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April 15th, 2018

A New Chapter of Trials for Court-Records

(No, I didn't get an innocent person found guilty of murder, this image just seemed appropriate.)

Hey everyone,

In 2006, I was barely into high school, and I had no idea this weird lawyer game whose forums I'd just signed up for would become a huge part of my life. Seven years ago, Phoenix Wright was disbarred I joined Court-Records' staff as a moderator. Two years later, Croik and Wooster asked me to take over as an admin (or, more accurately, I logged in to find my name green, but that's neither here nor there.) In the five years since then, I've learned a lot, seen several Ace Attorneys come and go, been lucky enough to host some contests that show off how talented this fandom is, met some great people, and had, uh, mixed success in keeping the site up to date.

Anyone who knows me IRL can attest that I have a bad habit of trying to handle everything in a project on my own, and it turns out that that's not a great model for running a site - especially when your free time to do so gradually vanishes over the years. My job has been taking up more and more of my time and energy, and I'm long past the point where I can give C-R the attention it deserves - and to be 100% honest, I'd like to use the free time I do have to focus more on creative work (writing and gamedev).

As of May 1st, I'm stepping back from C-R as a staff member. I won't be vanishing into the ether entirely - I'm sure I'll be around for new AA news and games - but I will be aiming to make a fairly clean break from working on the site.

But don't worry - one of the big lessons I learned as admin was that it takes a village, and I'm happy to say C-R has plenty of staff and community members who are stepping up to expand their roles and take over my duties:
  • General Luigi will help run the forum and field questions and mail to C-R as a general admin (hence our little April Fools' gag).
  • Bad Player will do much the same.
  • Toatali will help as a mod here and on the Discord, manage our social media, and help post English AA news.
  • Henke will continue to work on the redesign and backend of the site.
  • Cyreb will continue to work on the redesign and frontend.
  • Lumos will help manage copywriting assignments to get our missing content (episode summaries, etc.) written.
  • No Comment, Spirati, and Thomasfish will be working to get the site updated with missing game assets, the results of the above copywriting, and so on.

And we're always open for more help - if there's an area you'd like to lend a hand, don't hesitate to reach out. In particular, it never hurts to have folks who can speak Japanese and keep an ear out for news (though we probably won't be hearing much about the next AA until TGS.)

You may notice there's no one "head admin" in the above, and that's very much by design. We each have our skills and passions, and after trying to juggle everything myself these past couple years, I'm of the firm belief that a lot more gets done when everyone's got their own area to oversee.

I can't thank the above staff enough for helping out all these years (even as we've had periods of nearly grinding to a halt) and continuing to do so after my departure. I'd also like to shout-out the staff of our shared Discord for keeping things there running smoothly and helping spearhead a lot of fun new projects (like this upcoming game jam!) - I think a lot of good stuff is going to come out of that in the years to come.

My only regret is that I haven't done more done to leave things in a little better shape for the new crew. Of course, the internet's a wildly different placei n 2018 than it was in 2006, so I'm realistic about how active C-R's forums are - but I do wish I could've been more on top of keeping the main site up-to-date, been more proactive in keeping the forums friendly and welcoming, and been able to drive the new redesign out. But I've got every confidence that our new+old team will do a much better job at all of that than I ever could alone.

If you'd like to keep in touch, I'll still be around the Discord, and you can find out more about what I'm up to on my Twitter (@boltgsr).

Thank you all for these past seven (or twelve!) years - it's been quite a ride. :apollo:


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April 13th, 2018

Iwadare's band @ Gyakuten Saiban Live Objection! 2018

http://www.capcom.co.jp/game/content/gy ... ent/10304/

Justice is a special band of composer Noriyuki Iwadare, which performed Ace Attorney tunes live for the 15th anniversary event. They'll return for one day in June to do a special performance titled Gyakuten Saiban Live Objection! 2018. Members of the official Japanese Ace Attorney fanclub Gyakuten Tsushin can win early tickets (see link).

Justice will perform multiple arranged themes, including even from DGS. The afternoon and evening performances will feature different playlists. Some of the confirmed tracks are AA6's Objection, Godot's theme, an Ace Attorney Investigations medley, an Ace Attorney 123 Pursuit medley and an Ace Attorney 456 Pursuit medley.

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April 3rd, 2018

Report on Takumi's presentation on creating AA mystery plots

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April 1st, 2018

Bolt's Absence

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March 19th, 2018

The 2018 Original Character Contest: Winners!

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March 15th, 2018

New Series of the Ace Attorney Anime Announced!


Looks like a new season of the Ace Attorney anime has been announced - details are slim at the moment, but from the poster it looks like the season will focus, at least in part, on Trials and Tribulations. The show will once again be produced by A-1 Pictures and will release in the fall. Takumi will be taking a consultant writing role on this series as he did with the first series.

The announcement for the second series also notes that the game series has sold over 6.7 million copies as of December 31st!


Remember to vote in the CR Original Character Creation Contest! Voting ends Saturday, and you can find the links to vote here!

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March 15th, 2018

DGS2 wins Famitsu Excellence Award, nominee Famitsu GOTY

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March 7th, 2018

Come Watch the Nintendo Direct with us! (March 8th)


Nintendo has just announced a new Nintendo Direct for tomorrow, with new information on upcoming 3DS/Switch games to be shown. The half hour showing begins at 2pm PT/5pm ET/10pm GMT/11pm CET on the 8th. We're not sure what to expect apart from Mario Tennis, but come along to our Cytube showing of the Direct when it airs to enjoy it with fellow Ace Attorney fans!

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March 4th, 2018

Voting is open in the 2018 Original Character Contest!


It's an early-March miracle: voting for the 2018 Original Character Contest is ready to go right on time! (Hey, it still counts as Saturday somewhere in the world.)

We had a great turnout this year, especially in the fanart category, so just a reminder: be sure to check out all the entries before voting! And because the little preview image is definitely not the only thing our hardworking contestants submitted, don't forget to click on the entry to get a full look at what was submitted.

Without further ado, here are the links to the contest surveys and entries:
Fanart, always a classic medium
Sprites, good solid precision going on over here
Fanfiction, because there's always elegance in stories

While you don't have to vote in every category, we encourage folks to check out all three. Voting will run until March 17th, 11:59 PM Pacific Time - so just a little over two weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us here, on social media, or on the Discord.

I'm really proud of the entries this year, and I hope you all are too. Best of luck to everyone, and have fun voting!

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February 24th, 2018

OC Contest 2018: Deadline coming up, + workshop!


Howdy! This is a quick reminder that the deadline for the 2018 Original Character Contest is this Wednesday, February 28th. If you're looking to enter, now's the time!

Also, this is short notice for the main page, but hopefully most of you saw it on social media a few days back - we're holding a community AA fanwork workshop in the Discord today, at 1 PM Pacific time (a little less than an hour from this post.) Head over to the Discord and check out the #criminal-affairs channel for details!

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