Phoenix Wright Case 1 Review
A new defense lawyer is on the scene of a puzzling murder case! In Mizura's Phoenix Wright Radioplay, based off of the rare Nintendo DS game, we're taken straight into the courtroom! Phoenix Wright, fresh out of the academy must solve the murder of a woman before an innocent man is found guilty! Can Wright protect his accused friend as well as find out who was the REAL murderer in the case?
The first thing to really jump out at me was the diverse casting choices of the radioplay. Each VA portrayed his/her character with splendid results! From the very beginning, the audience is entertained with Tamtu's hilarious rendition of Mr. Sahwit, a nervous criminal attempting to pin a murder on an unsuspecting Larry Butz (voiced by SeiyruRenaih). The scene instantly jumps to a well-casted, nervous Phoenix Wright (voiced by Jerry-kun) talking to his mentor, Mia Fey (voiced by Laura Post). As we enter the courtroom, Lucien Dodge's portrayal of the Old Judge greets us, giving a perfect ambience to the radioplay. Prosecuted by the nervous Payne (voiced by YdocNameloc), Wright must find contradictions in testimonies given. The whole cast gives a perfect look of how the DS game would sound if given live voices. The VA who stuck out the most would have to be Tamtu with a humorous voice of a nervous murderer. Not to forget the small parts, Wishfire, Holy Knight Margo, and Tamtu set up the future scenes perfectly with their small lines as the Narrator, Cindy, and the Thinker. Grade A+ voice cast!
What I really enjoyed about the radioplay is the feel it gave off while listening to it. It made me really feel as if I were playing the game. Though you could tell that some aspects of it were very game-like, it still maintained its purpose as a radioplay.
On to the mixing, Mizura did an excellent job of giving this first episode the feel of a courtroom. All the sound effects were expertly placed, and it gave a visual perspective as to what was happening from scene to scene. However, audio wise, the voice volume seemed to be a little off during the second part of the radioplay. I noticed a few of the voices appeared to be louder than the others. This had no effect on the great impact of the radioplay, though, and it's safe to say that this is one of the best!
I hope that more of these episodes come soon, and in the meantime...I need to go find this game!
This production can be downloaded here