Phoenix Wright as an anime? Sign us up! Here’s what you need to know about the new anime!
Phoenix Wright a the quirky visual novel style video game series by Capcom. The game follows a young, up and coming lawyer named Phoenix Wright through investigations and courtroom drama on par with a Monty Python skit. The characters are as strange as they are lovable. First released in 2001, the series was wildly popular due to its excellent localization. The humor of the game is central and without good localization, references and jokes can often get lost in translation. The success of the series led to Capcom releasing five more games (in the US). It even did a cross-over with another of our favorite game series: Professor Layton.
This month the first episode of the Phoenix Wright animated series was released on the anime streaming service Crunchyroll. The show is available in subtitles with the original Japanese names, so Phoenix is now Naruhodo Ryuichi and his client Larry Butts becomes Yahari Masashi. If you find that a little too confusing, right click on the Crunchyroll web player and you’ll find an alternative English version of the subtitles with the US names.
In the first episode, we meet his mentor, Ayasato Chihiro, as they work together to defend Yahari in the murder of his girlfriend. We know from the get go that Larry didn’t do it as the anime opens with the true killer standing over the body and plotting to pin it all on Yahari.
Watching the episode is a lot quicker than actually playing the section of the video game it is based on, but it really captures a lot of the moments that make Phoenix Wright great. Toupees will fly, the Judge will get flustered, the witness will freak out on the stand, and Phoenix will shout “OBJECTION!” with his customary finger fling. If you’ve played the games, then you know that Phoenix manages to prove Yahari’s innocence, but Yahari is a reoccurring character throughout the video game series, so you bet your Larry Butts, he’s going to be back causing trouble in no time.
The anime looks like it is going to be pretty faithful to its source material, but I really hope the animators give us some glimpses into the world of Phoenix Wright. I can’t wait until they introduce Itonokogiri Keisuke (Dick Gumshoe), the underpaid and often unconventional homicide detective, and Reiji Mitsurugi (Miles Edgeworth), the prosecuting lawyer with as much sass as he has style. A few extra cases wouldn’t hurt either, but no matter what, I am going to be glued to my computer; watching my favorite goofball lawyer wage war for the innocent!
How do you feel about the new Phoenix Wright anime? What characters are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below!