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Gyakuten Saiban: The Truth Reborn
Musical 1
Japanese title 逆転裁判 −蘇る真実 (Gyakuten Saiban: Truth Resurrected)
Director Suzuki Kei
Performance run Takarazuka Bow Hall
  • February 5-15, 2009

Nippon Seinen-kan Hall

  • February 24 - March 2, 2009 
DVD release April 20, 2009
CD release March 13, 2009

Gyakuten Saiban: The Truth Reborn (逆転裁判 −蘇る真実; lit. "Turnabout Trial - Truth Resurrected") is the first of three musicals based on the Ace Attorney video game series. A collaboration between Capcom Japan and the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theater troupe, the show starred Cosmos Troupe's Tomu Ranju in the lead role. It was first performed in February 2009 to a very positive reception, with tickets selling out on the first day[1]. This success led to a a sequel being created. Allegedly, the musical's director cleared each of the first four Ace Attorney games seven times before sitting down to write the script[2].

Although the show is a Japanese production, it uses the names from the English localizations of the games (e.g., Phoenix Wright instead of "Ryuuichi Naruhodou"). The plot itself is heavily based upon that of Rise from the Ashes, but changed so that it is more personal to the lead character, Phoenix Wright.

PlotEdit

In New York, Phoenix Wright was thinking about his former lover Leona Clyde, when a news bulletin came on saying that Senator Robert Cole had been murdered and that Clyde was the main suspect. Knowing she would never do such a thing, he decided to defend her in court.

Wright exposed the culprit to be none other than the person Clyde was assisting: Governor Miller Arthur.

After the trial is over, Clyde still goes to jail, as she tampered with the crime scene. Wright declares that he will wait for her and confesses his love for her, to which she responds by running into his arms with tears in her eyes.

SongsEdit

The background music and sound effects used were arranged by the Revue based on Noriyuki Iwadare's orchestra score[3]. The following are the main musical numbers created just for the show in the order that they appear:

Act I
Act II
  • I Love You (Reprise) (愛してる (Rep.))
  • Believe (信じている)
  • The Truth Reborn (Reprise) (蘇る真実 (Rep.))
  • Believe (Reprise)
  • I Love You (Ending) (愛してる (Ending))
Finale
  • My Rule (Reprise) (私のルール (Rep.))
  • I Love You (Finale) (愛してる (フィナーレ))
  • Parade (Truth Reborn ~ Believe) (パレード (蘇る真実~信じている))

CastEdit

Main cast
Other cast members

Differences from the gameEdit

The plot of the musical is largely inspired by the events of Rise from the Ashes with some notable differences:

  • In promotional materials for the musical Phoenix Wright is depicted with his traditional black hair, though in the DVD recording of the show he is now blonde.
  • The Judge, who is traditionally bald and sports a long grey beard in the game, is depicted with a full head of hair and only a mustache in the musical.
  • Maya Fey and Larry Butz, who are absent in this episode of the game, are present in the musical.
  • Bruce Goodman, the victim, is replaced with a new character, Robert Cole. His occupation is changed from a detective to a senator.
  • Lana Skye, the defendant, is replaced with a new character, Leona Clyde. Her occupation is changed from chief prosecutor to legal advisor.
  • Additionally, a sub-plot involving Wright and Leona Clyde being former love interests is also introduced.
  • Ema Skye, Lana Skye's younger sister, is replaced with a new character, Leona's younger sister Monica Clyde. Her occupation is changed from a scientific investigator-in-training to simply a student.
  • Damon Gant, the true culprit, is replaced with a new character, Miller Arthur. His occupation is changed from the chief of police to a governor.
  • Dick Gumshoe is no longer kicked out of the investigation and so takes the witness stand to deliver his usual opening testimony.
  • In the place of Angel Starr, Lotta Hart serves as witness to the crime who, appropriately enough, provides the court with photographic evidence.
  • Jake Marshall, Neil Marshall, Mike Meekins, and Joe Darke are all absent, with no new characters taking their place.

References to the gamesEdit

In Act I, the mug of the news bulletin announcer features an image of the coffee-loving prosecutor Godot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. At another point, Maya Fey makes a mug of coffee that reads "Godot blend no. 107" on the side.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Capcom and Takarazuka Revue Announce "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2"!. March 2, 2009. Capcom - Press Release. Retrieved on May 07, 2014.
  2. Destructoid interview: Ghost Trick's Shu Takumi. July 21, 2010. Ben Perlee for Destructoid.com. Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  3. CRN Interview: "Phoenix Wright" Composer Noriyuki Iwadare at Japan Expo 2013. September 11, 2013. Yomimaid for Crunchyroll.ca. Retrieved on May 17 2014.

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