Drama-MAX Review by Jen Wang
Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban in Japanese) takes place in the “near future”, in which people have anime hair and punny names. Courtrooms employ holographic technology that looks like it came from Stark Industries, and cases must be settled in three days in a reality TV-like format. Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Narimiya) is a rookie defense attorney who finds himself entangled in two big cases. The first deals with the murder of his mentor while the second has him defending Miles Edgeworth (Saitoh Takumi), a prosecutor whose ruthless tactics have won him admiration but not a lot of allies.
The plot tries to accomplish a lot, maybe a little too much. Although the minor events are connected to the main plot, some of the side scenes, as funny as they were, took away from the sense of urgency that the new trial system should bring. Wright’s personal growth also isn’t very evident, but he does gain more confident as a litigator by the end. The more interesting development is Edgeworth who suddenly finds himself on the other side of the courtroom. The false accusation and hidden truths from his past have him reevaluating his methods.
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