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New Ace Attorney game! 
23rd-Jul-2015 05:53 pm
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Well, I ran out of things to type about off the top of my head, so it's time to talk about the new Ace Attorney game.


This particular Ace Attorney game goes back in time to the Meiji Era, or around the Meiji Era. I really need to figure out exactly when the Meiji Era is. Athena says it started in 1868. But the important thing is it takes place around the time Sherlock Holmes was active, so like the 1890s to 1900 or so. I seem to remember one Holmes story saying something about 1926, which is kind of wild to think about, because it means our grandfather could have been reading Sherlock Holmes books as they came out for the first time ever! Assuming he was interested in Sherlock Holmes as a teenager.

Anyway, the important thing about that is the costumes! It's got lots of lovely costumes from the turn of the century Japan and England, because one of the main plot points is that Japan and England are developing a relationship. And so this is the story of a Japanese university student (he goes to Yuumei Daigaku; we imagine it's very famous) who accidentally finds himself studying to be a defense attorney, and there are English people. Including, of course, THE Sherlock Holmes!



And now for the things that might be more spoilerish.

When we started playing this game, we loved it so much, because Ryunosuke (the hero) had to defend himself in a murder trial, and it was his first case ever (he wasn't even a law student), and he was so cute, because he would slam his hands on the desk like Phoenix Wright (aka his descendant Ryuichi), and he'd look all professional, but then it didn't make as loud a noise as he expected, so he'd glance at his hand to make sure it was in the right place. And his eyes were constantly darting back and forth because he was so unsure of himself and it was adorable.

On the other hand, there was his friend Asogi, who was supposed to be the defense lawyer but wasn't because that's how the story went (it makes more sense when you have details), but he was helping Ryunosuke because he actually knew stuff about lawying. And it was great, because sometimes Ryunosuke would say something really ridiculous, and Asogi would give him this Look, and it was the best! But the real best was getting to see two good friends working together.

And the other best thing was that Auchi (Payne's ancestor) was wearing traditional Japanese clothing, and so was the assistant, Susato, and she's adorable, too.

And then as the story goes on, so many sad things happened! First of all, we find out that we won't get to see Asogi for a while, and then Holmes shows up! And the appearance of Holmes is supposed to be a happy thing, but it took a while to warm up to this particular version of him, mostly because I like Sherlock Holmes and this version is more like Gilderoy Lockhart--he acts like he knows what he's doing, but he's really kind of clueless. But he's not a coward like Lockhart, so that's good. We like to think of him more like Shawn Spencer (who I think is also based on Sherlock Holmes), but at least Shawn is usually right when he starts going off about his crazy theories.

Here's the fun thing about it, though: the Sherlock Holmes stories always have the big reveal, where Sherlock dramatically explains how he solved the case, and! they made that a big part of the gameplay! YOU get to be Sherlock Holmes, explaining the case! Only not really, because what happens is, Holmes makes up some cockamamie story about what happened using his observations, which aren't very good, so Ryunosuke steps in and gently guides the observations in the right direction. So on the one hand, it's awesome, because they make it super dramatic with spotlights and dramatic camera panning and Holmes snaps his fingers and does a little hand wavy thing that's really cool looking...but on the other hand, Holmes! What have they done to him!?

Still, he's a fun character, so as long as we're not hung up on all that, we can enjoy it.

But here's the other thing they did! In one of Holmes's explanations, he pretty much explains the entire case of the Adventure of the Speckled Band, the actual story written by Arthur Conan Doyle. But then! then! Susato comes along and says, "Um...none of those things can actually really work, scientifically." It's not zoologically feasible. And I was like, "What! It was WRONG!?" And I was mildly traumatized, but I managed to convince myself that he might have done the best he could with the science that was available to him at the time, and besides, I should have known that Doyle wasn't the most meticulous researcher as soon as I read A Study in Scarlet. (Although it's likely he read the biography of Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning, who was a popular anti-Mormon of the time, which might sort of count as research, but not from a very good source.)


So that about sums it up for now. It's fun, just like all the other Ace Attorney games, and we highly recommend buying it! I think they're planning to release it in English, but who can say? There are so many things in it that make us go, "How would they manage to localize that...?" But surely they can come up with something!

