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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 1 Paperback – June 14, 2011
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The English writing/translation is up to par with that of the game (which is saying a lot), so you don't have to worry about cultural references that only Japanese speakers would pick up on (though these are explained at the end).
Though I'm a huge fan of the Ace Attorney games, I would still recommend it to someone unfamiliar to the series (if only for converting reasons, hehehe...) because the cases really are interesting and well thought-out, with decent plot twists throughout.
For those of you who have seen/purchased the original Japanese editions of these books, know that unlike the original, this adaptation does not have a separate, removable book sleeve.
Overall, I am extremely glad that I bought this, and can't wait for the next volumes to be released!
Now, let's get down to business:
The art by Kazuo Maekawa is FANTASTIC. The characters are drawn well, with respect to the original character designs in the Ace Attorney video games. The setting and background are also drawn with great detail. Maekawa truly captures the spirit of the Ace Attorney series, and thanks to her, the transition of the Ace Attorney universe from game to manga is a smooth and refreshing one. (Art: 5 out of 5)
What made me a fan of the Ace Attorney video game series was its sharp story-telling through intriguing cases that challenged you to use logic and reasoning in order to find the truth. While I felt that Kenji Kuroda's script isn't as sharp as the writing in the video games, the different cases featured in this volume did manage to keep my attention. It's hard to compete with the level of storytelling that's a longtime key element of the Ace Attorney video games, but I thought that the story in this volume still meets the standard of a decent mystery-genre manga. (Story: 4 out of 5)
The English translation by Alethea and Athena Nibley reads smoothly, and it seemed that the translation team tried to stay true to the original Japanese text as much as possible. The "Translation Notes" at the end were also helpful to understand some of the Japanese cultural references that Western readers may not understand.Read more ›
The translation is good, and the characters stay true to their in-game counterparts. Maya is clumsy and often obsessed with food, Nick is always trying to see things from another angle, and when something stinks it is (in fact!) The Butz. It really feels like a continuation of the gang after their exploits in the Phoenix Wright trilogy. The art style does its job too. It's similar enough that it won't turn off fans, and yet imparts its own unique touches. One of my favorite things is that it's usually straightforward illustrations, but once the story increases in intensity there are moments where the art style changes to reflect this. I feel like this is a great representation of the game: a back-and-forth between lighthearted and serious moments.
In short, if you enjoy the video game series than you'll enjoy this. In this first volume you'll get one and one-half cases (which may not seem like much, but there are 2 other volumes available, with 2 on the way as of typing) and the story picks up after the ending of the third Phoenix Wright game (if I'm not mistaken). Overall - recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of Phoenix Wright this is good. It stays close to the series with a few added elements of it's own.Published 2 months ago by Mike Ellner
If you love the Ace Attorney series, you will love this manga! All the books in this series belong in any Ace Attorney fan's collection of games, posters, and trinkets related to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Billy
I fell in love with game and then fell in love with mangas! It's such a funny and amazing series. Makes me want to become an attorney hahaPublished 7 months ago by Julia Utley
Very enjoyable purchase ... especially if you like the handheld games. Takes a little getting used to reading right to left but worth the effort. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roger K. Bennett
This is the best adaption of Ace Attorney's characters into a manga that I have read. It's not a direct manga of the game, but has its own story plot. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dark Zero
(Not really), I never read this manga before, nor have I played the games, but Phoenix Wright has got to be the coolest lawyer out there!Published 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
Comic book adaptations of video games often prove to be of dubious quality. Fortunately, Capcom put a lot of effort in doing Phoenix Wright justice. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by TRR5