This walkthrough is for those that bought GS4 and want to play through it, but have a limited understanding of Japanese. It's a combination of the case descriptions I already made, and an FAQ on Gamefaqs (by Rokkuman, rtsmarty, Bolt Storm, and jamar). It's not a straight translation, and there's no way to really go about the explanation without giving you the answers, so it won't feel like playing a real PW game, I'm afraid.
If you're looking for instructions on basic gameplay, check the Gamefaqs link posted above. This is just an extension of that FAQ with some extra translation notes to help those without Japanese knowledge understand the choices they're making.
The case opens with a total trip. A computer screen reading "Mason System" opens up and cycles through several different images, one of which is a scene of two pistols firing on a body suspended in the air. It speaks to you, the player, saying that everything is connected. Will you be able to solve the mystery? The sequence closes with an eerie picture of Kirihito Garyuu on the witness stand, surrounded in a bright spotlight.
The actual case starts at the office, with Odoroki trying to write up a record of his last case (over 3 months ago!) while trying to ignore Minuki. She's excited because Varan is holding a live magic show at the coliseum. He'll be performing magic tricks by Tensai Arumajiki for the first time in seven years. As she tries to convince Odoroki to go, Phoenix shows up with a trio of tickets for them. He insists Odoroki take one.
-Magic show ticket added to Court Record.
-Talk to Phoenix about all options.
Odoroki asks about the "secret mission" Phoenix has been working on all this time, and he admits it's finally time to tell them about it. After all, it has to do with Odoroki himself. Phoenix explains that Japan is about to adopt a new method of running trials: the Jury System. Six people will be chosen to watch the trial and give the verdict. Because it's a new system, Phoenix has joined part of a committee that is setting up a "test case" to see how well it does. Just a simple murder trial, he says. And by the way, it's tomorrow and Odoroki's the defense attorney in charge.
Phoenix also gives Minuki a "birthday present" (it's not her birthday, but oh well), which is a small purple envelope with the Arumajiki logo on it. He tells her, very seriously, that she can't open it yet.
-Purple envelope added to Court Record.
-Talk to Phoenix again before you go.
-Move to the Detention Cetner.
Odoroki and Minuki head off to the Detention center, with Phoenix's instructions that they can visit the scene and speak to the client, not that they're likely to get anything out of her. At the visiting area they stand waiting for nearly twenty minutes before realizing that their client is even there, hiding out of view. Though they manage to coax her out into the open, they can't get her to talk (she's busy painting her nails). Minuki even tries pulling out Mr. Hat, but that causes the girl to pass out.
When their client comes to, she finally hands over her name card, and they learn her name is Makoto Ese. She works at the Doburoku Studio.
-Business card added to Court Record
Deciding Phoenix was right, and talking to her isn't going to help, the pair head to the studio.
-Move to Ese Studio
It turns out that the studio is also the scene of the crime.
-Examine the paintings.
-3 paintings added to Court Record (weird painting, blowfish painting, mountain and river painting). Examing them.
-Talk to Ema about all options.
Ema is there already, and gives away that the victim is Makoto's father, Doburoku Ese. Makoto may not look like a murderer, but the murder was carried out using poison, which just about anyone can do. The poison was discovered in Doburoku's coffee mug ("Not something you see every day" Odoroki remarks). Doburoku and his daughter were complete recluses, who didn't use email or ever let anyone in the studio. Makoto was even in a panic when they tried to arrest her, claiming the outside world would kill her. The only person to see the studio before the crime other than the two of them was a reporter that had been invited in. Ema says she can't tell them any more about that, since the reporter is set to be a witness, but they can look around the scene if they like, as she's busy snacking.
-Red letter box added to the Court Record.
-Examine coffee mug to take it into evidence. Examine the mark on its lip.
-Examine the painting behind the drawer to get it added to the Court Record.
The other half of the room sports several machines and monitors, along with a drafting table. On a small table in the center of the room they find a picture of Doburoku and his daughter (several years old), a small, empty picture frame (only 3cm by 3cm), and a red envelope sticking out of a drawer. The envelope looks as if it has been sealed, opened, and then sealed again. The postmark on it is seven years old.
-Examine the Red envelope to get it added to the Court Record.
-Present coffee mug to Ema.
-Talk to Ema about new option
Ema explains that the blue mark on the cup indicates a chemical reaction proving the presence of a deadly poison. She gives them some of her solution to test the rest of the room, if they want.
-Spray around for a bit, but you won't find anything. Exit, and you'll automatically zoom into the table on the right side of the room. There are traces of poison on a tiny picture frame.
-Tiny picture frame added to Court Record.
-Present red envelope to Ema.
Ema lets them put it through a special X-ray machine she brought to the scene, so that they can peek at the contents without destroying the seal.
-Twist the dial until speckles appear on the screen, then brush over them with the stylus. The screen should flash when you have them all. Then twist the dial again until you get more. Repeat until you have a full document.
Inside is a letter, addressed to Dobukuro, saying "I've deposited the fee of ¥10,000,000 into the designated account. Please confirm the payment by mailing me a receipt." That's some serious money.
-Red envelope updated in the Court Record. Examine it again.
Ema finally gives up the name of the witness, offering them his business card: Shoutarou Hamigaki, journalist. He mentioned something about going to see Varan's show.
-Hamigaki's business card added to Court Record.
-Move to Coliseum.
Odoroki and Minuki head to the coliseum, where they run into Varan.
-Talk to Varan about both options.
They chat about Varan's show, and he admits that the reason this show is so special is that he finally has the rights to use Tensai Arumajiki's tricks on stage. After Tensai's death ownership of the secrets passed to Zakku, and when Zakku disappeared 7 years ago so did the rights. But now he's been declared legally dead, and as such Varan can start using the tricks again. Minuki is especially looking forward to the show.
When they ask about Hamigaki, he remembers the man, saying that when he laughs he smells like mint.
-Present Hamigaki's business card.
Varan rips up the business card, and though Odoroki assumes it's another part of his act, and that he'll put it back to normal...he doesn't. That's the part that makes the trick original.
-Business card gone from Court Record.
-Present purple envelop
Minuki then shows Varan the Arumajiki envelope that Phoenix gave her, and Varan suddenly flips out, demanding to know where she got it. The writing on the back belongs to Zakku. But Odoroki reminds Minuki they promised Phoenix they wouldn't open it.
-Move to Detention Center.
Odoroki and Minuki return to the Detention Center, where they find Hamigaki trying to interview Makoto (with very little success). He's a skinny man with a big nose and a weak chin, and very hyper.
-Talk to Hamigaki about all options.
As they chat, Hamigaki reveals a bit of news he dug up : a famous oil painting was recently stolen from its gallery . In fact, it's the one of a giant peach Odoroki happens to have in his court record.
