I played Phoenix Wright just last year, and I really enjoyed it. When I saw the anime coming out I was in disbelief: these games are old. Nevertheless, it excited me. Finally a show where I’m actually familiar with the source material.
Now, the games are pretty silly for what they are. The comedy is highly unnecessary, but if you can look past it, the games are pretty good. Some of the puzzles are really hard too, sometimes stupidly so.
But I really like the characters and the interrelationships between them. Phoenix and Edgeworth’s rivalry/friendship is extremely well done. Edgeworth’s character is extremely well done. Edgeworth is extremely amazing. Go play the games because Edgeworth.
In all seriousness though, I like how the games set up certain characters to be antagonists, only to flesh them out and make them such humans later on. While the plots aren’t always that clever, the characters and their developments are incredibly satisfying to watch. I guess that’s what I love about Japanese video games in general.
When I did watch the anime though, I was shocked. I couldn’t understand what the target audience was, what they were thinking, why it was so bad. I went online to seek out comfort in knowing that I wasn’t the only one disappointed, and I found something very interesting. A lot of people seemed to really enjoy the anime.
It took me a while, but I realised that Phoenix Wright is one of those stories where you have to pick carefully what to care about. While the writing is often horrible, the characters are great. The animation is poor, but the voice acting rocks. The comedic effects are horrendous, but their implication creates a unique atmosphere that we rarely see in anime.
In Phoenix Wright, you get to filter out the good and the bad. And it’s so easy. I understand now why people enjoy it; because they don’t take it so seriously. Enjoy the plot for what it’s worth, and revel in the characterisation.
This anime sucks, but I’m a big fan.