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Ace Attorney #2 & #3

April 17, 2016


Okay, new resolution, I’ll post the stuff I write about as soon as they’re done, rather than trying to wait 24 hours, only to be distracted for days on end. I mean, heck, Luluco’s already reached episode 3 and the completed post is just waiting in draft. But for now, let’s talk Ace Attorney because apparently I’m the only one to like it unironically.

Episode 2 was okay. It was adequate. Nothing spectacular about it but nothing egregiously bad. But episode 3? I genuinely think that episode 3’s rather rad, despite a bunch of problems. Up till now, I wouldn’t actually recommend Ace Attorney to anyone because while I liked the first episode, I felt as if I was under the effects of nostalgia goggles. But episode 3 shows that it’s an objectively recommendable show.

Here’s the thing though, this is the kind of show I’d recommend to someone like Landon, who’s never played the games and has a certain taste in anime. I just happen to think that episode 3 showcases the absurdity that would suit his taste, and perhaps the taste of whoever’s still reading this.

The thing is, the Ace Attorney games weren’t perfect, but they were more pros than cons. The story was what drew you in but it wasn’t a “game” in the sense that you’re performing a fun activity. Rather, it was more akin to reading a novel. I mean, take for instance witness testimonies. Witnesses will outright just change their testimonies MULTIPLE TIMES when you note the contradictions in their stories. This was demonstrated to great (awesome?) effect in episode 3 because they toned down on that in the prior 2 episodes, but in episode 3, Miles Edgeworth outright changes the evidence in the middle of the trial and both Phoenix and we, the viewers, are flabbergasted by this blatant “moving the goalpost”. And the Judge even chides Phoenix for not keeping up with the evidence.

I mean, Phoenix also presents evidence on the spot himself, but those are closer to old law movies/tv shows style of doing it.

It’s all just so absurd and I think that’s where it’ll work for some viewers (*cough*Landon*cough*).

Does the show have it’s problems? Certainly. It follows the games as much as it can while cutting out as much of the unnecessary stuff as possible. The result being that the pacing can be rather weird. The trial/questioning in episode 3 for instance, ended with half the episode left. Which is rather quick. Though to be fair, the games are legitimately fucking slow with intentionally slow text read outs and loads and loads of padding. The animation’s iffy as well, sometimes feeling like a fan made project rather than actual studio work. The music’s fine though. People who say the music’s not as good as the games are idjits. For one thing, assuming most westerners played the game on the Nintendo DS, it means that the sound quality was never great to begin with.

Is Ace Attorney the greatest thing ever? Nah. Is it for everyone? Probably not. If you want a series where people figure things out, you’re probably better off with Detective Conan/Case Closed or something along those veins. Even Haruchika might be your cup of tea. But if you’re in the mood for a little detective-ing and a healthy helping of absurdity, Ace Attorney might just be right up your alley.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. preytorsanime permalink
    April 17, 2016 7:42 AM

    I have really enjoyed Ace Attorney so far for all the things you have mentioned. My only problem with it is the subtitles which is not really the shows fault. I don’t really care about hearing the original Japanese names but I find it kinda disorientating to listen a different name and hear a different one or to hear miso ramen and read hamburger.

    • April 17, 2016 11:53 PM

      I agree, I was disappointed that they localized the translation. It’s not that I would understand the original Japanese pun, but you can “guess” where the pun is. For instance, in the first episode, when they mention his name is Yahari and Mia/Chihiro kept going “Yappari”. You don’t need to understand the language to catch that there’s a joke there. The localization just takes all that away while not retaining any jokes. Although I think they recycled some of the jokes from the games themselves.

  2. preytorsanime permalink
    April 17, 2016 7:45 AM

    Oh and I have never played the games so it’s not nostalgia speaking. ( There seems to be a bug in the site and my comment was fucked up)

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