Destinychan posted... I'm really confused by the atelier series, at first I thought it's a dating sim with RPG elements, but apparently I'm wrong?
But I am curious, is there romance if you want there to be? I know that you can be friends with many guys but does any of them actually go to romance?
In short-yes you are wrong.
As said previously though there are hinting, and mentionings for other characters here and there. Ar Tonellico (or something like that, I can't remember the name) is more like a dating sim/RPG I think (although I have not played it myself). --- Playing Atelier Totori:Adventures of Arland for the PS3. Currently waiting the release of Elder Scrolls Skyrim for the PS3.