Atelier Meruru Cutest Atelier Ever

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Fans of Gust’s Atelier series of alchemy RPGs, now enjoying a huge surge in popularity thanks in no small part to the excruciatingly appealing artwork of Kishida Mel, have been rapturously greeting the advent of the 12th game in the series, Atelier Meruru.

The game features a new protagonist, the 15-year-old Merurulince Rede Arls, in the same world as Atelier Rorona and Totori.

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Rorona has been turned into a loli for the game – it is not clear what events are behind her lolification (she was 14 and 22 in the last two games), but it has been greeted as a blessing by series fans.

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The game is set to be released on June 23rd, and no sooner had pre-orders opened than the title rocketed to the top spot in Amazon’s sales rankings.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:44 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i first thought it was stardust witch meruru...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Kirino does approve.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:28 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kirino must be schlicking at the speed of light by now

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    19:47 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    she'd prolly be passed the fck out by now...

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    Comment by Megidola
    03:50 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    After her successful novel and anime series, Kirino worked on story and characters for the next Atelier game...

    "Stardust Alchemist Meruru is about to begin!

    Meru-meru-meru-meru-meru-meru-me!

    Meru-meru-meru-meru-meru-meru-me!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's more than a coincidence. Gust must have watched Oreimo and concluded that Meruru is a very magical name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 26/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I miss when the Atelier girls had cute western names like Marie and Elie. Now they have retarded japanese attempts at western names like Meruru or Rorona.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 26/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uchuu ni kirame~ku, nagareboshi~☆
    Majiーkaru jetto de, teーki wo utsuー♪

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    Comment by Button
    03:32 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And people say that anime and 3D don't mix well...

    This looks gorgeous. One of these days, someone will extract the ingame models so I could study them thoroughly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's moar liek 2.5D

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, full 3D, bro. The models are cel-shaded and the backgrounds are plain, good ole 3D, however.

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    Comment by obro
    04:58 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I agree.

    Why the fuck cant WRPG females be like this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 25/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Because WRPGs are aimed at people who are not pedophiles?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "Because WRPGs are aimed at people with an ugly fetish."

    Fixed.

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    Comment by obro
    05:38 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    So...If I like girls that are cute I am a pedophile? Ok then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just because we enjoy fapping to the 10 year old characters does not mean that we do not enjoy good stories, fellow Anon. Now back to /b/ with you!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:56 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    actually I play for story, and I don't play wrpgs because it is impossible for me to like a character that doesn't seem to have a voice in his actions outside of his sandbox mode (I'm talking about the protagonist of every wrpg, the w would stand better for wrong than for western by the way) On another note, I'm not actually sure how are the tales series of games, or the final fantasy series lolicon at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sound like my "best" friend. And believe me, I've always wanted to hulk smash him in the face.
    By the way, is Artifact ever going to ip ban all these trolls?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    06:44 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know, I learned something relatively recently that explains a little of where all this may come from.

    A friend of mine was speaking with a Japanese friend of his, and the Japanese friend asked something along the lines of 'Why do you westerners like Japanese? We all have big heads and small bodies' and it prompted a discussion between my friend and I. We realized that yeah, proportionally, Japanese have childlike heads. It's part of their genetic makeup in general. The proportion of their heads to their shoulders, and often the rest of their bodies, tends to drift more toward the equivalent of western adolescents.

    It's not something definitive, but since sexual attractiveness is generated by shape relationships on the body, not age or anything conjecture-based like that, it's a good bet that much of what people call 'pedophilia' when people find younger characters cute and adorable in anime is more along the lines of adjusted perception based on Japanese culture. We as westerners perceive these characters as young kids, meanwhile as we learned in the recent article, Japanese men enjoy what we consider 'childlike' actions from females, and consider it cute.

