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Ryunosuke Naruhodo
(I hope you're watching over me, Kazuma. Because this time, I won't let my faith waver. I'll believe in my client to the last. Just like you believed in me... I believe I can do this now! I'm ready for this fight!)

Episode IV: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro is the fourth episode of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and follows Ryunosuke Naruhodo after his unsettling first trial in London. With the aftermath weighing heavily on his mind, Naruhodo is immediately assigned to defend Soseki Natsume, another Japanese national on a study tour, in the stabbing of a woman by the name of Olive Green at the hand of an unseen assailant. Along the way, Naruhodo once again crosses paths with Herlock Sholmes, who "solves" the case by finding Natsume, the only person known to be nearby at the moment of the incident. This encounter with Sholmes becomes the start of a new chapter in Naruhodo's journey.

This is not the first work of fiction wherein Sōseki Natsume appears as a character interacting with Sherlock Holmes. The short story "The Yellow Lodger," written by Fūtarō Yamada, depicts Sherlock Holmes investigating the disappearance of billionaire James Phillimore when the famous detective encounters the author, who calls himself Kinnosuke Natsume and ends up wrapped up in the investigation as a potential suspect. The story was initially written in 1953 and was translated into English in 2018 by Kyoko Omori. The story can be found in the collected anthology of Japanese mystery fiction, Old Crimes New Scenes, edited by Michael Tangeman and Charles Exley.

Acts and chapters[]

Act Chapter
"Investigation, Part 1" "Opening"
"Investigation Start"
"Investigation, Part 2" "Mr Natsume's Lodgings"
"Dance of Deduction"
"Trial, Part 1" "Pre-Trial"
"Trial Start"
"The Beates' Entrance"
"Trial, Part 2" "Second Summation Examination"
"Mrs Garrideb Testifies"
"New Office"


To edit the information in this table, go to Template:Timeline and edit the information there.
Date Event type / related incident Description Notes
1880 / c. GAA-10 Misc. The Battle of Maiwand occurs. John Garrideb is wounded and forced to retire from military service.
  • GAA-relative year estimated by Ryunosuke Naruhodo in a dance of deduction wrong deduction.
    • Ryunosuke: As we can see from this photographic print, some ten years ago, you were a fighting fit soldier, Mr Garrideb. No doubt a man of such strength could devastate a room like this in a fit of rage! But that was ten years ago, sir. Do you not think it's time you tidied the place up?
      The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Capcom. Episode: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro (in English). 2021.
  • The real-life date of the Battle of Maiwand is July 27, 1880 (Meiji 13).
February GAA-1 (Meiji 34) The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro Soseki Natsume leaves Japan for Britain. ???: It's been twelve long months since I left my hometown!
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Capcom. Episode: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro (in English). 2021.
February GAA-1 (Meiji 34) The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro Soseki Natsume leaves Japan for Britain. ???: It's been twelve long months since I left my hometown!
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Capcom. Episode: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro (in English). 2021.
January 20, GAA (Meiji 35) The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro Approximate date of the last time Roly Beate had a proper sleep prior to the stabbing incident involving Olive Green. N/A
February 6, GAA (Meiji 35) The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro Juror 5 (laborer) loses his wages for the day. Furious, his wife throws a knife at him. N/A
February 13, GAA (Meiji 35) The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro Juror 5 (laborer)'s wife throws him into the river Thames. N/A
February 17, GAA (Meiji 35) The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro & The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro Olive Green is stabbed in the back and goes into a coma. N/A
February 20, GAA (Meiji 35) The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro Trial of Soseki Natsume for the attempted murder of Olive Green. N/A



Storybook Green

A young woman stabbed on a road.

'I begin to think, Wilson,' said Sholmes, turning his head languidly in my direction, 'that there is more to this case than that which we have observed. Indeed, that there may be another part to this story that we are yet to discover.' His eyes wandered, following the steam rising from his cup of herbal tea, leading him to the distant memory of that snowy evening -- to the young lady, collapsed on the pavement along Briar Road, and to the knife in her back. Lit in the soft glow of gas lamps, a most extraordinary scene had been set, and under the cover of a light fog, the curtain had risen silently on the insoluble mystery of our invisible killer.
9:47 a.m.

The morning after their first trial in London, Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba once again headed for the office of Lord Chief Justice Mael Stronghart. They had spent the night at a hotel at the cost of three pounds,[1] an expense that their stipend could not take for very long.

