Rahoooi! Aurica here!
You just know we've gotta wrap up the ending this way!
So, this really is the last of the last! It's time to start Toukousphere issue 123, the Toukou Matter Special! This is what you might call an encore, I guess! It's a special issue we're running thanks to everyone's support.
We got lots of really funny posts this time, so it was really hard to pick from them. I think you'll all be satisfied with these, though. There's lots of gags from Ar tonelico 1 to 3 that will make you nod and go, yeah, that's right, if you think about them, so why not remember back to playing the games in the golden age of Ar tonelico, too?
Well, let's give it all we've got! The Last! Toukou Matters!
I"d like to see the 5 old men talk about romance. I'd like to see an unexpected
side of their personalities; for example, Bourd could be unexpectedly
pure-hearted. Title: Old Men's Love Talk Cast: Bourd, Bishop Falss, Alfman,
I'd like to see Krusche from 1, Amarie from 2, and Richa from 3 all wondering
why they don't get any event CGs even though they're part of the party (and
Richa might be mad that Akane, a fellow Clustanian, did, but she didn't!!),
and just as they're getting really upset!!, Jack and Doc Hikari Gojo show up to quiet the scene...
Title: No Event CGs!! The Party
Members and Heroines(?) of 1, 2, and 3... Cast: Krusche, Richa, Amarie,
Croix has always worn the standard issue white armor for the knights, so please
give him a special color.
I think it would be nice if the Maidens couldn't agree on the color.
It might be fun if Cynthia, who will probably actually make the armor, was also
part of the argument.
Title: A New Armor Color? Cast: Cloche, Luca, Cynthia,
I'd like to see these three, who used to have normal bodies, talk about their
hardships as digital lifeforms.
Shun "Ha! Ha! Ha! Everything is fine as long as Frelia is with me!!"
It must be pretty hard not being able to eat your favorite foods.
You can eat in the Binary Field, but it would be nice to really have some.
Title: Digital Depression Cast: Infel, Shun, Tastiella
So! That's the end of the Toukou Matters!
Did you all enjoy them?
They were full of old, familiar material, right?
It might feel nice and fresh to go delete all your save files, sell or auction
off all your goods, and start over from Ar tonelico 1 and buy all the CDs again!
Anyway, this really is the very very end of the Toukousphere.
Thank you all soooo much for everything up until now!
It would be nice if you keep coming to the Ar portal every day and read another
Toukousphere until you've re-read everything from 1 to 123 though♪
Man... It's really over.
I remember all the times I got all worked up over Funbuns. Those were good times.
I ended up being in charge of two or three different corners. There was a lot
of hard work and a lot of fun, but it was really fulfilling.
Especially the Problem Consultation Room. Everyone was so serious about their
posts, I spent days thinking of what I should say to people.
I, too, did my utmost to provide my meager consulting skills to help solve
everyone's problems. It was truly an honor and a privilege to be able to speak
directly with the fans. I feel the same way about the Survey Brigade, as well.
Oh, and my faithful Friends of
Targana! The Toukousphere may be over, but our bonds of true friendship are
eternal! I hope you'll keep your mugs as proof of those bonds!
The Submissions Dojo was in danger of being dropped a few times, but we were
able to keep going because people kept sending us so many posts.
I'm really, truly grateful to everyone who sent us pictures!
Mmmm... You know, though, I'm kind of sad that I've lost a venue in which
to express my sophisticated puns. Remember the Pun Dojo in the Ar tonelico
fanbook? I would have liked to have another one of those.
I hope I wasn't too busy to miss it, but if I did, I'd have to call in
my assistant, Tae-pun-do Joe~
[ 最後まで意味が分かりませんでした＞＜ ] I still don't get it, right up to the end ><
[ 道場主にずっとついていきます！ ] I'll stick with you forever, boss!
[ シャキーーーーーーーーーーーーン！！ ] Ba-dump tish!!
[ 最後まで不意打ちですか！！ ] Sudden and abrupt all the way to the end!!
Mmmm... It got kinda sad in the middle, but I guess we ended on a blustery note.
I've been in charge of the lead corner of the Toukousphere for a long time, and
I sure have
We've always charged ahead recklessly in finding ways to keep the Toukousphere
interesting... Maybe we even went a little too far sometimes! But, when we
imagine everyone enjoying the Toukousphere twice a month, it always inspired
us to push our limits.
Still, make sure you play Ar tonelico 1 every once in a while so you can see
the real me.
Welp, this really is our last goodbye...
And so, my friends, thank you all so much for staying with us for so long.
With this, the Toukousphere is truly over. I'm truly grateful from the bottom
of my heart to everyone who read it every week, and everyone who racked their
brains thinking up of new things to post. If we were ever able to push you on
a little in life, or give you just a little more energy to keep going on, then
truly I could hope for nothing more.
I've really learned a lot from the Toukousphere. I hope I'll be able to
capitalize on that in my next project, too, and find a way for us all to
enjoy ourselves together again. Thank you all so much for seeing it through
to the end.
And finally, I hope to see you all again some time.