YMMV: Ar Tonelico 3

  • Broken Base: Some fans complain that this game's action-RPG battle system is far inferior to those used in the previous two. It's a reasonable complaint, since it is less advanced than those of other games like Kingdom Hearts 2. The battle system is rather bare-bones as well, barring the reyvateil mechanic...really, there are a heck of a lot of ways they could've made the battle system better.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Turning people into cakes? Not funny. Turning entire warships into cakes? Hilarious!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: A lot of, but EXEC_FLIP_ARPHAGE/. get a bonus point for already being a fan-favorite thanks to the trailers.
  • Ear Worm: The Nyamo song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • East or West, every Ar Tonelico 3 player's complaint for this game is likely to be "Why won't Akane join us?!" She's a gorgeous Lady of War, Finnel's best friend, and regularly travels with the group in Phase IV. The answer is likely the additional resources to make the FMV for her special attack, making the purged model, making additional party topics, and drawing up the artwork for new weapons and armors. The same applies for any other character that could have joined.
    • There's Cocona, who was guaranteed a role in this game due to her dark horse status in AT 2.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Akane purposely let Archia hack Clustenia's database to lead them to the wrong place; later she takes this chance to catch our heroes and the said Archia's second in command, and proceeds to invade Archia while they're unaware. She's a great example of an intelligent antagonist; Ensemble Darkhorse indeed!
  • Memetic Mutation: Buri Hamachi
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • XaaaCi...or a Tear Jerker, if you read the last few lyric lines and what the song is supposed to represent: Gaia's Vengeance at its finest. Few things are so tear-inducing as getting told by the Planet itself how much damage you have done to it, and if you still remember the days in which she it gave you so much.
    • Soma's costume.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Saki is a parasite in Sakia's body and has no idea that she is in fact a parasite. she turns fellow human beings into food, that she expresses interest in eating and creates magic that's a suicide bomb superhero. Anyone that was on the battleships when she used the EMP weapon in Celia Gate, she just murdered hundreds if not thousands. Maybe no one cares because Saki is so "Cute."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: They need to make a Teppo plushie. The Japanese voice just adds to the effect.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Sasha, at least in Japanese, bleeds cute.
  • Tear Jerker: EXEC_FLIP_FUSIONSPHERE. Go on, I dare you to read the translated lyrics and not cry.
    • Listening to Au Gu Mu during the final battle could also have this effect, as you're hearing the Planet sobbing and crying while she sings.
    • The true ending is a good one. After centuries of having to cling onto towers for life, the planet is finally freed from its despair and the surface of the planet returns. It gets better if you played all three games and realize that all three parties played a major role in saving the planet.
  • Woobie: Aoto, at least in Tyria's True ending. The girl that he loves is going to die within a year and there is nothing that he can do about it just so the world will be safe. The light novels and her Drama CD came shows that Tyria was indeed saved, although that costed the very existence of the Third Tower and almost all of the Second Tower's Rim.