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|Tomorrow, I shall be standing in court. For the only time in my life...as a lawyer.|
Episode 1: The Adventure of the Blossoming Attorney was the first episode of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. Susato Mikotoba, under the guise of Ryutaro Naruhodo, takes the defense attorney's bench to defend her friend, Rei Membami, who was accused of murdering Jezaille Brett.
Susato Mikotoba stood in front of the grave of Kazuma Asogi. She mentioned how Ryunosuke Naruhodo was a great attorney and how she was sorry to leave him to protect her sick father. But then she mentioned that something happened when she came back to Japan. The corpse of Jezaille Brett in a beach house was shown. Tomorrow, Susato Mikotoba would stand in court as an attorney for the first time, so she prayed to Asogi to lend her his strength.
Before the Trial
- 8:26 AM
The next morning, Yujin Mikotoba was impressed at his daughter's disguise but fears that her nervousness will give herself away. Then the defendant came over for Susato's protection, she was Rei Membami, Susato's best friend and assistant to her father. Membami was so sure about the "attorney" since they appear very gallant to her but was surprised to learn that she was really her best friend defending her. In Japan, women were not allowed to be attorneys yet, and Susato doesn't really have that much skills as one anyway, but she had no choice. She's determined get her best friend free just as the bailiff announced the start of the trial.
- 9:00 AM
In the courtroom, Susato Mikotoba announced herself as Ryutaro Naruhodo, cousin of Ryunosuke Naruhodo. After successfully answering a couple of questions, she heard about the secret trial nine months ago where a professor named John H. Wilson was murdered for unknown reasons right after Japan signed the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Friendship and Navigation with England. The culprit of that case was the victim of this current one and all of the Japanese law know of her name: Jezaille Brett. Japan couldn't pass judgement on British Brett due to Great Britain calling for the right of consul. They were instructed to escort her to Shanghai, China as there was a consul office of Great Britain there. But the day before she was to be sent there on a steamship, she was murdered.
The prosecutor, Taketsuchi Auchi, then gave the opening statement for this trial. The incident happened midday on August 11th in a seawater bathhouse on a beach near Tokyo. Brett was stabbed through her lungs in the back with a small knife. Rei Membami was the only one in the hut aside from the victim at the time, the police then arrived and arrested her. Auchi said that her motive was that she worked under Professor Wilson.
Membami said that there were others there, she was just asked to accompany her, but it was true that only they were in the hut. Auchi said Membami drove her into the hut, there wouldn't be any other chance to kill her before she'd be extradited to Shanghai. Brett wanted to remember her final days of Japan there before leaving, Great Britain pressured Japan to cooperate with her, so they sent an inspector with her. Brett continued her research at Imperial Yumei University so it's not surprising that Membami would heavily loath her.
The court accepted a photo of Brett's corpse in the hut as evidence, one of the witnesses was the inspector who was outstanding in the Teito police force. Auchi saw this as a perfect opportunity to exact his revenge on "Ryutaro Naruhodo". He was humiliated at the trial nine months ago by "his cousin" as well as Kazuma Asogi who cut his hair. It marked the end of his "Bakumatsu era", but when he swore revenge, a small piece of hair miraculously appeared on his bald forehead. Today, Auchi vowed to butcher the Naruhodo clan.
Cross-examining Hosonaga & Natsume
The inspector turned out to be Satoru Hosonaga who was wearing the same outfit he wore at the time of the incident. The other witness was the author, Soseki Natsume, who got famous due to the success of his book, I Am a Cat. Natsume was invited to a lecture at Yumei University that day, he spoke with Yujin for a newspaper company. A reporter following him was giving complete coverage of Natsume, he gave "Ryutaro" one of the newspapers. Natsume decided to join Brett at the beach but Yujin had work to do.
Hosonaga and Natsume testified that they heard a scream from behind, they ran to the hut and saw the two women. Brett was dead and the knife that Rei Membami was holding had blood on it as if she was stabbed multiple times. Auchi then added a fountain pen that Brett was holding in her hand when she died. It had the initials R.M., the same initials as Membami. But Susato wouldn't give up, with the shout of her first "Objection!" she said that the coroner's report clearly stated Brett was only stabbed once. It would also be impossible for the blade to be stained with blood if it was about to be stabbed again, so Susato suggested that Membami was merely pulling out the blade. Auchi countered this by saying Membami was probably going to stab her again even if that didn't kill Brett. The judge noted that the fact that the murder weapon was just in Membami's hands was enough to make her guilty. Susato suggested Membami was trying to save the victim, but everyone found that ridiculous.
Hosonaga requested a testimony on forensic medicine. He said if the knife was so deep, blood would gush out of Jezaille Brett's body if removed, so there was no reason for any removal. Upon reading the newspaper Natsume gave her, Susato found out that a drug was stolen from the University. When Susato presented that to Hosonaga, she said that if the particular drug was coated on the blade, then it would take minutes for Brett to die, therefore Membami would remove it swiftly to prevent the poison taking effect. Prosecutor Auchi argued that this drug had no relevance to the case unless Membami suspected the poison was there. So Susato noted that the coroner's report says that Brett's pupils were contracted instead of enlarged, that's a result of the poison's effect.
