Anime Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Written by: Aimee MacPherson

For this anime review, I’ll be touching on a show based off of a popular video game series, Ace Attorney! Over 24 episodes, viewers get the chance to follow Naruhodo Ryuichi (a.k.a. Phoenix Wright) with his partner Maya Fey as they solve crimes and right wrongs together.


While this anime doesn’t have much of an overarching plot to it, it does have many separate smaller stories that are structured as individual trials and cases that Phoenix Wright must take part in. Each trial can span from about 2-4 episodes, creating short but nonetheless entertaining plotlines that manage to create a charming and humorous show that fans of the Phoenix Wright games will immediately recognize. When it comes time for the trials, it keeps you laughing but still on the edge of your seat as you wait to see if Phoenix Wright will pull together what he knows in order to prove his client innocent.


Any fan of the Phoenix Wright series will know that each game comes with a cast of memorable characters, and this anime is definitely no exception to that rule. Appearing on the show are fan-favourites Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey, and Miles Edgeworth, each of whom have their own unique moments and small character developments. For example, viewers will get a chance to see the backstory of Ryuichi and Edgeworth, how they became friends but ended up on opposite sides of the courtroom later in life. Maya also has her own development as a spirit medium that has its own exciting trial to go with it. Each character is unique and memorable, and fans will be happy to see them come alive once more in this series.


Although there’s nothing particularly special about the animation in this particular show, it’s nothing to complain about either. Since the show doesn’t have anything that would require above-average animation, the show doesn’t display any animation that would make it better than any other show, although as a whole the show is still very visually appealing.

If you’re interested in watching this show, you can find it under its Japanese title of “Gyakuten Saiban: Sono ‘Shinjitsu’, Igi Ari!”

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