Rank: Ace Attorney
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:00 pm
Maya would feel so out of place in the storyline.
You don't even know what the storyline is yet and there's a case taking place at a spirit festival.
Maya is Phoenix's closest friend. Her not being back to at least congratulate him on clearing his name would is what would be so
out of place.
Perhaps she did already offscreen.
AJ already showed she kept contact with him but perhaps she's just too busy for a direct appearence.
Not that it's not likely they'll put her in the spirit festival (it would be kind of fitting) but I just think they've got enough returning characters already for me to feel happy and if they keep putting more in it'll derail the plot somewhat (much like AAI's incessant cameos did).
Additionally Phoenix and Maya met in August 2016.
Maya then left sometime before April 2019 (presumably why she didn't show up in his case where he got disbarred). Three years they knew each other.
Trucy was then picked up in May 2019 and so far has been living with Phoenix for at least 7 years. She was the only person he really had to help him get through those times and indeed they work in tandem to keep living together.
Trucy is arguably his best friend now.
You know, this is exactly why AJ gets on people's tits. Nothing against Trucy, and I know they had their own little thing going for seven years. But saying she was his "only" light during his dark days is an insult to all those friendships he established/reestablished during those three years. He did so much for his friends, and they reciprocated, and yet once he lost his badge, we're supposed to believe not a single one of them knew how to pick up a phone? It's as though to establish any kind of relationship with Trucy, we were supposed to pretend that none of Phoenix's friends ever existed. And Phoenix, Trucy, Phoenix's friends...they all deserve better than that.
But I just keep telling myself that the people who wrote 4-4 just don't know how to write Phoenix very well (or as well as they could), so maybe they only "revealed" what they thought was important for AJ, and that maybe somebody did talk to him during those dark days. And we did get "noodle stand visit" and "Samurai DVDs" ... sort of. Mention mention mention mention. When Phoenix is down on his luck, that would be the time to make a mention, not seven years down the road, and vaguely, to a rookie attorney who has no reason to care about it. Seriously, they just handled that so badly.
All right, I'm done.
As for Maya, it wouldn't bother me if she wasn't involved in a case, though with Phoenix back in action, a mention would be nice. A spirit festival sounds like it might call for her involvement, even if it does happen offscreen. Of course, it might be handled by a branch of the Fey family instead, since Maya is busy being Master.
Cameos are fine as long as they aren't drawn out, or wasted by characters like Mike Meekins.