-Move to Ese Studio
-Talk to Ema about all options.
-Present the 4th painting to Ema (the finished mountain painting from behind the dresser)
She gives in: Doburoku Ese is actually a counterfeiter. The painting they found behind his dresser was stolen, and he was recreating it to be sold. That's also the real reason why she has her handy X-ray machine with her - by using it on the paintings they can see beneath the paint to the guidelines a counterfeiter would have drawn on the canvas.
-Use the machine to check all three paintings.
Using the machine, Odoroki inspects the paintings, but instead of sketch lines they find entirely different drawings underneath. Beneath the squiggly Picasso-like painting is a scene of two men playing cards. Under the painting of a blowfish is a man pulling a cart. And under the peach painting is a man on a stage, seemingly on fire.
Odoroki flips out, and lines up the pictures together - each one represents one of the cases he's tried!
At court the next day, Makoto is doing her nails again. When Odoroki asks if she's all right, instead of just answering she draws out a smilie face on her notepad to reassure him.
In the courtroom, the Judge is especially nervous: the 6 test jurors are watching the case from a live video feed to the next floor. Both he and Kyouya are anxious about putting on a good show (Kyouya uses his air guitar animation at least five times in this first trial day alone). Kyouya sets up the scene, reporting that Doburoku was killed by poisoned coffee. Odoroki objects right off the bat to remind him it was the cup that had the poison traces, not the coffee itself (there was only a small spot on the lip).
-Autopsy report is added to Court Record.
The victim died between 9 and 9:30, from Atrocinine poisoning. Though the poison is slow acting, it is so deadly that even 0.002 milligrams is enough to kill a person. Makoto herself admits to having served the fatal coffee cup.
Hamigaki takes the stand, and testifies that he arrived at the studio around 9 pm. Makoto served them both coffee but he didn't drink any, as he was too busy studying the machines on the other side of the room. The moment Doburoku took a sip from his mug, he immediately fell over and died.
-Press statement 4. Pick option 3, then option 1, to have the statement revised.
-Present Cup at revised statement
The poison is slow acting and would have taken at least 15 minutes to kill anyone, so he couldn't have fallen over after just one sip. Hamigaki amends his testimony, but he does not take back his statement, standing by his word that the death was instantaneous. He instead changes the subject, saying that even Makoto herself admits to serving the coffee.
Kyouya is amused. He says he should have known there was no way Phoenix Wright would ever choose a "simple" murder case.
Hamigaki continues his testimony, and this time remembers what Doburoku was doing when he first arrived: he was writing a letter. As soon as Hamigaki came inside he quickly sealed up the letter in a yellow envelope and put it in the letter box at the door. Maybe it was his last will or something!
-Press statement 2, and pick option 1 when prompted.
-Present red envelop at statement 3.
Could it be this is what Hamigaki meant? But the red letter is seven years old and addressed to Doburoku, so why would he put it in the letter box? (which was discovered empty at the scene, btw). Hamigaki insists the letter was being sent out, as after he finished writing it Doburoku had to search around for a stamp.
-Pick option 2 when prompted.
Hamigaki's nose puffs as if he's smelling something: even without the Minuku System it's obvious that he "smells news." He suggests that maybe the red envelope Odoroki presented has something to do with the incident seven years ago. He knows something about that, but won't say what.
The Minuki System kicks in during the third testimony, when Hamigaki testifies about how "talented" Doburoku was.
-Minuku statement 5 and look for the sweat under Hamigaki's armpit.
-Present the 4th painting.
Hamigaki gives up his information: Doburoku may deal in paintings now, but he used to forge evidence. The letter in the envelope may be referring to payment for some evidence he had forged for someone.
Kyouya objects, saying that whatever the letter says, it has nothing to do with the case. Odoroki fires back that if Doburoku was dealing with criminals and forged evidence, chances are he has many enemies who might have wanted him dead. But Kyouya counters again, saying there's no evidence of such enemies having anything to do with the current crime.
Hamigaki confirms that there was no one else in the room that night but him and Makoto. Nothing came or left the room other than him.
-Press statement 4. Pick option 2 when prompted
-Present Red Letterbox
If Hamigaki still insists a yellow envelope was put inside, and it was not discovered by the police later, then it must have gotten sent out. They are missing crucial evidence!
Kyouya objects to the idea that it was crucial. As Hamigaki continues his testimony he adds that the coffee cup was the only thing that touched Doburoku's mouth that evening. Odoroki speaks up again about the letter. If he were to mail the letter, he would have had to lick the stamp to fix it on the envelope. Maybe the reason the coffee cup only has trace amounts of the poison is because the poison was originally from somewhere else, and it rubbed off onto Doburoku's tongue, and THEN onto the mug.
-Press statement 3, pick option 1 at prompt.
Hamigaki's nose starts going again, and the Judge asks him what's up. Hamigaki admits that though he remembers Doburoku looking for the stamp, he doesn't remember him finding one. Kyouya adds that the police didn't find a single stamp in the studio.
-Present small picture frame
Odoroki presents the tiny picture frame. Not only does it have traces of the deadly poison on it, but it's just the right size to house a stamp. Kyouya falters - Ema didn't tell him anything about that! (Paybacks for case 3, maybe?).
-Present red envelope
The letter inside asks for Doburoku to mail back a receipt with the enclosed postage - maybe the stamp came from there. Maybe the stamp itself was the "murder weapon." Doburoku was known back then for forging evidence, after all.
Kyouya objects, calling his theory ridiculous. When Minuki tries to stand up for Odoroki, he continues to mock them. That's when a voice alerts them from the witness stand: "It's not nice to tease little girls...Kyouya."
Kyouya is startled, and for a moment sees his brother, Kirihito, on the stand. But it's only Ema, having imitated his voice. She claims she's come to save the day. There's one way to test Odoroki's theory: they just have to test the letter from the envelope for traces of Atrocinine.
-Spray the note for poison
They find a small smear at the bottom of the paper, just big enough for a stamp.
Whoever sent Doburoku that letter was setting him up to be murdered. But maybe Doburoku realized that it was a trap, and put the stamp in the frame, returning the "receipt" with a normal stamp. The Judge is convinced, but then Kyouya interrupts with a guitar riff. There's a huge contradiction in Odoroki's theory, that being how did Doburoku see through the murderous stamp, only to fall for it seven years later? If he put the stamp specially into the tiny frame because he KNEW it would kill him, how could he just forget about that?
Odoroki talks through the crime. Seven years ago Doburoku received the letter with the poisoned stamp. He put it away for safe keeping, and the poison left traces on the frame. Then, seven years later, Doburoku used the stamp on the yellow envelope, transferring the poison from the stamp, to his tongue, to the coffee mug. If his theory is right, one of these pieces of evidence has to be fake.