    Put them together: the body proportions, the actions that are widely considered cute, the foreign perception from a different background, and in general you have a setup for one gigantic misunderstanding. From some basis, that's probably where the 2D vs 3D argument developed. You'll find many anime fans who love loli, yet perceived real life equivalents are unappealing. I think in part it stems from these unconscious recognitions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 25/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    no retard, people play WRPGs for their stories and gameplay. people (like you) play JRPGs because you're pedophiles who want to fap to the 10 year old characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, based on this I would tend to agree.. The artwork looks good, the backgrounds looks good, but they miss match pretty hard when put together. Am I the only one who thinks the characters sticks out like sore thumbs from the environment?
    Although I think it might have more to do with colors then style.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    06:18 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A lot of it is how the colors interact yes, but it's more of how they interact in a dreamlike fashion. The characters almost appear self-illuminated, like they're more celestial than the world they inhabit, and to a degree I believe that's intentional. They don't have lighting as their friend when it comes to cell shading usually. Lighting becomes rather difficult to integrate when it's limited like that, so this is apparently sort of a simultaneous solution to making the characters that much more 'dreamy' and making it unnecessary to worry about shadows too much.

    I'm sure some scenes will work better than others. It's basically like they're in perpetual sunlight. When they're not in sunlight, it'll probably look a bit odd.

    All I know is Rorona was just an all-around extremely enjoyable experience, and I was never distracted by the art. All I hope is Totori gets here soon, and this soon to follow.

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    Comment by Gitami
    03:55 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Rorona discovered the elixir of youth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 25/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Rorona discovered the elixier of lolification."

    Fixed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Now Totori and Meruru just need a US domestic release. Better yet, just translate them and spread the joy of the Atelier series all over the world!

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    08:44 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i agree, id much rather have just the translation with original voices than the shitty soulless dubs

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:59 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not going to happen, though- Sony Computer Entertainment America demands dubs to be added in retail games.

    Moreover, "shitty soulless dubs" is a rather harsh misconception. Dubs can be great from time to time- just listen to Neptunia's one, for god's sake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, they are always soulless and shitty, really.
    They should just go with the original voices, but that's never going to happen.

    I'd rather play them with a Japanese-English dictionary in one hand than buying the localized version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhhh NISA has already taken up the project for totori didnt they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chaos Wars is a fine example of quality english dubs

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    16:52 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    im just saying itd be preferable to have the game at all, rather than not at all because the american publishers don't want to spend money on dubbing a less popular game.

    granted there are a few exceptions to shitty soulless dubs, when it's done wrong, it's horrible and gamebreaking.
    final fantasy 14, eternal sonata, star ocean :TLH, Lost odyssey and ToA were pretty painful, and since only a few of any here get dual audio, i end up just muting... i guess i might be in the minority though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, 11:38 Anon, you act as if the games don't have dual audio, anyways.

    And 11:40 Anon, they didn't just yet. Rumored they'll announce it soon, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The sadness that comes with not being able to read kanji or hiragana for such a game that wont ever be exported is unbearable :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Meru meru meru meru meru meru me~

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lolified Rorona!!! Someone have to stop me before I fap to death!!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking fag bag

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    10:01 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Lolification syndrome doesn't just end in the recent manga chapters of Saki.. now it's even spreading through the realms of the Atelier series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loli Rorona is a blessing, but the heroine this time is a bit too...busty.

    It's like Rorona sucked out the loliness out of Meruru to get more popular or something.

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    13:08 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm.. too busty? Those packs look fine and small enough to me. The only difference she has in term of "larger" bosoms compared to both Totori and Rorona on previous games is that she left some nice amount of cleavage on the chest side.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    03:13 27/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the art is awesome :P

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    Comment by Tateha
    12:02 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    where is my localized totori?

    rorona as loli is a great asset to this franchise.

    they should continue this trend forever of start main character > gets older > becomes loli.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:55 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow the game begin at the end of totori no Atelier.
    The reason why rorona must be turned in to loli is because she will be 28 years old and be consider to be an old hag by 2ch standard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know..

    I want to play strong, heroic characters in a RPG. This game looks like a game for girls. :-/
    I like the cute thing and all, but this game is just "meh".

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 18/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least they admit they're lolicons, that's much better that being a bunch of fags trying to cash-in on the moe fad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 19/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking Pedos

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    Comment by kazaza2
    04:55 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gorgeous graphics! If only the real world was so idyllic.

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun

    real world is Idyllic, but not on big cities.

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    Comment by LonerGoth
    04:36 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone please invent those damn nano-bots I can't wait till I insta-learn japanese from some experimental Science.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    05:42 25/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Just learn Japanese, odds are you will get the best results that way. Learning kanji is a bitch. but the rewards are great. At least you'll get obscene bragging rights.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    08:05 25/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe you can get a "totorial" in japanese........
    x3





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