''Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure'', known in Japan as ''Marl Oukoku no Ningyou-hime'' (The Puppet Princess of Marl Kingdom), is a game developed by Creator/NipponIchi for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation (and later remade for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS). It is the first game by the company to be released in the United States, and one of the first games to be developed before the company's love of insane PowerLevels.

The story is set in the aforementioned Marl Kingdom, and stars a young girl named Cornet, who possesses the ability to talk to puppets and dolls. She has a big-time crush on Prince Ferdinand, who [[KnightInShiningArmor rescued her from an evil]] CatGirl. However, just as she nearly succeeds in winning the prince's heart, the witch [[BigBad Marjoly]] attacks the castle and [[TakenForGranite turns the prince to stone]], and then kidnaps him. Determined to win her beloved Prince Ferdinand back, Cornet sets out on a magical and musical adventure all over Marl Kingdom with her FairyCompanion Kururu and an assortment of other puppets.

''Rhapsody'' appeals to a different demographic than most [=RPGs=]. On the surface it seems aimed at young girls, but it has become a CultClassic, mostly due to {{Moe}} appeal. Besides, the tunes are [[EarWorm catchy!]]

There were also two sequels (Little Princess and Angel's Present), as well as a majhong and puzzle game, none of which have been [[NoExportForYou released outside of Japan]]. However, these games laid the groundwork for ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' and, eventually, ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. Website/GameFAQs translations of Little Princess and Angel's Present can be read [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps/576455-little-princess-maru-oukoku-no-ningyou-hime-2/faqs/43034 here]] and [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/580294-tenshi-no-present-marle-oukoku-monogatari/faqs/45630 here]]. Additionally, it gained a SpiritualSuccessor in the form of the Japan-only '' Princess Antiphona’s Hymn: Angel’s Score Op. A'' which includes a Marl Kingdom prince and Marjoly.

Has a [[Characters/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure Character Sheet]] with characters from the whole series.
!!''Rhapsody'' uses the following tropes:

