Ace Attorney / Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igiari!
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Court Room, Video Game
First Aired: Spring 2016, 24 episodes
Summary: Yes, this is an anime adaptation of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video game series. A rookie attorney is put to the test when his first court appearance turns out to be more than he bargained for. Luckily the attorney has a mentor and friends to help him on his journey to become a seasoned lawyer. However, for every friend there is an enemy and for every mentor, a nemesis. Hopefully the Ace Attorney is up to the task of examining every shred of evidence to prove the innocence of his clients.
As most of us know, anime can put its spin on anything and make it outrageous and over-the-top. Ace Attorney is a perfect example of such. The courtroom is transformed into a battle-like arena as trials progress with attacks in the form of evidence and surprise witnesses. Objections from the attorneys are used to parry the attacks and launch a counter through cross-examination. The story is somewhat progressive but the main writing focus is the various trials, as seen in the storytelling of the crime, evidence presented, subtle missing clues, and the manner in which a case is blown wide open.
You might enjoy this if: You played the Phoenix Wright video game series and are ready to reminisce. This adaptation covers the first two games of the franchise.
You might not like it if: You are a judge, lawyer, or anyone else that takes legal proceedings too seriously. The Ace Attorney series puts an anime spin on the courtroom setting with all the classic exaggeration and hilarity.
Note to the Viewer: If you want to get in the courtroom and solve some trials yourself, there are six Phoenix Wright video games available, the most recent being released earlier this year.
Ace Attorney Trailer