-Pick option 3, and present Makoto Ese's profile
The only way for Doburoku to have fallen for a murder plan he originally saw though is if there are TWO of them. The Doburoku that died is a fake! The real counterfeiter is none other than his daughter, Makoto!
Kyouya rocks out on his air guitar and calls Makoto to the stand. Her expression changes for the first time when she sees Kyouya, ducking away and staring at him intensely. Kyouya doesn't mind - he's used to girls staring at him.
With some coaxing, Makoto confesses that SHE is the forger, working under her father's name. The letter was sent to her, and she is the one that put the stamp in the frame.
The Court goes nuts, and the Judge calls a recess.
In the lobby, Makoto confesses to Odoroki and Minuki again that she is the counterfeiter. Her father was an artist, and ever since she was very young she would paint with him. It was then that he realized she had an amazing gift: she could copy anything he showed her. And not just paintings - ANYTHING. That's when he started selling her forged works.
They're called back to court, but before they go, Odoroki asks her about the pictures hidden beneath her forged art. Makoto admits that her father already knew about Odoroki, and was always talking about Phoenix Wright and his law office. He's gathered all sorts of information on them. He also seemed especially happy to hear that someone was practicing law out of Wright & Co. again.
Court comes to order, and Makoto takes the stand. She still seems unnaturally concerned about Kyouya. She testifies that the red envelope was indeed for her, and the job it mentions was for her first forgery that wasn't a painting. She didn't realize that the stamp was poisonous, she only took it because it was pretty and she liked it. That's why it was in a frame. After that job was finished, she and her father closed themselves up in the studio and stopped taking visitors. Now she paints picture books.
-Press all statements.
Odoroki asks to hear more about the stamp itself and why she liked it so much. Makoto says that it was an anniversary stamp, and had on it a picture of some famous magicians she liked. They broke up right after the envelope incident, which made her very sad.
-Present Magic Show Ticket at statement 6.
Odoroki asks if it was, by chance, a stamp featuring the Arumajiki Troupe. When she confirms, Kyouya suddenly leans over his desk, sweating. He demands to know what evidence it was that Makoto forged. When Makoto admits it was a page from a book he becomes even more agitated, and asks if it was a journal, with the Arumajiki logo on the back.
Odoroki objects, telling Kyouya to stop harassing the witness, as she's answering all his questions willingly - there's no need to yell at her (by now Makoto's so nervous she's taken to biting her nails). But then Kyouya yells at him, asking if Phoenix really told him nothing about the case seven years ago that cost him his lawyer's badge. The forged evidence that got Phoenix disbarred was a page from a book with the Arumajiki logo.
Startled, Odoroki turns to Makoto and asks to know who it was that hired her to make that evidence. Makoto admits she met the person only once. She stares at Kyouya for a long time, and finally tells them, "the Devil." Suddenly, she falls back from the witness stand, flopping limply to the ground.
Court is emptied. Makoto is admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital for Atrocinine poisoning.
And this is where things get interesting.
The screen goes black, narrator tells us, the players, "There is one more court record on the long journey towards the truth. We must go there in order to know everything."
7 Years ago, April 19th.
Phoenix Wright is in the Defense Lobby preparing for court, nervous as he was his first day. He's been given a case just the night before and has almost no knowledge of the case and evidence. All he has in the court record is a color photo of the crime scene (an old man in a hospital bed, with a pistol nearby), and the autopsy report (the victim was killed between 11:00 and 11:30 pm, shot in the forehead).
Phoenix's client shows up - a tan man in a reddish-pink magician's costume (he looks suspiciously like 4-1's victim).
-Talk to client about all options.
His name is Kagerou Nanafushi, but on stage he goes by the name Zakku Arumajiki. The man he's accused of killing is his master, Tensai Arumajiki. Though Phoenix is a little unsure about the case, since he knows so little about it, Zakku assures him that everything will be fine. In fact, it would be "impossible" for court to find him guilty today. He seems to be the most confident client Phoenix has ever had. His daughter Minuki is with him.
Phoenix has also heard that today's prosecutor is new. He's supposedly a genius, but by Phoenix's recollection there's a new one of those every year.
Before they go into court Minuki hands Phoenix a note. She says that someone outside gave it to her to give to "the spiky-haired lawyer in blue." Phoenix glances over it - it looks like a page ripped out of a book, and almost reads like a suicide note. He's not sure what it means so he tucks it away and heads to court.
-Journal page added to Court Record
The prosecutor of the case is none other than 17 year old Kyouya Garyuu, younger brother of Defense Attorney Kirihito Garyuu. And first on the stand is Dick Gumshoe, who's especially eager to best Phoenix this time. He sets up the case: Tensai Arumajiki was shot 6 days ago in his hospital room. For the past year he'd been hospitalized due to cancer, and also suffered from diabetes. His doctors said he only had about three months left to live. As for the motive, Gumshoe says that Zakku was ordered by Tensai himself to do it. Before the murder Zakku received a letter from his master, which is entered into the court record. It instructs Zakku to come to his hospital room at 11:05 pm, and use the gun Tensai himself had already prepared to shoot his forehead. The end also mentions, "You have a reason you can't refuse." From the sound of it, Tensai was blackmailing his own student into murdering him. The murder weapon was a pistol, discovered at the crime scene.
-Tensai's medical records, syringe, and Zakku's blackmail instructions added to court record.
-Press statements 4 and 5.
-Pistol added to Court Record.
-Press statement 3 and select 3rd option. Point to the hole in the doll's head.
Phoenix presents the crime scene photo, which shows a clown doll next to the bed - it also has been shot in the forehead. It's possible Zakku shot that, and not his master. After all, the note doesn't say who to shoot. Kyouya suggests that Zakku merely shot one after the other.
-Present the pistol at the newly added statement.
It's one of the pistols Zakku and Varan use in their magic show, and it can only fire one shot at a time. And like Tensai's letter says, "I've prepared the gun." There's nothing about Zakku having to prepare a second shot.
Kyouya admits that much, but he's also got a witness. Court is adjourned for 15 minutes so the police can investigate the clown, and Kyouya can get prepared.
In the lobby, Zakku isn't prepared to tell Phoenix what the "reason" mentioned in the letter is. But he does say that when he arrived at the hospital room, Tensai was merely asleep, and there were TWO pistols on the table. He even admits that he almost shot Tensai like the letter said, but then he backed down and shot the clown instead. The sound woke Tensai and they spoke for a few minutes, but he won't tell Phoenix the content of that conversation, either. When he left he took the first pistol with him.
