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Product Details

  • Series: Phoenix Wright (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha Comics (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935429698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935429692
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great manga adaptation of the popular DS title. Unlike the "Official Casebook" series, these books actually follow full cases (NOT the ones from the game; these are completely new stories that presumably take place sometime after the events of the third game), including investigation sequences and courtroom battles, which do a good job of capturing the charming characterization and intriguing plot of the original games (I almost felt like I was playing the game). The art is wonderful, sporting a style that clearly mimics the "official" style yet still retains an original flair.

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!
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This is the first manga in a series about a lawyer and his psychic sidekick. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a very popular series of games on the Nintendo DS that puts you in the shoes of a rookie lawyer, trying his best to bring out the truth in every case. This manga series follows the greatly written video games very well and is a true testament to the gripping cases in the original games. If you've ever played any of the ace attorney games, buy this manga! It has all the charm, intensity and plot twists of the games that will make you feel like your playing a new case. I am a huge phoenix wright fan and I absolutely will be buying the rest of this series!
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The true official "Phoenix Wright" manga finally comes to North America thanks to the efforts of Kodansha Comics. It's been a while since Phoenix and Maya were together at center stage of an "Ace Attorney" title, so it's good to see their triumphant return through the medium of comics.

Now, let's get down to business:

ART:
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)

STORY:
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)

English Translation:
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.
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The depth of my knowledge of manga as a whole is very limited, but I am a huge admirer of the Ace Attorney series of DS video games so this was a no-brainer for me.

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!
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