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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 1 Paperback – June 14, 2011
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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"I guarantee that if you're any sort of Phoenix Wright fan, you'll find something good in this collection." - mania.com, on the previous Phoenix Wright manga
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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!
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!