Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:
"Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland brings a satisfying close to the Arland series by capitalizing on everything that fans of the series loved. With an easy to understand and enjoyable to use alchemy system and fun battle system, players will find themselves entranced both in the workshop and out in the field. However where Atelier Meruru truly shines is whenever the characters interact with one another. As such, fans of the series would be doing themselves a great disservice to pass this title up while newcomers will likely find Atelier Meruru a bit more accessible than past titles. As such, there has never been a time to become an apprentice alchemist than alongside Meruru."