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|Names in other languages|
|Japanese* (romanization written with the given name first)||マホーネ カタルーシア (Mahoney Katarucia)|
|German||Sophie de Narrateur|
|Reckoned birth year(s) (this is for age comparison purposes, and so may look odd; click on the question mark for details)?||Unknown|
|Documented age range (as recorded in court record profiles and case files)||18* (The Final Witch Trial)|
|Status* (last known)||Alive|
|Height* (from official guidebooks)||~ 5'1"; 154* (roughly the same as Maya Fey) cm|
|Family||Arthur Cantabella (father) |
An unnamed mother (deceased)
|Friends||Eve Belduke (childhood friend) |
Patty Eclaire ("aunt", mother-figure, landlady, and employer)
Eve (pet cat)
Carmine Accidenti (rescuer)
Hershel Layton (investigative partner)
Luke Triton (investigative partner)
Phoenix Wright (defense attorney and investigative partner)
Maya Fey (investigative partner)
|Japanese* (romanization written with the given name first)||Aoi Yūki|
|Debut episode||On a Dark and Stormy Night|
|Leitmotif||"Espella's Theme No. 1 ~ Memory" |
"Espella's Theme No. 2 ~ Truth"
Meeting Layton and Wright Edit
Accused of being the Great Witch Edit
Investigating Labyrinthia Edit
The story's end Edit
Espella Cantabella is kind, gentle, and well-intentioned. She places a great deal of trust in others and is willing to sacrifice herself if it means putting an end to the suffering of other people.
Before her trial as the Great Witch Bezella, Espella had many suppressed memories, particularly concerning the so-called "Legendary Fire". When presented with any duress related to her being "Bezella", she would enter a trance-like state where her gaze becoming unfocused and distant. In this state, she was susceptible to suggestion, and it was believed that if pushed even farther she would reach an almost catatonic state. This condition persisted from childhood until the interference of Layton and Phoenix Wright allowed her to confront and make sense of her memories of the Legendary Fire that was the source of her trauma.
- Her Japanese name, "Mahoney", is probably derived from the word "mahō" (魔法), meaning "magic".
- Her English given name could come from the Italian verb "espellere", which means "to expel". It could also be a play on "spell". Additionally, it could be a reference to "cantrip", meaning a witches' spell or trick.
- "Cantabella" is derived from her original Japanese surname as well as from the Italian for "sings" (canta) and "beauty" (bella).
- "Aria", her given name in both the French and Spanish localization, is the Italian word for "air", as well as a term for a piece of music usually performed by one singer.
- Her French surname "Novella" comes from the Italian for "story".
- Her German given name "Sophie" comes from the Ancient Greek word for "wisdom". Her surname "de Narrateur" is French for "of narrator". This is likely meant to be a hint to her relationship with the Storyteller.
- Her Spanish surname "Fable" comes from the English word for a story with a moral or lesson (e.g., Aesop's Fables). Combined with the end of her given name, her surname also sounds somewhat like the Spanish word "afable" ("affable" in English), which means "friendly" or "good-natured".
- Her given Italian name "Luna" comes from the Latin/Italian word for "moon", which is sometimes associated with witchcraft. Her surname "Minstrel" refers to a type of medieval travelling entertainer, and continues the singing theme prevalent in the other localizations.
- Her Dutch given name "Maeve" is of Irish origin and means "she who intoxicates". In Irish mythology the name is rooted in the legend of Queen Maeve, but is also the name of a fairy queen mentioned in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.