For fans of the franchise, Atelier Totori is a complete success. It improves upon Atelier Rorona
in almost every conceivable way and delivers all of the gameplay, art style, characterizations and special brand of cuteness that the series' fans have come to expect. The item synthesis, for which the Atelier name is known, is as good here as it has ever been, and plenty of the series' staple characters return, making long time players feel right at home. But for newcomers, the time management element combined with the anime/moé aesthetic can be alienating and in the case of the story, possibly deal breaking. That said, if you can weather the storm of ham-handed after-school special caliber character interactions the game constantly hurls at you, there is a fun, addictive, worthwhile RPG experience to be had here.