Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney
Voice Director: Kyle Phillips

US Home Media: Jan 23, 2018
Japan Premiere: Apr 02, 2016
Japan Conclusion: Sep 24, 2016

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 24

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures

Popularity: 1,662nd All Time, 38th This Week

Franchise: Ace Attorney
Characters on BTVA: 33
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said at 4:17 PM on Wed Nov 22 2017
Honestly at this moment I just want to see who voices Franziska. That's all that really matters.
said at 6:15 AM on Sat Nov 18 2017
 3 Shout Outs!

Dubbed trailer is out for those wanting to listen to Eric Vale as Wright. I like it. Definitely a good choice.
said at 9:01 AM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@Fortenium I'm outisde the USA...I can't see it...
said at 9:12 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@Fortenium I wasn't sure about Eric as Wright, but this trailer convinced me. Definitely looking forward to hearing more of it.

I'm sort of torn about this whole thing. Like I definitely think it's wrong of FUNi to recast without even bothering to *ask* the original VAs if they wanted to reprise. Game consistency is nice and it's only fair to give them first dibs on the part. But on the other hand, I must admit, I'm actually liking Eric a bit better in the part. He sounds closer to how I always imagined Phoenix sounding.
said at 9:43 PM on Sat Nov 18 2017
@Fortenium That trailer really left a good impression on me. And honestly, Eric Vale really fits Phoenix more than the other two. Some great acting there too. I may give this show a second chance.

I just wish they showed off Edgeworth though.
said at 3:36 AM on Sun Nov 19 2017
@Fortenium I agree! He sounds kinda similar to Ben Judd as well funnily enough, haha.
said at 5:30 AM on Sun Nov 19 2017
I'll see how Chris and Lindsay hold up as Miles and Maya before I make any judgements.
said at 5:11 PM on Sun Nov 19 2017
@Fortenium Yeah, he holds up quite well I'd say. He's definitely a good choice (way better than Yuki Kaji). Now I just need to wait for the voice compare so I can see how everyone else thinks he measures up compared to the others.
said at 3:41 AM on Wed Nov 22 2017
Eric might be tied with Sam for best Phoenix voice. Probably. Yeah, we'll see.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:04 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
 10 Shout Outs!
Yeah if I had to say one thing, I think the cast is fine in a bubble, but it does feel a bit lemony knowing the originals weren't even asked.

I think they could have at least compromised by getting the key game VAs (Phoenix, Maya, Edgeworth) and doing the rest in Dallas. Obviously I can't speak for him but Sam Riegel generally seems to be pretty good with coming back to older roles even with all of his voice direction work lately, so it probably would have been easier to rest easy knowing for sure if he could have committed or not.
said at 6:14 PM on Tue Nov 14 2017
100% agreed. Sam has returned as Motonari Mori in every Funi dub of Sengoku Basara, so I still feel a bit iffy about the situation.
said at 9:05 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
@NCZ Yeah. I was disappointed by them not even bothering to ask the game cast to reprise their roles. I know Christian La Monte and Christopher Niosi said that the director for Tales of Zestiria the X wanted to do everything they could to get the original ToZ game cast for the anime, so I guess the director for the AA anime dub didn't feel like it was necessary or wanted to stick with their own pool of VAs.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:41 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017

It is a weird situation. You have series that are much more niche (BlazBlue, Sengoku Basara) maintaining cast consistency, and Tales is probably about similar to Ace Attorney when it comes to popularity. Like I said, I don't think there would be as much confusion if they had at least asked first and/or a solid reason was provided as to why they opted to do their own thing.

I think, if I had to say one thing, it might have been more a business/economics decision than a creative one. Kyle Phillips mentioned he played the first two games to prepare for the series, so I'm sure he must have been aware that the later ones had an established cast. As such I don't know if it's entirely his call. Funimation may have just logistically opted not to co-produce or otherwise work with Cup of Tea for whatever reason. Totally speculation on my part though.
said at 10:37 PM on Wed Nov 15 2017
@NCZ Yeah. I think the only reason they were able to get the Tales of Zesitira cast bad for the simuldub is because they were able to work out logistics and Christian La Monte was there to help out with getting things to work. All of this was discussed in Chris Niosi's YouTube video when the anime came to a close.