Back in court, the bullet has been removed from the clown, but they didn't have time to match it to the murder weapon. Instead, Kyouya's supposedly "irrefutable" witness is ready. Phoenix isn't impressed - he's seen plenty of "irrefutable" witnesses in his day.
A young Varan takes the stand, just as grandiose as ever. He testifies that he also received a letter, same as Zakku's, except that it asked for him to arrive at 11:20. When he arrived Tensai was dead, and he called the police. He also claims to have shot the doll like the note said.
-Second note added to Court Record
-Press statement 4, pick option 3 (the number of guns left at the scene), then option 1 (the number is very important)
-Present pistol at new statement.
If it was already used to kill Tensai and can only carry one shot, how could Varan have shot the doll? There must have been TWO pistols there that night, and one was taken from the scene. Kyouya's witness isn't so perfect after all.
Kyouya objects, and has Varan testify again, this time about the time of death.
-Press statement 4
Tensai's death was confirmed as being at 11:10, because of his IV drip. The needle was pulled from his arm when he was shot, and since the new solution was added at 11:00 that night, they were able to determine how much time had passed from the time that he died to when he was found, based on the amount of solution left in the bag. Since Varan called the nurses in at 11:20, they were able to determine that Tensai had died ten minutes earlier, thus, 11:10.
-Second autopsy report added to Court Record.
-Choose option 1 (this is important information), press the new statement.
Varan remarks that it's very lucky the nurses were able to determine the time of death, otherwise he might have been a suspect. Yellow - the color of the medication - has always been his lucky color.
-Choose option 2 - this "lucky color" testimony is a contradiction.
-Present the color photo of the victim and select the IV medication.
Phoenix points out that the medicine is clearly green, and Varan loses his composure for a moment (bunnies!).
But Kyouya argues that it's in a blue bag, and the combination is what makes it look green. The medicine itself is still yellow. But that only helps Phoenix's case: how would Varan know what color the medicine was?
-Pick second option - he saw it before it was in the bag.
What reason would Varan, a magician, have to be poking around with hospital medicine? Maybe he even added extra medicine to the IV himself, to trick the nurses into miscalculating the time of death!
Kyouya objects - there's no proof he did such a thing.
Every night at eleven the doctor gave Tensai a syringe of insulin for his diabetes. Assuming he didn't use it (as he was expecting to be shot), why is the syringe empty? Varan could have used the syringe to inject more solution into the IV bag.
The Judge is mostly convinced, but before he can adjourn the court for further investigation, Kyouya interrupts. He presents Tensai's journal, which the old master had been keeping ever since entering the hospital. The last page reads "whether this account continues or not is up to him." Tensai intended to keep writing in his journal, if Zakku was not able to kill him. But the journal stops there, which means he must have died when Zakku showed up.
-Diary added to Court Record.
Phoenix hesitates a moment, noticing that the journal is missing a page. Is Kyouya really so new that he wouldn't have noticed it?
-Pick top first option - present evidence
-Present torn diary page (that you got from Minuki)
The page appears to be a continuation of the diary, written AFTER Zakku left. It indicates that Tensai was next expecting Varan to end his life. And since it is the last page, it implicates HIM as the murderer.
Kyouya objects, as if he expected Phoenix to present that very page. He quickly asks the Judge if he can call a special witness, related to this piece of evidence. Though confused, the Judge agrees. Phoenix has a very bad feeling about what's about to happen.
Called to the stand is Doburoku Ese, artist. He admits that he knows something about the "missing page" Phoenix has just presented - in fact, he's the one he made it. He confesses to having forged the evidence as per a client's request, though he had no idea it was going to be used in a murder trial. He even leaves a mark on all his work to confirm that it's his. Kyouya informs the court that he received a tip the day before that the false evidence would appear, and here it is! Phoenix is attempting to fool the court with a forgery!
Phoenix of course objects, saying he had no idea the evidence was forged. But Kyouya is quick to retort, pointing out that he is the one who just presented it. And how can Phoenix tell the court he presented evidence he got second hand from his own client's daughter? The Judge shakes his head, deeply disappointed. He informs Phoenix that an inquiry will have to take place to determine what punishment is enough for this offense. Meanwhile, the trial itself must come to a conclusion. Phoenix, in a desperate attempt to save his client, accepts responsibility for the forged evidence and insists that Zakku can't be sentenced based on what he did. But the Judge disagrees and asks for Zakku to be brought to the stand. Distressed over the turn of events, Doburoku asks for Phoenix's name, and promises to remember him.
Zakku is called up, but he still isn't worried. He tells the Judge that you can't pronounce a man guilty if he doesn't exist.
Zakku laughs, and disappears into thin air.
The court goes crazy, and immediately men are dispatched to search for the missing defendant, but he's gone. A verdict is never given. In the aftermath of the trial, Phoenix is called into a hearing with his fellow lawyers, and after some debate he is stripped of his lawyer badge for having submitted intentionally forged evidence to court.
And here's where things get REALLY interesting.
Older Phoenix appears, revealing himself as the narrator from the beginning of the case. He tells you, the player, that the case seven years ago is still casting a shadow on the present. There are many mysteries left to solve. Who killed Tensai? Who forged the note, and where did Zakku go after he disappeared?
The Mason System is loaded again, and Phoenix explains that he created this "game" to help bring the truth forward. There are 4 keys in the past, and 4 in the future. You'll need all of them in order to solve the case and find the truth. He also reminds you that he has his own tool, like Odoroki's bracelet - the Magatama. Let the game begin.
The Mason System is set up as a pair of computer screens, each with four "chapters" (past on the left, press the button on the right to move to the present).
-Pick the first option on the left - Detention Center, 7 years ago.
-Talk to Varan about all options.
Varan had thought that Zakku's disappearance would be seen as a confession to his crimes, and that he ran away to avoid the verdict. But it seems that people now suspect Zakku did this only to protect Varan, the real killer. He still hasn't been cleared of suspicion. But Varan is confident that now that Zakku is gone, he'll be the one to inherit Tensai's tricks, and will be able to live very well off his show.
Phoenix asks him about the "reason" Tensai mentioned in his letter that was strong enough to almost get both his students to commit murder. 4 psycho locks appear.
-Move to third option, Wright & Co. Law Office, 7 Years ago
Two weeks after having his badge stripped, Phoenix returns to his office and finds Minuki there.
-Talk to Minuki about all options.
Now that her father has disappeared, and her mother was already dead, she has no one. Phoenix offers to take her in, and she agrees. She immediately decides that he ought to make a new office. Now that's he "fired" he should start a more interesting job (law sounds boring).
-Choose first option when prompted - to see what Minuki can do.
She introduces him to her Mr. Hat.
-Mr. Hat added to Court Record.
