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January 2nd, 2018

The 2018 Court-Records Original Character Contest is here!

(Thanks SuperAJ3 for the banner!)

Happy New Year!

It's the first day of a brand new year, which means just one thing - it's been slightly more than a year since our last Original Character Contest, so going by our schedule of once-a-year-plus-delays, it's time for a new one!

The 2018 Court-Records Original Character Contest is officially open as of today! For those of you unfamiliar, this long-running site tradition challenges you to come up with your own character in the Ace Attorney universe, and then show them off through fanfic, art, or sprites! Come up with a character who catches the public's eye, and you could walk away with some cool AA swag - including the Japan-exclusive Apollo Justice 3DS Limited Edition, the 15th anniversary orchestra CD, and more!

Check out the official contest page for details. The entry period runs through February 28th this year, but don't delay - start working on ideas now!

Best of luck, and here's to a good 2018!

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December 31st, 2017

The Great Ace Attorney - episode 2 translation released

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December 29th, 2017

Takumi and Eshiro on their plans for 2018 (Famitsu)

Like 4Gamer, Famitsu has published their series of questionnaires with game developers. Among the Capcom developers, we also find Eshiro (series producer) and Takumi (series creator). Interesting is that Takumi says he's helping out with a few projects!

Capcom - Motohide ESHIRO

Keywords and Ambitions for 2018
Rebirth & Challenge

I'm really glad I got to meet with fans during the various events we held for the 15th anniversary of Ace Attorney, so we are planning more events and other projects for 2018 that everyone will enjoy.

Recent Updates
We're preparing all kinds of things, so look forward to the future

Capcom - Shu TAKUMI

Keywords and Ambitions for 2018
Turning Over A New Leaf

In 2017, I managed to complete the story with the grandest scale I've ever worked on with the 2 Dai Gyakuten Saiban games in a form I'm happy with. At one hand I feel relieved, but now I have to find a new "goal" to work towards to... that's where I am now.

Recent Updates
At the moment I'm done with Dai Gyakuten Saiban and I'm helping out on a few projects that haven't been announced yet.

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December 28th, 2017

Layton's Mystery Agency [Layton anime] coming spring 2018


After announcing the show earlier in the year in trade magazines, Level-5 has officially revealed the title of the upcoming Layton anime! Titled "Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Puzzle-Solving Files", the anime will begin airing in spring 2018 and see Kat solving a series of mysteries around London with her assistant Ernest and dog Sherl. It's not clear if it'll be a 1-to-1 adaptation of the game or a new series. Kat herself will be voiced by Kana Hanazawa, who AA fans may know better as Susato's voice actress in the Dai Gyakuten Saiban games.

A manga adaptation will also run in Ciao magazine.

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December 27th, 2017

Eshiro's look at 2017/2018 (4gamer)

Each year, 4gamer interviews developers and producers on the ending year, and the upcoming year. This year Eshiro answered some questions. Not much Ace Attorney news, only that they have plans for 2018. "The new title" he's talking about is not likely (main series) Ace Attorney here by the way, but a new series/IP/title he's working on (With "title", they usually mean the title of a series, and you wouldn't first say something vague like we have plans for Ace Attorney for 2018, and then say something specific in the next sentence...)

1) What game released in 2017 made the most impression on you?
Eshiro: Persona 5. It's been a while since I got so hooked on an RPG, but the hip and stylish world that includes even the UI and the speedy battle mechanics got me. I really loved they had house music during the battles. It's a game where you can really feel the great sense the developers have.

2) What work of entertainment released in 2017 made the most impression on you?
It's a drama that already has a long history abroad, but Grey's Anatomy was interesting. I watched all seasons in one go on Hulu, but I got drawn in by the shocking story developments that would make you forget it's a story set in a hospital.

3) Who caught your attention the most in 2017?
Yozo Sakagami of Bandai Namco Entertainment. We occassionally go drinking together to have a chat. We're about the same age, so from the same generation, so I can really relate to him, and as a fellow producer, I learn much from him in regards to promoting games and reaching out to the fans.

4) Could you tell us about your plans for 2018, or something for the readers of 4Gamer?
For 2018, we will continue working on plans that fans of the Ace Attorney series will enjoy. We are also planning a new title at the moment, so personally I think it'll become a year full of challenges for me.

