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Ace Attorney First Impressions (2): This localization team was just having fun with names, huh?


Oh ho ho! Look at how evil I am sitting in the shadows drinking a glass of wine!

I suppose they didn't want to piss anyone off by having her murdered brutally? She doesn't even look dead. Was she strangled? Or hit in the back of the head in a way where the blood is running down her back?

The culprit!

I'm not a cop, but don't the police usually show up with the field officers first to investigate the 911 call before they call a detective?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HIS NAME!

I really want to know what the cause of death is. Is there blood all over Mia's body that we're just not seeing? Because I would think a detective would examine her body before concluding that the blood was her dying declaration of the culprit's identity.

Do cell phones in Japan record the call by default? I imagine it would be memory-intensive, so you're telling me Maya has the presence of mind to record the key call with her sister (an otherwise random conversation between the two), but can't keep track of her phone? This feels like a tease.

If Mia had the abilities of a medium, does that cheapen her acts as an attorney? If she can speak with the dead, isn't that cheating? Even if she didn't do it, it would still cast a doubt...

Also, there's something...off about the animation in this series. I can't quite place it.

Wait...isn't that all mediums do? If she can't even do that, what can she do? Sense spirits?

There's no reason to randomly introduce a character in this situation unless this Grossberg guy is a future recurring character or the culprit.

Oh...or he's in the culprit's pocket. Didn't consider that option.

It sounds like the name "Dick" is a localization around his Japanese name being different words for "investigator", but I'm starting to feel an alternate meaning here too...

Mitsurugi is a much cooler name than Edgeworth...but I've start with localized names, so I guess I'll stick with it.

facepalm names...

Sure, I'm willing to believe that people toss something as obviously incriminating as a listening device into a hotel room garbage can...totally believable.

This really doesn't make sense. Based on the way the culprit greeted Grossberg, it sounded like they had done "business together" before this case. However, he just calls Grossberg to what? Bribe him not to take the case? Why would he take that risk? Wouldn't it be more effective to bribe Grossberg to purposely throw the case rather than allow another attorney the possibility of taking it? It's not like he has every lawyer available on his rolodex...

Something about this entire episode feels...off. I basically had to keep asking myself "why does Phoenix keep trying to make other lawyers work?" and remind myself that the only reason he wasn't taking the case was the rejection from Maya at the start. It makes it so that this entire episode is Phoenix "proving himself" to Maya when her only real complaint was "you kinda looked like you were accusing me when we met", which isn't that interesting.

Anyway, not much else happening in the episode except setting up the court room (and probably the rivalry between Miles Edgeworth and Phoenix). I wasn't a big fan of this second episode, but next week is the trial, which is much more fun, right? At this point, that feels like all I'm doing with this show.



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