Upon arrival, Stronghart congratulated Naruhodo on passing his test and becoming a bona fide lawyer. At this, Naruhodo admitted to his misgivings about his victory due to not being able to ascertain the whole truth. Stronghart replied that it was no longer his concern, as the omnibus at the centre of that trial had burned down, killing Magnus McGilded, their previous client, who had been inside at the time. Naruhodo also complained that the case had not been simple after all, and in fact the case against him seemed quite damning at first, but Stronghart only laughed in response to this. Stronghart added that he already had a new case lined up, with the trial starting the next day. Though the victim had not actually died, the defendant still faced a serious charge of attempted murder, with grave consequences if found guilty.

Finally, Stronghart asked Naruhodo what he meant by his intent "to do everything that Mr Asogi planned to do." Naruhodo mentioned that Kazuma Asogi had something important to do, but had never managed to tell him what it was. At this, Stronghart abruptly ended the conversation, telling Naruhodo to ask the detective in the corner for information about his new case. The detective was Inspector Tobias Gregson, known throughout London as a rival to Herlock Sholmes in The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes.

The case was a simple matter. A woman was in hospital, having been stabbed in the back while walking down Briar Road. The police had found their culprit quickly. There was no hope of saving him, as Barok van Zieks would be the prosecutor in the trial. Mikotoba protested that Naruhodo had won against van Zieks before, but Gregson replied that it did not matter, as McGilded had still been killed in the end. Gregson then left to investigate the crime scene, telling Naruhodo that his would-be client would be found as inmate fifty-three at the local prison.

"Investigation Start"[]

The two went to Cell 9 to meet their client, and were surprised to find that he was a Japanese visiting student like them. His name was Soseki Natsume and he had been sent a year prior to study the English language.

On the night of the crime, Natsume was walking home from a bookshop. He only saw one other person on the path, a woman in a green overcoat. As he was passing her, she suddenly screamed and collapsed. Natsume called to her, but she didn't move, so he ran away. He was woken in the morning by the police and Sholmes. Natsume was so panicked that the only English phrases he could remember were "Yes, I do!" and "I'm fine!"

Natsume begged Naruhodo to help him, as no other lawyer would take the case of a foreigner like him. Naruhodo explained that he had only taken on one other case, which had made him question what he was supposed to believe in. Even the armband that he wore was just a keepsake inherited from the student for whom his study tour had been originally intended. Nonetheless, Mikotoba assured Natsume that they would at least investigate the crime scene.

Briar Road

Briar Road.

Storybook O'Malley's

A policeman was a witness.

At Briar Road, they met with Gregson, who told them that there was little information about the victim, as she was still unconscious. However, Scotland Yard had found a policeman and his wife who had witnessed the moment of the stabbing at five o'clock two days ago. Gregson insisted that this case would be a waste of time for them, but admitted that it was not the kind of case for van Zieks to take, especially after having been absent from court for several years. Ordinarily, van Zieks would only go after the master criminals who would be guaranteed a capital punishment. They tried to ask about Sholmes, only to be met with complaints about how much trouble his stories caused for making a mockery out of Scotland Yard. They decided that it would be better to visit the man himself at his home on 221B Baker Street.

12:53 p.m.

Immediately entranced, Mikotoba's murmurs about Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein were only interrupted by the arrival of the little girl whom they had first met just after McGilded's trial. The girl immediately started up a conversation, bringing up details about Naruhodo and Mikotoba that they began to realise she should not have known unless she had been told, or she had deduced them. Serving them tea and a cake, the girl introduced herself as Iris Wilson, Sholmes's roommate and the author of The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes. The stories were based on real cases handled by Sholmes (including one called "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"), and, though she wrote the stories as "John Wilson" the English gentleman, she really was a doctor of medicine. She also confirmed the reasoning that she had used to learn so much about her guests, including the fact that they had taken Natsume's case, and, unlike Sholmes's "Logic and Reasoning Spectacular", it was all spot-on.

Regarding the case, Scotland Yard had apparently intercepted Sholmes as he arrived in London to help them solve the stabbing case. Naruhodo wondered why the trial was happening so soon after the incident, and Wilson explained that this was a regular occurrence due to the sheer amount of crime that the British justice system had to handle. Sholmes had told Wilson that he was heading back to Natsume's lodgings, so Wilson gave them a card and a five-shilling coin to give to Inspector Gregson, containing instructions for him to tell Naruhodo all that he knew about the case.