That being said, I think you may be correct that it wasn't logistically sound for them to get Sam, Kyle, and Abby back for Phoenix, Miles, and Maya. Regardless, I do intend on giving the dub a shot and I will buy the Bluray releases of the series. It may be good, it may not be. Just have to wait and see.
said at 9:06 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
Although some of the casting is nice (it’ll be intresting to see Eric Vale take a shot at everyone’s favourite Attroney man) it’s a little disappointing they didn’t give this one to LA

Though I’m pretty sure Sam Riegel is busy doing his voice direction stuff with Disney so it could be understandable why on that term.
said at 6:10 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
No disrespect to the cast (Eric Vale as Phoenix Wright is smart, never would have thought of that) but without Sam Riegel I'm not too tempted to watch. Chris Wehkamp might be better than Hebert at least and Kent Willams will undeniably be awesome, so there's that.
said at 6:43 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@FUNiman I do wonder if he would've returned if asked. I mean, he is pretty busy with directing the Ducktales reboot, but he seems to be one of those actors who takes every opportunity. Guess we'll never know.
said at 8:28 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Colleen as Mia Fey. Wow, I actually imagined Mia sounding like her too.
said at 8:30 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
It's a perfect fit, tbh.
said at 5:23 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Yes Funi went for an all new voice cast, I`m even suprised that they replace Hebert considering he is the easiest to get out of reprisals but I don`t want to discuss that further.

For what it`s worth I`m interested in what the new vas have to offer for their characters. I`m more interested in this dub due to the fact they got Kara Edwards to voice a Boy again outside of DB reprisals.

Interested to see the end result in 2018
said at 9:25 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
@Abdullab I just saw Kyle's twitter feed. Apparently he has no idea himself why he was recast.
said at 11:02 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017

According to this tweet, it would imply that Funimation never even bothered to ask Kyle to reprise his role. This honestly makes me a bit disappointed.
said at 11:12 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
@Abdullab I'm not that surprised since Phoenix Wright is one of the few JRPG roles that Sam Riegel would continue to reprise his role. But given that it's been outsourced to TX with Funimation's decision to recast everyone from the game and Sam's current status as a voice director it seems that the ship has sailed.
said at 12:46 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
It's not outsourced to TX. Funimation is doing this in house. If Sam, Abby and Kyle got to reprise their roles, then the dub would be partially outsourced to LA.
said at 2:44 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@DisneyAnimefan1995 Ace Attorney isn't a JRPG
said at 6:31 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@itsmedeadpool Well that sucks. They could've easily gotten him since he's in Texas quite frequently due to Dragon Ball Super. And you think they would've learned their lesson after the amount of backlash recasting Danganronpa got but alas.
said at 6:34 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@BlueHeracross Oops my bad.
said at 6:46 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@Soul-dragon actually Kyle, Sean, Mercer and Cason record from LA with North Hollywood Sound.

but yeh Kyle still does dubs for them
said at 6:47 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@Abdullab I never realized that. Do the directors fly over to direct them in that case?
said at 6:57 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@Soul-dragon I`ve heard Sean say in a con that Chris would fly to LA to direct and the Texas guys are directed by Rawly during that period
said at 6:59 AM on Tue Nov 14 2017
@Soul-dragon Actually no. For DragonBall Super, the LA actors record from LA, while the Texas Actors record from OkraTron 5000 (Dallas). And this isn't FUNi's fault. FUNimation doesn't cast the actors, the director does. Considering that Kyle is upset regarding the recasting, my guess is the director preferred Christopher Wehkamp instead of Kyle. Remember Hit in Dragon Ball Super? In Xenoverse 2 he was voiced by Aaron Roberts, but in Super he's voiced by Matthew Mercer. Chris Sabat decided that himself (and maybe Japan wasn't fond enough with Aaron's performance for the game).
But back to Ace Attorney, there must be a reason why Kyle Phillips recast Miles Edgeworth. It shouldn't be a budget thing, but I guess it might be a 'support the local actors thing'. He's a brilliant director don't be foolin', but checking out his cast lists for all the shows he directed, he does tend to cast pretty much Dallas folks most to all of the time.
said at 6:10 PM on Tue Nov 14 2017
"And you think they would've learned their lesson after the amount of backlash recasting Danganronpa got but alas."

