Since he was a child, Ryuuichi Naruhodou's dream was to become a defense attorney, protecting the innocent when no one else would. However, when the rookie lawyer finally takes on his first case under the guidance of his mentor Chihiro Ayasato, he realizes that the courtroom is a battlefield. In these fast paced trials, Ryuuichi is forced to think outside the box to uncover the truth of the crimes that have taken place in order to prove the innocence of his clients.
Gyakuten Saiban: Sono "Shinjitsu", Igi Ari! follows Ryuuichi as he tackles cases to absolve the falsely accused of the charges they face. It will not be easy—standing in his path is the ruthless Reiji Mitsurugi, a prosecutor who will stop at nothing to hand out guilty verdicts. With his back against the wall, the defense attorney must carefully examine both evidence and witness testimony, sifting through lies to solve the mystery behind each case. With a shout of "objection!," the battle in the courtroom begins!
Oh we can’t do that can we? At least I’ll try to explain something that what makes this show is yet another abomination that came out these past recent years.
To go at it by the usual categories in random order, yes I’ve played the game and I can honestly say I really liked it. It’s unique, well-crafted mystery series with incredible tension to it even though the game just pressing button and reading text. But we are talked about the adaptation; there are also those who don’t know the series is all about, so for
the sake of review I’ll go filling in. Ace Attorney is essentially Lawyer version of Detective Conan only the cases are gone through to the next phase; the courtroom. The story is fairly simple; You follow Phoenix/Nick/Naruhodou/whatever the inconsistent fansub called it, going through solving cases by cases he encounters with his sidekick Maya/Mayoi/whatever the inconsistent fansub called it, the anime doing it with 3 episodes per cases with plot that is pretty similar as your typical detective series with opening sequences, investigation and revelation.
And that conclude the decent parts of this anime. Now let’s move to the bad parts.
Now by the concept itself there’s nothing wrong with it since as you may know, there are lot of episodic detective series, particularly Western series like Sherlock, NCIS, Criminal Minds, etc. that also follow the same formula. The problem is that it is exactly carbon copy of its source material, which a case is usually consisting 5-6 hours. Now when you do that of course the result is that the pacing suffering to be very rushed, some of investigation get skipped, characters act out of his/her line or evidence coming out of nowhere etc. Having said that, the story is very ridiculous to the point the case feels doesn’t matter anymore and all you get is just lifeless, empty stories.
The characters also suffered because of the accelerated pacing, Nick just become your generic hero with a strong sense of justice, Maya is just become optimistic girl and relief sidekicks. The only characters who compelling here is just Edgeworth but even then his development from ruthless to nice prosecutor was not much the height of originality here. All in all, Story and Characters is absolute utter mess.
Now, if you think that’s not good enough to call it an abomination, let’s talk about the production values because certainly this is the worst part of the series. Both the art and animation is absolutely terrible, there’s nothing worse anime that came out these past recent years that I’ve seen could surpass this anime, well CGI based doesn’t count but in any case there’s no redeeming quality this show has to offer in the art and animation department; Character’s bodies drawn awkward, many scenes are recycled, court audiences is replaced by CGI, and there is no any kind of detail in the background I don’t need to show all points by points to proof the animation is appalling.
The music is also pretty poor, The OP and ED is quite forgettable in music and the animation doesn't fit in the overall theme about courtroom, murder and justice at all. The BGM is even worse while it was mostly rearranged version of the game’s soundtrack; the arrangements were pretty bad and wasn’t used properly. This is the big parts of the anime that lacks the tension of the game ever had.
As should be apparent, even as fan of the game I utterly dislike this anime. I failed to see anything whatsoever that makes it a worthwhile to watch. It is simply one of if not the worst video game adaptation I’ve ever seen... The art sucks. The pacing sucks. The music sucks. The animation definitely sucks. An anime that is quickly forgotten in recent year…. or in another cases, wants to be forgotten by the fans of the game.
" Judge....What are you doing!? Do your job! Bring an end to this miserable charade!" - Manfred Von Karma ( 2001 or 2005 if you live in America)
Very well. I'll bring this whole case to close my dear readers, because my magnificent vengeance...........eh well it still won't be satisfied after reviewing this. A lot of people may defend this anime, but they would be out of their mind, no sane man would. That's why I'll do my best to make sure this anime, gets the verdict it deserves. GUILTY!
know this season has been one disappoint after another, we got Berserk (2016) and now this, it's like all my favorite things are being ruined consecutively. So what's wrong with this show? What's right with this show? I could easily just sit here and tell you that it isn't like the video games, as easily as YOU the reader could easily either having played or not played the video games could say that it is an adaption give it some slack, but rather than argue with little reasoning, let's throw out some facts.
