Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice comes west in September

Not twelve hours after the demo leaked the name, Capcom has formally announced Ace Attorney 6 will be localized as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice!

From the PR:

SAN FRANCISCO — May 11, 2016 — Today, Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, has confirmed that the much-anticipated next installment in the Ace Attorney® courtroom drama series will make its way to North America and Europe as Phoenix Wright®: Ace Attorney® – Spirit of Justice. This narrative adventure stars beloved defense attorneys Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice and sees the return of many familiar faces alongside some interesting new additions. The title will be released as a digital download in the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems in North America and Europe in September this year at an MSRP of $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice sees Phoenix in a brand new location: a courtroom situated in the Kingdom of Khura’in, origin of the Kurain Channeling Technique, where mysterious séance trials decide the fate of all defendants. Brand new to the series is the Divination Séance gameplay mechanic that allows the player to revisit the last moments of a victim’s life. Players must fight to unravel the discrepancies and contradictions between the Royal Priestess’s Insight and what is shown in the séance. Meanwhile, defense attorney Apollo Justice faces his own challenges holding down the fort at the Wright Anything Agency, as he takes on a case that will have explosive implications. Both our heroes are joined by a host of returning friends and adversaries in their fight to bring about justice.

The new game is filled with puzzling cases to solve using popular investigative techniques from previous installments. More details on gameplay features will be revealed in the coming months, so stay tuned!

We also get a few names in the trailer - Leifa’s official transliteration is Rayfa Padma Khura’in, and Bokuto is Ahlbi Ur’gaid!

More to come over the next few months!

  • Law and Order:dark courtroom drama with close attention to the accuracy of the courtroom setting
  • Castle:*has an episode about aliens involving an actual government cover up*
  • CSI:serious forensic crime solving with close attention to detail of forensic procedures
  • Castle:*has an episode about time travel and blatantly says time travel is a reality*
  • Criminal Minds:an in depth narrative study of criminal psychosis
  • Castle:*discovers intricately hidden treasure in an underground tomb by following clues left by a historical figure*
  • Law and Order:. . .
  • CSI:. . .
  • Criminal Minds:. . .
  • Castle:Am I not doing this right?
  • Castle:
  • Castle:*goes to another dimension*
questions regarding the upcoming courtroom drama at the irish high court

which two boys get married so that they can’t be forced to testify against each other

which current member of one direction gets stuck in a broken lift with zayn

which boy attempts to suborn the judge with sexual favors

when the courthouse heating breaks down during a snowstorm, which boy wins the shirtless wrestling competition for the only available blanket, and with whom does he share it

which boys are sent directly to jail

which boy with a secret is inconvenienced when opening arguments are scheduled for the full moon

which boy is confused about the nature of the proceedings and begins his testimony with an riveting full confession about something completely irrelevant

which boys drank truth serum the night before the hearing by mistake

which boy arrives at the courthouse an amnesiac after an unfortunate automobile accident on the way

which boy finds himself in a magically touch-dependent bond with julianbulian

which boy is shocked to learn that the law demands that no virgin be allowed to testify, but offers up his innocence for the sake of Justice

which boys are sentenced to come back from hiatus already


GREAT COURTROOM DRAMAS 1954-1962: The Caine Mutiny (1954), The Wrong Man (1956), 12 Angry Men (1957), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Compulsion (1959), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and The Trial (1962).



“I don’t like making movies that nobody’s going to see or care about, and I also don’t want to try to do just “important” movies, because every movie’s important. For instance, the thing I’m doing next is a courtroom drama of sorts. But it’s a lot more than that, and the only reason I’m doing this movie is because my wife is producing it. She’s passionate about it. It’s a fantastic script, and it is a bit of a departure for both of us. And now that we’re doing this courtroom drama (even though it really isn’t one), we’re getting all these courtroom drama scripts, like that’s what we want to do for the next 12 years. And I’m like, “Well strangely, no.””

– Robert Downey Jr., Off Camera (May 2013)

[PS – it’s at the 33-minute mark of the interview]


Undercover - Synopsis

Drama series in which a defence lawyer tries to finally uncover the truth of an old miscarriage of justice, while her husband goes to any lengths to conceal the truth about his own past.

Not sure how big Angel Coulby’s role is but good on her.


Spirit of Justice at E3 2016 (livestream at 2 PM PT)

E3 is here, and Spirit of Justice is at it! Capcom has announced their E3 schedule, including a booth for the game:

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (Nintendo 3DS; September 2016) – The latest title in the courtroom drama series sees Phoenix Wright traveling to the Kingdom of Khura’in to meet an old friend. While being shown around, tragedy strikes and Ahlbi, Phoenix’s tour guide and young monk in training, is accused of murder! Soon finding that Khura’in employs lawyer-less courtrooms, Phoenix jumps in to do what he does best and defend Ahlbi. Using the new Séance Trial mechanic, see the last moments of the victim’s life, and find the flaw in Royal priestess Rayfa’s insights that will help Phoenix prove Albi’s innocence! Packed with clever writing, humorous dialogue, and plenty of puzzles, Spirit of Justice provides an all-new courtroom experience, with the demo being presented in a recreation of a Khura’in courtroom right at our booth!

In addition, there will be a stream of the English version of the game at 2 PM Pacific.  We’ll be watching and chatting on Cytube, or you can check Capcom’s Twitch channel directly.