I'm not sure if you're referring to just DR1, or the franchise as a whole. For DR1, the anime and game dubs were recorded around the same time, and the franchise was kinda niche in the US back then. There wasn't even justification to outsource the entire dub to LA, and Funimation had no idea who the game VAs are. I'm pretty sure Bryce recorded his lines last, and everyone else was cast first. Besides, some of the Funi VAs for DR1 are actually better than the game VAs, imo. Vice versa. So it's fine.

That said, I'm still pretty salty about most of the DR2 recasts in the Dr3 dub. I honestly think they don't fit as well as their game VAs (specifically Ibuki, Akane and Fuyuhiko).

If simply thinking Chris Wehkamp is "better" than Kyle Hebert as Miles is enough justification for ignoring vocal consistency, then truth be told, I am a bit disappointed at Mr Phillips. It's one thing to support your fellow Dallas folk, but a lot of fans, and especially people working in the industry should be aware that fans would want vocal consistency more than anything else if the original Eng VAs are not downright terrible.
said at 9:15 AM on Wed Nov 15 2017
@MizukaS I mean DR1, but some of the casting for DR2 didn't fit as well as the previous ones. I honestly didn't mind Akane since I don't really care about her, Ibuki was OK I guess, and Dismuke did a decent job with Fuyuhiko but there was no beating Derek Stephen Prince's take considering that his voice for the character is one of the reasons that the fanbase likes the character so much. As for Gundham and Peko well...Gundham sounded eerily similar to his game VA so I was OK, and I actually liked Peko's voice a bit but that might because of my dislike of her game voice.
said at 4:58 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
Eric Vale as Phoenix Wright? This I have to see.
said at 8:28 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
The results should probably be better than Yuki Kaji as Phoenix, since Eric is a baritone. So we're at least guaranteed that he's not gonna go high pitched. Not sure if he's gonna go for a Sam Riegel impression or not, so we'll see.
said at 5:42 PM on Wed Nov 1 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Amazon is listing Kyle Phillips as the director, and Eric Vale, Lindsay Seidel and Colleen Clinkenbeard as actors. (I'm guessing Phoenix, Maya and Mia respectively?)

Granted this information isn't wrong, looks like we have confirmation that FUNi is recasting the series.
said at 6:32 AM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@1dbad While I would've liked the Duel Destinies english VAs to come back, I'll be honest. I do rather love the idea of Colleen Clinkenbeard as Mia and Eric Vale as Phoenix on-paper!
said at 8:57 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@HylianBelmont Game consistency is always best when possible, but I'm definitely willing to give these new VAs a chance. I actually have sort of mixed feelings on the Dual Destinies cast, so I might even find FUNimation's cast an improvement. XD
said at 12:50 PM on Fri Nov 3 2017
I hope Amazon's got it wrong. I honestly don't wanna settle for anyone else as Phoenix other than Sam Riegel. Same goes for Abby Trott as Maya, too.
said at 1:02 PM on Fri Nov 3 2017
I don't think anything's confirmed until Funimation rolls out their official cast list. So I'm just sit here and keep shelling up hope that Amazon's listings are just baseless rumors, and that my ideal cast would be the actual one being used, instead. Waiting on your move, Funimation. Please, just reveal the truth to us.
said at 6:22 PM on Fri Nov 3 2017
@MizukaS Amazon's usually pretty reliable for this kind of thing, since they get their information straight from the source rather than just relying on internet rumors. But there have been times they've been wrong before, so there's still hope the actual cast list might surprise us. I really liked Abby Trott as Maya too. And it would be ironic if Sam got recast since I think his Phoenix voice works even better for younger Phoenix.
said at 11:47 PM on Fri Nov 3 2017
Or there's a possibility that Lindsay, Eric and Colleen ARE actually a part of this, but not as the roles you've mentioned. Lindsay could be Pearl, Eric could be Larry. I would dig Colleen as Mia/Franziska.

