Ace Attorney is an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures, based on Capcom's hit video game series of the same name. The games that are based of are the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and the first part of Justice for All, which are part of the first season, while Trials and Tribulations and the second part of Justice for All focused on the second season. The first season aired in Japan from April to September of 2016 and the second season aired on October 2018 to March 2019 which the studio would be handled by CloverWorks.
Taking places from the trilogy of the three original games, Ace Attorney takes place in a world where the court system allows trials to reach a verdict for at least three days. Rookie defense attorney, Phoenix Wright works along with his assistant and close friend, Maya Fey who is a spirit-medium-in-training, to stand up to defend and prove his clients that they're innocent while facing challenges with many prosecutors including his childhood and closest friend, Miles Edgeworth.
Why It Rocks
- The show remains very faithful to the source material; sticking to the cases, characters, and accurate dialogue scripts that were in the original games with a bit of minor changes.
- The anime's concept was executed very well because it was able to transform into a viewing media, which was very difficult considering that it's based off of an interactive media, which originally required choices to make rather than automatically seeing on what the character decisions are.
- Awesome voice acting in the English dub from Eric Vale who is Phoenix Wright, Christopher Wehkamp as Miles Edgeworth, and Lindsay Seidel as Maya Fey matching the character personalities and tones respectfully while the sub also has great voice acting too.
- Amazing animation from A1 Pictures and CloverWorks that captures the charm of the original artwork.
- Incredibly composed, orchestrated soundtrack which some of the songs are remixes from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and while the rest are original to the anime.
- As for the sountrack, there are four fantastic intros and outros by various artists and they are:
- Intro: "Gyakuten Winner" (aka Turnabout Winner) by Johnny's West (Episodes 1-13; Season 1)
- Outro: "Message" by Rei Yasuda (Episodes 1-13; Season 1)
- Intro: "Jinsei wa Subarashii" (aka Life is Wonderful) by Johnny's West (Episodes 14-24; Season 1)
- Outro: "Jun'ai Chaos" (aka Pure Love Chaos) by Tokyo Performance Doll (Episodes 14-24; Season 1)
- Intro: "Never Lose" by Tomohisa Yamashita (Episodes 1-12; Season 2)
- Outro: "Starting Blue" by Halca (Episodes 1-12; Season 2)
- Intro: "Reason" by Tomohisa Yamashita (Episodes 13-23; Season 2)
- Outro: "Beautiful Days" by Coalamode (Episodes 13-23; Season 2)
- Some of the cases in certain episodes give out more effects, visual interpretations, and side plots that weren't in the original game, which gives it more of a suspense to each scene.
- Season 2 gave more improvements to the animation and episode plots that were based on Trials and Tribulations and the rest of Justice for All.
- New characters were added along with new elements in Season 2 that added more interesting concepts that were exclusive to the anime.
- The show has funny moments, running gags, and hilarious lines which are all quite amusing.
- The dialogue gives effect on the felling of what the character's emotions are truly expressed rather than just simple reactions and text based on the visual novels.
- More areas and backgrounds are explored in this adaptation.
- The show ended properly and astonishingly with the final episode being titled "Bridge to the Turnabout: Last Trial".
- As for characters, new episodes were added with original stories that were never seen before mainly including the character backstories with the example of:
- "Northward, Turnabout Express"
- "Turnabout Promise"
- "Sound the Turnabout Melody"
- And "Hear the Waves of Turnabout" as they are new episodes with extra content to the show's plot.
- While the show sticks to the cases that are part of the original games, some of these changes can cause confusion due to certain logic modifications and side plot events in the shows that are presented before the main events compared to the games.
- While the animation is amazing, from a certain point of view, it can look bland at times.
- Some cases weren't shown in this adaptation with the example of including "Case 5: Rise from the Ashes".
- Also some episodes of the cases aren’t exactly all in order either, leading a bit more confusion to the storyline.
- Psyche Locks (one of the elements from the second and third games) were also cut out in the anime series, having no mention of it.