February 4th, 2016

Ace Attorney anime: starts April 2nd, Saturdays at 5:30 PM


The official site for the Ace Attorney anime has been updated, and boy they weren't kidding when they said it'd air in April: the show will run on Saturdays at 5:30 PM, starting on April 2nd!

The anime's subtitle was also revealed, if folks want to take a stab at translating it: ????????????

(Thanks to @hoso_boso for catching this!)

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January 28th, 2016

AA pachinko game announced, CM features anime scenes

...So yeah, Ace Attorney pachinko machine was announced?

Last night a CM for an upcoming Ace Attorney-themed pachinko machine was released. As part of the ad, we can see a series of animated clips seemingly based in 1-4 and JFA:


For a better look, Calios has compiled the shots into a single video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiE6mPF ... e=youtu.be

Do note it isn't officially confirmed these are from the anime; it's entirely possible these are special-made for the Pachinko game.

Update: Ash weighs in:

Ash wrote:
I'd say it's the other way around though: while it might be footage from the upcoming anime, there's a much bigger chance that this is footage exclusive for the pachinko machine actually. Pachinko machines very, very often feature exclusively animated footage. They have that more often than re-used footage.

(Trivia: voicing pachinko anime sequences is one of the best paid jobs for voice actors in Japan, paying muuuuuch better than TV anime)

That, along with the lack of attribution to A-1, means this might just be specially-made for the game. But even still, it's pretty cool!

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January 28th, 2016

Court-Records' 10th Anniversary


Once upon a time, an Ace Attorney fan named Croik opened a little website named Court-Records.

It wasn't a lot to look at (sorry, Croik, that's why you hired Wooster), and the news came in as hand-added tables on the front page. Affiliate banners were available for those interested, and a fanlist and LiveJournal communities rounded out the recommended links. (And yes, one of them was specifically for Phoenix/Edgeworth slash.)

It didn't have its own domain; its forums lived on Invisionfree, back when the URLs there started with "s" instead of "z". Character profiles hid spoilers by setting their text to the background color, and navigation was done through a few icons at the bottom.

It was the first major English Ace Attorney fansite, and ten years later it's still kicking.

Court-Records has been through a lot since then. We've seen the series itself wax and wane - the 2010-2013 drought for English games wasn't that long ago! - and the community grow and shrink. The internet itself has been around the block a few times, to boot; these days, our Phoenix/Edgeworth slash communities are all on Tumblr, thank you very much.

I'll be the first to admit we're a bit old-fashioned these days. Hard-coded pages with information manually added by a few admins? Who do we think we are, Serebii or Serenes Forest? The Ace Attorney wiki laughs at us, and also gets into page-long debates over what constitutes a "breakdown" animation.

And yet despite all that, we're still here. We may not be as lively as we once were, and the redesign for the main site is well overdue. But C-R is still around, we're still proud to encourage the fandom with always-slightly-off-schedule contests (check out this year's winners, by the way!) and we still can't agree on if you abbreviate it C-R or CR.

Speaking personally, C-R's been a part of my life for almost as long as its been around. Someone with an avatar comprised of character profiles taken from the site caught my eye on a completely separate forum, I got my hands on the old 3-1 fantranslation, and wound up here. I left and came back a few times, and somehow I wound up helping things run around here. (Or at the very least, trying to.)

I have a lot of good memories here, and I hope you all do too. In the years to come, we've got a lot of work to do - the series is as healthy as ever, and with an anime on the horizon you could even say it's got more cultural cachet than ever before. And with all that, we hope to remain a friendly resource and community for AA fans of all stripes.

A hearty thank you to all our readers and especially our members over the years. Here's to many more!

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January 28th, 2016

The Court-Records OC Contest 2015: Winners!


There were a few mishaps along the way - as there are every year! - but the entries are submitted, the votes are cast, and it's time to announce the winners of the 2015 OC contest!

Fanart division
First place: Janelle's Harmony (Therese Chanson)!
Second place: Violet's Enrico DiFigaro!
Third place: Tryphena's Victoria N. Belduke!

Sprite division
First place: MercurialSK's Velvet Valentine!
Second place: Hesseldahl's Malina Chell!
Third place: SuperAj3's Angelique Ormond!

Fanfiction division
First place: Diana (AceFangirl)'s Leighton Gardner!
Second place: RufflesAndCo's Yoshito Tanaka!
Third place: GyakutenShaiban's Nadeshiko Wakahisa!

The first place winners this year will see their OC immortalized in a piece by Eisner Award winner Nina Matsumoto, and a print of the work if interested (or something from our prize pool)! Second place and third place winners will receive a gift from the prize pool. In addition, all winners will receive an attorney's pin from Fangamer!

Congratulations to the winners! A full gallery of entries will be made available in the future; for now, feel free to browse the entry topics. Winners, we'll be getting in touch with you one way or another - ideally e-mail, but PMs and Tumblr asks have been known to work in a pinch.

I also wanted to extend a special thanks to everyone who entered this year. Due to technical and organizational slip-ups on our end, this wasn't the smoothest year, and on top of that we went in knowing the theme would be trickier than in previous years. Yet you all rose to the challenge marvelously, and we saw some truly fantastic entries this year. These contests have been a long C-R tradition, and it's one I'm proud to continue on as the site turns 10 today.

Thank you all again!

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January 23rd, 2016

OC Contest 2015 - voting deadline approaching!


