Well then, I was thinking which topic I'd pick for this time around... And since magazine readers must have already been introduced to the singer line-up, I think we'll talk about the songs for Ar tonelico 3.
I've been thinking that most likely, the series' fans must be really expecting to hear the Hymmnos for this iteration. The Hymmnos have been the most popular songs from Ar tonelico 1, and as result of the upgrade and volume-up we attempted to do on them for Ar tonelico 2, I could get all sorts of interesting opinions on them, which included things that went from "They were great this time too!" to "They didn't change at all from the first game (mere copy-pasting)". While we tried increasing the song number and doing a volume-up on their production on the passage from Ar tonelico 1 to Ar tonelico 2, I got some opinions that basically stated that due to the songs' stances and the artists own pecularities, their images weren't different from each other, which got me thinking "maybe they're right" after I read them.
And so we come to 3. As everyone is always looking forward to grandiose multi-choral Hymmnos like the ones we made previously, we made them as intense as we could. You'll see several grandiose songs being deployed throughout the story that are just like the one that could be heard in the PV we put out. And now we've made that clear, I want to add that I tried challenging many things I couldn't do before for this game. These are great challenges that include reshuffling the artist line-up and expanding the song trends used for the game. And since it's the third in a series, I think taking part in it was a very difficult battle for the artists themselves. I felt I was going to lose my voice when I was explaining everything to them (*laughs*), but since there were so many artists, I think listening to these explanations was pretty hard on them too. However, it was by doing this that they could clearly grasp the world setting, the way the scenes were set for the game, and make the songs in a way that linked perfectly with the game's own story. And as far as the trends are concerned, we challenged several song trends that had never been seen before in the series. But even if I say it myself, we didn't take the easy way out of increasing the number of pop-ish songs in it. Of course there are also as many choral numbers as always, so I'm very confident that all fans out there will come to like and will be jostling about how deep these songs are. There's no way I can explain how these songs are in a few words, so please look forward to listening to them with your own ears.
And among the Hymmnos songs for Ar tonelico 3, I think the ones that ought to be called the most special among them are the ones that also get used in battle (strictly speaking, there are many points where the "song is sung -> boss battle" presentation is used). Given that the RAH System was also implemented for this game, boss battles will have you matching your fighting to the rhythm of the boss' Hymmnos, so I think this will allow you to have exciting battles no matter if you're fighting against a small fry or against a boss.
Thanks to the great worth you all have placed into them from the previous games, this time we'll have the orthodox grandiose Hymmnos and styles of Hymmnos that are a new adventure for all of us. I believe that the Ar tonelico 3 Hymmnos will be able to stir completely different feelings on you after they manage to gain your friendship.