The world is running out of water. What was once a beautiful ocean has become known known as the Dusk Sea – a dry, sandy basin full of monsters and little else. With little water left to go around, Stellard stands as the last hope for many villages. According to stories, this city is absolutely filled with water. That’s why Shallistera, nicknamed Shallie, has left her home. Shallie’s hope is to facilitate an appeal in Stellard to obtain the much-needed resource to bring back to her people. Unfortunately, the Dusk Sea has caused much more destruction than outsiders realized. Even Stellard is running low on water. This is the setup to Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, which paints an immediately dour picture on the state of this world, despite its bright anime visuals.