I'll take one step back.... even if Sam and Abby couldn't reprise their roles, I'd say Funi at least tried if they got Kyle back as Miles.
said at 8:26 AM on Sat Nov 4 2017
@MizukaS That's a possibility too. (I'd also dig Colleen as Franziska!)

You never know! Granted they did recast Kyle, I hope they got someone good at least. I personally like the idea of someone like J Michael Tatum in the role.
said at 4:32 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017

Unfortunately, it seems like you are right about Amazon, and Funimation decided to go full Texas for the Eng cast, without outsourcing the dub partially for vocal consistency. I'm willing to give everyone a chance, but I'm really not sure how Eric Vale will fare against Sam Riegel, considering the latter is commonly known to be the best Phoenix voice to date.
said at 5:31 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
@MizukaS I'm sorry. Amazon is usually pretty spot-on about this stuff, which is why I thought it was worth mentioning.

If it makes you feel any better, the Japanese version recasted everyone too. (replacing the game VAs with popular anime VAs) If anything, FUNimation is merely trying to recreate that in English. I'll give him a shot, but Eric's casting surprised me too. I always thought someone like Josh Grelle would work better for Phoenix. (out of the actors in their talent pool, I mean)
said at 5:44 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
We'll see how that goes. I'm not shooting down anyone before I've even heard the dub yet. That's hardly fair, after all.
said at 7:00 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
@MizukaS Good! FUNi has a lot of great VAs, so I'm sure it'll be a good effort, even if it sounds a bit different than we're used to.
said at 11:37 AM on Wed Oct 18 2017
Loved the games a lot, but I knew adapting this into an anime would be tricky. It's like the Danganronpa anime after you played the game (you know what to expect from start to finish) It even gave me a surprise when I learned FUNimation is giving this a BR/DVD release with an English Dub. Saying that, I wonder if they are going to stick with the LA cast (Dual Destinies and later), and will Sam Riegel (Phoenix Wright), Kyle Hebert (Miles Edgeworth), and Abby Trott (Maya Fey) reprise their roles.
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said at 11:59 AM on Wed Oct 18 2017
@itsmedeadpool Hard to say how they'll cast it given Funimation's inconsistency with such things. They could replace everyone (Samurai Warriors), call in as much of the game cast as they can(Sengoku Basara) or even hire Cup of Tea to do the voice work for them. (Blazblue) It's totally up in the air.
said at 7:09 PM on Wed Oct 18 2017
I'm satisfied enough if they could achieve what they did with the Neptunia dub. I could see using Dallas VAs for characters that don't already have an established Eng voice, but I think it's necessary for the principal cast to reprise their roles. Please make it happen, Funimation.
said at 5:45 AM on Sat Aug 12 2017
Was really dissapointed with the cast change here. It was so random and unnecessary and replacements were not nearly as good as game's actors.
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said at 8:08 AM on Sat Aug 12 2017
@AntonKutovoi What was your source that the re-casting was unnecessary?
said at 8:36 AM on Sat Aug 12 2017
@TylerMirage it's more that I just don't understand possible reasons for a change here, aside from budget ones. And even than, if that's the reason, than the budget for the series must've been abysmall, because usually no matter how cheap anime adaptatiojn of the game is, at least it manages to retain the voice cast. All of the standart series voice actors were active at the time of anime's release (hell, both anime prologue for SoJ and the game itself used them just fine), so shedule conflicts are unlikely. Even "Let's cast famous voice actors for promotion" reason is hardly accectable here, since most of the promo materials and all of the events kept using game's VAs.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:46 AM on Sat Aug 12 2017

It's especially weird because the series had pretty much just settled on the trailers/promos' VAs as the "main" voice cast.