Why a company like A1 Pictures was ever a pick to adapt a franchise like Ace Attorney of all things is beyond me. A company that never seems to do the source material they are given justice and more often then not turns what should be an entertaining romp into a boring slog, isn't what my first choice would be for an Ace Attorney anime. The Ace Attorney anime isn't just a bad adaption, it just isn't a very good show.
It is actually quite hard to put into words as not only a fan of the games, but as someone who expected a fresh perspective on the series, my disappointment. Let me be blunt right of the bat, the pacing is just God-awful in every regard. The anime pretends to be doing the fans a service by adding in the time and date stamps for the video game, but its just a way to cheaply make scene transitions and even then they aren't good. What is worse is not only have things been edited to fit a 24 episode series, heavily butchering some of the important plot lines and moments that made Ace Attorney good, but entire cases have been cut including: Rise from the Ashes and the starting case from Justice for All. They aren't that integral to the story, but when you have a pointless filler episode for decade old content, makes their failure to appear all the more jarring.
While there are a lot of bad aspects about the series, I must hammer it in that pacing is by far the worst offender. Ace Attorney is a witty, quirky series with clever humor, but it seems A-1 will never understand WHY people love the series they so poorly adapt. The series is fast paced, but the failure to understand what makes the characters' personalities shine is why the humor falls so flat. Phoenix is so damn bland, instead of being a sarcastic yet vulnerable personality he always feels as though he's just some generic protagonist who pulls the right answer out of his ass. Maya is nowhere near as charming or as expressive as she once was. Miles Edgeworth is flanderized into being a complete tsundere and big sis Franziska...? Well she may actually be the only one improved, being less of a cold hearted always angry perfectionist to.....well a slightly more energetic cold hearted always confident perfectionist. Still annoying though.
The animation is a completely different story. If you have a hard time concentrating on both subtitles and what's happening at the same time, you may not catch it, but there are constant cheap cuts, animation eras, missing facial features, characters drawn at wrong heights, and so on. It absolutely boggles my mind to no end how the games being represented here, both of which being over a decade old have better animation in it's limited sprite work than a fully animated series in 2016.
From the bland intros that show how vague of an understanding A1 actually had of this series to the sad amount of little to no impact that each case should hold, clearly something went wrong here. The one positive I can give you that the soundtrack has fairly decent remixes and the opening song is actually good on its own. I guess another positive could be that they only touched the first two games in the series and hopefully will not get the chance to touch the remaining titles. Other than all that though? Just stay the hell away. Bad pacing, a cast that is constantly out of character, bad animation, typical of A1 pictures and a huge misrepresentation of the source material on every level makes for an unsatisfying experience that truly does justice for no one.
The courtroom is a wonderful place full of controversy and despair. Both the prosecution and defense have their own reasonings for choosing their sides, and the verdict in the end is never the most desired outcome. But we're not here to talk about everyone's right to a fair trial, we're here to talk about everyone's right to a fun trial with A-1's adaptation of the first two games of Ace Attorney. Put on your attorney's badge and get on your tiny bike. It's time for objections and nonsensical court cases!
Story: Naruhodo Ryuuichi is a new defense attorney who just got his
license. Upon entering the courtroom to deal with his first case, he finds himself defending his friend, Yahari in a court case against him on the accusation of MURDER!!! Against prosecutor Mitsurugi Eiji, the two fight for Yahari's verdict and in spark a court rivalry over the two over the rest of the series.
Taking the two first two games of the Phoenix Wright series, this adaptation...basically does what you would think it does, which is fully adapt all of the cases from the first two games of the series. (Big shocker, I know.) Because of this...there's not really much to say for the actual story of the series. The main plotline is basically: Get involved with a case usually involving murder, have Naruhodo defend the accused while Mitsurugi does his best to prove someone guilty and ultimately figure out through a long hair-brained stream of hairbrained and highly improbable events, what happened with each case and who truly is the person who is guilty.
Admittedly, the story for this series isn't really all that good. The show's pretty stagnant as to what'll happen and since it's basically an animated walkthrough of the games, you can guess what the end result for all of these cases are. Doesn't mean that they're not fun to watch, but don't expect things are pretty predictable. Apart from that, there's really not much to actually talk about. The problem is because the series is so focused on the gameplay aspect of the series that there's not really much left for anything else aside from the cases, even if they're all really fun to watch.
