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皆さんこんにちは。ずるずると続く「ほたる町内会報」の時間がやって参りました。発売前は、開発者の声が聴ける企画ページとして創られたほたる町内会報ですが、皆さんへお話ししたい事があるときにとても便利な場所ですので、今後も不定期に更 新していくかもしれません。よろしくお願いします。

Hello everyone. Finally, the time for continuing with the [Firefly Citizen's BBS] has come. Although it was originally created as a project for us developers to voice our thoughts during the months previous to the game's release, I noticed it also was a very convenient place for whenever we wanted to announce something for you all, so we will continue updating it whenever we have the chance. I'll be looking forward to continue working in it.

さて、3月はアルトネリコグッズのビッグウェーブです。ガストショップでも3/1より、何と4品目も予約受付開始します。でもでも、4つ全部買ったらお財布が大変なことに…なってしまう金額ですから、とても慎重になっている方も多いのではないでしょうか?気になるけど…期待はずれだったらどうしよう…と迷っている方のために、今回はそれぞれのグッズの「独断オススメポイント」を紹介します!

Well then, we'll have quite a big wave of Ar tonelico goods released this march. Right now, we even have readied the Gust Shop to begin taking preorders for them from March 1st. However, if you bought all of them at once, you would end up expending quite a sum of money... enough to leave in you great problems, so wouldn't it be better if you were more careful with your purchases? You're interested... expectant for them... Well, for those that are confused about what they should buy, this time we'll be giving you all an introduction to each one of these items so you [can decide by yourself]!

■OVAアルトネリコ
オリカとライナーとの絆と成長を描いた作品。本編はもちろんのこと、特典もかなり充実しています。本編の中身に触れてしまうとネタバレになってしまいますので、今回はこの「特典」について紹介しますね。OVAの特典は、新たに描き起こしたヒュムノス曲3曲(霜月はるか2曲、石橋優子1曲)のマキシシングルCD 「護~Ar tonelico hymmnos concert」です。そう、このOVAには、OVA用に新たに3曲のヒュムノスが描き下ろされていて、それがCDとなって同梱されているのです。そして更に、DVDvideo側にも特典があります。それは「5.1chヒュムノスコンサート」。ゲーム中のヒュムノスの幾つかは5.1chでミックスされています。しかしPS2のハード制約もあり、やむなくステレオで再生していた楽曲も多数ありました。その中で特に、音が前へ後ろへと飛ぶ、グルグル回る曲として『EXEC_SUSPEND/.』『EXEC_PAJA/.#Orica extracting.』を、ドルビーデジタル 5.1chで収録しています。プラス今回の3曲からも1曲、5.1chミックスして、3曲を5.1chフルスペックでお楽しみ頂ける特典となっています。
今回描き下ろし分の曲は、ガストショップで試聴できますので、もしよろしければ聴くだけでも聴いてみてください。今回は私も2曲作曲させていただきました。

■Ar tonelico OVA
This item is an anime OVA that depicts the growth of the bonds between Aurica and Lyner. Of course, its packaging will also include a bonus. Since talking about the contents of the OVA itself would be spoilers, we'll just talk about the [bonus] for now. That will be a maxi single CD called [Mori ~Ar tonelico Hymmnos Concert~], which will contain 3 new Hymmnos songs (2 by Haruka Shimotsuki and 1 by Yuko Ishibashi). Yes, we made 3 new Hymmnos songs especially for the OVA, and the CD including them will be packaged together with it. And furthermore, the DVD itself will also include a bonus. That is the [5.1 ch Hymmnos Concert], which will be a 5.1 ch mix of a few Hymmnos songs from the game. However, because of the limits of the PS2 hardware, we were forced to make many of the songs to play back under standard stereo mode. Among them, the ones that got their sounds affected the most by this were [EXEC_SUSPEND/.] and [EXEC_PURGER/.#Aurica extracting], which were rerecorded in the OVA in true digital 5.1 ch. And additionally, while all of the three new songs were recorded in full 5.1 ch in the bonus CD, 1 of them was also added to the DVD as part of the 5.1 Hymmnos Concert, so we hope you all enjoy it.
The new songs can be previewed at the Gust Shop, so if you're interested, please give them a listen. And as a amtter of fact, two of these songs were composed by me.

