And it's a good thing we went, too, because there was almost nobody there! Apparently different groups in the ward planned a trip to the beach and a trip to Magic Mountain. Where are their priorities!?
Ah, well. After being treated to In-N-Out for lunch, we came home and watched Uta no Prince-sama, where it just figures that the pair of twins are played by the same voice actor. That is so numeralist. (But on the other hand, who are we to complain about two singers voices by Mamoru Miyano? I hope they have a duet♥ (Then again, Athena points out that they could have had Miyu Irino play the other twin, which would have been awesome and giggle-inducing.))
And then we played some more Ace Attorney! This time we're on Apollo Justice, because we need to check some things, for research. Technically, most of the research would be more easily done by looking up the script at GameFAQs, but this way, not only do we get to play the game, but we don't have to guess at potential alternate translations. Plus, we notice a lot of little things that may or may not also be referenced in the manga, like the Indochine restaurant Alden Tae.
(We apologize for the quality of this picture. We had a cute little camera that did its best.)
I'll admit, the first time we played Apollo Justice, we were in shock about what happened to Phoenix Wright. It's possible it even lessened my enjoyment of the game some. I think, more than the fact that he got kicked out of law, which is terrible, we were shocked by this whole "daughter" thing. And Maya was nowhere in sight! Except for the one time if you examine the stack of videos at the clinic while Phoenix is still around. But he doesn't even mention her by name! He could have been talking about Pearl! We're sure he wasn't. He definitely wasn't talking about Kay. She's a Jammin' Ninja girl. Dang it, we want to play Gyakuten Kenji 2.
I also admit that we would both be happy whether Phoenix ended up with Maya or with Iris. He seems to care about both of them, and they both seem to care about him. Though on the other hand, he may not have run across a burning bridge for Iris... Anyway, we're spoiling the wrong game. Moving on.
Now that we are no longer in shock, we can appreciate the finer points of character development. The best part about Phoenix in Apollo Justice is that he knows everything. And if he doesn't know everything, he figures it out. And nothing surprises him. Like in the fancy movie at the beginning of the second case, there's this car speeding at him, and he just stands there like, "Huh. There's a car speeding at me."
I like that they did that with him, because after everything he went through in the first three games, eventually he wouldn't be surprised by much. Eventually, he'd get to a point where he can put all the pieces together in his head. Or at least, I would hope he'd get better at putting everything together.
One thing about his personality that I'm still not sure I like so much is that he's taken on Edgeworth's angstiness. Now, don't get me wrong, Edgeworth is totally our favorite character, and it's the angst that makes him sexy. But it also makes him stupid. (Actually, the main selling point for Edgeworth happened in the Will Powers case, when one of the witnesses revealed something, and Phoenix is like, "Duh...what?" And Edgeworth is like, "Are you stupid!? Obviously it's...!" It shows that, despite having grown up as a von Karma (basically), he still has the integrity and love of justice that made him such an adorable little kid. Also, his love of the Steel Samurai, and the fact that (in the Japanese version) he calls Santa "Santa-san," which people generally only do if they have some faith in Santa Claus. Kya♥)
Right, Phoenix as Edgeworth. It makes sense, after what happened, especially since Phoenix had so much faith in the legal system and being able to use that system to reveal the truth and protect people. Now he's going around manipulating crime scenes. So he's like the jaded old mentor that can't quite stop believing in humanity. We always did like that kind of character.
I would like to make a side note that all the rules about evidence that got put in with Apollo Justice and Rise from the Ashes make things very confusing. Okay, maybe they don't make things confusing, but they confuse us. Like, if these are the rules, how many pieces of evidence has Phoenix been using all this time that were technically illegal? Or were they all legal? I don't know! I think the bullet from DL-6 incident may have been illegal... and the medicine bottle in the other case! He said it was the poison bottle, but it really wasn't! Is he allowed to do that, or would that make it forged evidence? The rest of the courtroom knew, so maybe it was okay? I don't know. Has Phoenix always been breaking evidence law? Was he bound to be thrown out of court anyway!? Ooooohhhhh noooooooo!!!
And then we watched Tiger & Bunny and bad things happened to all our favorite characters! (Athena points out that Origami Cyclone wasn't in that episode, but he was at the bottom of the Hero TV rankings, so he was not spared.) It was amusing to find out the guest characters were played by the same voice actors as Roger and Dorothy in The Big O (and when you see the episode, you will totally understand why; the one character wasn't even talking yet and Athena was like, "Is your name Dorothy?"). But man, poor XXXX can't seem to catch a break.
And then we watched the Fairly Odd Parents movie! I guess today wasn't "busy" so much as "full of watching stuff." It was so weird, because it was exactly like watching an episode of Fairly Odd Parents, only live action. So I guess that means it actually wasn't weird, which is what was weird. It's just weird.
Today I'm thankful for our home teacher finding us a ride to the temple, getting to go to the temple this morning, being able to more fully appreciate certain aspects of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Miles Edgeworth, and having extra time to play more Ace Attorney (or maybe do something else. if we feel like it).