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YMMV: Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland
  • Canon Sue: Meruru's a rather lovable, non-annoying version. Princess? Check. Everyone instantly adores her? Check. Ability to solve everybody's personal problems? Check. Personally responsible for the entire kingdom's future? Check. Heroic Self-Deprecation? Check, when she's not trying to annoy Rufus. Stronger than any of her highly talented predecessors? According to Astrid (admittedly, not the most reliable source), check. Plucky Girl who can achieve anything and everything she sets her mind to? Double check. Gets a statue constructed in her honour? Triple check!
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Everybody's super finishing moves. Double if you use them to win a battle, as each character gets a special theme for this and an altered attack sequence.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: "Who wants to see a Rorona in her 30s? Not me, that's for sure!"
  • Game Breaker: Synthesize the best equipment in your first playthrough and New Game+ is a cakewalk.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sterk's comments about a tiny rock that could endanger Meruru was funny on its own. Cue Meruru asking what kind of rock is dangerous anyway. Oh if she only knew... Lampshaded to hell and back in this video.
  • Les Yay: As usual. If you think Totori and Mimi going Les Yay on each other is enough in the previous game, try putting Meruru between them.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Generally the reaction the game's gotten on both sides of the Pacific. In Japan it was the highest-reviewed Atelier game since the original release of Atelier Marie all the way back in 1997 (until Escha & Logy took that crown, anyway), and it's the best-selling Atelier game in ten dog's ages. The reaction has been a little more varied among critics on the other side of the pond, but the high scores are among the highest the entire franchise has ever seen here by a county mile.
  • The Scrappy: Rorona. She got turned into an eight year old between games, acts her new age, and her memories have becomea complete mess. Though her Alchemic skills are still in tact, she mainly refuses to use it willingly. A very large portion of fanbase is not pleased. This is apparently because Gust couldn't stand to see her in her 30s. "Who wants to see a Rorona in her 30s? Not me, that's for sure!"

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