Anime Impressions: Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney is an amazing Nintendo DS game series. I’m currently finishing the first two games and have the third game of the trilogy at home. Last night, I found out that an anime exists and I watched some episodes.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ace Attorney, usually a murder happens and a suspect is apprehended by the police. The main character is Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney, who has to convince the court that the suspect is innocent. He investigates the crime scene, interviews people and picks up clues. In the courtroom, he has to find contradictions in statements by different witnesses. Sometimes the real culprit is revealed at the start of the case, so the focus is on figuring out the motives behind the murder and how they did it.

Prior to watching it, I saw that its rating on My Anime List was not very good. It seemed like it wasn’t a very good anime so I didn’t have high expectations going into it. I watched some episodes in English sub and one episode in English dub. I usually only watch anime with English subtitles but the English voice actors did a good job! The 2016 anime covers the first two games in the trilogy and apparently another season is coming out this October 2018, which will cover the cases in the third game.

When I looked at the graphics, the first thing I noticed were Phoenix’s eyebrows.

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They look over the top, right? Then I realized something. Oh wait, Phoenix’s eyebrows ARE like that in the game too! Even though he looks ridiculous here, that’s just how he looks and I like that the characters’ appearances stayed true to the game. Another thing that might create distance with watchers are the exaggerated facial expressions the characters make.

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If you’ve played the games, you’ll know that this sort of face is nothing new. The game can get ridiculously funny a lot of the times. My point is: The anime is showcasing the kinds of things we see in the games. It’s mirroring the game well. I love that the game’s music is played during the trials.

There are minor changes in the anime, but the court scenes were faithful to the game’s events. The plot and cases were mostly the same, which I liked. Episode 13 strayed from the game’s plot because they added new content about Phoenix’s childhood with Miles and Larry but I don’t have any complaints. It was a really sweet episode and I loved it a lot! The game did not give as much focus on Phoenix’s relationship with Miles when they were little.

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One case from each game were missing in the anime. They were the last case in the first game and first case in the second game. I’m not sure why they were left out, but it’s not a huge deal. You don’t need to be familiar with the games in order to enjoy the anime!!

My one complaint is that the cases don’t seem too hard in the anime. Trust me, the game can get pretty challenging. Phoenix in the game spends a lot of time travelling back and fourth to different places for his investigation in order to find clues to help his case. It is time-consuming and finding contradictions can get a little difficult. However, if Phoenix spent a lot of time on everything, then the anime would feel really long and boring. It’s not as fun if you’re not the one doing the work.

My final verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I enjoyed this anime. I don’t agree with the poor ratings and this post is my defense. Of course, the game is far more superior. The anime does not even come close, but it is still enjoyable! The extra childhood scenes in episode 13 influenced this decision.

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Seasonal Anime Impressions: Fall 2017/Winter 2018/Spring 2018

It is late, but I didn’t have time to write this post when I had school. I don’t actually watch that many seasonal shows because 1) I had school, 2) I watch a lot of older shows and 3) I am extremely selective about the shows I watch. I watch shows I know I will be interested in. I do my research first by reading your blog posts. 😉

I have seen a lot more seasonal shows, but I’m only going to write about shows I have seen more than a couple episodes of. I don’t think I can talk about shows in this post if I only watched one episode.

Fall 2017

Net-juu no Susume – Completed (highly recommend)

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I binged this one! Everything about it was good. It was very cute.  Although, I wish there were more romantic scenes. I get that it was realistic but please… progress faster.

Ah, there was controversy regarding the director of the anime. His anti-Semitism views are awful but one person’s views should not reflect a TEAM. I will continue to like the show because Dir. Kazuyoshi Yaginuma does not make up the whole show. Net-juu no Susume is more than him.

Blend S – Dropped

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I talked about this in my Anime I’ve Dropped post. I knew five minutes in the show that I wouldn’t like it but I watched it at my school’s anime club.

Winter 2018

Citrus – Dropped

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I’ve read the manga and dropped it before it got an anime adaptation. I watched the anime because I was curious but I knew I wasn’t going to continue it.

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni – Completed (recommend)

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It started off great but it drifted into a completely different plot. I still liked the new theme on friendships but it was misleading! If you’re going to make the show about friendships instead of romance, start it off at that way. I felt deceived. I still enjoyed the show a lot because the theme on friendships was great. The visuals were breathtaking and the music was amazing. I really love the ending song.

I still feel deceived though. -.-

Miira no Kaikata (recommend)

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It’s so cute! I normally don’t watch shows like this because I like shows with more serious topics. I didn’t learn anything from this show but it was worth watching because it was so cute.

Spring 2018

My Hero Academia 3rd Season – Currently Watching (recommend)

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I keep seeing My Hero Academia EVERYWHERE. It’s all over my Twitter and Instagram accounts and you know that feeling when you see something again and again? You start feeling annoyed by it and I think all the excitement over it has made me drop it to ‘recommend’ instead of ‘highly recommend.’ Nonetheless, I will finish it to the end.

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii – Currently Watching (highly recommend)

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It’s about a fujoshi dating a gamer. They’re both otaku and it’s about their daily life. They are friends with another otaku couple and the girl is a cosplayer. It’s nice to see otaku having fun LOL.

I would say that 90% of my IRL friends do not watch anime. Everyone knows I like anime but everyone is super supportive and accepting of me which is why it’s not an issue. It’s cute when people talk to me about anime even though they are not a big fan of it. They know I like it and it’s the effort that counts. Talking about non-anime things is perfectly fine with me. It’s flipped for online friends. 90% of my online friends are anime bloggers. So why am I talking about this? Well, Wotakoi shows a life that I do not have. It’s nice to see. 🙂

P.S. The opening song is growing on me. I LOVE it, hahaha.

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Fall 2017, I fell in love with Sakurai from Net-juu no Susume. In the winter season I fell in love with Tazuki from Miira no Kaikata. Now I’m majorly in love with Hirotaka from Wotaku ni Koi wa MuzukashiiI swear I watch anime for the plot.