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Apr 202016

Ace-Attorney-animeI don’t watch a lot of anime, but once the Ace Attorney anime began, I had to give it a try.

I’ve watched the first two episodes, and so far I’m pretty pleased with it. It’s staying pretty true to the game, with some new scenes and conversations added, and it hasn’t lost Ace Attorney’s crazy, over-the-top nature.

The first episode covers the entire tutorial case, but the rest has slower pacing. Some people have said episode three still feels a little rushed, but I haven’t seen it yet to judge. However, I do think including every bit of game dialogue and testimony could be odd in an anime.

I’ve already noticed a few hints of foreshadowing for later events, so it should be enjoyable to watch the story unfold.

I’m especially excited for the third episode, since it will be the first trial of the second case… meaning we’ll get to see anime Edgeworth in action!

From what people have said, Redd White is also much funnier than I remember him in the games, which should be interesting… and much preferable to his other adaptation.

(Seriously, what were the people in charge of the movie thinking??)

The Ace Attorney anime is available on Crunchyroll. Paying members can watch episodes one hour after they air. If you watch for free, like me, you have to wait one week (which is why I haven’t seen Episode 3 yet).

Subtitles are available, including an alternate English track that uses the localized names. Right-click the video player to select that option.

Right now, the Ace Attorney anime seems like it will be a great way to experience the story. And apparently people who tried the anime on Crunchyroll liked it enough to try the games, so the fanbase is growing! Enough for a physical release of Ace Attorney 6?

Enough for Investigations 2 and Dai Gyakuten Saiban localization?

I’ll never lose hope. And for the time being, I’ll look forward to each new episode of the anime.

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  12 Responses to “The Ace Attorney Anime is Off to a Good Start”

  1. Is it bad to wait until it’s dubbed to watch it?

  2. Uh, what do I do if someone says, “Why should I play the games when I can just watch the anime?”

    • Well, you can point out to them that the anime is going to cover the plots of the first two games, with no guarantee the rest will be covered. And since it’s a show, some details have been cut.

      Of course, if they don’t think Ace Attorney’s gameplay looks fun, and they just want the story, then the anime should be fine.

      • Would playing the games “ruin the anime”?

        • You would definitely know the anime’s plot in advance.

          However, I’m watching the anime even though I know the whole story, and I think it’s a lot of fun. Not only do you get to see how things are adapted, but there are little pieces of foreshadowing and hints of future events I pick up on because I already know the story.

          (For example, there was a quick glimpse of von Karma in Episode 2.)

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