True love is forever.
Rank: Ace Attorney
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:55 am
So much pretty stuff in this thread!!!!!
I'm going to apologize in advance for the large rant to follow.
In reference to the discussion, I agree with Elriel that its impossible to know exactly what was going through creators' minds when they put the game together and it can certainly be read as friendship (actions and motivations are often left extremely vague and open to interpretation), but I do think there was more. Not only does Godot admit that he loved Mia, but she certainly seems to care for him a great deal as well. In 3-1 Mia is driven to catch Dahlia even at the cost of her badge. She thinks something like "What is it worth if I let her get away?" Also, recall that she takes this case last minute despite the fact that she isn't quite caught up on everything and hasn't been in court since Terry's death. Grossberg tells her that he was surprised at her earnest request the previous night but is surprised that she doesn't seem to know the details of the case (all Mia needed to know was about Dahlia's involvement. She was clearly waiting for Dahlia to take the stand) and Mia admits that she needs to do this. I don't doubt that she was partially driven by a desire to protect Phoenix and avenge Terry, but there is clearly something more behind her desperation. She also continues to bring the case back to Diego's poisoning and while that ends up being important, she didn't have to approach the case that way and that point really didn't have to be so vital but Mia makes sure it is a center point of the case. It certainly is a rather round about way to get down to the bottom of things. Also, when Grossberg calls Diego her boyfriend, she makes no effort to correct him and I think she may even fall silent but I'm not positive about that last part.
Also, consider that Maya can't bring herself to name Godot as the killer and in Phoenix's mind he figures out that they are both protecting the other for the same reason which happens to be because they are both important to Mia (and we know Mia spoke alone with Maya before they head back in to court and that she admits that she told her sister everything). Maya is protecting him for more than just trying to help her (particularly considering his actions almost got her killed and did cause her mother's death, but Mia and Maya have always had a close relationship in the game so she chooses to protect the man who her sister cared for so much despite everything he did), but because she wants to help someone so important to her sister just as Godot wanted to protect Maya because Mia loved her so much. At the end, the point comes up again when Phoenix is devastated that he couldn't do more to help the person that cared so much for her, but she is quick to reassure him that he has done well and thanks him for "saving" Diego.
Mia also seems to keep a strange distance between them in the times that they meet as though she was angry at him (and considering how devoted she is to her beliefs, I imagine that she would consider his throwing everything he believed away like that to be an enormous betrayal). The few times they have exchanges in court, she refers to him as "Prosecutor" alone, but she never referred to any other Prosecutor with such distance. Edgeworth and Franziska are called Prosecutor Edgeworth and Prosecutor Von Karma. In those cases, she's being respectful but the fact that she refuses to even speak Diego's new name (she only calls him Diego again at the end of the case when he has taken back his old identity and she thanks Phoenix for "saving" him) seems to speak to her feelings at the time (I also got the feeling she was mocking him a bit in 3-2 and not in a nice way). The people who you care about the most are the ones who can hurt you the most and I will concede that certainly just the fact that she was angry at him proves nothing more than that he was important to her and doesn't automatically define it as romance. The betrayal of a close friend can hurt you just as badly and sometimes worse than that of a lover, but I think when you put all of this together and add in the arguments Elriel gave that you do see romance.
Okay, I got way too into this. Sorry about that.