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Well, there may not have been a ton of game announcements at last night's 15th anniversary special court event, but we can at least run down what was
(The below is compiled from reports by @hoso_boso
, Dengeki, and elsewhere.)
The show itself
The afternoon show started at 1 PM Tokyo time, with an evening show later that day. Before things got underway, visitors had the chance to check out (and purchase) all sorts of memorabilia and merchandise, which we'll get to below.
The meat of the show was a series of "talk corners" dedicated to AA1-3, AA4-6, Investigations, and DGS. Directors Takumi and Yamazaki, producer Eshiro, and the main cast of AA6/DGS/the AAI stage play were present. Live skits were performed, jokes were made, "Guitar's Serendade"s were briefly sung, and a merry time was had by all.
Once the talk corners were through, the voice cast divided into AA, AAI, and DGS teams for a live quiz show, with games like captioning scenes from the series or trying to draw the judge. Team AAI won and will be drawn by series artist Tatsuro Iwamoto as their prize (the portraits are due to be put up sometime in the coming days.)
Once the cast performances were done, Noriyuki Iwadare took the stage with his Justice Super Band to perform a few AA songs live. ("Don't worry," he said, "Detective Fulbright is one of my favorite characters.")
Several non-game-related announcements were made, although most of them are limited to Japan:
- The AAI stage play, Turnabout Teleportation, will likely get another performance run, though nothing is set in stone yet.
- The Ace Attorney Encyclopedia 2001-2016 will be released 3/21. At 336 pages, it will cover every case in the series (so watch out for spoilers!)
- A number of AA-related Japanese collaborations were announced, such as AA costumes and weapons in Monster Hunter Explore until February 1st.
- A 15th anniversary concert will be held May 6th. This won't be a repeat of past performances, but rather a new setlist including music from AA5 and beyond.
Merchandise (where the real money from the movieseries is made)
There was a whole bunch of AA-related goodies on display and available for purchase at the event. We're actually going to defer to hoso_boso's writeup
here, as he covers most of the items available for purchase.
One thing of note: Ace Attorney luggage is now available for pre-order at e-Capcom.
Yes, you read that right.
That said, there were three other small things announced that attendees couldn't actually purchase yet: Ace Attorney wine and sake
, an Apollo Justice plushie
, and (pictured above) the judge's gavel!
Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2
DGS2 made an appearance in two ways at the show: first, Takumi showed off a brief gameplay clip featuring Ryuunosuke, Holmes, and Iris. It seems that since the events of DGS1-5, Ryuunosuke has been barred from standing in court, but all involved were careful to avoid divulging much in the way of story details. Voice recording for the game is still in progress, with Ryuunosuke's VA Hiro Shimono being the only one finished.
Second, a new trailer for DGS2 was shown to wrap things up, confirming the game as a 3DS release (not Switch) and featuring Ryuunosuke and Holmes deducing the meaning of the game's logo. At the very end, a mysterious silhouette made an appearance, and the crowd went wild... The trailer is planned to go public along with the game's official site later today.
In closing... it may not have been quite such a great show for those of us hoping for game news (or announcements relevant to the West in general), but it sounds like it was a great experience for everyone who got to attend. Here's to 15 years of Ace Attorney!
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