+ Stays true to the Capcom game series
- Doesn't really show anything besides the court cases
Characters: The characters for this series features a large and colorful cast of nutjobs and basket cases that come in only during the case in which they're important or needed in, as well as the more ordinary but still somewhat crazy main recurring characters that you'll probably never actually bore seeing. Probably.
First we have Naruhodo Ryuuichi, or in the localization, Phoenix Wright. Believing to stand up for the innocence as a defense attorney, Naruhodo doesn't really have much of a character beyond feeling a bit sick and tired of all of the crazy people he has to deal with from his hard to deal with clients and witnesses who bring their own brand of insanity into this joke of a courtroom, which is to be expected of a player character since it's easier to project onto them when they don't really have many character traits to them.
Then you have Mitsurugi Eiji, the prosecutor and rival of our main protagonist. Devoted to proving the accused as guilty, Mitsurugi plays as the 'villain' of the series and continuously spends his screentime to win against Naruhodo. His motives are pretty basic and the development that he gets later in the series is pretty paper thin, so similar to Naruhodo, there's not really much to say. The dynamic between the characters is pretty cool, but on their own, they don't work out all too well.
Aside from them, we have recurring characters like Mayoi (or Maya), Itonokogiri (or Gumshoe), and the nameless judge who apparently doesn't know a single thing that goes on in his courtroom despite being the person who puts down the final ruling. All of whom are on the same level as the rivaling characters in terms of development and actual character traits and really don't differ much from when they're introduced to when the series ends. Side characters on the other hand, aka the characters that pertain to one or two cases out of the entire series are amongst the reasons why this series is so entertaining. Every side character is so wacky, out there, and downright strange that it's extremely awkward to watch them, yet you can't look away. Sure they're one time characters, but making a really good and memorable impression of them far exceeds any other kind of impact that they would've had otherwise.
+ Strange yet memorable side characters
- Main and recurring characters are pretty paper thin
Art: Produced by A-1 pictures, the style and quality of the series is...standard fare at best. It doesn't really good nor does it look average or mediocre, so the only explanation for the way this series looks is...average. They do keep the funny looping idle animation and the character freakouts when you finally find the real culprit, so...good on you, A-1.
One problem that did arise upon watching this show was that the background characters, especially those who're in the seats in the courtroom were completely made in unnatural and lazy CGI, completely clashing with the rest of the series and the overall look when the entire court was panned out and shown. They don't do this too often, but shame on you, A-1 for that. Shame on you!
+ Standard art for this day and age
- Blatant and lazy usage of CGI
Sound: The sound both in the voice acting and the soundtrack of the series are average at best. There's not really much of anything to note when it comes to either of those, so...moving on.
Personal Enjoyment: Ace Attorney...really isn't all that good. It's not bad, it's not amazing, it just has something about it that doesn't really do well quality-wise. That being said, this show is a TON of fun to watch. Without thinking too hard and just following along with the completely out there cases, this adaptation is by far one of the most enjoyable watches that I've had in a while. Sure it's not the best thing, but quality and enjoyment are two completely separate ratings here. And if you have any objections, I'll be sure to give you a good cross-examination.
Did I like this series?
Oh, far too much.
What didn't I like about this series?
Some characters were a bit irritating, but aside from that, there's not really much to complain here.
Would I recommend this series?
Want a bit of fun? Want a couple of funny memes? Want to get through the first 2 Ace Attorney games without a real walkthrough on Youtube? Than this is the show for you.
Most of the reviews here gave Ace Attorney a very low rate, and that's because they were trying to compare the anime with the game. Therefore, let's look at it on a different view. I didn't play the game, so this is a POV of an anime-only viewer.
At first, I'm quite unsure if I will watch this anime because the rating is low and the reviews are bad.
But still, the concept pique my curiosity and there I have it, I watched the anime.. and it was surprisingly good, not the best, but still good.
The reason I watched it because I'm a fan of detective
anime like Detective Conan and Tantei Gakuen Q.. and it's quite related, the job of an attorney and the job of a detective.
If you're really interested in this anime, ignore its low ratings, ignore its bad reviews. Give it a chance. I gave it 7/10, for some people, this rating is average, but look at my profile and you can see that I seldom gave a score of 7 above (I think, out of 300 animes I already watched, I gave a score of 7 above to 50 animes only, so i must say this anime did a pretty good job.)
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