There was some inconsistency beforehand, e.g. UMVC3 had Kosuke Toriumi for Phoenix, PL vs PW had Hiroki Narimiya from the live-action movie. But by Dual Destinies they had clearly settled on the TGS cast as the permanent VAs. So it was weird that after all that, a straight adaptation of the games comes around, at the same time as SoJ itself no less, and then upended the tea table once again, especially since most game/visual novel adaptations use the original casts as a selling point. Like you said, there was just no clear reason why when it's actually out of the ordinary for these situations in anime.

Personally if I had to say anything, I thought Yuki Kaji was kind of a square peg in a round hole here. Apollo I could see him as, but as Phoenix it just didn't click.
said at 8:11 PM on Tue Dec 27 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
It may not be the best adaptation, but I did feel it improved as time went on. There were some real stand out episodes, and the anime-original episode was great. Some more anime-original content would have been nice, but I enjoyed it enough that I hope a second season gets made.

I'm curious to see what will happen with the dub. Japan opted for a new cast instead of using the game cast. Will FUNi follow suit, or will they aim for game cast consistency? Either way, I'm looking forward to it.
said at 2:51 PM on Mon Oct 17 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Not the greatest adaptation, it was rushed, but it had a few really good episodes now and then- the supposed finale was at least decent. I did think the episode where they diverged from the games a bit and showed Phoenix, Edgeworth & Larry as kids and how they came to be friends was surprisingly fantastic, though.
said at 8:59 AM on Tue Oct 11 2016
Even if this adaptation isn't the greatest. I'm hoping Funimation will get Sam Riegel, Abby Trott, Kyle Hebert and Erica Lindbeck for the dub. Would be hard for me to get used to hearing these characters voiced by someone else now.
said at 10:40 AM on Tue Oct 11 2016
@Unknownsage13 I'm sure Sam Riegel and Kyle Hebert will be back but I'm not entirely sure about the other two. Still it would be rather nice to hear them as well!
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:27 PM on Tue Oct 11 2016
@Unknownsage13 Funimation could always do what they did with the Blazblue anime and hire Cup of Tea for the recording to keep consistency with the gamed dubs. At the very least I can agree with HylianBelmont that Sam and Kyle are near guarantees given that they both have a history with Funimation.
said at 8:33 PM on Wed Oct 12 2016
@HylianBelmont I'm just not sure about Sam because he seems like another one of those actors that other than guest appearances and recurring roles, doesn't really care to do anime anymore. But fingers crossed!
said at 2:31 AM on Fri Oct 14 2016
@Unknownsage13 I hope so as well. I've heard that the anime adaptation isn't well-liked by some (Can't comment on it's quality myself, as I haven't watched it yet) but I still really want to hear Sam and Kyle as the younger Phoenix and Edgeworth respectively!
said at 7:28 PM on Thu May 26 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
As much as I love Ace Attorney, this adaptation is not that good. Poor animation and poor pacing summarize this near regurgitation of the game. It's gotten to the point where I must backpedal on myself and say that I don't want a dub, simply because the mere presence of one would compel me to watch this again, and I don't want to do that.
said at 10:29 AM on Sun Apr 24 2016
I love waiting for the new updates on Saturdays! Very happy they adhere mainly to the games!!
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Fave Character
Who's your favorite character?
Phoenix Wright
33.3% (2 votes)
Maya Fey
33.3% (2 votes)
Franziska von Karma
16.7% (1 vote)
Miles Edgeworth
16.7% (1 vote)
6 Total Votes