If you can’t make it, we’ll let you know if any news shows up!
Grey's Anatomy's Kevin McKidd: Arizona's Bad Day in Court, Trouble for Callie and Penny, and a Finale 'Payoff' | TVLine
By Charlie Mason

In one sense, Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c, ABC) will feel less like a regular episode of the series that we all know and love, and more like a standalone movie, says Kevin McKidd, who not only plays Owen but directed the hour. “Since most of it takes place in the courthouse, it’s kind of like a really wonderful courtroom drama, like Kramer vs. Kramer.”

In another sense, “Mama Tried” will probably feel a whole lot like classic Grey’s, since the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been in the OR. As McKidd notes, in fighting for custody of daughter Sofia, “Callie and Arizona are fighting for their lives, in a sense.” Here, he previews for TVLine “the very emotional and heart-wrenching” installment that will decide the fates of Sofia and her mothers… and possibly Penny, too.

TVLINE | What was the mood on the set like while working on this episode?
Intense. It was intense to shoot, and I think it’s going to be really intense to watch. I think people are going to really respond to it. It’s very emotional, very powerful. I mean, to fight over the custody of a child, for a parent, is probably one of the most [difficult] things they could have to do.  Plus, the audience loves Callie. The audience loves Arizona. We want them both to be okay.

TVLINE | And obviously, they can’t both come out of this okay. Even their friends can’t, right?
Yeah, that’s the hard thing for all [the rest] of our characters. We’re all asked to give testimony for the person we believe should have custody. It’s really tough when you have to pick a side like that, and that’s part of the reason why it’s such an intense episode. Everybody gets cross-examined, and some people do better under that pressure than others. It really puts Callie and Penny’s relationship to the test when Penny testifies, and affects their relationship going forward in a big way. The testimony that Penny gives… she does her best for Callie, but it doesn’t go as planned, and that causes problems.

TVLINE | Is there ever a moment when Callie and Arizona are like, “What are we doing? Let’s work this out”?
They do try to connect at a certain point, but the lawyers get in there and do their lawyering thing and cause damage, so [the ex-wives’] interaction is very charged. There are a lot of hurt feelings. They try to stay civil, but it’s hard when things get thrown at you by a lawyer. Arizona especially, I think, really feels hard done in the courtroom.

TVLINE | Is there any sign, any hint at all, of the love that they used to feel for each other?
There is. They both in a way come to a point where they can acknowledge the relationship that existed. In spite of the hurt feelings, they try to reach a higher ground and respect the [past]. But it’s hard when there are hurt feelings in the heat of the moment to really follow through on that.

TVLINE | And when the heat of the moment has cooled?
After this episode, the aftermath plays out in a really interesting way in the lead-up to the finale. It gets pretty hairy in this episode. There is animosity. It’s not all fluffy and pretty and nice. There are really intense, complicated emotions flying around. But there’s a really beautiful payoff in the finale connected to this.

I don’t know why they call it a ‘hearing.’
No one is listening. 
Too many suited-up mouths
in one room, fighting
over which one gets to
split open my throat, 
transplant my voice, 
force my tongue to spit
a truth I never lived,
using my breath to give
life to the contents 
of their briefcases: 
sitting on mahogany
rectangle black holes,
stopping time 
just long enough 
to complete the operation. 

Right now, that gavel 
looks a little too much
like a scalpel.

—  @littlemitchpoetry, “Hear Me.”
The Trial of Tyrone Rex

It’s Ludum Dare time again, and I have another excellent game for you beautiful people!  This one is a courtroom drama set in the prehistoric era, where you help a guilty Tyrone Rex in improvising a defense and staying out of Dino Prison!

The game is fully voiced by myself and ProZD and features a totally original soundtrack!  Please enjoy!

And if you like this one, you should play my previous Ludum Dare entry, Billy McMath Solves Problems!


Cannes Wishlist:

20 films I’d like to see play at Cannes 2015 - Part 4

Suffragette - Sarah Gavron, UK

Barely any explanation is needed for this one. With an all star cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep, Sufragette is being positioned as an Oscar player which would make it a perfect Cannes pick. 

Sweet Red Bean Paste - Naomi Kawase, Japan

At this point Kawase is a Cannes constant. While her films have struggled to find U.S. distribution they have picked up a variety of awards at Cannes including the prestigious Camera d’Or. 

A Tale of Love and Darkness - Natalie Portman, Israel

After two high-profile unsuccessful attempts at working with women director’s Portman put herself in the directing chair herself in this adaptation of Amos Oz’s highly acclaimed autobiographical novel.

The Whole Truth - Courtney Hunt, USA

Hunt earned an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of her debut feature Frozen River. Now seven years later, she’s back directing her second film, a courtroom drama starring Keanu Reeves, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as two lawyers trying to defend a young teenager who may or may not have murdered his father.

Token Slot - For Any Male Director, From Any Country

This list is in part a response to similar lists made by widely read publications like The Guardian and Indiewire by industry professionals who are only able to cough up one token slot for a film directed by a woman. It often seems like no effort at all was even put in to selecting this woman’s film, just that they realized that they should probably have at least one and included the first one they could think of.

In honour of the token woman slot I include the token man slot. Feel free to imagine the male filmmaker of your choice here.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3