-Talk to Minuki again
Phoenix asks about her mother, and Minuki tells him her name was Yuumi. She has a picture of her in her locket, which she shows to him. Yuumi's a lovely brunette (the blue-clad magician pictured in the Arumajiki stamp Makoto had). Minuki tells him that her mother disappeared during a magic trick and didn't come back.
-Locket added to Court Record. Examine it.
-Wright & Co. is checked off on the Mason System screen.
-Move to Defense Lobby (option 2)
Phoenix pays a visit to the courthouse, and there finds the familiar Mike Meekins hanging around Defense Lobby #2.
-Talk to Meekins about all options.
Meekins doesn't seem to really remember him. In fact, he's no longer a patrolman. After having misplaced 4 reports in 3 days he was canned, and now works as a court official. He was one of the men searching for Zakku the day he disappeared, and chased him into this very room. But he vanished!
Phoenix tries to ask him more about this, but two Psycho Locks appear.
-Press the Magatama at the top of the screen to start unlocking.
Phoenix uses the magatama, and pries the story out of him. Meekins chased Zakku from outside the courtroom. Zakku disappeared around a corner for a second, and when Meekins caught up Zakku ducked into lobby 2. But when Meekins entered the room himself, only Minuki was there.
-Present Minuki's profile, and then Mr. Hat.
Phoenix figures out what happened: Zakku ran, and when he disappeared around the corner, he must have ducked into a different room. The "Zakku" Meekins saw when he rounded the corner was actually Minuki's Mr. Hat. Then Minuki and Mr. Hat ducked into lobby 2, and by the time Meekins followed, she'd already put Mr. Hat away.
-Talk to Meekins about all remaining options.
Minuki was part of the plan all along - Zakku always meant to disappear that day.
-Present Day location one is unlocked (current chapter is checked off)
-Move to Borscht, 7 years ago (right option 1)
Kirihito and Phoenix are just wrapping up their dinner meeting. After Kirihito leaves and Phoenix is preparing to actually play a song, Kagerou shows up, along with Hamigaki. It takes Phoenix a while to recognize him as being Zakku.
-Talk to Zakku about all options (psyche locks will appear in option 1)
They chat for a while about Minuki and how she's doing, but when Phoenix tries to ask him about Minuki's mother Yuumi, he won't talk about it.
Zakku shows Phoenix the real page from Tensai's diary, which he obtained the night of the murder. It's signed by Tensai himself and says that he leaves all his magical secrets to Zakku. But Zakku has a letter of his own - a pink envelope with his own last will, signing the tricks over to Minuki.
-Purple envelope added to Court Record again. Examine it.
-Talk about remaining options
-Present Minuki's locket
Zakku doesn't want to see Minuki, or talk about his late wife. He came tonight to challenge Phoenix to a game of poker.
The night that Kagerou hired Phoenix as his lawyer seven years ago, they played poker, and Kagerou lost. It was only his second time losing ever, the first having been to Tensai himself. It was a test of his, and now he wants to confirm what he first thought back then. When Phoenix tries to probe further, 3 locks pop up. But Zakku does mention that he recognizes Kirihito from somewhere. He says he's a dangerous man.
-New location added to present day.
-Move to Kirihito Garyuu's Cell, present day.
-Talk to Kirihito about all options.
The man is as enigmatic as ever. He tells Phoenix that though he remembers Zakku Arumajiki from the case seven years ago, he never dreamed that Kagerou Urafushi was really him. Speaking of that old case, Kirihito confesses he never thought Phoenix would lose his badge over the mess. He was one of the lawyers that participated in Phoenix's hearing, and was the only one who objected to the allegations against him. He asks Phoenix if it was that which made him suspect him of the forgery. Phoenix confesses that he still isn't sure. After all this time he still doesn't really understand Kirihito at all.
Phoenix asks Kirihito about why he killed Kagerou, but 5 BLACK psycho locks appear, which he has has no chance of breaking. But he does notice a yellow envelope on Kirihito's table before he leaves, and Kirihito giving himself a manicure.
-Examine hand shaped nail polish bottle.
Kirihito notices him eyeing the bottle and offers it to him.
-Clear nail polish added to Court Record. Examine it.
You can examine the yellow letter on his table, but he won't let you take it.
-Move to the last option in the past, Doburoku's Studio
-Talk to Doburoku
Phoenix visits the studio run by the man who unintentionally ruined him. Around the studio, Phoenix can see a red envelope and a stamp of the Arumajiki. Doburoku still feels awful about what happened in court, and talks for a bit about how he started forging when his wife left him.
-Present torn diary page (the forged evidence)
-Talk to Doburoku again.
When Phoenix asks him about whoever hired him to forge the diary page, he clams up and two psycho locks appear. Magatama time!
-Use the Magatama. Choose the first option (he's hiding something about the forger) and present Makoto's profile.
Phoenix deduces that Doburoku is protecting someone, that being his daughter, the REAL forger.
-Talk about all options
-Choose top option - talk to Makoto
Doburoku admits it. He says he never met the client - only Makoto did, and when the person left, she was smiling openly for the first time he'd seen. Makoto is a very shy, sheltered child, after all. She was even kidnapped once, which is why she's so afraid of leaving the house, and thinks everyone outside is bad.
Doburoku brings Makoto out for Phoenix to talk to. It takes Phoenix a while to get a reaction out of her.
-Examine examine the table on the right side of the studio and examine the small picture frame.
-Arumajiki Stamp added to Court Record
-Present Stamp to Makoto, choose last option ("They sure are great magicians!")
When Phoenix mentions how great the Arumajiki Troupe is Makoto warms up immediately.
-Talk about all options
She says she and her client talked about them for a long time. He even gave her her a present that protects her outside, which is what gave her the courage to go out and see the Arumajiki Show live. But she can't talk about it, because he told her that if she did, the magic would wear off and she'd be vulnerable again. Two psycho locks appear.
-Use the Magatama. Present the nail polish, and then Kirihito's profile.
-Talk about remaining option.
Makoto admits it's true. She says that at the moment he gave the bottle to her, she felt that he was something extraordinary. He's either an angel, or a devil.
-Doburoku studio is checked off. Move to Detention Center, 7 years ago.
-Use the Magatama.
Phoenix tells Varan that the Arumajiki tricks are dangerous, and Varan asks for proof.
Of course in the show it's only supposed to be a trick, but both guns are still capable of firing bullets. Accidents could happen. In fact, at least one has already.
-Present Minuki's locket, and then the stamp.
Yuumi wasn't just Minuki's mother, she used to be part of the show. And she died during a trick Varan and her husband Zakku performed.
Varan admits that much. But if Tensai knew about the accident and covered up, he would have been just as responsible for the murder. He couldn't have used that to blackmail anyone.