* AnachronismStew: Medieval Fantasy setting, but with guns, J-Pop, and BBQ.
* BabiesEverAfter: You eventually get to meet one of their descendants in your party in ''VideoGame/LaPucelle''.
* BigEater: Gao, implied.
* BladeOnAStick: Kid, the youngest of the three Egg Brother puppets, wields one.
* BlandNameProduct: One tailor named Kalvin Cline.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: You can find an unwrapped copy of the game guide on a bookshelf.
--> '''Cornet:''' Hey, you! Yeah, you with the controller! Did you make me mess up?
* ButThouMust: Many times.
* CatGirl: Myao.
* ContinuityNod: One of the main characters of ''VideoGame/LaPucelle'' turns out to be Cornet's grandson.
** The main character of the sequel, Little Princess, is Cornet's daughter, named Kururu.
* CopyAndPasteEnvironments: Done to the point of nauseum. When the (literally) god-forsaken ''netherworld'' looks like every castle/tower you've roamed through throughout the game, something is clearly wrong.
* CrutchCharacter: Kururu in the DS remake, who is very strong but disappears during the very last chapter.
* CuteKitten: The Nyanko.
* DistressedDude: Prince Ferdinand spends most of the game TakenForGranite, with your quest focused on rescuing him.
* EasierThanEasy: It actually has several difficulty levels, but they are all this, at least in the [=PS1=] game in America.
* EasyLevelsHardBosses: Regular battles are pretty easy, especially if you use powerful magic. The bosses, however, are designed with this in mind and are harder.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Sort of. X-elemental magic will do extra damage to a character with a Y-elemental attribute, but reversing X and Y will yield the same result.
** It goes: Fire <--> Water, Wind <--> Earth, Holy <--> Dark. Neutral (obviously) and Thunder-based characters are exempt from having any weaknesses.
* EvilChancellor: Golonzo, played almost to the point of parody. Random [=NPCs=] in town comment on how obviously evil he is before you've even met him.
* FairyCompanion: Kururu.
* {{Fiction 500}}: The Rosenqueen family, which has a company so widespread, it crosses planets and dimensions. Nippon Ichi's store was named after them for a time.
* ForgottenSuperweapon: The "Ancient Weapon[[spoiler:s as in more then one]]".
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In universe with the people of Frogburg, who seem to think that Golonzzo is extremely handsome and not that bad a guy.
* GoodIsDumb: Played straight with Etoile, who just plain outclasses your party during the HopelessBossFight in chapter 2. During the battles in which she decides to help you out later in the game, all the [[MoreDakka dakka]] in the world can't save her from doing pitiful damage while your party is lashing out with heavy hits.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The stones used to get to Marjoly's castle.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Marjoly wears one.
* HopelessBossFight: Three. The battles against Etoile in chapter 2, the QuirkyMiniBossSquad in chapter 3, and Myao and her cat minions at the end of chapter 4.
* IAmSong / IWantSong: The game frequently breaks into musical numbers. When one of Marjoly's minions cameos in ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' she's mystified as to why people don't spontaneously burst into song.
* JigglePhysics: Marjoly in her VillainSong displays this.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Ferdinand and the puppet Duke [[spoiler:as well as the MechaMooks that the latter was based on]].
* TheLadette: Gao. A RunningGag sees her getting mistaken for a man every single time she shows up somewhere.
* LampshadeHanging: In a scene at the beginning of the game, Kururu tells Cornet that if she dies, "it's game over. You'll have to watch this scene again and again."
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:Cornet, who is the last successor of the LostTechnology used to make and control the puppets... Well, until she and Ferdinand have their daughter, anyway.]]
%%* LonelyRichKid: Etoile.
* LostTechnology: Marjorly's OminousFloatingCastle, the Ancient Weapon, [[spoiler:and the puppets]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Kururu is actually Cherie, Cornet's mother, who placed her soul in her child's favorite doll to keep watch over her after her HeroicSacrifice.]]
* MagicMisfire: Happens twice to Marjoly. Once when she accidentally [[TakenForGranite takes Ferdinand for granite]] instead of putting him to sleep so she can kidnap him, and again when she's about to finish off the FinalBoss. The second time, her spell literally blows up right in her face, leaving her incapacitated and causing the defeat of the boss to be [[ItsUpToYou up to you]].
* MagicMusic: Cornet's magic has powerful effects both in-battle and out.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Heartstones required to cure Ferdinand. [[spoiler:Or so you're told. In reality, they're the keys to the Lost Technology that will allow you to reach Marjoly's floating castle.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Happens a couple times when the plot swings from lighthearted to dead serious without warning.
** In the Frog Kingdom, the King orders Michael to help you retrieve the Earthstone in order to earn his respect. He succeeds... but [[spoiler:the King just adds his defeating the guardian to his list of crimes and executes him on the spot, in full view of his lover]]. Soon afterwards, his lover, the princess, [[spoiler:takes his body to the Ice Temple and is DrivenToSuicide in order to be with him again.]]
* MovingTheGoalposts: [[spoiler: The King of the Frogs']] behavior is either this or full out ILied.
