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February 15th, 2018

Layton's Mystery Agency: First Trailer, Airs 4/8


After announcing a rough airdate of "April" a few weeks back, Level-5 has formally announced that Layton's Mystery Agency: Kat's Puzzle-Solving Files will start airing on April 8th, 2018 in Japan!

To commemorate the announcement, the first trailer for the show has been released. Check it out here - subs will be added a little later.

Still no official word on English subs or dubs yet, but let us know if you hear anything!

Don't forget - the deadline for the 2018 Original Character Contest is February 28th!

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February 3rd, 2018

OC Contest update and reminder + looking for staff!


Happy February! I wanted to provide an update and a reminder on the 2018 Original Character Contest, as well as some news about the site.

For the contest: in 2015, we had a "3D Modeling" category inspired by the 3DS games in the series, but unfortunately received no entries and so retired it. This year we've received some interest in the category, so after discussing it, the staff has decided to fold 3D models into the spriting category. Please see the spriting section of the contest page for details.

The reminder is just that - a reminder that the contest is still open! Entries close on February 28th, so there's still plenty of time to enter - but don't delay too long!

Now, some news about Court-Records. To help dislodge some of our gridlock when it comes to site updates, we're looking for some help in two new roles: news reporters and site content managers. Let me talk in a little more detail about what that means:

News reporters should be willing to keep an eye out for any AA news (Japanese or English) and be able to quickly summarize it and post to the main site, Twitter, and Tumblr. Knowing Japanese is a significant bonus here, as a lot of AA news breaks in Japan first (or only), but English-only help is appreciated too.

"Site content managers" is a bit of a mouthful, but it's more accurate than "webmaster". We're not looking for someone to handle all the technical nitty-gritty of the site (server management, etc.) but rather someone who can keep on top of updates to the main site. This means sorting through things like graphical rips or episode/character summaries, formatting them in HTML to match the site, and uploading them. Basic HTML knowledge is a must here, as well as a good sense of organization.

If either of these sounds interesting to you, drop us a mail at courtrecord@gmail.com, or send a message to one of the C-R staff on Discord. We're thankful for any help!

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February 3rd, 2018

Eshiro: "[Takumi and I] are preparing for the future of AA"

Famitsu caught up to Eshiro and Takumi at a Chinese restaurant running a cross-promotion with the 3DS release of Ace Attorney 4. The pair gave a short interview, mostly about the restaurant and AA43DS, but with a few words about the future:

Famitsu wrote:
Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 was released in August 2017. Is there anything you can share about a new entry in the series or other developments for Ace Attorney?

Eshiro: There's nothing I can say specifically at the moment [laughs]. But [Takumi and I] are thinking hard about what comes next and we're getting things prepared for that right now. Please look forward to _all_ the AA series has to offer!

While this is a fairly standard non-answer, it does suggest that Takumi will be continuing to work with Eshiro on the series going forward. Eshiro also seems to be hinting there'll be plenty going on in the franchise, not just "a new game".

Unfortunately I don't have the time to translate the article in full, but here's a fun story from Takumi:

Takumi wrote:
Development on Ace Attorney 4 started right around the time we finished Rise from the Ashes. The whole team felt like we'd given it everything we had, and we were all sort of walking around in a daze... and that's exactly when the higher-ups publicly announced "we're making Ace Attorney 4! And we were like 'wait, we are!?'"

[The 2018 Court-Records Original Character Contest is open for entries!]

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January 23rd, 2018

Layton's Mystery Agency: new art, airs in April

Last month Level-5 announced plans for a Layton anime starring Kat and her crew, and now we have a few more details: the show is set to begin in April, with new episodes airing weekly on Sundays! (An exact date wasn't announced, so it's not clear if the first episode will air on April 1st or later in the month.)

Some new promo art for the series was also made available: (Placed in a spoiler tag to save space, as it's a vertical image - no actual spoilers)

Spoiler: Promo art

[The Court-Records Original Character Contest 2018 is open!]

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January 2nd, 2018

The 2018 Court-Records Original Character Contest is here!

(Thanks SuperAJ3 for the banner!)

Happy New Year!

It's the first day of a brand new year, which means just one thing - it's been slightly more than a year since our last Original Character Contest, so going by our schedule of once-a-year-plus-delays, it's time for a new one!