-Choose the second option
-Present Yuumi's profile
She was Tensai's only daughter. Zakku and Varan killed their master's only heir - that's the part he could have used against them.
-Psycho Locks broken - Talk about remaining options
Varan breaks down and confesses. Yuumi was the assistant to their Zakku and Varan show. During a rehearsal, they practiced the trick where both men shot at her with the trick pistols. But something went wrong, and she was actually shot. To this day they don't know whose gun fired the bullet that killed her. After that, the relationship between the three was of course very strained. Tensai never let them forget, and that was the leverage he held over them to orchestrate his death.
Varan still insists that he did not shoot Tensai in the hospital. As Phoenix leaves, he thinks to himself that the Arumajiki are all dangerous people, and that he has to protect Minuki from them.
-Doburoku Studio and Hinomaru Coliseum added to the Present.
-Move to Doburoku's studio, Present Day.
Phoenix visits the crime scene of Doburoku Ese, and there meets Hamigaki, who has been pursuing the mysteries of the connected cases for many years.
-Talk to Hamigaki about all options
He says that Doburoku confessed to him that he felt watched, all the time, which is how Hamigaki has felt himself. Perhaps Phoenix, too, has felt watched...? He wonders if that is the reason Zakku didn't contact him at all until recently, as the two of them had been friends ever since the disappearance of Yuumi. He interviewed Zakku at the time and they started working together after that. He even came up with a theory of his own, that there was a secret love triangle between Zakku, Varan, and the lovely Yuumi.
-Present Minuki's locket
-Talk about new option
Hamigaki also details that Yuumi was married to another performer before Zakku, who lost his life on stage only a year after they were married. She also had a child before Minuki - what could have happened to him? The Arumajiki's have a great talent, after all, and there's a good chance the boy has it, too. Hamigaki gives Phoenix a picture of Yuumi.
-Yuumi's picture added to Court Record.
-Doburoku Studio is checked off - Move to Borscht
-Use the Magatama.
He asks about Yuumi, but Zakku doesn't want to talk about here. Why not?
-Present the gold pistol or Arumajiki Stamp
Phoenix says that he knows about the accident that killed Yuumi. Zakku confirms. It turns out the poker test has to do with a "power" that certain people have. Tensai had it, and so did his daughter, Yuumi. Now Minuki has it. Phoenix says he knows one more person who might have it.
-Present Odoroki's profile
Phoenix doesn't remember Odoroki's name at the time, only that he's a new lawyer working for Kirihito. Zakku doesn't believe it at first.
-Present the picture of Yuumi
The photo shows Yuumi sitting at a table with her hands folded near her face. She's wearing a pair of bracelets, one just like Odoroki's.
-Talk about all options
Zakku breaks down and explains more about the "Minuku" power. It responds to a person's nervousness, and reads their body language. Though this is part of any magician's act, the Arumajiki family had an extra power for it, which is amplified by the bracelets. If Odoroki has the power, it would mean he's part of the family as well! Odoroki must be Yuumi's child from that first marriage.
Odoroki and Minuki are half siblings. Phoenix promises to tell them when the time is right.
Zakku goes on to describe the "test" Tensai set up for his students the night of his death. He had left two pistols, and two notes with instructions for Zack and Varan. When Zakku arrived, he couldn't bring himself to shoot Tensai, so he shot the doll instead. That was the right choice. When Tensai awoke, he told Zakku that he would pass all his tricks on to him. If he had left without shooting the doll, the test would have continued to Varan. If he had killed Tensai, his tricks would have been lost forever. Zakku then left with the pistol.
Zakku apologizes to Phoenix for having involved him in their mess. As soon as they've finished their match, he intends to disappear again. But when Phoenix tells him that Varan, after all these years, still can't clear himself completely of suspicion in Tensai's murder, Zakku decides there's one more thing he has to clear up. He writes out a letter of confession and gives it to Phoenix, declaring that he killed Tensai.
-Zakku's confession added to Court Record
-Borscht is checked off. Move to Hinomaru Coliseum, Present Day
Pheonix pays Varan a visit before the debut of his new show.
-Talk to Varan about the only option.
When he tries to ask Varan about the truth behind Tensai's death, 2 psycho locks appear.
-Use the Magatama
Varan still refuses to tell Phoenix the truth. In order to help crack him open, Phoenix tells him that even though it's been seven years and Zakku has been claimed legally (and literally) dead, Varan still can't perform Arumajiki's tricks:
-Present the purple envelope (the darker of the two pinkish letters in the court record)
MINUKI owns the tricks now--Varan still has nothing. Varan is outraged that even after Zakku's death, he continues to haunt and ruin him. But Phoenix assures him that it's not too late to alleviate at least some of the pressure on Varan.
-Present Zakku's confession letter (the pink one).
It's a confession, just like Varan wanted. Phoenix assures him that he watched Zakku write it out himself, after having told Zakku about the awful state Varan was still in.
Varan's psycho locks break
-Talk about all options
Varan tells Phoenix that the confession is a lie. Tensai was still alive when Varan came. Phoenix still believes that Varan is the killer--if it wasn't Zakku, it had to have been. Varan asks him, "What will you do, if I say it was? Turn me in to the police? Go ahead--I have nothing left."
Phoenix thinks he's finally solved the mystery. But then Varan reminds him there was still one other person in the room with the pistol: Tensai himself. Varan couldn't bring himself to shoot his master, and started to leave without doing anything. That's when Tensai stopped him, and told him that he'd already passed his tricks on to Zakku. Varan failed his test.
As Varan left the hospital room, he was in shock. He stood outside in the hall, devastated by the knowledge that his career was probably over. It was then that he heard the gunshot, and when he went back into the room, Tensai was dead. He killed himself.
And that's when Varan committed an even greater sin - he tried to set up Zakku for the murder. He even realized ahead of time that the note was a test, that Zakku had to have gotten the same one. He had intended from the beginning to kill Tensai and frame Zakku so that he would be the one to inherit Tensai's magic. Though he didn't go through with the murder itself, he did resume his plan to frame Zakku. He tampered with the IV unit and set the gun on the table out of Tensai's reach.
Phoenix thanks him for telling him the truth after all these years. Before he leaves, Varan says there's a chance that "she" might still be alive...
-Move to Kirihito's Cell, present day
Phoenix goes back to Kirihito's cell, but he's not there at the moment.
-Examine yellow envelope
Phoenix grabs up the yellow envelope left on Kirihito's table and finds the Arumajiki stamp there.
-Use Ema's solution to look for poison
A quick sprits of Ema's scientific solution reveals traces of Atrocinine poisoning around it. Finally, Phoenix has the proof he needs - he even takes a look at the note inside.