■公式設定資料集
アンケート結果でもダントツの期待を受けている設定資料本。期待している方は、その期待を裏切らない本に仕上がっていると思います。凪良さんのイラストパートと、世界観設定のパートがあります。
イラストパートは、今までアルトネリコ用に描き下ろした全イラスト収録の他、かゆいところに手が届くキャラのパーツ詳細絵資料、背中も全部見せますSDキャラによる前面、背面設定画、そして未公開のボツキャララフイラストなどが満載です。メインキャラはもちろんですが、波摩の服装や光の御子のディテールなど、ゲームでは見ることの出来なかった裏の裏まで全部解ってしまいます。
世界観設定に関しては、私の方からかなり無理言って、とにかく色々載せてもらっています。歴史では第一紀~第三紀までの詳細説明、メカニカルでは塔の各機関の詳細、ホルスの翼の各施設や、第一紀でどのように使われていたかなどまで余すところなく掲載。また「ほたる横丁」の平面図に全駅名と路線図掲載、各駅ごとに簡単な説明までも…。未公開の世界観ラフボードなども多数掲載しており、世界観が広がること間違いなしです。そして超マニアックなページも…。ソルシエールを構成する物理学理論「波動科学」と、それに基づいたレーヴァテイル構造体仕様、どうして詩が魔法になるのか?や、どうして第三世代は短命なのか?などの理由に至るまで、世界の根本に関わる設定を完全大公開なのです。また、人気のヒュムノス詩も、アーティストさんと私がやりとりした「ヒュムネクリスタルに込められた想い」の設定文章から作曲指示に至るまで全公開。とにかく、全ページ監修していますし、私の方でページ組を変えさせていただいたところもかなり有りますから、アルトネリコのバイブルと言うに相応しいものとして仕上がっている一冊です。

■Official Setting Materials Collection
The setting materials collection won by far the questionnaire we made about which product you all wanted the most. So to answer to you expectations, we've put them all into this book, which contains both Nagi-san's illustrations and lots of information about the world setting.
The illustrations part contains all of the artwork that was drawn for Ar tonelico so far, including extremely detailed setting drafts for each of the characters, including general views from the front and the back, and some illustrations that were never released to the public. Of course, this also includes the details for Hama and the Child of Light that didn't appear during the game, so we hope this allows you all to understand very well their appearances.
As for the world setting part, it might be somewhat absurd if I say it myself, but we wrote down pretty much everything we could about it. The History section explains all of the events that happened between the First and Third Eras, while also explaining in detail the functions of each of the facilities of the Tower and the Wings of Horus, and what were their purposes during the First Era. We even added a station plan for all the stations in [Firefly Alley] with explanations for each of them... We also added some unreleased world setting drafts, so undoubtedly this will greatly expand your view of this world. And finally, a hyper-enthusiast page... which is a section called [Wave Science Lecture], which explains the physics theories that structure Sol Ciel. This also explains several other things that haven't been released to the public so far, such as the anatomy of Reyvateils, which is also grounded on the previously mentioned theories, how their Song Magic works, and why Third Generations have such a short life span. And finally, we've also added explanations about the popular Hymmnos Songs: we wrote down the setting lines we call the [Feelings Contained in the Hymn Crystals], which show what the others artists and myself used as the basis for creating them. Anyway, I authored myself a fair part of the contents of these pages and supervised the creation of the entirety of the book, and as I was pretty excited myself whenever I turned each one of its pages, I can positively say that this book is the one that should be called the definitive Ar tonelico Bible.

■ドラマCD「sideオリカ」
ライターが思いっきり力を入れたら60分越えそうな勢いの、ボリューム満点のドラマCD。お話もオリジナルでありながら、ゲームをプレイされた方には更に楽しい要素が満載です。まず、このドラマCDは「外伝」でもなければ「本編と関係ない話」でもありません。
ゲーム中で、パーティーからオリカが一時離脱したとき、オリカは一体何をしていたのか…?どんな出逢いや冒険が有ったのか…?という事を描いているのです。ゲームをプレイしていると訪れる空白の時間。その近辺のストーリーをなぞりながら、オリジナルのエピソードを挿入するという、ゲームをプレイした方は本気で楽しめる仕様となっています。このドラマCDを聴くことで、ゲームの時に「何故オリカがここでこの発言をしたのか?」「何故オリカはこの時に決断したのか?」といった、オリカ側の心情と、裏の事情が全部解ってしまうのです。そしてゲームのストーリーも共に、更に深く感情移入出来るようになることでしょう。
ライナーと離れてからのオリカの大冒険。ハプニング有り、ピンチ有り、友情有りで、大波乱だったのです。この冒険があったから、あの時あの言葉が出たんですよ。それは是非、自分の耳で聴いて確かめてみてくださいね。

