"Message" is the first ending theme of the anime adaptation of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. It is used for the first half of the first season, corresponding to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and comprising the 13 episodes from "The First Turnabout" to "Turnabout Promise". The song is performed by Rei Yasuda.
The ending sequence begins with the head of a sunflower slowly spinning counterclockwise toward the viewer, with two petals becoming dislodged in the process. As the sunflower comes to a stop, the petals come together near the center of the flower to form a shape reminiscent of a pair of lips, which then turn a pink color. As a grayscale image of an unhappy Maya Fey appears in the center of the flower, the "lips" are initially superimposed where her own lips are, but fade away as she appears. The only source of color in the image of Fey is a stick of lipstick in the same shade of pink as the now vanished petal "lips". Fey begins to apply the lipstick to her lower lip, only to accidentally slip up and leave a streak of pink across her lower face. A tear wells in her right eye, which falls down to a watercolor background of pinks and blues below.
Fey's tear then becomes a sunflower petal, which blows about in the air as a blue watercolor image of her being unhappy appears, while a white silhouette of Phoenix Wright with his back to her is visible behind. The petal moves to the right, revealing a blue watercolor silhouette of a dying sunflower. As the petal returns to the left, another blue image of an unhappy Fey appears, this time hunched over a white box-like object. The view switches to a closer image of Fey as the petal begins to move closer to her. Suddenly, the wilted head of a sunflower appears, which is glowing while Wright's hands hover on either side of it.
When the scene returns to Fey, a transparent, but fully-colored, version of her sits up from the hunched blue Fey like a spirit, and follows the sunflower petal with her head. After the view briefly returns to Wright cradling the wilted sunflower in his hands, the "spirit" Fey becomes opaque, stands up, and reaches out for the petal with her hand, only to just miss grabbing it.
A beam of light then splits the screen and gradually becomes wider as a kaleidoscopic Fey slowly falls from above while blue, yellow, and pink colored petals rise up around her from below. One yellow and one red Fey then appear while the light continues to shine, colorful petals whirl around them, and colorful sunflowers spin. Aside from their waist bows and magatamas, the two Feys are naked and slowly move toward each other, with the view switching just before their lips meet.
Profile images of the two Feys then merge together to create a fully-colored version, who turns just as the petal reappears, touches her lips, and disappears, leaving lipstick on her lips in the process. As the camera pulls back to reveal that she is in the middle of a sunflower surrounded by other colorful sunflowers, Fey wipes away the lipstick and smiles at the viewer.
|悩みながら つくった“message” 深夜に突然 あなた宛に送った|
時々でもいい 私がいつも 側に居る事 思い出して、と
|Nayami nagara tsukutta "message" shinya ni totsuzen anata ate ni okutta|
Tokidoki demo ii watashi ga itsumo soba ni iru koto omoidashite, to
|I agonizingly wrote a "message" - it was sudden, late at night, and addressed to you|
Asking you to remember, just every once in a while, how I was always by your side
- The design of the badges worn by defense attorneys in both the Ace Attorney series and real-life Japan is of a stylized sunflower with the scales of justice in the center; sunflowers are seen to symbolize freedom and justice owing to their habit of always facing the sun. This explains why sunflowers are so prevalent in the ending.
- The images seen in the ending are likely meant to symbolize Maya Fey's struggling, and eventually overcoming, her self-doubts over her spirit channeling abilities and usefulness to Wright, as well as dealing with the loss of her older sister, Mia.