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Watch a real Japanese lawyer object to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the anime, with a blue-suited Phoenix Wright pointing at two men in suits talking on a monitor.
Image: Capcom / Legal Eagle

Ever wondered what a real Japanese lawyer would make of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney? Thanks to YouTuber and lawyer Devin Stone, better known as Legal Eagle, wonder no longer. He’s teamed up with Japanese lawyer Mr. Matsui to critique the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney anime and, by extension, the games upon which it’s based.

Over the course of a 26 minute video, Stone and Matsui pick up on its inaccuracies and highlight where it gets things right. There are other videos of lawyers objecting to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and Stone has put out a solo effort. But what makes this video so fascinating is that, as a practicing Japanese lawyer, Matsui is perfectly placed to pass judgement on this Far East franchise.

We’re absolutely aware that the Phoenix Wright games, amazing as they are, take serious liberties with the law. It might be justice, but there’s no obligation for a defense lawyer would have to prove precisely who the real murderer was. But this is still an amazing watch for Ace Attorney fans or anyone with an interest in Japanese culture.

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Admittedly, as much as we love Ace Attorney, we hadn’t really dug into the state of Japan’s legal system. But we were astonished to discover that Japanese lawyers really do wear those badges. And while Japan does have a ‘lay judge’ system, it’s still possible for a single judge to find a murder suspect guilty or not guilty.

You can watch the full video above and subscribe to Legal Eagle’s channel here. Now, if he would just have a crack at Columbo… we’re huge, huge fans of the late Peter Falk’s performance, but we can’t believe all of those gotchas would stand up in court.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.