What I REALLY want for Christmas
I remembered that old promotional video for the release of Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten (the remake of Gyakuten Saiban 1 for the DS in Japan, and the first Phoenix Wright game released for English-speaking audiences). The FUNNIEST thing ever. What people liked about that promo was its witty (almost parody-like to the franchise) script – making it a very good promo for a video game. But what made it unique to PW fans – something that’s absent from the actual game (besides the non-murder case) – was really the voice acting.
When I first saw this promo, the chemistry of the voice cast was really superb… and then I began thinking: “What if there was an anime adaption of Phoenix Wright?”
Now, if Capcom (of Japan or otherwise) wasn’t so cheap and actually hired seiyuu/voice actors for the game, then that would be twice as awesome as having an anime adaption of it. Nevertheless, being in love with the Ace Attorney series, I would absolutely like to see an anime adaption of the series either way. The storyline is very well-built, most (if not ALL) of the characters are very likable and unique that you’d feel attached to them (even the not-so-very-important side-characters are memorable!), and… the very thought of an anime adaption of the Ace Attorney is awesome. Just imagine… an anime about lawyers who literally have verbal rumbles in court filled with epicness. You can’t get any more unique than that… it would possibly be the BEST visual novel adaption of all time.
I would list some seiyuu that I personally would like to portray the characters… but I felt that most of the voices in the promo were all perfect matches with the characters they were playing. The problem is: I don’t know who’s voicing them. Ugh. (Although The Judge isn’t that big of a problem to choose, given that you can find that typical “old man” voice almost anywhere). For some characters that WEREN’T in the promo, I would say:
Pearl Fey/Harumi Ayasato – Kaori Fukuhara
Mia Fey/Chihiro Ayasato – Mayumi Iizuka (Closest voice I can find that matches her Japanese voice clips)
Manfred von Karma/Go Karuma – Kazuhiro Nakata
Franziska von Karma/Mei Karuma – Sanae Kobayashi
Godot – Tetsu Inada
This would the perfect voice cast for Gyakuten Saiban 4 – onward. Naruhodo’s voice sounds absolutely badass and… legendary.
How the episodes will go… I’d like it if the Phoenix Wright/Ryuichi Naruhodo trilogy would be combined into an anime series of its own… about 52 episodes would be enough for that (the bonus case in the first DS game would be an OVA series). And then the new Apollo Justice/Housuke Odoroki trilogy (or whatever number of games his story will be in) would be sort of a “sequel” (maybe it’d be titled… “Gyakuten Saiban II“?).
As for who I want it to be produced by, it should be given to an animation and production company that knows what they’re doing. If handled correctly, we would have an anime adaption that rivals O-HARUHI-SAMA. If handled like crap, we would have another bad game-to-anime transition much like Disgaea and, of course (which goes without saying), Pokémon.
(In terms of animation, I’d like to see it being handled by BONES)