Today I'm thankful for making good progress on Noragami today despite a slow start, new and interesting(?) portrayals of familiar characters, finally getting that new software to work (we had a very small assignment today that we had to do on translation software that was new to us), that little project not taking too too long, and getting to translate another fun chapter of UQ Holder!.
Comments 
23rd-Jul-2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, turn of century is almost Taisho, which has the best fashion ever. That East-West culture mix, I love it!! Late Meiji was probably good too (since it was leading up to Taisho). (early Meiji is slightly traumatic for me because it just reminds me that Kaze Hikaru's inevitabe tragic ending is drawing ever closer...)

The game itself sounds fun too!! I like the way you describe things and characters :) I'm sure it's extra fun (as well as extra frustrating) with the addition of your familiarity with Sherlock.
24th-Jul-2015 02:39 am (UTC)
All I know for sure is it's still Victorian, because they talk about the Queen. If we bothered to look it up, we know it's a few decades after...after...they opened Japan? Yes, kaikoku. But yes! The costumes are great, and something I forgot! They use slightly more old-fashioned vocabulary! So instead of "shashin," they say "hotogarahii" (or possibly "hotokarahii"; furigana is hard to read on a little 3DS screen, and it always shows up as furigana over the kanji for shashin).

It's so fun! I think you have a 3DS, right? If you can, we'd recommend getting a hold of the other Ace Attorney games (the first one is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney). They're more like visual novels, in that it's more like you're just reading something and you can make choices than that you're running around hitting things. That's part of it's charm--it's more about using your head than hand-eye coordination. And the characters and stories are all a lot of fun.

It looks like the first trilogy is available at the Nintendo eShop for $30, which is a good deal for three games, but of course we understand if you'd rather spend it on manga or something.

AND OH MY GOODNESS HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sorry we're late on that; we've been remembering on and off all day, but never when it's important. We hope you had a lovely one, and that it continues in extra loveliness through the weekend (and at least normal loveliness from there on).

Edited at 2015-07-24 05:48 am (UTC)
24th-Jul-2015 03:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, the wikipedia page also mentioned the Meiji era, so I'm sure you're right! Oh, Kaze Hikaru has a reading like that for photos too... aww :D (with everyone mispronouncing it or freaking out that it was going to steal their souls and the like: it must've been super new at that point (mid 1860s)). It is so interesting how the loanword usage changed at different times (and that at some point they went back and gave modern things more traditional Japanese words, like shashin (and kuruma? that one seems like it was an existing word that just shifted its meaning to the modern vehicle. kan/can? I was reading something that had that word in kanji and I was like waitaminute... but the sound itself is so simple I could almost believe that it was a coincidental match).

Oh wow, look at you and your tactics :) You even looked up a price for me!! $30 is certainly a good deal. The thing that I am always low on, though, is time. Hmmm. I won't rule the possibility out entirely...

Thank you!!! Thank you for remembering my birthday all throughout the day, and now! Today, Friday, is my Michigan birthday (yay time zones!) so I will be enjoying part two! I may even take most of the day off, because I’m almost done with my latest book! But I've got Noragami (and Rose Guns Days) next, so I kind of want to spend some time on work (I got comps for v6 today, and jp copies of 7-9, eeeeee!!). Anyway, I hope you both have a very lovely weekend as well!! :D
24th-Jul-2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know there was a movement that was very much against Japan opening itself up to foreigners--maybe it was their influence that changed hotogarahii to shashin. Interestingly, in this Ace Attorney game, coffee is always spelled with kanji, whereas in modern times it's spelled with katakana, so it went backwards. It may be worth looking into one day...when we're not looking things up for Noragami...

Of course, time! I have dreams of being less busy one day... Then somebody says something about a stag beetle out of the blue, and all our free time goes into figuring out if that's more relevant than being just a random joke. But speaking of our tactics, we keep forgetting to mention that when we first got the Noragami soundtrack, we would hear some of the music and think, "I could have sworn this came out of Big Hero 6." So someone who likes Noragami music might consider checking out Big Hero 6...

Haha, we can definitely understand wanting to work! It's nice to have a job you love, even if sometimes you wish you didn't have quite so much of it. Anyway, have fun with whatever you choose to do!
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