The 2018 Court-Records Original Character Contest is officially open as of today! For those of you unfamiliar, this long-running site tradition challenges you to come up with your own character in the Ace Attorney universe, and then show them off through fanfic, art, or sprites! Come up with a character who catches the public's eye, and you could walk away with some cool AA swag - including the Japan-exclusive Apollo Justice 3DS Limited Edition, the 15th anniversary orchestra CD, and more!

Check out the official contest page for details. The entry period runs through February 28th this year, but don't delay - start working on ideas now!

Best of luck, and here's to a good 2018!

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December 31st, 2017

The Great Ace Attorney - episode 2 translation released

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December 29th, 2017

Takumi and Eshiro on their plans for 2018 (Famitsu)

Like 4Gamer, Famitsu has published their series of questionnaires with game developers. Among the Capcom developers, we also find Eshiro (series producer) and Takumi (series creator). Interesting is that Takumi says he's helping out with a few projects!

Capcom - Motohide ESHIRO

Keywords and Ambitions for 2018
Rebirth & Challenge

I'm really glad I got to meet with fans during the various events we held for the 15th anniversary of Ace Attorney, so we are planning more events and other projects for 2018 that everyone will enjoy.

Recent Updates
We're preparing all kinds of things, so look forward to the future

Capcom - Shu TAKUMI

Keywords and Ambitions for 2018
Turning Over A New Leaf

In 2017, I managed to complete the story with the grandest scale I've ever worked on with the 2 Dai Gyakuten Saiban games in a form I'm happy with. At one hand I feel relieved, but now I have to find a new "goal" to work towards to... that's where I am now.

Recent Updates
At the moment I'm done with Dai Gyakuten Saiban and I'm helping out on a few projects that haven't been announced yet.

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December 28th, 2017

Layton's Mystery Agency [Layton anime] coming spring 2018


After announcing the show earlier in the year in trade magazines, Level-5 has officially revealed the title of the upcoming Layton anime! Titled "Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Puzzle-Solving Files", the anime will begin airing in spring 2018 and see Kat solving a series of mysteries around London with her assistant Ernest and dog Sherl. It's not clear if it'll be a 1-to-1 adaptation of the game or a new series. Kat herself will be voiced by Kana Hanazawa, who AA fans may know better as Susato's voice actress in the Dai Gyakuten Saiban games.

A manga adaptation will also run in Ciao magazine.

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December 27th, 2017

Eshiro's look at 2017/2018 (4gamer)

Each year, 4gamer interviews developers and producers on the ending year, and the upcoming year. This year Eshiro answered some questions. Not much Ace Attorney news, only that they have plans for 2018. "The new title" he's talking about is not likely (main series) Ace Attorney here by the way, but a new series/IP/title he's working on (With "title", they usually mean the title of a series, and you wouldn't first say something vague like we have plans for Ace Attorney for 2018, and then say something specific in the next sentence...)

1) What game released in 2017 made the most impression on you?
Eshiro: Persona 5. It's been a while since I got so hooked on an RPG, but the hip and stylish world that includes even the UI and the speedy battle mechanics got me. I really loved they had house music during the battles. It's a game where you can really feel the great sense the developers have.

2) What work of entertainment released in 2017 made the most impression on you?
It's a drama that already has a long history abroad, but Grey's Anatomy was interesting. I watched all seasons in one go on Hulu, but I got drawn in by the shocking story developments that would make you forget it's a story set in a hospital.

3) Who caught your attention the most in 2017?
Yozo Sakagami of Bandai Namco Entertainment. We occassionally go drinking together to have a chat. We're about the same age, so from the same generation, so I can really relate to him, and as a fellow producer, I learn much from him in regards to promoting games and reaching out to the fans.

4) Could you tell us about your plans for 2018, or something for the readers of 4Gamer?
For 2018, we will continue working on plans that fans of the Ace Attorney series will enjoy. We are also planning a new title at the moment, so personally I think it'll become a year full of challenges for me.

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December 22nd, 2017

Gyakuten Kenji 2 released on iOS/Android in Japan


Thought there'd be a few months between AAI1 and AAI2 on phones? Overruled! Gyakuten Kenji 2 is now available on the Japanese Google Play and iTunes stores: http://www.capcom.co.jp/smartphone/gyakutenkenji2/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-o_bZs3s6M

No word on an English release.

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