"Mr. Natsume's Lodgings"[]

2:38 p.m.

The two gave the card to Inspector Gregson, who explained to them that the money was an "appearance fee" for using him in Wilson's stories. To their surprise, he then immediately did what "Her Ladyship" said, and gave them the location of Natsume's lodgings on the first floor of the Garrideb house just across the street from the crime scene. At the top floor, they met the owner and landlord, John Garrideb, a former soldier who was forced into retirement due to a knee injury. He lived on the top floor and had a maid by the name of Joan. He complained that the incident had drawn a lot of attention due to the recent treaty with Japan, even attracting Sholmes, who was investigating Natsume's room. He claimed not to know about Sholmes, despite having a copy of Randst Magazine.

Garrideb began explaining that Natsume had taken up residence a week ago, but Joan interrupted him before he could divulge anything further. Joan described Natsume as suspicious and described his routine in much detail, though she could not explain how she knew so much about Garrideb's tenants. Mikotoba also asked if they had seen anything out of the ordinary, but Joan forcefully insisted that nothing had happened and the two had been eating dinner at the time. Garrideb was evidently hiding something, but the conversation was clearly over. Garrideb permitted Naruhodo and Mikotoba to investigate Natsume's room, where they found Sholmes reading a book.

Sholmes explained that he had been asked simply to locate the man who had been seen fleeing the scene. There had been some books scattered on the ground, and he had found the bookstore from which they had been purchased, which had in turn led him to Natsume. There was even a receipt on a desk wedged between two piles of books, listing books purchased from "Yore Books" at 4:45, shortly before the incident. After Natsume's arrest, the thought of whether he was actually the culprit had entered Sholmes's mind, and he had decided to investigate further, though he had gotten distracted by all of the books. The room was dark and a brick wall blocked off the only window, but the price offered for the lodgings was so low that even the sad state of the room could not explain it.

Suddenly, Sholmes asked Naruhodo whether he would be offering his services as a lawyer in this case. Naruhodo was surprised that Sholmes had remembered that specific detail from "The Speckled Band" and seemingly little else.

"Dance of Deduction"[]

Garrideb Wedding

The Garridebs' wedding picture.

Having found nothing to go on except Garrideb's secrets, Naruhodo and Mikotoba returned to the top floor. Joan seemed intent on making the guests leave, but Sholmes appeared and shocked them all by revealing that Garrideb was hiding the existence of "a ferocious beast" whose rampage had caused him to lose something dear to him. However, he seemed under the impression that Garrideb had bought a lion from India, but had to sell it to the circus.

A dance of deduction ensued, in which Sholmes traced a furtive glance from Garrideb to a small statue of a lion, and pointed to a handbill in Joan's dress pocket advertising "Batty's Circus". Doubting that a lion could fit in a room such as this, never mind go on a rampage without hurting somebody, Naruhodo found that Garrideb's gaze had actually gone to a cracked wedding photograph located behind the lion statue. The crack obscured his wife's face, but the wedding ring on Joan's finger matched the one in the photo, confirming Joan's real identity. Unable to afford a "real" maid, the Garridebs had rented out their rooms and arranged for Joan to act as a maid to maintain appearances.

Sholmes noted that John must still be feeling pain, which Naruhodo identified as coming, not from emotional turmoil, but from a recently slapped cheek, which explained why John never looked directly at them. To explain what had happened, Sholmes caught another furtive glance from John, originally thought to be directed toward a pile of bills for food, even though the food was not for lions. Through this, Naruhodo discovered a love letter from "Mary" to "James" being used as a bookmark. Sholmes then caught Joan glancing in the direction of a cake stand on a nearby table, originally thought to have been offered to the "lion" before it gnawed on the carpet. Next to the cake stand, however, was a candlestick holder with one of the candles on the floor near the carpet, whose scorch marks revealed what had actually happened. John attempted to stand up but fell over in amazement, with Joan catching him.


A mysterious squabble.

Their secret exposed, John recounted the heated argument started by the love letter, with Joan not believing that "James" did not refer to him. The candle had been knocked over during the fight, starting a fire that burned up the carpet and a bookshelf with John's novels. Joan had then started throwing things at John, resulting in him losing his favourite book, The Lion's Pride. This fight had occurred at the time of the stabbing on Briar Road, with John remarking that he would not have been able to notice anything going on outside. At this point, Naruhodo was out of leads and out of time, and resolved to go to the prison one last time, as visiting hours were almost over. As they left, they briefly encountered the Garridebs' other tenant, who was squabbling with someone else. The other man left when Naruhodo mentioned that he was a lawyer.

