The first of Atelier Meruru's multiple tweaks are the environments. Many of the open field areas from previous games are now tighter, more compact environments packed with details. It's a noticeable, and welcome, improvement. Admittedly, the ultra bright pastels that make up most of the game's color palette are a bit of a turn-off, though I have to give credit where credit is due. There are a lot of anime-based games on the market attempting to recreate the art form's distinctive look, but the "Arland" games stand toe-to-toe with any of them. I still can't get over how much like a cartoon the game looks.
Sound design is typical of the series and filled with sounds as big and bright as the visuals. I did, however, like the inclusion of music from all three games. Better yet, you have the option to mix-and-match songs from all three games into Atelier Meruru's soundtrack. It's a very nice touch. And, as usual, both Japanese and English voice tracks are available.