Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

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Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky
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エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~
(Esuka & Rojī no Atorie ~Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi~)
Genre Fantasy
Game
Developer Gust
Publisher Tecmo Koei
Genre Role-playing
Platform PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Released PlayStation 3
  • JP 27 June 2013
  • AUS 6 March 2014
  • NA 11 March 2014
PlayStation Vita
  • JP 22 January 2015
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Produced by Akira Watanabe
Studio Studio Gokumi
Network Tokyo MX
Original run 10 April 201426 June 2014
Episodes 12
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Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~ Esuka & Rojī no Atorie ~Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi~?) is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust. Given the project code "A15", it is the 15th game in the official Atelier series and the second installment of the "Dusk Trilogy".[2] Hidari remains as the character designer and the game runs on the LTGL engine.[3] It was released in Japan on 27 June 2013.[3]

An anime adaptation by Studio Gokumi began airing on 10 April 2014.[4][5] This marked the first Atelier series to be adapted into anime.

An enhanced port for the PlayStation Vita titled Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky has been announced for a January 2015 release in Japan featuring new playable characters, enemies and story events.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

Atelier Escha & Logy will allow players to choose between two protagonists. The main storyline will remain the same regardless of who is chosen, but certain events and ending will only be available on a particular protagonist.[7]

With the new synthesis system, the player can combine different items. The two protagonists Escha and Logy use different kinds of tools to synthesize.[8]

Plot[edit]

The game's story takes place about 4 years after the beginning of Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk in a far away place to the west of the Twilight Land where the local administration hires two new alchemists, Escha and Logy as members of their R&D division. While learning the ropes of their new occupation, Escha and Logy gather friends and companions as they unlock the secrets of the nearby ruins and help the citizens in a world that is still recovering from a catastrophic event known as "The Dusk".

Characters[edit]

Escha Malier (エスカ メーリエ Esuka Mērie?)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (Japanese), Ariel Winter (English)
The first protagonist of the story. Escha is often quite quirky and cheerful, and often show her feelings very clearly. She is full of energy and is also a very curious person. Escha works as a government official along her partner Logy, and performs alchemy using a cauldron to synthesize items.
Logix "Logy" Fiscario (ロジックス フィクサリオ Rojikkusu Fikusario?)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
The second protagonist of the story. Logy is a serious and "down-to-earth" person, but is also kind. He has a burn scar on one of his arms, and he seems to avoid talking about his past. Like Escha, he is a government official, and is assigned to work with her. Instead of a cauldron, Logy uses specialized tools to assemble new weapons and armor and to disassemble items in order to discover their properties.
Lucille Ernella (ルシル・エルネラ Rushiru Erunera?)
Voiced by: Mariko Honda
Lucille is a new government official educated in medicine, sent to the development project from The Center. She is a junior to Escha and Logy within the development team, and address them both with the "senpai" honorific. She is serious about her work and polite, but sometimes she makes big mistakes. She comes from the rich Ernella family.
Awin Sidelet (アウィン・サイドレット Awin Saidoretto?)
Voiced by: Kenji Akabane (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
Escha's cousin, Awin is a balloon-mechanic working in the engineering team. He is responsible for the maintenance of public facilities, carriages, and so on. He's a caring person and admires the adventurer Reyfer Luckberry. Since he is very knowledgeable about mechanical arts, he provides assist with various sides of investigations.
Reyfer Luckberry (レイファー・ラックベリー Reifā Rakkuberī?)
Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (Japanese), Ben Pronsky (English)
Reyfer is a sharpshooter and treasure hunter who joins the team in search for ancient relics.
Threia Hazelgrimm (スレイア・ヘーゼルグリム Sureia Hēzerugurim?)
Voiced by: Chiharu Kitaoka (Japanese), Danielle McRae (English)
Threia is an archeologist who makes use of the knowledge obtained from her studies to fight. Her uncle is Keithgriff Hazeldine, which she doesn't have a good relation with.
Linca (リンカ Rinka?)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)
Returning from the previous game, Linca is a swordswoman and Marion Quinn' bodyguard. She joins the party under Marion's request.
Wilbell voll Erslied (ウィルベル・ヴォル エルスリート Uiruberu Boru Erusurīto?)
Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English)
Return from the previous game. Wilbell is traveling, along with Nio, to better improve magic and to search for Ayesha.
Nio Altugle (ニオ・アルトゥール Nio Arutūru?)
Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)
Return from the previous game. Nio is currently traveling with Wilbell and is a travel apothecary. She able to sense and communicate with spirits and trying to find her sister by searching the ruins. Escha calls her "Miss Nio" which she told not to call her that because it makes her a little embarrassed.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by Studio Gokumi and directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki, began airing on 10 April 2014. The opening is "Asuiro (アスイロ)" by Rie Murakawa. Ending theme is "Fuyumidori (ふゆみどり)" by Haruka Shimotsuki.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Welcome to the Atelier!"
"Yōkoso atorie e!" (ようこそアトリエへ!) 
10 April 2014
Escha Malier starts working as an official alchemist at the city of Colset's R&D division and her first assignment is to fix the local mill, assisted by her new partner and fellow alchemist, Logix "Logy" Fiscario. 
2 "What's a witch?"
"Mahōtsukaitte nandesu ka?" (魔法使いってなんですか?) 
17 April 2014
Escha and Logy are tasked to provide assistance to a nearby village which is on shortage of water and along the way, they befriend two travelers, Nio and Wilbell, who assist them on their quest. 
3 "I can fight too!"
"Watashi datte tatakaimasu!" (私だって戦います!) 
24 April 2014
Escha's recipe to purify the village's reservoir works, but the pollution continues and she travels upstream with Logy in search for the cause. 
4 "It's a barrel! It's a tail!"
"Tarudesu! Shippodesu!" (たるです!しっぽです!) 
1 May 2014
By suggestion of her friends, Escha attempts to make a copy of her artificial tail but despite being a profitable opportunity, she is more interested in doing so to learn more about her late mother, who created it for her. 
5 "I've Become a Senior"   8 May 2014
Lucille Ernella, a specialist in medicine, arrives from central to work on the R&D division under Escha and Logy. Despite proving herself quite capable compared to her peers, Lucille gets herself in trouble when she attempts to perform her duties without asking for assistance, and upon learning of her predicament, Escha and the others come to her aid. 
6 "Which One's the Delicious Dessert?"
"Sono hitotsu wa, oishī dezātodesu" (その一つは、おいしいデザートど~れだ?) 
15 May 2014
Escha is tasked to find a new way to improve the harvest on the local orchard and while looking for some ideas, she and her friends decide to hold a contest to look for recipes to make with the discarded apples while an eating contest is held at the local restaurant. 
7 "What in the World is Linca"   22 May 2014
The members of the R&D division prepare for the arrival of an auditor to check on their work, when one of their members, the swordswoman Linca is spotted causing trouble around town and is put under suspicion, despite claiming innocence, until Escha and Logy learn from Marion the truth about her. 
8 "A Hot (?) Hot Springs Trip!"   29 May 2014
With their assignments done for a while, the R&D division is up for some well deserved vacation, when Wilbell appears and convinces them to accompany her on a hot springs trip near a volcano, unaware of her true intentions. 
9 "Ack! They're Taking My Dream Away!"   5 June 2014
Escha always dreamed of reaching the unexplored ruins that float near her city. When her friend Threia decides to issue a request to look for a mean to reach the ruins, Escha cheers up, just to have her dreams crushed when the members of the R&D division are ordered by the higher ups to make preparations for another team to do so in their place. However, Escha's friends decide to not give up and make plans to form their own exploration party instead. 
10 "Don't Give Up!"
"Akiramenaide" (あきらめないで!) 
12 June 2014
Escha's cousin Awin and his team of mechanics have been working on an airship that can travel safely to the Unexplored Ruins, but several key components to build it are missing. While looking for ingredients to complete it, Escha learns that Logy was involved in building airships in the past, but a tragic accident made him abandon his dreams and she decides to encourage him to give himself another chance. 
11 "The Unexplored Ruins of Dreams!"   19 June 2014
Boarding their new airship, Escha and her friends at last reach the unexplored ruins where they meet an enigmatic girl named Flameu that drives them away. Once back home, Escha learns from her foster mother, the automaton Clone the true story behind Flameu's tragic past and decides to return to the ruins in order to help her. 
12 "It's Our Promise!"
"Sore wa watashitachi no yakusokudesu" (それは私たちの約束です) 
26 June 2014
Back to the ruins, Escha and her friends confront Flameu and have her remember her past. Once she breaks free from the device that binds her to the ruins, they fall to the ground and Flameo departs to parts unknown after thanking Escha and Logy for their help. Some time later, Logy is summoned to work in the capital, and the two achemists also part ways. 