Membami suddenly took the stand to take the blame for not telling the professor about it. She noticed it after his conversation with Natsume, but she was afraid she would fail him for a stolen classified drug. She thought the thief was Brett and that's why she was with her during the incident. But Brett denied stealing the poison and collapsed when she stood up. She didn't know how that knife got there, but her pupils were tiny. So she tried to pull out the knife and apologizes for not saying any of this earlier. Auchi wouldn't have it, he suddenly presented a photograph of inside the hut with Membami holding the knife in Brett's body! Susato pointed out that whoever took this picture must also be a witness, but Auchi admitted that this picture reached the Teito Police Force via express mail only the previous day with no name attached. After looking at the newspaper again, Susato noticed the picture on it had the same weird tree like marking as the new photograph, it was a crack in the camera. She announced that whoever took the newspaper photo took the photo. Soseki Natsume announced that his name was Raiten Menimemo who works for the Shoyu News, he was the reporter that's following him. The judge called for recess while the bailiffs get Menimemo, he also wanted the Yumei University medical department to test the bloody knife for poison.
- 10:41 AM
Rei Membami once again apologized for not telling Yujin about the missing poison, saying she should get capital punishment. Susato Mikotoba felt the same way about herself and she somewhat suspected her as the actual killer. But she knew a defense attorney should always believe in her client no matter what, especially if it's her best friend. Membami didn't understand how Brett was stabbed with just the two of them in there. Yujin gave Susato a reagent that the police are using to detect the poison. Membami blamed Brett for having information about the poison in the newspaper as she introduced Natsume to the drug during his conversation with Yujin. The bailiff announced that the journalist was found and the trial will now reconvene.
- 11:30 AM
With the trial back in session, Auchi announced that no poison was found on the knife. Raiten Menimemo introduced himself as a bunya, a news journalist, who follows his own philosophy called Menimemoism. He was immediately obsessed with writing down whatever's happening in court that he can use for a scoop and interviews everyone until the judge makes him confirm that he took the photo. Contrary to what Yujin thought, Menimemo didn't go back to Shoyu News headquarters, instead he tried to interview Brett. He was mad that Japan couldn't arrest that British woman, so he "interviewed" her to tattle to the press.
Menimemo testified that he watched through a gap between the reed screens of the shack. Rei Membami came in, had a heated argument with Brett, then stabbed her. Being a reporter, he parted the wall and took a photo of the scene. Yujin didn't see why he didn't make an article. During the cross-examination, Menimemo explained, with a plan of the shack, that Brett was in the middle of the back. After the argument, Membami went behind her and stabbed her. Menimemo claimed he didn't enter the shack nor meet Brett, but the fountain pen Brett was holding had the initials R.M., they can also stand for Raiten Menimemo. He claimed he only uses pencils but his right hand was stained with blue ink. What's more, the pen had the symbol of the Shoyu News that matched his armband. He admitted that the interview was just a few minutes before she was killed. The judge demanded that he testify about the interview, Menimemo agreed to but only if Soseki Natsume can be with him as he suspected he was hiding something.
With Natsume back on the stand, Menimemo testified that Brett refused an interview. So he left, then saw the murder through the gap, that's when Natsume and Satoru Hosonaga came in. Hosonaga felt a pulse through Brett so he went to Yujin for help. Menimemo then claimed that Natsume asked a question to Brett but didn't testify about it. Auchi and the judge were very surprised that the victim actually regained consciousness. Natsume admitted that he asked Brett who killed her, and she pointed behind her towards Rei Membami! But Natsume felt that the girl was simply in the way, vaguely to the back of the wall. Auchi said Brett's consciousness was fading, her finger was shaking, and no one else was in the hut but Membami. The judge was about to end the trial but "Ryutaro Naruhodo" pointed out that Brett was pointing to the back because the one who stabbed her was outside. Susato showed the first crime scene photo and revealed that the reeds on the back wall are uneven enough for a knife to get through.
Then she immediately accused Raiten Menimemo as the culprit. Auchi argued that victim was lying in the middle of the shack, but "Ryutaro" noted that Membami said she was sitting all the way in the back when she came in, the uneven reeds are right by her seat. Susato concluded that Brett stood up when stabbed and then fell. Menimemo suddenly reminded everyone about the stolen poison, it was the true cause of death due its effects being in the coroner's report. The judge asked how the poison got into her and Yujin says she most likely drank it because the crime scene photo showed a bottle and wine glass on the sand.
Menimemo gave a testimony on why he couldn't have put the poison in Brett's drink. First, he admitted he stabbed her, but points out that if she drank the poison she wouldn't have needed a stabbing. He was just enraged by that argument she had with Rei Membami, he had to pass judgement on a murderer walking free. He demanded the Japanese court to deal with the murderer charges of Membami before the assault charge of himself. Even after getting this far, Susato wondered how Naruhodo and Asogi would do. When she pressed about John Wilson's murder, Membami suddenly came to the stand claiming Menimemo's testimony was a complete lie.
