Fans of Capcom’s spikey-haired lawyer have another reason to pine for spring 2016.
The Ace Attorney anime is slated to make its record debut every Saturday at 5:30 PM JST on Yomiuri Television and Nippon Television channels–a prime TV spot that hints the series will likely see a 24/25-episode run. The initial air date has yet to be released, but fans can expect the outlandish courtroom antics to begin in April.
While Ayumu Watanabe of A-1 Pictures (Your Lie in April, Fairy Tail, Sword Art Online) is helming the adaptation, Shu Takumi–writer and director of the original Ace Attorney trilogy–is said to be advising the project and making changes to the script as necessary. The anime’s first season will cover the events of the first two games–Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Ace Attorney: Justice for All–while mixing in a few original episodes, exclusive to the anime. For the first time, fans will witness the games’ most iconic cases, from DL-6 to “Farewell, my Turnabout,” fully animated a la Duel Destinies and Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright. Fans speculate the anime’s exclusive episodes may be based off of chapters from the Ace Attorney manga spin-off.
- Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan/Guilty Crown) as Phoenix Wright
- Aoi Yuuki (Inazuma Eleven GO! 2) as Maya Fey
- Masashi Tamaki as Miles Edgeworth
- Chie Nakamuara (Naruto) as Mia Fey
- Masami Iwasaki as Dick Gumshoe
- Tooru Nara as Larry Butz
- Kaoru Wada (InuYasha/D.Gray-man) as series music artist
News of any English dubbing has yet to be announced, and given Capcom’s tendency to make a few of Ace Attorney’s titles Japan-only exclusives, chances of localization may be marginal at best. Given that the anime receives a warm reception, however, it’s likely we may see a second season inspired by the series’ third game, Trials and Tribulations (and perhaps even beyond that).
Soon, court will be in session as never seen before, with the majority of the fandom jury giving this anime adaptation no “objections.” Here’s hoping it’s a solid series, worthy of a confetti-sprinkled “not guilty” verdict.
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