Hello everyone, it's Tsuchiya.
We're almost at April, and the cold has gotten even more fearsome, to the point where the weather reports for Nagoya even state that there's snow around! (But it hasn't really fallen yet.) And while it's been such a cold spring, I really want to give my thanks to everyone who came to the Ar tonelico Fan Thanksgiving Festival PHASE 2 the other day! As there were so many who couldn't come due to the fierce winds and the trains stopping, I understand it was a really difficult day. I also wish to apologize for the fact that the raffle results regrettably ended up getting leaked.
For today's issue of "Pulling the Trigger", I want to talk about a certain cushion that everyone who came to the Fan Thanksgiving Festival had the chance to see during a part of the event. We gave to ten people from among the attendees to the Fan Thanksgiving Festival a cushion, but even before that cushion was an idea, we had planned to gift them with a really ridiculous cushion. The people from Bandai Namco Games had decided on the cushion present idea, and when we were tasked with the design for it, we wondered... what could be the most ridiculous design we could come with for it? And after wracking our heads for a bit, the end result was a Lady Harvestasha cushion. And since the concept for this event was [Let's speak (about whatever we want) frankly, without holding back, and be free and at ease!], we should take advantage of it for unveiling the cushion! But when we tried to let ourselves get carried away by that mood, we ended up reconsidering it, and due to that we decided it wasn't a good plan and discarded the idea. The reason why the plan was scrapped was because [it would have been fine if it was something people could buy by their own choice, but it was too much of an extreme choice for a present that was supposed to be given to the people]. But given the producer, Mr. Kawachi was the one who checked out the final design for the cushion and decided to give it a go after about one day, maybe it was for the better that the Personae Cushion was the one we gifted during the event.
Well then, the Lady Harvestasha Cushion has quite the checkered past, but I don't think the writing on the image of it we showed through a projector during the event was readable to anyone. Given this, I wanted to show you all a little extract from it. Check the image below↓
It's a really Lady Harvestasha-ish Cushion, isn't it? We plan to put it up for sale at the end of April in the Gust Shop. Please, try buying it alongside the Setting Encyclopedia and any other goods you may be interested in!
The real thing will have the writing on it printed at 4 to 5 times the size in the picture, so you can be looking forward to checking it out. After all, it has hidden concepts as typical of a [Lady Harve-like tsundere]. I think the people who understand what I'm talking about will have already gotten it, but it seemed no one within Gust Ltd. or Bandai Namco Games Ltd. could understand this, so it might be a concept that was far too advanced. The process for its creation was somewhat different from the one used for the cushion we distributed during the Thanksgiving Festival, and I was particularly fussy about the fabric used for it, so we used a shockingly white fabric in it. This is a joke linked to the lines printed on it, so you can look forward to checking them out once it finally reaches your hands.
We'll also start jostling about several other goods from April onwards. We'll also continue chasing after and posting information about these goods here in "Pulling the Trigger", so please look forward to them.
We're also in the middle of preparing the archive video for the Thanksgiving Festival in NicoNico Douga.
We'll make an announcement as soon as preparations are complete, so everyone who was in the event please look forward to remembering on what happened during it, and those who couldn't come please check up on everything that happened during it through these videos! Also! We're preparing a project in which we hope to hold another fan gathering in the next days.
Again, we can't unveil the details on it just yet, but we'll post everything on the Ar Portal as soon as it's all decided, so please look forward to it.
Well then, we'll end this issue here.