The latest title that Atlus has grabbed up for release stateside is the peculiar musical adventure that was developed by Nippon Ichi Software in Japan, titled Puppet Princess. Renamed for its North American release to Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, the game is a musical adventure that features characters that sing and dance at key points in the storyline.
Rhapsody follows the exploits of Cornet, a girl that is gifted with the special ability to talk with puppets (in our world, this wouldn't be considered a special ability.) She adventures through Marl's Kingdom in search for her one true love and meets up with numerous characters and enlists the help of many magical creatures along the way.
The game's graphics feature hand-drawn anime characters and deliciously colorful hand-drawn 2D backgrounds. The battle's take place from an isometric perspective and each character in the party is able to move and attack during battle. Attacks include hand-to-hand combat, missile weapons, and numerous humorous special attacks, such as the pancake attack.
While the game does feature a lot of childish elements and might be aimed towards a younger audience, it does feature quite a few elements that should please any hardcore RPG fan.
The 16 year old heroine of the game. She enjoys singing and playing the cornet. She is always cheerful, which makes her very popular. She is a good cook and has a strong aversion to frogs.
Kururu is a fairy puppet. Cornet's best friend who goes everywhere Cornet goes. She likes cherries, and doesn't like anything sour. Unlike normal puppets, she can talk and move around like a human, and there's a secret to this...
A 16 year old girl from a wealthy family. She has been Cornet's rival since childhood. She likes to dress up and always has to be the center of attention.
The 17 years old Prince of the Kingdom of Marl. He spends his time hunting and practicing his swordsmanship.
Cherie is Cornet's mother. She likes cherries, and doesn't like anything sour.
She is the leader of the Marjoly Family. She claims to be only twenty years old, but it's rumored that she's at least 100. She loves handsome boys and falls in love with the Prince and wants to keep him for herself. Unfortunately, she accidentally turns him into stone.
This witch's age is unknown. Myao is one of Marjoly's three sidekicks. Myao's gang includes Burg, Nyanko, Nyanki, and Nyanchi. She likes to keep pets, one of which is a dragon.
Another of Marjoly's henchmen, this witch is a very passionate fighter.
Crowdia --- TAKEN BY MAIYA! Hehehehehe.... ^O^
The last of Marjoly's henchmen, Crowdia is strikingly beautiful, but a vain narcissist. She can fly using her beautiful black wings. Her pet crow often perches itself on her shoulder.
The first puppet to join Cornet's party. One of a few characters that can use healing magic. Sharte is on a quest to find her twin sister, Terra.
Sharte's twin sister. Her forte is attacking with magic.