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As many may know, the infamous class trial that formed such an impact on Phoenix' life was based on something that actually happened to series creator Takumi himself. Today, he tweeted some more details about the incident, as it connects to tomorrow's episode of the anime.

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Everyone, good evening.
Tomorrow's episode of the TV anime Ace Attorney will feature a story with Phoenix, Edgeworth and Larry when they were still in elementary school. Takumi here, who wants to bring out an old story from his own time as a schoolboy.

It happened one day, when I was a second grader. Young Takumi was playing alone in the schoolyard and at the garbage disposal area, he came across a handmade "piggy bank": an empty can with origami stuck on it, just a small object. Not giving it much thought, he took it up in my hands.

"Maybe there's a lot of money inside," he thought and opened it and out of the "piggy bank" came... one coin of 5 yen. Well, he had kinda guessed that because of the sound it made when he picked the thing up. Without giving it much thought, he put the 5 yen coin in his pocket, and yes without giving it much thought again, went home. It happened the following day.

Young Takumi was made to stand in front of a class he didn't know, and while being watched by forty schoolkids he didn't know, a 40-year old teacher who was very angry with him. "Tell the truth!"

The boy had been taken away from his own class, so his head had become all blank. Eventually, young Takumi started to understand he had been accused of being "a heinous 5 yen thief". "You can't go stealing people's money!"

What had probably happened was that someone had taken one of the piggy banks they had made with handicraft classes, and had left it it at the disposal area as a prank. Coincidence led to young Takumi picking up that piggy bank, and someone had witnessed how boy Takumi had pettily stolen the 5 yen.

Something like that had happened, I athered from the information gathered afterwards.... but at the time, I really didn't know what they were talking about. Young Takumi was pushed by the teacher he didn't know, in front of a girl he didn't know: "Apologize to her!"

And at that moment... Objection! ... of course, there was no one in the class who shouted that. Young Takumi, still confused and understanding nothing about what was happening, apologized to the girl again and again. Why I didn't say "It wasn't me!" ? Perhaps because the boy had taken the 5 yen.

And twenty years passed after that event. This charming little story was "promoted" to be included in Turnabout Goodbyes. If back then, Miles Edgeworth had been there... there might've been a defense attorney Takumi right now, shouting Objection! somewhere in a dingy courtroom.

And another 15 years after writing Turnabout Goodbyes... How I feel about that "incident" has become even more vague now. When I revealed this story at the script meeting as a sort of joke, people really felt for me, and I was quite shaken by that...

Such trifling, slightly bitter memories... For scenario writers, they're like spices they can take and use when they have trouble coming up with ideas. But do that for too long, and you'll run out of ideas anyway. Maybe it's about time to get a new stock of trifling, slightly bitter memories... But anyway...

Tomorrow's episode of Ace Attorney will be about such a memory. It's an original episode, portraying what happened "the lunch money inident" from an angle different from the games. Phoenix, Edgeworth and Larry and the origin of their friendship... you can't miss this. Episode 13: Turnabout Promise... Take that! (← like Phoenix)

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Great read xD

It solidifies my idea that writers generally write things based on their own personal experiences as opposed to simply being well versed in "how to write stories". It's very interesting how such an early moment in his life made it into a rather iconic moment in Ace Attorney, but that's not even all.

I've sometimes thought about Godot as well. I know Takumi said in the past that he often bases characters on people he knows and often Capcom colleagues. Phoenix is Takumi himself and I'm pretty sure Godot is Hideki Kamiya; not only the voice but he bears a slight visual resemblance with his tanned skin and a goatee, and I can't help but laugh thinking that maybe Takumi thinks Hideki is a coffee addict or that the "That's one of my rules" gimmick comes from Hideki or someone else who likes to either lecture people or come across as a "Look at me, I'm so cool" kind of guy. :godot:
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Yikes, the innocence of youth... Even though I had some vague idea of the story from an old interview with Mr. Takumi from way back when (don't remember which), he narrates it really well here. So, he was dragged out of class to another; no wonder everyone was so unfriendly.

I would say that he shouldn't start up new bitter memories just for the sake of writing, but I can't help but feel curious what could happen and still be appropriate for a new story. Rather, what about other staff members? Could they share some bad memories of their own? It might become like a group counseling session, though, haha.

Looking forward to the next episode.
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OMG Takumi T_T It was a real experience!
I had no clue. That makes the game's story feel a little more special now XD
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linkenski wrote:
I know Takumi said in the past that he often bases characters on people he knows and often Capcom colleagues. Phoenix is Takumi himself

Phoenix is a weird case, as he was not conciously based off Takumi himself. Takumi has stated before that he actually tried to write Phoenix as neutral as possible, without too much of a unique personality because he is the player-character: every player should be able to project themselves on Phoenix. But because Takumi wrote him as naturally/neutral as possible, Phoenix ended up a lot like Takumi. 'Cause that's what happens when you write like yourself.
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That's a great story! I always wondered where exactly the class trial backstory came from. I am looking forward to episode 13 even more now! I'm the only one out of my friends to have played the AA games, but I've convinced most of them to watch the anime, and I know we will be talking about this episode for weeks because it's technically not in the game so we get to experience it without me know exactly what happens
I was trying to think of a question while I was objecting, I didn't
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It's so sad that no one objected for him. Maybe Takumi put that :igiari: in because he wanted Phoenix to have the help he never had. I wonder if any of the students, the girl, or even the teacher played Ace Attorney, went like "Hey, this moment.....it's so familiar" and when they read that Takumi was the Director, they were like " :maya-shock: :cody-shock2: :wacky-edgy: :judge: :mia: :hair-bounce: ".
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