Ok, first off, I haven't actually watched MLP:Fi M
. But I am a HUGE fan of the AA series, and I can honestly say I found this awesome anyway. The writing and sense of humour mimics the style of the AA series very well (Phoenix's internal monologues and some of the Judge's lines in particular are things I could actually imagine them saying in canon) and the mystery is pretty intriguing so far.
Again, I haven't seen the show, but I found all the MLP characters to be very well-developed and likable, and I think the writer should be commended for this, that is, managing to make the characters interesting even to a non MLP fan. I couldn't help but notice some AA comparisons though, Pinkie as an assistant is basically Maya turned Up To Eleven
, while Trixie's attitude as a prosecutor could be summed up as a cross between Franziska (pre-character development) and, though this will probably go over everyone's heads
Yumihiko Ichiyanagi, but competent.
It's great to see these little details AA fans will pick up on, and judging by the Shout Out
page, there's plenty of references for MLP fans too.
The backgrounds and sprites are great, and the voice acting is very good overall. I was a bit iffy about Phoenix's at first, but it really grew on me, and he gets better every part. My only real gripes here are Spike in Part 3 sounding a little too much like Rainbow Dash (it's the same person who voiced her in Part 1, but one's a guy and one's a girl, there should be at least a slight
difference...) and Edgeworth sounding like James from Team Rocket. (thankfully it was only a minor cameo)
One other issue, plot-wise, is that nothing much happens in Part 1. So much time needs to be spent explaining the world to Phoenix (and non-Brony viewers) that you don't really learn much about the actual crime until the trial, and even then it's only about halfway into that
part that stuff really gets interesting. There's a pretty shocking twist at the end of that part (though if you're here chances are you know it already
) but it's not until Part 3 that the mystery starts being unravelled.
But I'll admit, I just mentioned those flaws so people wouldn't accuse me of completely gushing over this fic. Seriously, as AA fan cases in general go, this one ranks very high, even if you're not a MLP fan.