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December 22nd, 2017

Gyakuten Kenji 2 released on iOS/Android in Japan


Thought there'd be a few months between AAI1 and AAI2 on phones? Overruled! Gyakuten Kenji 2 is now available on the Japanese Google Play and iTunes stores: http://www.capcom.co.jp/smartphone/gyakutenkenji2/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-o_bZs3s6M

No word on an English release.

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December 15th, 2017

Ace Attorney Orchestra Concert 2018 announced for next April


This last year saw the first Ace Attorney orchestra concert in years, and it was such a hit that Capcom's decided to bring it back for an encore!

The Ace Attorney Orchestra Concert 2018 will take place on April 15th at Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Like last year, there will be an afternoon performance as well as an evening performance, with some differences in track lists.

While some of the songs will be carried over from past concerts, new additions from Apollo Justice and the Dai Gyakuten Saiban series will ensure that even long-time listeners have something to look forward to.

Finally, this is just speculation, but 2008's orchestra concert was home to the first Ace Attorney Investigations trailer (after a general reveal in Famitsu). Given that we know at least one AA game is headed to Switch sometime between April 2018 and April 2019, we might expect some news around the time of this next concert!

PS: Looking for a CD of the last concert? Well, you might be able to get your hands on it in a contest in the not so distant future... :redd:

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December 8th, 2017

Ace Attorney Investigations released on iOS/Android


Capcom's really got a thing for these stealth mobile ports, huh?

Ace Attorney Investigations is now available on Google Play and the App Store in Japan, featuring higher-res graphics. If it's anything like AA5/AA6, we'll be seeing an English release soon!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UssBmMTU8jQ

Update: Available on the US Google Play store as well!

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December 4th, 2017

New preview clip for the Ace Attorney anime dub

"The Thinker" (U.S. only)

A new preview clip of the English language release of the anime has been released, this time featuring one of the interrogation scenes from the first episode. In addition to Phoenix, Mia and the Judge, who all appeared in the last trailer, you'll also get to hear the first English samples of Larry, Payne and Frank Sahwit. Give it a listen!

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December 4th, 2017

Short Famitsu AA4 interview with Takumi (favorite episode)

Famitsu posted their supershort interview with Takumi on the 3DS release of Ace Attorney 4 online today (it was featured in their paper magazine two weeks ago in the December 7, 2017 Issue). It's basically just thinly-veiled marketing, but they at least mention the English localization, and they ask what episode Takumi liked.

Interviewer: What is the main attraction to Ace Attorney 4?

Takumi: The grand entrance of our new protagonist Apollo Justice under the key term "Trial Opening On A New Chapter". The main attraction has to be the story of Apollo, who holds a kind of "hotness" inside of him different from that of Phoenix. We also developed this game back then while focusing on developing further the scientific investigation techniques introduced in Rise from the Ashes, and the surprises sprung upon the player when they investigate the evidence from all kinds of directions.

Interviewer: This is the first game where Apollo Justice appears. Could you tell us about how he was created and the story behind his development?

Takumi: The starting point of Ace Attorney 4... It all started with the notion that "Phoenix Wright's story had concluded with Ace Attorney 3, so let's have a new protagonist this time." As for Apollo (Odoroki)'s name, I remember people back then objecting to the character "Doro" (mud) in his name but I convinced those people with the bright characters of "O" (king) and "Ki" (joy).

Interviewer: Any recollections you wish to share looking back at the release in 2007?

Takumi: The "Lay Judge System" was all in the news back when we were working on the game, and we were given the assignment to include the Lay Judge System as a theme in the game. That is how the Mason System was born. I worked on the story feeling that this new mechanic held a lot of new potential in terms of presentation in mystery games at the time.

Interviewer: What would you recommend about the English localization Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney that is also included in the game? Also, do you yourself play and check the English text?

Takumi: The translation from the Japanese to the English text is done by a staff member who really loves this series. And thanks to her, the English localization has always been very well received abroad. It's fun comparing scenes with the English text to see how they worded it. By the way, my specialty is Japanese, so I leave the English text all up to others.

Interviewer: Do you have an episode in Ace Attorney you particularly like?

Takumi: I have fond memories of the second episode, Turnabout Corner. I had actually come up with the idea long before the first Ace Attorney, around 1995, for a different game project, but it got cancelled completely. So I brought it back to life by rearranging it for Ace Attorney 4. So in a way, it's a very memorable episode to me.

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