She testified that Brett was studying drugs and it would be difficult to take one out of the lab, so she had to have been the thief of the poison. Membami told Brett that if she used the poison, the whole government would be involved with whoever was killed by it, not just the labs it was from. Yujin revealed that Menimemo wrote the article on the stolen poison. He was writing it based on what he heard in the shack. Susato remembered that Menimemo didn't say anything about Membami tampering Brett's drink. The only person who could've slipped the poison in was someone who did not know about the side effects: Menimemo. Susato said that the stabbing was to kill her before the poison kicked, that way he wouldn't get caught by that problem.
The judge was fully convinced by this logic and Auchi couldn't come up with anything to counter. But an angry Menimemo noted that there was no evidence about him having the poison in the first place. After observing that his fountain pen was empty, Susato announced that the poison was in his pen. They could use the reagent on the pen to test for the poison. Defeated at last, Raiten Menimemo swung his camera around really fast, ranting about how he was better than the empire of Japan. But then Membami and Susato suddenly appear between him and throw him up backwards with the "Ryutaro Takedown".
Sure enough, there was a reaction with the reagent and the pen. Menimemo confessed that he stole the poison from the lab, he pretended to go the washroom and filled it in his pen to save for a big scoop. When he interviewed Jezaille Brett, she just laughed, calling him a caveman and insulting his journalism. He got fed up with this horrible woman and remembered the poison, so he slipped it into her drink. Menimemo also claimed he found out the truth about John Wilson's murder, he though that there was a shady deal with Great Britain and Japan. The Shoyu News refused to publish his articles, Menimemo wanted to bring justice. But Susato reminded him that killing Brett and attempting to frame Menimemo made him no better than Brett.
The judge was quite impressed with "Ryutaro Naruhodo's" performance as an attorney, just like "his cousin", Ryunosuke. Taketsuchi Auchi, having been humiliated by "another" Naruhodo, announced that, rather than living on in shame, he would end it all now with the blade he held, as that is the true path to "Auchiism". He recited a death poem and, with crying hesitation, cut off the hair on his forehead and let it blow away. The judge proceeded to give Rei Membami her not guilty verdict.
- 2:38 PM
Susato Mikotoba had finally felt the life of Ryunosuke Naruhodo, Membami couldn't stop thanking her. Sadly, this would be the only time she will actually be an attorney, she was overheard by Satoru Hosonaga and Soseki Natsume who were surprised to learn the truth about "Ryutaro Naruhodo". Hosonaga lamented that now that Jezaille Brett was dead, the world will never know why she murdered John H. Wilson. They all wondered if that man was really the partner of Great Britain's great detective, Herlock Sholmes and how Iris Wilson would react when she finds out her father was killed. Right when Yujin revealed that he was just faking an illness, Raiten Menimemo suddenly appeared. He said Yujin was in cahoots with Kazuma Asogi who was supposed to do something in Great Britain before he was killed. But then the judge of the trial suddenly appeared and flipped Menimemo over for the bailiff to take away. The judge introduced himself to Susato as Seishiro Jigoku, an old friend of her father's. He revealed that he knew that "Ryutaro" was a girl all along, but he needed to discuss something with Yujin. Natsume said that Yujin appeared on the steamship he was on when returning to Japan. He said he was interested in that second incident involving him in Great Britain, Susato remembered that Sholmes refused to have it published.
Back at Asogi's grave, Susato Mikotoba expressed how it felt to be in Naruhodo's shoes. She mentioned that second incident with Soseki Natsume, saying it may unlock a secret mystery. She wished to meet Ryunosuke Naruhodo again.
- Underneath the article concerning Natsume, a bull head logo can been seen which resembles that used by La Carneval on its steak plates in The Adventure of the Great Departure.
- Although the name "Jigoku" was first mentioned by Satoru Hosonaga in The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band, this episode finally reveals that said individual was the presiding judge for both this case and The Adventure of the Great Departure.
References to popular culture
- In the Japanese version, Taketsuchi Auchi states that his loss to Ryunosuke Naruhodo marked the end of his Bakumatsu era; Bakumatsu is a term used to refer the end of Japan's Edo period, which marked the end of the Tokugawa shogunate before the transition to the Empire of Japan and the Meiji era in which the The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles takes place.
- Since his return to Japan from his time in London, Soseki Natsume found fame with his novel I Am a Cat. I Am a Cat was written by the real-life Japanese author Sōseki Natsume upon whom the Ace Attorney character is based. The work itself a satirical novel about Japanese society during the Meji period written from the point of view of a supercilious house cat.
- When Natsume tells the court about Raiten Menimemo, he says: "A camera to the left of him. A notebook to the right. There I am stuck in the middle with... Raiten Menimemo!" This is a reference to the Stealers Wheel song "Stuck in the Middle with You", specifically the chorus: "Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Here I am stuck in the middle with you."
- While speaking about how he screamed after seeing Brett's body, Natsume says, "In more literary terms, you might say it was a scream that could have pierced the heavens." This is likely a paraphrase of "Your drill is the drill that will pierce the Heavens!", a recurring catchphrase in the 2007 mecha anime Gurren Lagann.