I thought the first two Ar Tonelicos were basically OK...heavy helpings of innuendo not withstanding. It was the third game that shat all over everything I liked about the series and turned it into a stripping simulator...
Oh... here's an unpopular opinion: I was not disappointed by Ar Tonelico 3
The main reason for that though is that the game was destroyed by every review/critic/gamer and I played it much later going in with really really really low expectations.
The stripping part was super awkward since the graphics were so terrible. I usually don't dip into dissing bad graphics, but since it essentially made the game cast look like stripping grade schoolers who really didn't want to be stripped.... that stuff is just....awkward af to watch.
Atleast they made the guys strip for their specials as well. It's like, equality, or something.
Music is still awesome, though. Could listen to that for hours.