explain the joke sadly.

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@Vorbis: Astrid apparently thinks so.

@zaldar: Ha!, well as long as you're playing it for the game play and not more dubious reasons, doubtful, Its all fine really. Take Reccitear for example, very popular for it's gameplay, the main character is like ten, but theirs nothing necessarily wrong with a child/teenager as a main character really.

That said the 8 year old in the intro is really like 28 or something, I'll admit that's weird, but anyone familiar with Astrid, the character responsible, it makes a whole lot more sence. (I.E. shes a nut-job.)

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@Demoskinos: Ha, yeah, I saw how fast they were selling and made the decision too have to wait for Disgaea 3 vita too. I made the mistake of ordering them together and thus I had to wait for Meruru's launch for shipping.

I didn't want to risk missing out on my Barrel T-shirt by lowering myself on the queue by canceling and ordering them both separately.

It is quite odd though that it is taking so long to process the orders.

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@zaldar: I was being facetious about "ecchi" anime and stereotypes to be honest but yeah, different ages being "legit" is a cultural thing. In England it's 16, in parts of America it's 16, 18 or sometimes even 21. but the less said better really.

But in regards to the game itself, completed it on Monday. Any of you still on the ropes, if you played and enjoyed Totori, It is definitely worth it. As I suspected before, it refines the formula further.

Although I still find it weird Meruru starts 15 and ends the game at 20 and yet doesn't seem to age a day. Wish I knew her secret. And I doubt I'm the only one.

Edit: Oh also NG+ lets you keep the travelers boots and similar upgrades as well as equipment so they have made NG+ have better bonuses too. for getting the other 10 or so endings the game will have.

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@Demoskinos: Yeah, since Totori I've not even picked up Rorona, so that's a good bet. Wonder if I can squeeze in another run before it arrives in case it happens again.

On vaguely related news to the topic, They have announced Atelier Aysha, a few months back apparently so I'm not quite on the ball, but good news for us fans of the series.

I just wish they would be released in the West faster.

Oh on a side note, I mentioned before ordering it from Nisa directly due to impatience. Guess that backfired somewhat with the simultaneous launch. Whoops.

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@NMC2008: I found Rorona alright, although unrefined and occasonaly clunky i'll admit and Totori vastly superiour and much more polished, so if it follows that pattern Meruru will be great.

So it could well be worth giving the series another chance.

@Demoskinos: Thats' one of the best things about the series it take things in a new direction, a few Atelier games break that convention. (Iris is an exeption and I can't comment on pre english launch titles though)

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@Neonie: They don't follow directly anyway, I doubt you'll miss anything detrimental to the plot having missed the prior instalment, Totori after all only had a few nods at Rorona (for example the charicter Rorona made a comback and talks to another returning charicter Sterk about when she started her workshop)

As such I don't see them doing a U-turn and maiking the plot inaccessable to new players. I'm fairly sure they learned from Ar tonilico 2 (also made by the same developers) where if you hadn't played one a lot of the vocabulary ment little.

But being a fan of the series I've already got mine ordered from Nisa themselves, even though that means importing it to Jolly ol' Blighty.

... Yes I'm impatent shush.

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Heh, I have to shake my head at NISA getting slated for a game they didn't actualy make, after all the Atelier series is GUST, NISA simply publish it here.

However yeah I know how Demoskinos feels, I'm baised in Europe and I've ordered it from them too. Sadly, that does mean i have to pay postage. :(

P.S. If anime and anime gaming has taught us anything it's that teenagers are fair game in Japan! But you know, stereotypes....