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January 23rd, 2018

Last month Level-5 announced plans for a Layton anime starring Kat and her crew, and now we have a few more details: the show is set to begin in April, with new episodes airing weekly on Sundays! (An exact date wasn't announced, so it's not clear if the first episode will air on April 1st or later in the month.)

Some new promo art for the series was also made available: (Placed in a spoiler tag to save space, as it's a vertical image - no actual spoilers)

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By Bolt Storm

January 2nd, 2018

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Happy New Year!

It's the first day of a brand new year, which means just one thing - it's been slightly more than a year since our last Original Character Contest, so going by our schedule of once-a-year-plus-delays, it's time for a new one!

The 2018 Court-Records Original Character Contest is officially open as of today! For those of you unfamiliar, this long-running site tradition challenges you to come up with your own character in the Ace Attorney universe, and then show them off through fanfic, art, or sprites! Come up with a character who catches the public's eye, and you could walk away with some cool AA swag - including the Japan-exclusive Apollo Justice 3DS Limited Edition, the 15th anniversary orchestra CD, and more!

Check out the official contest page for details. The entry period runs through February 28th this year, but don't delay - start working on ideas now!

Best of luck, and here's to a good 2018!

By Bolt Storm

December 31st, 2017


It's been a few months since the Scarlet Study team released their translation patch for the first episode of Dai Gyakuten Saiban - or The Great Ace Attorney if you prefer - and they're proud to announce today that the patch has been updated to include the game's second episode!

[quote="The Scarlet Study team"">Here’s a quick summary of the changes: a full release of Episode 2; the teaser for Episode 3; dozens of retranslations and typo fixes for our initial release; and the removal of our anti-circumvention measures from the patch, allowing eShop buyers to use it. Our staff spent countless hours polishing this release to ensure that it is as high-quality as possible – in fact, you may be surprised to hear that initial translation for this episode was completed quite some time ago. Since then, our tireless team of translators, proofreaders, and editors have rewritten the entire script to preserve quality and consistency. Above all, we strived to find the best balance that we could between accuracy and clarity.[/quote">

So if you've got a copy of DGS1 and a homebrewed 3DS, what are you waiting for? Go download the patch!

Congrats to the team on this release to close out 2017! And keep your eye on CR for the next few days as we ring in 2018 with some news of our own...

By Bolt Storm

December 29th, 2017

Like 4Gamer, Famitsu has published their series of questionnaires with game developers. Among the Capcom developers, we also find Eshiro (series producer) and Takumi (series creator). Interesting is that Takumi says he's helping out with a few projects!

Capcom - Motohide ESHIRO

Keywords and Ambitions for 2018
Rebirth & Challenge

I'm really glad I got to meet with fans during the various events we held for the 15th anniversary of Ace Attorney, so we are planning more events and other projects for 2018 that everyone will enjoy.

Recent Updates
We're preparing all kinds of things, so look forward to the future

Capcom - Shu TAKUMI

Keywords and Ambitions for 2018
Turning Over A New Leaf

In 2017, I managed to complete the story with the grandest scale I've ever worked on with the 2 Dai Gyakuten Saiban games in a form I'm happy with. At one hand I feel relieved, but now I have to find a new "goal" to work towards to... that's where I am now.

Recent Updates
At the moment I'm done with Dai Gyakuten Saiban and I'm helping out on a few projects that haven't been announced yet.

By Ash

December 28th, 2017


After announcing the show earlier in the year in trade magazines, Level-5 has officially revealed the title of the upcoming Layton anime! Titled "Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Puzzle-Solving Files", the anime will begin airing in spring 2018 and see Kat solving a series of mysteries around London with her assistant Ernest and dog Sherl. It's not clear if it'll be a 1-to-1 adaptation of the game or a new series. Kat herself will be voiced by Kana Hanazawa, who AA fans may know better as Susato's voice actress in the Dai Gyakuten Saiban games.

A manga adaptation will also run in Ciao magazine.

By Bolt Storm

December 27th, 2017

Each year, 4gamer interviews developers and producers on the ending year, and the upcoming year. This year Eshiro answered some questions. Not much Ace Attorney news, only that they have plans for 2018. "The new title" he's talking about is not likely (main series) Ace Attorney here by the way, but a new series/IP/title he's working on (With "title", they usually mean the title of a series, and you wouldn't first say something vague like we have plans for Ace Attorney for 2018, and then say something specific in the next sentence...)

1) What game released in 2017 made the most impression on you?
Eshiro: Persona 5. It's been a while since I got so hooked on an RPG, but the hip and stylish world that includes even the UI and the speedy battle mechanics got me. I really loved they had house music during the battles. It's a game where you can really feel the great sense the developers have.

2) What work of entertainment released in 2017 made the most impression on you?
It's a drama that already has a long history abroad, but Grey's Anatomy was interesting. I watched all seasons in one go on Hulu, but I got drawn in by the shocking story developments that would make you forget it's a story set in a hospital.

3) Who caught your attention the most in 2017?
Yozo Sakagami of Bandai Namco Entertainment. We occassionally go drinking together to have a chat. We're about the same age, so from the same generation, so I can really relate to him, and as a fellow producer, I learn much from him in regards to promoting games and reaching out to the fans.

4) Could you tell us about your plans for 2018, or something for the readers of 4Gamer?
For 2018, we will continue working on plans that fans of the Ace Attorney series will enjoy. We are also planning a new title at the moment, so personally I think it'll become a year full of challenges for me.

By Ash

December 22nd, 2017


Thought there'd be a few months between AAI1 and AAI2 on phones? Overruled! Gyakuten Kenji 2 is now available on the Japanese Google Play and iTunes stores:


No word on an English release.

By Bolt Storm

December 15th, 2017


This last year saw the first Ace Attorney orchestra concert in years, and it was such a hit that Capcom's decided to bring it back for an encore!

The Ace Attorney Orchestra Concert 2018 will take place on April 15th at Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall. Like last year, there will be an afternoon performance as well as an evening performance, with some differences in track lists.

While some of the songs will be carried over from past concerts, new additions from Apollo Justice and the Dai Gyakuten Saiban series will ensure that even long-time listeners have something to look forward to.

Finally, this is just speculation, but 2008's orchestra concert was home to the first Ace Attorney Investigations trailer (after a general reveal in Famitsu). Given that we know at least one AA game is headed to Switch sometime between April 2018 and April 2019, we might expect some news around the time of this next concert!

PS: Looking for a CD of the last concert? Well, you might be able to get your hands on it in a contest in the not so distant future... :redd:

By Bolt Storm

December 8th, 2017


Capcom's really got a thing for these stealth mobile ports, huh?

Ace Attorney Investigations is now available on Google Play and the App Store in Japan, featuring higher-res graphics. If it's anything like AA5/AA6, we'll be seeing an English release soon!


Update: Available on the US Google Play store as well!

By Bolt Storm

December 4th, 2017

"The Thinker" (U.S. only)

A new preview clip of the English language release of the anime has been released, this time featuring one of the interrogation scenes from the first episode. In addition to Phoenix, Mia and the Judge, who all appeared in the last trailer, you'll also get to hear the first English samples of Larry, Payne and Frank Sahwit. Give it a listen!

By Cyberlink420

Croik's Current Priorities

The last of the GS1-3 sprites are going up.  Before I move on to GS4 I'm taking a break from sprites to update the scripts.

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