-Yellow letter added to court record. Examine it.
But before Phoenix can leave with the letter, Kirihito returns, and notices it missing. He politely asks Phoenix to give it back, which he has no choice but to do.
Kirihito smiles, and tells him that Makoto probably won't live much longer.
The Mason System is completed, and Phoenix returns. He says you now have seven years worth of clues to go off of. The real trial is about to start. You're the only one who can find the truth.
Court resumes, and though everyone feels bad about it, they have to continue without the defendant herself present. She's still in the hospital and could die any time. But Odoroki is confident. Phoenix told him the entire story the night before, and now in his court record he has Kirihito's nail polish, the Arumajiki Stamp, and the yellow envelope Doburoku sent out the night he was killed. (That's right, he's not supposed to have the yellow envelope, but sure enough it's there).
Kyouya declares that Makoto's being poisoned by the same substance that killed her father is evidence of her guilt. She couldn't bear the weight of her sin, and decided to kill herself. But Odoroki objects, suggesting that she was merely another target. Kyouya challenges him to tell the court how she was poisoned, and by who.
-Pick the first option - How was she poisoned?
-Present the nail polish.
Odoroki chooses to answer the first question, and presents the nail polish. Makoto had the same bottle. And like they all saw in court, Makoto was biting her nails just before she passed out. Did anyone check her fingernails?
Kyouya, sweating, admits that no one did. He asks if the bottle really belongs to Makoto, but when Odoroki asks who else might have owned it, he won't say.
The Judge then asks for Odoroki to say who it was that tried to kill Makoto.
-Present Kirihito's profile.
Kirihito's the one he got this bottle from, after all. Kyouya quickly objects - his brother is in jail, and couldn't possibly have killed anyone. But Odoroki points out that the nail polish could have been poisoned long before that. Maybe even months and years ago. Kyouya is speechless.
The Judge asks that Kirihito be pulled from prison to appear as a special witness in the trial, and Kyouya is forced to agree. After a recess, Kirihito takes the stand. He greets Odoroki pleasantly and congratulates him on how well he's doing.
Odoroki shows him the bottle of nail polish, an expensive, popular brand called Aluadoné. Kirihito admits that he's a big fan, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. He even turns to Kyouya, asking why he's been brought out here at all. When Kyouya tells him that Odoroki is accusing him of murder, he asks Kyouya what he thinks of that. Kyouya can't answer.
Kirihito begins his testimony. Being in prison, he had no opportunities to administer poison. Makoto probably killed her father and then herself. As Odoroki presses, Kyouya objects strongly each time. Even Minuki notes that he's being especially tenacious - nervous, maybe, since his brother is there?
(I don't think you actually have to press anything, but it's fun to see Kyouya put some effort into his job for once :D)
At the end of his testimony Kirihito adjusts his glasses, saying that it's ridiculous to accuse him of murdering Makoto, unless Odoroki's also accusing him of murdering her father...?
-Minuki statement 5, and zoom in on the hand at Kirihito's glasses. Should be pretty obvious what you're looking for.
Odoroki accuses Kirihito of tensing up, to which Kirihito calmly replies, "Does that mean all nervous witnesses are guilty?" After all, it's not like Doburoku wears nail polish.
-Present the Arumajiki Stamp
Though the method of poisoning was different, it was the same substance.
Kirihito reminds him that Hamigaki had said Doburoku was "looking for" a stamp. The Arumajiki stamp was in plain sight, so that means Doburoku didn't initially intend to use it. That's a pretty poor excuse for a murder weapon, if Doburoku only picked it up by chance. He scoffs at Kyouya for not being able to see through such a weak bluff.
Kyouya pounds the wall. "I wanted to believe in you," he admits. He points out that in his answer, Kirihito said he couldn't have known when Doburoku would use the stamp. But that's besides the point, since the only thing that matters is that he DID use it, and it WAS poisoned.
Kirihito glares at him, but then goes back to Odoroki. What motive could he have to kill Doburoku? Odoroki and Minuki confer for a moment. Usually motive is one of the first things Kirihito would have mentioned. The fact that he's only falling back on that now might mean there's an opening somewhere they can take advantage of.
-Present red envelope OR torn journal page (I'm pretty sure either works)
The the stamp was sent in the first place through a letter between client to craftsman. It was never proved seven years ago who ordered the forgery Makoto made.
Kyouya objects: who would order such a forgery if not the lawyer who presented it? Odoroki reminds Kyouya that the stamp is seven years old, so the motive for killing the Eses is probably just as old. Whoever ordered the forgery must have been trying to tie up all lose ends and silence everyone involved by killing them. It's a clear motive.
The court falls eerily silent, and Kyouya points out that Odoroki has just proved Phoenix Wright had the most motive for committing the murder. Odoroki objects. Not only did Phoenix get the evidence from Minuki, he didn't even take Zakku's case those seven years ago until the night before the trial. He had no time to have forged anything. Kyouya is shocked. He had no idea Phoenix had that little time.
Odoroki goes on to say that Zakku even had another lawyer on his case, who was fired in favor of Phoenix. In fact, it was Kirihito Garyuu!
Kirihito denies it. Odoroki threatens to check the old court record, but Kirihito tells him he can't. Council is only logged into the court record the night before the trial. The Judge confirms - there will be no record of Kirihito having ever taken Zakku's case.
Kyouya, pounding the wall, haltingly asks Odoroki if he has any proof (Minuki notes that he looks pale). In fact, he nearly begs him, despite the disapproval of his brother. He declares that he won't be able remain a prosecutor if his doubts aren't cleared.
Odoroki assures him that he can prove it, and though Kirihito is still scornful, Kyouya is reassured. He promises to trust Odoroki.
The Judge asks for proof connecting Kirihito to the murders.
-Present yellow envelope.
Kirihito objects immediately, and Minuki declares the writing on the envelope is Phoenix's. Kirihito admits that Phoenix was snooping around his cell the other day, but this particular letter shouldn't exist. It must be a fake.
Odoroki agrees - this is not the letter from Kirihito's room. He tells the court that when Phoenix visited Kirihito's cell, he was wearing a spy camera in the pin on his hat. Though he wasn't able to get the letter itself, he recorded its presence among Kirihito's things, and even took a picture of its contents, and of Ema's solution indicating the presence of poison on its stamp. The letter Odoroki has now is a reproduction of that letter.
Kirihito loses his temper, and insists to the Judge that such evidence is in no way admissible in a court of law. Kyouya watches silently. But the Judge agrees - the evidence is not admissible. And since Odoroki has no other evidence to present, he's about to end the trial.
Kyouya finally interrupts them. "Now I know what the audience must feel like at the end of the show, when they're calling for an encore," he says. Something has been bothering him these past seven years, and now he knows why.
