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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Tokyo Ghoul – Final Episode

I watched the final episode of Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain) recently and it didn’t leave a huge impression on me. I liked that it was realistic, but I was expecting more romance. I heard that the manga is quite different, so I’ll be looking forward to that in that manga. The final episode of Tokyo Ghoul season 1 though… Wow. That was a strong episode.

***HEAVY SPOILERS AHEAD***

This is my response to the final episode of Tokyo Ghoul. The beginning of Tokyo Ghoul was a little slow for me. I took a break from it but decided to finish the last two episodes. Episode 11 was interesting, because that was when Jason started to torture Kaneki after kidnapping him. Episode 12 was really interesting. I loved every moment of it. If you are unfamiliar with Tokyo Ghoul, you probably think I’m some crazy person right now…

When Jason put the Chinese red-headed centipede into Kaneki’s ear, I thought that was interesting. There were red spider lilies everywhere and I loved the beautiful imagery, how they turned from white to all red.

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I loved how Kaneki’s voice changed from timid to SUPER COOL and confident. Not only did his voice change, his hair changed colours too. I read online about Marie Antoinette Syndrome, which apparently explains why his hair changed from black to white. It’s based on a folklore about Queen Marie Antoinette of France, whose hair turned white after experiencing tremendous stress.

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I loved Kaneki’s change. He accepted his identity as a ghoul after realizing that he would not survive or be able to protect others if he continued to follow his mother’s naive teachings. When Jason hurt his leg, Kaneki wasn’t affected because of all the torture he went through. He became used to pain, then he proceeded to torture Jason.

I noticed that the opening didn’t play at the start of the episode. Then during Kaneki’s fight with Jason, “Unravel” (the opening song) played in the background. This is done in a lot of anime, but it’s always effective because we are so familiar with the song. We’ve listened to it many times already, so introducing it at a critical moment in the show amplifies the scene.

The piano and instrumental music that played throughout episodes 11 and 12 suited the scenes very well. In particular, I really love “Licht und Schatten” by Yutaka Yamada. The piano music was very fitting during Kaneki’s scenes with Rize and his flashbacks of his mother.

Watching this last episode made the whole show worthwhile. The imagery, music, symbolism, and most of all, Kaneki’s transformation was fascinating to watch. I enjoyed watching Kaneki throw aside the values he lived by as a human.


Well, I have to wake up in 4.5 hours so I shall sleep now. I normally never write episodic reviews but I felt compelled to do it because it was so good. I am aware that this anime and this episode has been written about so many times already, but I don’t think there can ever be enough content in the world.

Thanks for reading.

Anime I’ve Dropped

These aren’t in any particular order. I actually rarely drop shows.

Note: If you disagree with me, know that I probably won’t debate with you. I will most likely agree with your points, but it won’t really change my thoughts.

1. Aku no Hana (Flowers of Evil)

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LOOK at this manga vs anime comparison. I don’t like the art in the anime. I guess it looks realistic but it doesn’t at the same time. It’s uncanny and it makes me uncomfortable. I didn’t really like the manga/plot either.

2. Blend S

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Slice of life does not interest me. I feel like I don’t learn anything by watching this and the plot is very flat. I don’t find the scenes funny. My sense of humour died a long time ago, I think. I KNOW that a lot of people enjoyed this series and I can understand that.

3. Hikaru no Go

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I actually got somewhat far into the show until I realized that I was not really interested in Go. I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I can watch 75 episodes of this.

4. Kill La Kill

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I’ve heard nothing but great things about this show. However, the weirdness of it created distance with me. Also, the outfits are ridiculous. Fan service? Maybe, probably. I’m not interested in girls fan service… at all.

5. Legendz: Yomigaeru Ryuuou Densetsu

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I’ve seen a lot of episodes of this show… then I realized it was stupid. I think the problem was that I was too old when I watched it. The manga was cool and I wished the anime was similar to the manga. Compare this to the manga…

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6. Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars!)

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Hear me out on this one. I think Food Wars! is really good, and I really like Souma. The food looks delicious and the plot is good. The main problem is… well I’m sure you can guess. I… can’t deal with it. (Yes, I’m talking about the weird sounds they make when their clothes are torn off because the food is that good.) I have to cover my eyes LOL. I know that it’s a metaphor but that doesn’t change the fact that I still feel uncomfortable.

7. Super Lovers

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Let’s make a few things clear. I like BL so this has nothing to do with the fact that they are both men. I know that they are not blood related so it’s not incest. I have a problem with Ren. He’s a brat and it seems like Haru is doing most of the work in their relationship. If I don’t like the main character, I have to really like the supporting characters. Unfortunately, I don’t have strong opinions on the other brothers. Also, Ren is in high school. I’m fine with age gaps but they both have to be adults for me. You can’t deny that there are romantic hints everywhere.