Just a reminder that OC Contest voting ends tomorrow, January 24th! Voting will close at 11:59 PM Pacific time that day.

Once again, here are the three categories:
Fanart, for the artistically inclined
Sprites, for all the pixel-lovers out there
Fanfiction, for those who prefer their portraits painted in words

We've got some great entries this year, so if you started taking a look but couldn't make up your mind before, now's the time!

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January 22nd, 2016

Takumi tweets (Nazotoki Live)

Some tweets by Takumi about his TV appearance tomorrow. Also: this is the first time I translated all of his tweets in one go, instead of one tweet at a time via Twitter, so I never realized how ridiculously much he writes every time! I'm not doing the C-R twitter anymore, but I'll repeat what I said there: I wish he'd tweet less, more often ^_~

Good evening. It's been a long while since the last time and it's even become a new year. With the preparation going on for my next project as well as supervising the scripts for the anime, my eyes have been going round and round at full speed even though the year has only started. My days being cooped in the cellar will continue, but anyway, a happy new year to you all.

This time I crawled out to inform you about something differrent than my work. I think some might already know about this. It's that.

This weekend I'll be "intruding" upon an NHK program. Tomorrow and the night after, two nights in a row.
NHK BS Premium
Nazotoki Live - The Locked Room in the Square House
January 23 - 21:00~
January 24 - 21:00~, 22:50~

If you got the official homepage to "guests", you'll see my face, shamelessly next to Makita Sports and Saya ICHIKAWA... I'm introduced as a "game creator", but my real identity is simply a "salaryman". What happened here? This is the first mystery.

This is the fourth time they do "Nazotoki Live". As a fan of mystery fiction, I too naturally partipated with the previous episode and the one before that (having recorded them), and as a fan of mystery fiction again, I had a lot of fun with them. Last night, and the night before they rebroadcast those shows again, so I watched them as a sort of rehearsal...

"I might be there in two days." With that in mind, my heart started to pound louder and louder, even though I enjoyed the shows so much the first time I saw them. Why has it become like this? Only god knows (in this case, "god" is either the producer at NHK, or AYATSUJI Yukito).

Talking about "god", my first job this year was a "discussion" with the god who created "The Locked Room in the Square House", AYATSUJI Yukito for the show. I figured this was a chance, so tried getting some information from him... (see this topic)

What I got from was that the show's about "a case" of "murder" in a "locked room" in a "house" that is "square". As expected from one of the countries leading mystery writers and the National Broadcasting Corporation: their guard was tight.

We called upon Mr. AYATSUJI during the promotion of Dai Gyakuten Saiban last year, and this year we had a nice talk too. The article only showed a part of that, but he also some 'behind the scenes' stuff of his House series, and some things that bode well for the future already early in the new year. I'm very grateful.

By the way, if you take the Detection Club CATS Premium Member Test from the official site, you can participate with the show in real time with your own name. http://www.nhk.or.jp/nazo/

As a fan of mysteries, I too resolutely took on the challenge last night. I managed to make it to the final "secret word", so I'm all prepared. Well, on the night itself, I'll be in the studio in real time, right in the middle of the case, so I won't be participating with my TV...

What's so scary about "Nazotoki Live" is that it's a "live broadcast". I actually thought about letting you know earlier, but I was in fear of those two words, and with my head spinning from work right after the new year started.... and now it's today. That's the life of a salaryman.

But those are my personal circumstances. Anyway, "The Locked Room in the Square House", by AYATSUJI Yukito, will start tomorrow and the day after at 21:00. I hope all of you mystery loves will enjoy it together with me. Bye!

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January 21st, 2016

Ace Attorney manga to run in V-Jump from March

Though it fell under the radar a little bit with all the anime news, it was announced a few months back that a new Ace Attorney serialized manga would be released, drawn by Kageyama Naoyuki. This month's issue of V-Jump magazine has announced that the manga will be serialized there starting with the March 21st issue.

Also included were drawings of Phoenix, Edgeworth, Maya, and Mia, though unfortunately images haven't surfaced yet.

Thanks to hoso_boso for the heads up!

[OC Contest voting is running through January 24th - get your ballots in now!]

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January 21st, 2016

AA6 tidbits from Nintendo Dream March article

From hosoboso's summary of the AA feature in Nintendo Dream's March Issue (on sale now). I haven't seen the article myself, so this is just what hosoboso wrote about it:

- Official confirmation that FUSE Takuro is the art director for this game.
- YAMAZAKI was "scenario director" for AA5, which meant he could focus on the story, but this time he's the "normal" director of the game, being the person responsible for all that's going on on the development floor. FUSE was AA5's art director, but this time he's both art director and co-director of the game. YAMAZAKI sets out the larger creative course for the game, while FUSE makes the calls on the level beneath that.
- At the moment, the game is in a playable state. Because many people said AA5 was to easy, they're now carefully checking how they present hints to the players.
- Because people thought the Spirit Vision system in the TGS 2015 demo was difficult, they've tweaked that.
- The 3D models of the characters who appeared in the previous game like Phoenix and Apollo have all been remade.

They also look back at the development of AA5 in this article.

[OC Contest voting is running through January 24th - get your ballots in now!]

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January 16th, 2016

Dai Gyakuten Saiban retail sales: ~190k in Japan during 2015

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January 15th, 2016

Takumi X Ayatsuji interview (Nazotoki Live)

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