Unskippable: Atelier Totori

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Atelier Totori

Witness a girl trying to do alchemy, in a game trying to be fun.

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Loved the tobuscus literal trailer bit you snuck in there Graham. Everything really is monsters with those JRPGs isn't it?
They lose their keys- Monsters
Picture falls off the wall- Monsters
That time the main characters used up an entire bog role in a day? They had to fight monsters as well.

Episodes on games by Gust are always brilliant. I believe this was the one that had a bit of age rating controversy. Funny stuff.

Is it safe to say that the soundtracks have been getting worse since Atelier Iris? Maybe the older stuff's just nostalgic.

Oh my, that was hilarious. I was thinking about just how off-key all of the instruments were before it was mentioned, and Paul's "Wait, is she talking to us?" made me give out a hearty laugh.

Gust has really been off there game this gen, there PS2 games where great, but there PS3 games have thus far all have been medicore.

It doesn't help that the voice director picked bottom feeders or picked good actors and ruined their performances. Seriously, JYB was decent in Rorona, but his character in this game was on helium, dope, and puberty medication. As I was playing this, I starting wonder how the hell I managed through all of Mana Khemia, part of 2, Rorona, and part of this.

Low budget graphics (a staple for any RPG not made by Square Enix is to lag 1-2 generations behind schedule)
Visual novel presentation
Terrible cheery ass music
God awful dub (I defend dubs to death, but can't excuse this)

I often wonder how this genre still manages to be my favorite when games like this show up. On the plus side, this is the genre best suited as a foil for Unskippable. It's never failed.

hey say whatcha want but totori is my GOTY.
also hilarious video.

TOO HARDCORE TO SHOW ON UNSKIPPABLE!

...But what did you expect when you've got a main character whose sister's name is "Sex-Cilia?"

But seriously, Paul, don't you know anything? The more revealing the clothing, the higher the armour rating.

This, of course, only goes for girls. If a guy tries ti fight in a thong and two band-aids, he will be killed (Unless the deal is satire, though if it is, he'll probably die anyway).

That voice acting was quite bad, even by most JRPG voice acting standards.

This game sounds like a really bad terrorist sitcom or something.

Actually, that sounds like a step up from the actual game.

Pleeeeeease Lets play this Game, this would be perfect!

"That voice acting was quite bad, even by most JRPG voice acting standards."

Lots of voice acting for JRPGs (these days) tends to be done by well-qualified people. SMT games tend to use LA based people who have lots of experience in anime. What I don't get is if Rorona used all the good quality ones (Liam O'Brien, Michelle Ruff, Julie Ann Taylor to name a few), what went so wrong this go round? What bothers me is there are enough voice actors more qualified that don't get work in games. There's a whole hell of a lot over at Funimation that could mop the floor with Totori's dub cast. Carrie Savage, Travis Willingham, and Laura Bailey work both Funimation and videogame dubs. I find it strange others don't.

I kinda wanna play one of these Atelier games one day if only because of the un-fitting music they put in at every turn.
Like that guy with the theme music. There were literally NO other people around and suddenly that comes on out of nowhere.

Also, i kinda wanna see another Atelier game done only because they make for hilarious Unskippables :D

Eventually she got the idea to mail her exploding potions to people, and thus, the legend of the Unibomber lived on.

Oh wow Gino's theme song was terrible. Sounded like a cheesy 80's pop song - the elevator version.

Making greandes sounds overly violent for somebody who lives in a peacful fishing village...then again, she has to have back up and fight monsters to pick flowers in the forest, so who are we to judge.

If its anything like the earlier games in the series, she really will be making a boatload of grenades. The basic bomb recipe is one of the first you learn, and you upgrade it regularly all game.

And more goofy JRPG episodes please, even if they don't have proper cutscene openings. That was hilarious.

That's the fastest I've seen anyone get a trophy.
Great episode! Laughed a lot.

My girlfriend bought this game because it looked cute. After about an hour she had enough and doesn't want to play it anymore lol.

The music! The voice acting! The completely nonsensical plot! Shortening a 4-syllable name to a 3-syllable nickname! The music, again! TRUMPETS! Panning slowly upward! The glitched boob-jiggle-animation (1:38)! The completely unnecessary ass-shot (4:55)!

IT ALL HURTS.

4:35: "Oh, adventurers are people who..." [long pause] take arrows to knees? Wait.

THAT HURTS TOO.

Oh tiny submissive girls and boys in stupid outfits.

Er, I mean, oh anime games.

I'm sure it's cultural prejudice but 'that guy kidnapped my girlfriend, I'ma go kick his ass and the ass of anyone else who stands in my way!' still makes infinitely more sense to me than 'I'm the worst alchemist (chemist?) in the world and I probably just died of smoke inhalation but magically didn't. Let's go kill monsters, mandatory dude in town who thinks killing monsters is the best!'

I don't understand why the character would be fuzzed out and then replaced with a paper cut out. Is it a style thing? A holdover from the early days of polygonal graphics? Honestly the 3D bits look better and seem to have more animation, which makes replacing them with the paper bits very odd.

Some place called a Republic, take a shot.
Two extra shorts if you find out the Republic neighbors an Empire with dreams of conquest.

Loved it, absolutely loved it.

Hungry Donner:
I don't understand why the character would be fuzzed out and then replaced with a paper cut out. Is it a style thing? A holdover from the early days of polygonal graphics? Honestly the 3D bits look better and seem to have more animation, which makes replacing them with the paper bits very odd.

It's technical/financial limitations, mostly. Drawing a picture of somebody in goofy clothes giving the finger is much less time intensive than creating a 3D model of a hand flipping the bird and animating the character model into the appropriate stance. Plus, it makes it that much easier to reuse the finger picture whenver the character becomes suitably agitated. When you take into account that these games can have upwards of ten hours of dialogue, using drawn models is much cheaper and quicker.

MonkeyPunch:
Oh wow Gino's theme song was terrible. Sounded like a cheesy 80's pop song - the elevator version.

Thanks to Graham's influence at Cici's introduction, the whole thing became a porn production to me. Very strange, very weird, very....yeah, not sure I want to revisit this one.

Forget armor. She needs more colorful fabrics for her dress! We're pushing the boundaries of anime games here!
Also, laundry boss? LOL

These atelier games are kinda odd aren't they?

That whole beat up some monsters comment just seemed a little racist. Normally characters fight monsters because the monsters have been attacking and if they don't fight the monsters the heroes could die. In this game beating up monsters seems like something to do on a Thursday afternoon.

the episodes are a bit short. sometimes i'd like 'em to be longer, but then ...
there probably isn't anything more to "unskip" in some games.

god the background music is maddeningly bad.

Holy crap, no amount of translation can explain that quality of writing. Look, moe can work in games - just look at Tali'zorah Nar Rayya - but it has to be well written, and it can't be the main character. That just doesn't work.

Anyway, hilarious as always.

Alright, someone make the Laundros the All-Washing magik card, chop chop.

Silly Paul. Remember, in all Japanese titles, all female characters are obliged to wear some kind of spring dress or other type of elegant or skimpy (or possibly both) clothing.

Because, you know, fitting clothing for safety reason is for silly Westerners. In the land of the rising sun, logic can go screw itself.

I got more than a few laughs out of this one... Top shelf! And I love how her sister says her face is covered in soot... she runs out without washing, and no one mentions the soot covered face when she meets Random boy with sword. Her sister lied to her!

...or she's actually a drug dealer and its her meth lab that keeps blowing up :3

If they hired a separate actress to play Ceci and Totori, they wasted their money, because they sound exactly alike.

If it's the same actress, wow, she really phoned it in.

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