Manga[edit]

The game was adapted into a manga by Chako Abeno. The manga has been running in Dengeki Maoh since the December issue of the magazine, in the year of 2013.[9]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 79/100[10]
Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 36/40[11]
IGN 7.0/10[12]

Atelier Escha & Logy received a score of 95/90/95/90 in the magazine Dengeki Playstation the highest average/aggregate score a game in the series has ever received from that magazine ratings so far. Outside of Japan, the game has generally positive reviews. The IGN comments: "With tons of things to do, things to make, and areas to explore, Atelier Escha & Logy is a nice fusion of alchemy, adventure, and tactics".

Most of the critics praise the idea of choosing between two heroes, the battle, and gameplay tactics. The game sold 57,550 copies in its first week, making it the second-best-selling PS3 title in Japan for the week of 24–30 June in 2013.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2013-09-19, TKE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TITLES FOR EARLY 2014, Tecmo Koei Europe
  2. ^ "電撃 - 【速報】『アトリエ』シリーズの新作"Project A15"が発表! 左さんのデザインしたヒロインを演じるのは村川梨衣さん" (in Japanese). Dengeki Online. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Spencer (25 March 2013). "New Atelier Game Has Two Protagonists, Uses Dynasty Warriors Engine [Update]". Siliconera. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  4. ^ 2013-11-06, 【速報】『エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~』、2014年にテレビアニメ化決定! アニメを手掛けるのはStudio五組, Famitsu
  5. ^ "Gust's Atelier Escha & Logy Game Gets TV Anime in 2014". Anime News Network. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  6. ^ 2014-10-14, Atelier Escha & Logy Plus announced for PS Vita, Gematsu
  7. ^ "『エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~』ふたりの主人公が紡ぐ『アトリエ』シリーズ新作発表 - ファミ通.com". Famitsu (in Japanese). 1 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "『エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ』新キャラクター"ルシル"&前作キャラクター"ウィルベル"登場! - ファミ通.com". Famitsu (in Japanese). 15 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  9. ^ 『電撃マオウにて、エスカ&ロジーのアトリエコミック化が決定!. Gust Co. Ltd. (in Japanese). 1 April 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/atelier-escha-logy-alchemists-of-the-dusk-sky
  11. ^ http://gamingeverything.com/famitsu-review-scores-61813-the-last-of-us-atelier-escha-logy-toukiden/
  12. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/28/atelier-escha-logy-alchemists-of-the-dust-sky-review
  13. ^ Ishaan (3 July 2013). "This Week In Sales: Gundam And Toukiden Lead A Wave Of New Games". Siliconera. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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