I've been working on the true ending of Viola this week. Since these next few GIFs are full of spoilers, you'll just have to click below to see them.
The true ending can only be achieved by completing the party member related sidequests: the "Personal Quests". This idea is lifted pretty much straight from Bioware games like Mass Effect 2, where the best ending can only happen if you've done all the characters' "Loyalty Quests".
Viola gets a silver-colored violin because I love the idea of character development being signified by a physical transformation of sorts.
The particles in the second GIF are a neat little Mode7-esque trick that I like to call "just animate a gameobject to rotate and scale and put the sprites on there".
The effects in the final GIF however, are hand-drawn. Well. Tablet-drawn. You get the idea.
Next week is all about getting the true final battle to work, hopefully with animations for the final boss.