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The Pixie of the Arpeggio*
Occupation Pianist
Names in other languages
Japanese* マキ トバーユ (Maki Tobaayu)
French Tomas Kashkash
German Machi Tobaye
Spanish Machi Tobaye
Italian Machi Tobaye
Biological information
Designated birth year(s)? 2012
Age 14*
Status* Alive
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blond
Height* ??? cm
Family None mentioned
Friends Lamiroir (singer)
Affiliates Romein LeTouse (manager, interpreter, and bodyguard; deceased)
Klavier Gavin (benefactor)
Daryan Crescend (smuggling accomplice)
Apollo Justice (defense attorney)
Debut episode Turnabout Serenade
Machi Tobaye
...I thank you. I... only lie. But you see truth! You find... truth.
Turnabout Serenade

Machi Tobaye is the Borginian piano accompaniment for the singer Lamiroir. He was involved in a cocoon smuggling case that resulted in an accusation against him for the murder of Romein LeTouse.

Early lifeEdit

Tobaye was an orphan until he met Lamiroir and they began to perform together, with Tobaye accompanying Lamiroir on piano. Lamiroir herself was blind, but Tobaye pretended instead to be the blind one in order to preserve her image as a singer of "sight-seeing music".

Cocoon smugglingEdit

Main article: Turnabout Serenade

Machi Tobaye's mugshot.

Tobaye was involved in the smuggling of a Borginian cocoon to Los Angeles with Detective Daryan Crescend at the request of the Chief Justice, whose son was inflicted with incuritis. Lamiroir and Tobaye were to perform in a concert for the Gavinners, of which Crescend was a member. However, during the second segment of the concert, Interpol agent Romein LeTouse confronted Crescend. In the ensuing struggle, Crescend stole LeTouse's .45-caliber pistol and shot him in the shoulder.

Crescend then told Tobaye (via headset) to press a switch to ignite an inflammatory device inside Klavier Gavin's guitar, in which the cocoon had been hidden. During the third segment of the concert, Apollo Justice and Ema Skye heard what they believed were gunshots, though they were actually firecrackers, and found LeTouse, who died of blood loss soon after. During the investigation, the body disappeared, only to be found at the pedestal with an unconscious Tobaye. Tobaye was arrested and tried for the murder. Justice took on Tobaye's defense, and eventually revealed the smuggling plot involving Crescend and Tobaye. With no decisive evidence linking Crescend to the murder, Justice convinced Tobaye to admit to his involvement in the smuggling so that he would be tried in an American court and avoid the death penalty, the punishment for Borginian cocoon smuggling in his homeland.


  • His Japanese given name, "Maki", when written as a kanji character, can mean "roll" (like a roll of paper or a sushi roll, but not like a bakery roll) or occasionally "Chinese black pine".
  • His full Japanese name could be a mis-romanization derivative of the Finnish name "Matti Tolvanen".
  • His English name comes from his Japanese one, presumably to make it sound foreign.
  • "Kashkash" comes from "cache-cache", the French term for "hide and seek".


His pendant is meant to be in the shape of the hiragana "ma" (ま).

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