%%* MusicalAssassin: Cornet.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In order to obtain a MacGuffin, both Cornet and a random group of villagers kill two dragons. It turns out that the dragons were the ones keeping the local volcano from erupting...
** There's an ''optional'' NiceJobBreakingItHero moment during the raid on the Ninetails Tower. If Cornet chooses to kill the tower's guardian and obtain the MacGuffin it carries, she saves the life of one person... At the cost of the entire town becoming cursed and hating her guts. [[spoiler:If you refuse to kill the guardian, Cornet will fight Gao instead, who is always after the Thunderstone. Defeating her results in you getting the Holystone instead of the Thunderstone, and also changes one of the 5 bosses at the bottom of Cape Hope.]]
* NoblewomansLaugh: Etoile and Marjoly both love launching into these.
* NoFourthWall: If you beat the worm right heart on the 6th turn (as Etoile told you too) on the first time fighting it, Etoile will come in asking what you're doing. Cornet's reply? "Hey you! Yeah, the one with the controller in your hand! Did you make me mess up?" Etoile admits she screwed up worrying about you screwing up. But then later she gets mad at you and blames you anyways.
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: [[spoiler: Michael.]]
* NowWhereWasIGoingAgain: Kururu will remind you of what to do on the menu.
* {{Ojou}} / RichBitch: Etoile Rosenqueen, who adheres to ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, is a big fan of MoreDakka, and also happens to be Cornet's [[TheRival Rival]].
* PaperFanOfDoom: Kururu wields one all of the time, and Cornet will occasionally pull one of her own out whenever somebody says something particularly stupid and/or surprising.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: The King of the Frog Kingdom doesn't approve of his [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses daughter Caroline]] marrying the lower-class Michael. [[spoiler: And he ultimately executes him just to prevent it. Technically it works, [[TogetherInDeath but]]...]]
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Myao.
* PermanentlyMissableContent: Two of the puppets who can join Cornet's party become unobtainable if you miss out on the sequences necessary to get them.
** The first, an {{Expy}} of ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, can only be obtained if Cornet subscribes to Ferdinand's InstantFanClub's newsletter during the early chapters.
** The second is even easier to miss. After being sent out on your MacGuffin FetchQuest, you must immediately return to Cornet's hometown to learn that a local boy's dog has died and then head over to its grave to have it join you as a doll. If you don't, the little boy will die as well, and his dog will be lost.
* PhysicalGod: Ledgem, the timid rabbit plushie, is a messenger of Fate the [[DarkIsNotEvil God of Darkness]].
* PimpedOutDress: Etoile brags about the [[ConspicuousConsumption huge cost]] of one of her dresses.
* PolarOppositeTwins: The twin dolls Sharte (Holy-elemental) and Terra (Dark-elemental).
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Ultimately used to cure Ferdinand's petrification.]]
* PuzzleBoss: The heart of a giant sandworm. In the original game, Cornet had to land the killing blow on it during her sixth turn. It was toned down in the DS remake so that she had to land the killing blow ''before'' her sixth turn.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Myao, Gao, and Crowdia.
%%* RescueRomance: Cornet and Ferdinand.
* {{Samurai}}: The puppet Chiba [[spoiler:and the puppets he was based on]].
* SchizoTech: A world of Medieval tech, but also has modern guns and assault rifles.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Marjoly does this during some scenes set in her throne room.
%%* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:The anthropomorphic frogs Michael and Caroline.]]
* SuckMyRose: Marjoly uses one to demonstrate that she is a "flower of evil" during her VillainSong.
* TakenForGranite: Ferdinand, courtesy of Marjoly using the wrong spell while attempting to kidnap him.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Caroline's father has Michael killed, so Caroline is DrivenToSuicide. They come back as a pair of puppets when Cornet visits their gravesite.]]
%%* UndergroundMonkey
* UpdatedRerelease: The DS version, which [[GenreShift Shifts Genres]] from TurnBasedStrategy, to {{Role Playing|Game}}, and adds Kururu as a usable party member. [[CrutchCharacter Until the last chapter, that is.]] It also included an extra scenario related to the third Marl Kingdom game. However, it was taken out in the U.S. version due to localization issues.
* VainSorceress: Marjoly, who falls under {{Stripperiffic}} and does quite a lot of {{Gainaxing}}, too.
* VillainSong: "Evil Queen", courtesy of Marjoly, her QuirkyMinibossSquad, and a bunch of talking cats.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Cornet really hates frogs and toads.
* WingedHumanoid: Crowdia is the best example, although Kururu ''is'' a humanoid doll with wings. [[spoiler:Cornet's mother also sports them when using her full power, because [[PowerGivesYouWings it gives you wings]].]]