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First Episode – Should You Watch Ace Attorney

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  Source: Video Game Franchise
  Source Author: N/A
  Studio: A-1 Pictures
  Episodes: ?
  Writer: Capcom, Atsuhiro Tomioka
  Director: Ayumu Watanabe
  Producer(s): Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation
  Music By: Kaoru Wada
  Licensed: Crunchyroll (NA)
  Original Run: April 2, 2016 - Ongoing
  Genre: N/A

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!

Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari! (Ace Attorney) is the new anime adaptation of the super popular Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) series of games developed and published by Capcom. The series, at least with the first episode, follows the plot of the video game exactly. Below is my impression and opinion of the first episode of the show, which will hopefully help you decide if you should watch it or not.

     WARNING    |    READING FURTHER MAY RESULT IN SPOILERS.

For those who haven’t played the games, the basis of Ace Attorney is that our main character is a defense attorney who must help prove the innocence of his clients, as well as potentially find who the real culprit is during a court case.

For those of you who have played the game, this anime will seem like coming home to find someone has baked cookies. The visuals, the sounds, the OBJECTION!!!’s will all be familiar and you’ll probably really enjoy them if you enjoyed the games. If you haven’t played the games, you may find yourself a bit confused and a little underwhelmed when it comes to certain aspects of the show.

As with the last paragraph, pretty much the rest of the review will be split between if you’ve played the games or if you haven’t. Since this show really divided me, I opted to not include any actual scores out of 10 and rather just talk about the main elements of the show. I go over what I think a fan of the games will think of certain things and what a newcomer will think as well. At the end I give an answer on if I think you should watch the show or not, but again there is no numerical score. Most likely all Should You Watch features in the future will feature this style of writing (unless you tell me otherwise in the comments!).

PROS:

  • EXACTLY like the games (this can be a bit of a con too depending if you wanted to see new cases)
  • Fun to try to figure out the cases alongside Wright (if you haven’t played the games and already know the answers)
  • Good portrayal of well-established characters

CONS:

  • Visuals look quite dated
  • Things like textboxes are meant to invoke the feeling of the game but they happen a bit too frequently

Plot

Ace-Attorney-1I found this first impression a little hard to write simply because I feel like I’m writing for two different sets of people. On one hand, the plot is awesome because it follows the games exactly. If you haven’t played the games then this is a great way to experience the story for the first time. The only problem I found with that is that this anime is definitely made to appease people who have played the games, but if you’ve played the games then you already know what’s going to happen in the show.

One of the great things about the show is solving the cases alongside the Phoenix. The problem if you played the games is that you already know the answers to all these problems. That’s not to say that watching it again and recalling everything isn’t enjoyable in it’s own way, I had played the games before and I recalled how to solve the case featured in the first episode and I still found it quite enjoyable to watch and follow along with.

In the end it simply boils down to this; the show was made for fans of the games, but fans of the games already have solved the cases. Solving the cases alongside Phoenix while watching the anime is really awesome and I think would be super rewarding, but since the show is less likely to appeal to people who haven’t played the games (at least I think it won’t) you get a bit of a paradox.

Characters

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The characters, as you might expect from an adaptation of a big franchise like this, are all really fleshed out and well rounded. The voice actors are all on point and the characters all have their own quirks that you’ll immediately love. Phoenix is a great main character and that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, he has a lot of games centered around him. Even though you’re not in control of him this time around, the anime does a good job of making you feel like you’re right there beside him solving the case.

All of the supporting cast (at least in this first episode) do a great job as well. There’s comedy from the best friend, a sleazy character from the witness, and a great build up to the next episode with Phoenix’s boss really growing on you in a short amount of time.

Visuals

The visuals on Ace Attorney would be quite well done… if the show came out quite a few years back. I personally (and it’s perfectly okay if you don’t agree) found the visuals to look quite dated. They don’t have that modern flair that I look for in anime, with some really nice touches and extra effort put into some scenes. Even though I feel they could have done more with the visuals, they are by no means bad.

I still enjoy a lot of older anime who’s visuals are not quite up to par with modern shows, and every time I watch them I never find that the visuals get in the way. I don’t know if it was the hype behind this show or what the exact reason was, but I just expected something a little more flashy. It could be that they toned down the visuals to match the style of the games, but I would have preferred some money-shots mixed in for things like OBJECTION!!’s and the like.

Should You Watch Ace Attorney?

If you’re a fan of the Ace Attorney games then you definitely need to at least watch the first episode of Ace Attorney. I think if you’re a fan of the games you’ll like the anime just as much – because really it is the games without the playing aspect.

If you haven’t played Ace Attorney but you’re a fan of solving puzzle’s then I would also recommend you watch at least the first episode, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy and you’re unsure based on what else I’ve said then this one might be one to skip this season. I would still recommend watching the first episode to find out for yourself since the anime isn’t bad by any means, it just might not be for everyone.

As my final verdict I think everyone, if they’ve played the games or not, should at least watch the first episode. Once you watch it I think you’ll know if you’ll like the show or not and you can make up your own mind from there. As for myself, I will be watching the show this season.

You can watch Ace Attorney right now on CrunchyRoll.

Yes
One of the most faithful adaptations ever made, so if you like the video games definitely check this one out.
  • EXACTLY like the games story-wise
  • Fun to solve cases along with the show
  • Dated Visuals
  • Over-the-top references, nods, and callbacks to the games

As always thank you for reading and please share this article around as much as you can! Also please let me know if you like this style of Should You Watch where I just give a overview of the elements with no score and then a Yes/No answer at the end, or if you would rather have something more like I did for the Mayoiga Should You Watch with numerical scores. I’ll try to use what feedback I get in the next article I do.

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