For a short time, I dated a girl who really prided herself on her culinary skills. She took particular joy in whipping up Indian delicacies. One night, after a terrific meal, she offered me a popular Indian desert called gulab jamun. Excited to try something new, I bit right in. Immediately, I was able to discern that gulab jamun is just way too sweet for my palette.
My time spent with Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland was a very similar experience. The game is relentlessly adorable, featuring enough awkward, pseudo-lesbian, moekko fan service to make certain breeds of otaku think they’ve died and gone to heaven. If you needed to Google anything in that last sentence, you may find Atelier Totori’s abundant story and colorful characters too saccharine to stomach. Still, its rock solid RPG mechanics and unique item crafting and questing systems deliver enough fun to make it worth taking a bite of.