Anime Review: Pheonix Wright
Before I Watch: NOW, I am somewhat biased as I am a HUGE fan of the video games. I heard some people had issues with it so I wanted to see for myself what it's all about!
Episodes Reviewed: Episodes 1-2
Streaming Service: Crunchyroll
Ongoing or Complete: Ongoing.
Plot: Phoenix Wright is a rookie defense lawyer who works under his mentor, Mia Fey. When Mia is suddenly murdered, Phoenix befriends her younger sister Maya, a medium-in-training with the power to call on the spirits of the dead. Joined by Maya, Phoenix heads up the Wright & Co. Law Offices and stands up to defend his clients in court, often butting heads with the ruthless prosecutor Miles Edgeworth.
STORY: 2/5 - It's hard to judge, the story itself is pretty much a copy of the games themselves. The only major changes have been extending scenes and changing a little dialogue to help elongate the story and help it transform from the video game material. However, it falls short because if you've played the games it's a little boring. The things they added aren't enough to give fans of the games anything new to watch for. On the flip-side if you have no idea about the games it still might come off as a bit boring even still. It felt so...stiff. They skip out on a lot of details they assume fans would know that new fans wouldn't understand the importance of. Plus, the games haven't had a new release in a while, so this could have easily attracted old fans to watch despite knowing what's going on already in general, but want refresher course. I did enjoy what they did with the court scenes though and presenting evidence! It was easy to follow and understand.
ART: 3/5 - One thing I did enjoy was how much they were able to use the video game art so seamlessly. With video game to anime series like Dangan Ronpa, I assumed this would be easy. It's pretty top notch and well done. The only issue I have is I wish they would have made it a little darker. The bright colors translate well for a video game, especially one with a lot of story and reading. However, for a lawyer murder mystery serious law attorney anime I felt like they could have taken it down a notch. Even the opening theme is a little too happy sunshine.
CHARACTERS: 1/5 - I know everybody had different names in the Japanese version but let me just say this is very confusing. I'm used to the English names, having played all the games in the series. A lot of the subs aren't switching them to the English names so to be real, I hardly know who anyone is. I only watched the first two episodes, and nobody is really how I'd imagine they'd be once put into motion. Phoenix/Ryuuichi I could probably take in a fight. He's so ~cute~ But in the games, yeah he was silly but he was confident and smart. He was my favorite (besides Franciska), so he just doesn't feel the same to me. Even Maya, who was another one of my favorites, seemed like such a baby (which I will give her some leeway considering what happened), but she just seemed to be little more mature and hold herself together better in the games.
OVERALL: 2/5 - UGH I don't know. It doesn't feel like the same story to me. I'm such a big fan and I'm so disappointed. I feel like they're cutting corners and skimping out on character development and an actual flowing story. I always thought I'd be excited for a Phoenix Wright anime! It seems it just needs to be done differently to really transfer from video game to anime.