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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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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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