Kirihito growls at him to stay quiet. He's clearly upset - he wouldn't want to say anything he'd regret. Odoroki quickly pounces to add his own advice: "Don't forget what's most important to you!" But Kyouya assures that he hasn't. Despite Kirihito demanding that he stop, Kyouya addresses the court: the night before Zakku's trial, it was Kirihito himself that warned the prosecution Phoenix would be presenting fake evidence in court. Kirihito knew about the forgery long before anyone else.
In a brief flashback, Kirihito approaches his brother the night before the trial. Though they should have been fighting each other in court the next morning, Kirihito admits he didn't want to have to fight his own brother in his first trial. Instead, he would give Kyouya some information: Phoenix Wright would be presenting false evidence. If Kyouya were to contact a certain witness ahead of time, he would be able to catch him.
On the stand, Kirihito regains his composure. He tells Kyouya that he's deeply disappointed in him, but he might as well talk. He was supposed to be Zakku's lawyer, but before accepting him, Zakku made him play a game of poker with him. He lost, and Zakku refused him as council, choosing instead to pick Phoenix Wright. He was outraged - how could Zakku fire him in favor of Phoenix, a second rate lawyer? Over a poker game, of all things! He declares, "Only death is befitting of such a man."
Odoroki asks if that counts as a confession, but Kirihito is quick to correct. He still refuses to admit anything. He's only testifying that he doesn't forgive those who have wronged him. He is perfect.
Kyouya laughs at him from the prosecution bench. "Perfect? Don't lie to yourself. You've been afraid all these years!"
Odoroki takes up the fight. He says that Kirihito's failure to kill Makoto and Doburoku seven years ago drove him to keep all the related parties under strict attention. Hamigaki, Doburoku - all of them felt his watchful eye. And when Zakku finally reappeared, Kirihito killed him, too!
Odoroki glances to Minuki. Though Phoenix told him everything the night before, Minuki probably didn't know that her father had been alive until a few months ago. But Minuki isn't phased. She brushes off Odoroki's concern and says they'll talk about it later.
Odoroki continues to outline his view of how the crime was committed. Kirihito wanted to win a big case, and that's why he tried to become Zakku's lawyer. He hired Makoto to create the evidence he would need in court to win. To make sure that Makoto wouldn't be left behind to talk, he sent her the poisoned stamp with the message of his payment, and also left with her the poisoned nail polish. But then Zakku refused him, so instead he passed off the faulty evidence to Phoenix, and warned Kyouya of it ahead of time. All to ruin Phoenix and Zakku, and at the same time eliminate anyone else who might have proved it.
Kirihito is unmoved. He calmly asks if he can go back to prison now, since this is a waste of his time. When he looks to his brother, Kyouya admits that he has no evidence connecting Kirihito to the murders.
Odoroki objects. Kirihito killed Zakku - the only possible motive would be to shut him up. Kirihito objects himself, reminding that he killed Kagerou, not "Zakku." To him, they were different people. And he has no reason to testify as to why he would want to do that, because this isn't his trial anyway. He didn't kill Doburoku. He didn't try to kill Makoto - it was Kyouya and Odoroki bullying Makoto that made her bite her nails and ingest the poison. If she dies, they're the ones responsible.
The Judge has to admit that they've gotten very far off track. This is still Makoto's trial, after all. It's just about time to end it. Kirihito gloats over his apparent victory. After all, neither side has any decisive evidence that Makoto is innocent.
Kyouya stops him. Sure, decisive evidence used to be necessary...but not now. Now, the Jury will decide. Six average citizens will view all the evidence, and decide themselves what the outcome should be. "Decisive" evidence isn't needed at all.
Kirihito is outraged - what can a group of simple-minded pathetic fools do? It's the LAW that matters, it's EVIDENCE that should decide, not some lazy, inferior "jurors."
Once he's finished his tirade, Kyouya reminds him...the jurors he just insulted are watching them, right now. They have been all along, through a closed circuit video camera at the back of the courtroom.
Odoroki adds his own salt to the wound: "This was all Mr. Wright's idea, by the way."
Kirihito completely loses his shit. He screams and breaks down utterly, ranting that he doesn't accept such a system. Only the law is absolute, not pathetic laymen dirtying his perfect logic. But the Judge says that it's not the evidence that's necessarily important, it's the truth, and how we come to it. Kyouya taunts his brother, saying that his kind is no longer needed in the new justice system.
Odoroki, meanwhile, takes his turn at being speechless.
Kirihito is hauled off, and the Judge turns to you. All that's left is for the jury to decide.
The screen turns to static. Phoenix is back, speaking not to you, the player, after all - he has been speaking to the jury all along. The Mason system IS the Jury System. And now, as jurors, it's time to vote the outcome.
Juror #6 raises a question. In the juror's handbook it says that a juror should not be someone connected to the case. Phoenix tells her not to worry about it and vote for the truth. He gives them a glare: "I'm expecting the right answer."
A hand with a bracelet reaches out.
-Pick the left option: Innocent (picking Guilty will get you game over)
On October 9th, the first ever jury trial of Japan is concluded. As the verdict is read, the crazed laughter of former defense attorney Kirihito Garyuu fills the courtroom.
The next day, Odoroki and Minuki visit Makoto at the Hikita Clinic; she's just woken up after 48 hours of being in a coma. Odoroki and Minuki both cry in relief to see she's all right. She draws each of them a picture to thank them for their help. Makoto also tells them that she's ready to face up to what she did, and that she dearly hopes she'll be able to apologize to Phoenix to his face one day.
Minuki, meanwhile, admits that she knew all along her father was still alive somewhere in the world. She was the one that helped him escape seven years ago, after all. And though he's gone now, she's glad that she still has her Papa, Phoenix.
Makoto asks if Minuki wouldn't mind bring out Mr. Hat again, which she gladly does.
Meanwhile, Phoenix is back at the office, meeting with someone. Someone who has recently regained all of her memory (the Serenade from case 3 plays in the background). She asks Phoenix if he knew all along who she was, and that's why he chose her to be a part of the jury. Phoenix won't say. Instead, he asks if she intends to tell Odoroki and Minuki that their mother, Yuumi, is alive and well as the popular singer, Lamiroir.
Lamiroir says that she will, when the time is right. But for now she's overjoyed to see that both of them have grown up so well. Phoenix assures that until she's ready, he'll continue to look out for the both of them. They've become his reason for living.
Phoenix then asks if she'll ever reveal the full secrets of the Arumajiki family and their mysterious bracelets. Lamiroir hesitates to answer. For now, she's just happy to be alive.
The credits roll, and thus ends Odoroki's first adventure.