An anime adaptation of the Ace Attorney series is currently underway. So far, reactions to it have been fairly positive, although it has received more of a mixed reaction from people who haven’t played the games. It has followed the plot of the first game very closely, with a few bits of foreshadowing for later events, and while not everything translates well from the game to the anime, it has a lot of the series’ charm and humor.
The Ace Attorney anime can be watched online at sites like Crunchyroll, which also includes an alternate subtitle track in case you want to see the localized names.
In recent news, the first cour of the anime has been confirmed for a Blu-Ray and DVD release.
This set contains 13 episodes on 3 discs, and the limited edition release will also include a soundtrack, a special case, a booklet, and an opening and ending without credits. There is no news on whether it will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD in any languages other than Japanese.
(Thank you, Perfectly-Nintendo, for the translated details.)
The Ace Attorney anime is set to cover the first two games in the series. Since the first physical release contains 13 episodes, it’s safe to guess that’s where the first game’s story will end. Five episodes have currently aired, and Episode 5 began the third case.
This allows plenty of room for giving both the third case and the plot-critical fourth case the attention they deserve. Rise from the Ashes will probably not be covered by the anime.
Even if many newcomers have had trouble getting into the anime, others have been attracted to the game series as a result. If you’ve tried the anime and aren’t sure what to make of it, you might consider checking out the Ace Attorney games. Some aspects simply work better through the use of gameplay.
The anime’s second cour should cover the four cases of Justice for All, and then we’ll see what happens from there. Maybe a Trials & Tribulations anime could follow, perhaps with additional content that goes beyond the events on the game itself.
If you’ve seen the Ace Attorney anime, what do you think of it so far?
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