Atelier Ayesha Recollection Archives


Review by · September 19, 2016

Japanese gamers who bought Atelier Ayesha directly over the Gust Shop received a special CD/DVD combo “Atelier Ayesha Recollection Archives.” The DVD has video footage and other data; for review purposes, we’ll be talking about the CD specifically.

The 30 minute bonus album has two collections of music. In the first half, additional tracks written for Atelier Meruru’s downloadable content add-ons are presented. In the second half, unused tracks from Ayesha are found.

It’s a shame that some of those alternate version tracks from Ayesha didn’t make it into the game. Specifically, the Bouzouki Lead version of “Gnome” sounds fantastic. Gust studio session instrumentalist Dani (guitar, bass, etc) does a great job with the bouzouki on this track.

Back to Meruru, though. The “FJ” (special attack) music for the three DLC characters are really good, but like all these songs, they are hard to appreciate when they are only 30 seconds in length. The new arrangement of “Terminus” (originally from Atelier Totori) is fantastic, and this track “Alas de Luz,” I don’t know what the deal is with it, but it’s a good one. It’s a piano-driven dance-rock battle theme — that’s my kind of music.

Compared to the Japanese bonus albums for the Arland trilogy, this isn’t quite as good, but there is certainly some interesting stuff to be found on here. Let’s hope some, if not all, of it comes when NIS America publishes Ayesha in North America.

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.