Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:29 pm
I'm sure everything I'm about to say has already been said by someone else already, but...
I want Hobohodo to come back, but I don't want him to take on a central role. Obviously, they couldn't just leave the guy hanging in GS4 and had to resolve his whole disbarment story, and I think they did a pretty great job of concluding Phoenix's journey as a lawyer in GS4. Honestly, I feel like he's not going to try to return to his career as a defense attorney. He sounded like he was joking more than anything when he spoke about retaking the Bar in the AJ credits (he lumped it in with piano classes, for goodness sake.) Even though it's a definite possibility that he will return to being an attorney anyways, as wanting to help people was and always will be a large part of his character, I feel like it's more likely that he'll leave that in Apollo's hands. Handing off the baton to the next generation, you know? But I don't think he'll leave law completely, nor will he ever stop helping people. He wasn't a lawyer in GS4, but look at all the lives he impacted: Trucy's, Apollo's, Lamiroir's, even (in my opinion) Klavier's.. and that's just counting the main characters.
I have this idea that maybe Phoenix will retake the Bar and become reinstated as an attorney, but that he'll be doing that kind of... for himself, and for closure. To tie up loose ends. The title "defense attorney" was such a huge part of him, after all. And if Apollo is ever out of order and a desperate situation arises, Phoenix can at least legally have the power to take the wheel.
I'd like to think that after that, Phoenix will continue working on the Jurist System (that thing is far from being fully integrated into AA law, after all.) He'll be trying to fix their screwed-up judicial system, and be working behind the scenes, out of the courtroom.
So basically, in GS5, I want him to be working on his own stuff in the waaay background. He needs to continue having adorable and hilarious interactions with Trucy. I want him to be that kind of character that's finished his arc and character growth, who quietly watches over the younger generation and maybe leads Apollo towards the right direction from time to time, but mostly works on behind-the-scenes important stuff and makes fun of Apollo. I don't want him to be like Mia. I didn't really like Mia. I don't want Apollo to be depending on Phoenix for guidance, either (he was pretty good at standing on his own in 4-2 and 4-3, and he wasn't DEPENDING on Phoenix in 4-4, either. Apollo was simply taking his part in ending Phoenix's seven-year-long fight.)
I sound really needy now. I want an AJ game with a cryptic/mellowed/yet still dorky and ridiculous Phoenix as a side character. So sue me.
As a random side note, I also want Phoenix to interact with Ema on-screen. Just because I think it'd be funny/cute.