Stare into my eyes
Location: LA, Japanifornia
Rank: Ace Attorney
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:17 am
Name: The Thinker
Problem: General mistake
I'm not sure exactly if this can be called a cough-up, but I'm replaying the first PW game and I just wondered, why would Mia give Maya The Thinker clock with all the documents inside? I mean, if White was after the papers, and Mia knew what he was capable of, why would she give them to her sister? Wouldn't that put her in grave danger?
I haven't played this case in a while, so maybe there's something I've forgotten, but this point just seems weird to me.
Worse is that according to the dialogue, apparently she's done this before.
???: I know, I know. You want me to hold evidence for you?
Mia: Sharp as always!
But if I had to guess, the entire Fey clan doesn't know how to properly care for a family. Morgan sheltered Pearls to the point that she doesn't know the basic facts of the world, and Misty thought abandoning her daughters and her village would be good for them. Maya's supposed to be the one to end this cycle by looking after Pearls and accepting her position of Master at the end.
According to one interview from some time I don't remember, Takumi had initially planned for Nick's first case to be about his mentor's murder. After some thought, he decided against it, just to let the players better associate with Mia by including a very simple case before it. As a result, it makes her seem a little too naive when comparing how she acted in court just the month prior.
Then again, she trusted Phoenix would come to Maya's aid. Everything worked out just the way she planned, right? I mean, she was lying in wait with that memo. Nick just needed to get to the right point of topic with the right witness.
I won't argue about how irresponsible the Fey clan comes off as, but there's some cultural backstory to it. If we assume the Fey clan is based on some cult of ancient Shintoism, everything regarding their family issues and matriarchal society makes sense. The Country of Wa used to be holy matriarchal; just look at the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. Over time, as Japan moved toward Westernization, they also accepted the patriarchal values from the West, and as a result, female priestesses and shamans gradually were pushed into the shadows. It's no wonder Morgan didn't want her daughter to be a part of that. (As for Misty's case, as one who had dishonored the family name, she was ostracized; it wasn't only her personal choice to leave.)
And then comes along Maya, who throws those outdated traditions out the window and opts for a successful tourist business to keep the temples going, all the while maintaining the most important values of strict discipline through spiritual training and importance of maintaining family relations. Atta girl.
Ever armed with trollswatters and defending Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth... as their supposed daughter.
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