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This page is for subjective moments from the 2016 anime adaptation of Ace Attorney.

For other such moments in the series, see the appropriate subpages:

Examples from the 2016 anime adaptation include:

  • Author's Saving Throw: Some people were disappointed that during the Justice For All adaptation, "The Lost Turnabout" didn't appear at all, meaning that Anime!Phoenix hasn't met Maggey Byrde yet. And given how she re-appears in Trials and Tribulations as the defendant of the third case, it would have caused some continuity issues. The second season of the anime adapts this case right away in the first episode.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: The anime has a few minor oversights, though none of them are big enough to qualify as an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole.
    • Exactly how did White eavesdrop on Mia and Maya's conversation with a wiretap, if Mia was shown using a cellphone, not the office phone?
    • The photo Phoenix receives from Cody in episode 6 is different from the one he presents in court in episode 7.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Phoenix and Maya turning into monkeys while fighting Money. Even for this series, that was weird.
  • Broken Base: Opinion on the anime as a whole. Its detractors point to the fast pacing and Off-Model art, while others enjoy how loyal the adaptation is, how certain parts are actually improved over the games, and how the anime has freedom to show and do things the games can't with only text, sprites and static backgrounds.
  • Fountain of Memes: Redd White. His Engrish is beautiful.
    • "YES, WE CAN!"
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 is noticeably higher quality in terms of animation, the pace is more consistent, and fans have been much more pleased with the case adaptions.
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  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: Some fans' opinion of the anime. Since the animated adaptation doesn't spend time on pointless pressing like someone playing the games does, the court segments in particular can seem rushed.
  • Moe:
    • Dear god, toddler Franziska is adorable.
    • Animated Pearls, who is even cuter than her video game incarnation.
    • As is to be expected, Maya's still as lovable as ever.
  • Narm:
    • Edgeworth parking his car in Episode 2.
    • Gourdy's (imagined) face... is not very menacing to say the least.
    • Larry's doomed Steel Samurai balloon becoming airborne and then splashing down again to the heroic strains of the Steel Samurai theme song.
    • The classroom trial flashback is rather well done for showing Phoenix being defended by the people who would later become his friends. Unfortunately, it can be hardly taken seriously when Edgeworth and Larry's voices have the same voice actors they have as adults. Phoenix also does the same, but it's not as bad, seeing that Yuuki Kaji actually can perform a convincing child character. This isn't as much of a problem in the English dub, which actually uses Crossdressing Voices for them as kids.
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    • In the moment Ini Mimey tears up her hat, for some reason she explodes massively. Sure it's meant to represent the symbolism of the incident but it was so over-the-top that you can't help but laugh at it.
    • Edgeworth entering the courtroom at the start of "Farewell, My Turnabout" is so over-the-top dramatic it's kind of amusing, even if (or maybe because) you did just watch Franziska get shot.
  • Narm Charm: Most of the above examples of Narm are rarely disliked due to fitting perfectly with the general tone of the series. Especially Larry's Steel Samurai balloon.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Granted that Dahlia Hawthorne was pretty much this once she revealed her true colors, but there's a rather disturbing extreme close-up to her face while she's talking about her plan with Morgan Fey during the second-to-last episode of "Bridge to the Turnabout".
  • No Yay: First episode of "Farewell, My Turnabout" had a shot of Larry apparently being enamored by Pearl.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Several characters are made much more likeable in the animated adaption. Grossberg and Oldbag come to mind, Lotta and Cody are also up there with them being more helpful and less abrasive.
    • Larry isn't a hated character by any means, but most fans agree that having his perverted stalker traits from the games removed in the anime makes him far more endearing.
    • "Turnabout Big Top" is regarded as one of the weakest cases in the entire series, but the anime redeemed it due to the fact that it was a Pragmatic Adaptation.
  • So Okay, It's Average: This seems to be the general consensus around this anime with fans of the games. Many fans point out there are several parts where the original games surpass the anime, which tends to go too fast and gloss over things, but also enjoy seeing their favorite characters animated. Often subverted with people who are not old fans of the games, they tend to be much more positive about the anime.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Some fans of the games are unhappy with how the anime depicted or altered their favorite moments. Examples include the downplay of Gumshoe's Big Damn Heroes moment and the Adaptation Distillation of the incident five years ago in "Turnabout Samurai", replacing Lotta Hart with Larry Butz in "Farewell, My Turnabout", and a host of things in "Turnabout Goodbyes" — the removal of the statute of limitations on DL-6 and Edgeworth's fear of earthquakes; the letter in the boat shop being merely a sign that the killer had an accomplice and not a piece of evidence so damning that Manfred von Karma would use a taser on Phoenix and Maya to retrieve it; the taser scene itself involving Maya and an unknown officer over a different piece of evidence; and von Karma's breakdown not including the moment where he repeatedly bashes his head against the courtroom wall.
    • There is also the complete removal of "Rise from the Ashes", at least for the Western fans, so no Ema or Lana Skye. Miles' decision to leave doesn't get more context like in the games, various character development and foreshadowing doesn't happen, and we don't get the full and proper team up of Miles and Phoenix for the first time. Ema fans especially find it annoying since Ema later becomes an important character of Ace Attorney. Somewhat understandable as "Rise from the Ashes" is not included in the original Japanese release.
    • To put it simply, people who were wearing the Shipping Goggles were certainly not happy that this adaption made Celeste Adrian's sister.
    • There were quite a few complaints when Funimation's cast list was first announced, revealing that they would be Darrining the actors for Phoenix, Maya, and Edgeworth from the mainline 3DS titles (Sam Riegel, Abby Trott, and Kyle Hebert,note  respectively). This is especially disconcerting as Funimation has gone the extra mile in past titles such as BlazBlue: Alter Memory to get actors outside their pool to reprise their roles. However, this died down as the trailer, clips and episodes were released, with many quickly warming up to their replacements. Riegel and Hebert would also gain roles in the anime as well.


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