Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

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Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

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There are twenty Pokemon movies. Isn’t it crazy how one franchise has spawned that many movies, about the same number of anime seasons, and dozens of video games? Pokemon is a franchise that Rachel and I love, but we’re more the types to play the games rather than watch the movies or television show. With that said, we’ve realized how many movies we’ve missed and sat down to watch the nineteenth Pokemon film, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

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Each time a new movie comes out I always say I’m going to watch it and then never do. I was excited to see this movie on Netflix since it’s one of the more recent ones. For a Pokemon movie, it’s as corny as it can get, but it was one of the more enjoyable ones.

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Yeah, this movie wasn’t too bad at all. It was definitely created with Mega Evolutions in mind, as one of the main plot points was how trainers should have a strong bond with their Pokemon for them to unleash their power instead of forcing the Pokemon to Mega Evolve. It showcased nearly every available Mega Evolution throughout the movie, as well.

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Mega Evolution is definitely something cool and I of course didn’t mind seeing it showcased as a main point in a movie. It was great “bad guy fodder.” Volcanion is trying to protect Magearna and other Pokemon from humans and, while we don’t know his backstory, he made a great hero. Then Ash of course has to come along and help – well, annoy Volcanion. Even though he’s a Pokemon he could speak and he was so sarcastic it was awesome.

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Volcanion was like my spirit animal in this movie, haha! Volcanion was literally stuck with Ash, as a couple of bands linked the two together, throughout half of the movie and it amused us greatly. A counselor for a nearby kingdom wished to have Magearna, who is best friends with Volcanion, in order to control the mechanized kingdom. Ash and friends butt in do their best to help Volcanion. Seeing the mechanized kingdom was a treat! I really enjoyed the animation when it showcased the castle and flying fortress.

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The animation was always great. What I especially loved about the movie was that Ash’s Pokemon did the majority of the work. A few times his whole team just stormed in and took care of everything even if Ash wasn’t even there. They were the true heroes and I felt warm and fuzzy seeing the Pokemon step up like that. Yes, it’s a cartoon, but it still made me feel good. The writing was on point too. The dialogue was funny and the overall plot made sense and made for a great Pokemon movie.

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The battles were always the best part of the Pokemon movies and anime! The music was well done, too, especially the opening credits with the battle going on in the background. Team Rocket was pretty good in this movie too — they’re probably some of my favorite characters, and I would love to see a movie focused on them. They try to be evil, but they just fail at it, haha!

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Team Rocket was impressive in this movie, I agree. They need their own movie or show. Overall, this was a fun movie to watch and I’m sure I’ll be watching it again sometime.

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Professor Layton & the Eternal Diva

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Last week, I did a post regarding Nintendo thinking of making movies with their beloved mascots. There are already some movies and television shows starring video game characters, such as Professor Layton, whom we spoke about back in February.

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Professor Layton is a series of mystery puzzle-solving games by Level-5. They’re fun and challenging and the characters are so loveable. Apparently they made a cartoon movie with these characters in a brand new mystery. I found it from Amazon. It was six bucks so I bought it on a whim.

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It was awesome seeing Rachel buy something on an impulse like that. Usually I’m the one having a hard time keeping my wallet closed, but as soon as Rachel saw it, she burst out with, “I’M GETTING IT,” and we watched it probably a week later. For a movie based on a video game, it wasn’t too bad!

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I think the characters definitely stayed true to themselves as portrayed in the video games. The puzzles themselves in the movie were fun as well. We tried to figure them out alongside the characters, sometimes being right, sometimes being wrong. It was interactive and you didn’t know who the bad guy truly was until the end.

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Of course near the end Rachel and I were both tearing up. We don’t care that it was an animated movie — it was still sensitive enough to make us sniffle, and it proves how invested in the characters we were. One part of the Professor Layton games that we always enjoy are the cut scenes, so to see all the characters in action was fun!

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Well, the ending did have a great twist. It was a bittersweet twist. But that just made the mystery all the better.

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I agree. There were some really silly parts, but it seemed true to the characters and the world that they’re in. The movie made us wish that there were more coming out to enjoy.

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I looked it up. They were thinking of making another movie at once point. Whether they’ll go through with it or not remains a mystery. As long as they keep coming out with the games I’ll be happy.

Have you ever seen this movie or knew it existed? Do you like the Professor Layton series?