■Drama CD [Side Aurica]
A satisfactory Drama CD whose length surpasses 60 minutes, in which our scenario writer worked the most he could. While the story is completely original, it's also loaded with all sorts of thing that everyone who played the game should enjoy. Although this Drama CD is a [Sidestory], that doesn't mean that [it doesn't have anything to do with the story of the game].
During the game, Aurica got separated from the rest of the party for a while, but happened to her during that time...? What kinds of encounters and adventures did she have then? These are the questions we're answering here, the blank space in the game's story we're filling. Given how closely this story follows the game's events, yet it also serves as an original episode, I'm very sure that everyone who played the game should enjoy it a lot. Once you have listened to this Drama CD, you should be able to understand Aurica's feelings and the circumstances through which she went through, and also, answer these questions: [Why did she say these things back then?], [Why did she took that decision at that moment?]. And together with the game's story, this should also allow you to feel more empathic with her.
Aurica's great adventure while she was separated from Lyner, filled with happenings, trouble, friendship and all sorts of ups and downs. While that adventure already existed, it's now that we'll know what happened back then. So please, if you're interested, please try giving it a listening.

■完全攻略本
おなじみエンターブレインさんから発売される完全攻略本。今回も電話帳のような厚さで、超詳細データを皆さんにお届けします(鬼のような物量のチェック… 毎度泣けます)。さて、アトリエシリーズなどでも好評のこの完全攻略本なのですが、今回は一つ目玉があります。それは、ヒュムノス語の設定ページが付いているというものです。ヒュムノス語の文法や例文、更にはゲーム中で登場したヒュムノススペル(扉を開けたりクリスタルをダウンロードしたり)の全訳を公開。更にはヒュムノスに限定した歴史と年表、そして、ヒュムノス文字の法則と形の意味、なんていうスゴイページまであります。文字の形の意味!?わはは…エンターブレインの担当さんに質問されたのですが、質問された私の方がビックリしてしまいました。まさかこれまでも公開する事になろうとは…。
ここまで来ると、もう後には何も残っていません…。他にも設定資料集のページもあり、今までのデータだけの完全本ではなく、楽しめる完全本になっています。

■Perfect Guide
This is the Perfect Guide the well-known publisher Enterbrain will be releasing. As this one is as thick as a telephone guide, it's filled with all sorts of detailed data for everyone (although whenever I check the devilish amount of content it has... I end up crying). Well then, while the Atelier Series has generally been more popular, this guide in particular has a special feature. That is a page about the creation of the Hymmnos Language, in which we published the grammar and vocabulary guides for the Hymmnos Language, together with example sentences and translations for all the Hymmnos Spells (the lines used for opening doors or Downloading Hymn Crystals) that appeared during the game. We also added a timeline showing how the language was developed, and explanations about the way the Hymmnos letters are drawn and why they have these shapes, which makes it quite an amazing page. The meanings behind the shapes of the letters!? Wahaha... Although the people from Enterbrain asked me this, I was far more surprised for getting asked that question. To think I'd even end up publishing such things... Now I've come this far, I won't leave anything behind... There's also a section dedicated to explaining all sorts of things about the setting, so while it wasn't the most complete book so far data-wise, I still enjoyed quite a bit completing it.

…と、関わった私が「ここはきっと喜んでもらえる」と思った箇所を全部紹介させていただきました。悩んでいる方に、少しでもクリアになってもらえたらいいなぁと思って書きましたが、どうでしょうか?
一人一人でアルトネリコの好きなところは違うものと思います。そんな皆さんが、自分に一番合ったグッズを手に入れることが出来て、それで喜んでもらえる事が制作者として一番嬉しいことです。是非自分にピッタリのグッズを探してくださいね。

...well then, I've introduced to you all these items, and wrote down everything [I thought that you all would enjoy]. For the ones worrying out there, I wrote this so you could get a cleared picture of these items, but what will you do then?
I think that we all enjoy Ar tonelico for different reasons. Therefore, if you can obtain at the least the item in which you're interested the most, that's what will make me the happiest as a developer. Please, make sure to try seeking the item in which you're interested the most.

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