6:31 p.m.

Sholmes followed the two to the prison, where Natsume complained about his bad luck in coming to Britain, between his cursed lodgings and his arrest. Sholmes discussed the other curse awaiting Natsume, explaining how people like McGilded could manipulate the courts to secure their freedom even in the face of irrefutable evidence, but the fates of Barok van Zieks's quarry were sealed, as they would all die within months. Natsume also explained that he had had to move several times since coming to London due to his constant fear of his neighbours. Eventually, he had found the Garrideb house where the rent was low. John had accidentally mentioned that the lodgings were cursed, and that had seemingly turned out to be true, as Natsume would suffer nightmares every night and wake up feeling like he was being choked, on top of the situation in which he found himself now.

The decision could not be put off any longer. Naruhodo asked Sholmes why he had helped and believed in him on the Burya. Sholmes simply replied that he had chosen to believe Naruhodo. In a way, this was the answer that Naruhodo had come to all along. He told Natsume that he was going to trust his instincts, and that he would believe in him and fight for his innocence to the bitter end.



9:23 a.m.

As Natsume walked by the Old Bailey courtroom, he saw a very populated public gallery. The appearance of van Zieks for this trial was on the front page of every newspaper, though the trial two days earlier had drawn even more attention. Despite being under such circumstances twice in a row now, Naruhodo promised that he would not waver like last time, and that he would believe in his client, just like Kazuma Asogi had believed in him.

"Trial Start"[]

10:00 a.m.
Green Stab Photo

Olive Green collapsed, but alive, on the street after her stabbing.

Natsume Jury1


Gregson was called to the stand to testify on the basic details of the case. He submitted a map of the area, a case file, the jackknife used in the incident, and a photographic print of the scene. Naruhodo tried to find a clue that he could use, but could only learn that Yore Books, while not the closest bookstore to Natsume's lodgings, was still located in such a way that the obvious path home through Meerschaum Street went through the scene of the crime, with the man himself being unable to recall what route he had taken. The jury was convinced to submit a guilty verdict based on this fact (as stated by juror number three), as well as Natsume admitting to seeing a woman in green collapse (as stated by number two).

During the summation examination, Naruhodo learned that number five was in a hurry because he had to go back to work, and that he had been performing road maintenance on a two-yard patch of Meerschaum Street at the time of the incident, meaning that it would have been closed. Naruhodo also learned from number six, who was wearing a green overcoat, that he had slipped on the frozen Calabash Road on his way home from Yore Books. Naruhodo argued that Natsume had ample reason to use Calabash Road and witness number six falling. All four jurors involved reversed their decisions, at which point van Zieks immediately nullified the argument by pointing out that Natsume's books had been found at the scene, with Naruhodo's conjectures being easily explainable. He had deliberately delayed summoning his witnesses and allowed the summation examination to proceed to prove a point to Naruhodo about how easily swayed the jury was.

"The Beates' Entrance"[]

Viridian grabbing book

Olive Green holding The Lion's Pride.

The star witnesses, officer Roly Beate and his wife Patricia, were called to the stand. Patricia testified that they had gone out for dinner for their first wedding anniversary at the time after Roly had finished his beat. After witnessing the incident, Roly had directed Patricia to the police box for the beat under which the incident fell, while he remained to guard the scene. They had both been able to see the supposed culprit clearly and identify him as Natsume.

Patricia got agitated during the cross-examination, and mentioned that Natsume had dropped four books. Naruhodo pointed out that Natsume had only bought three books, but van Zieks revealed a second photograph showing a fourth book in Green's hand. Naruhodo got a chance to examine the book itself, which was titled The Lion's Pride and was badly and recently burned at the back. He realised that this was the favourite book that John Garrideb had lost during the fire at his residence. He put forward that Joan, incidentally the fourth juror in these proceedings, had thrown the book out the window as it was burning. Joan was incensed and convinced her fellow jurors to deliver a guilty verdict once again.

"Second Summation Examination"[]

The judge considered the situation and decided to grant Naruhodo's request for another summation examination. At this, juror number five continued to complain about wanting to get the whole trial over with, explaining that he had experienced a terrifying incident with his wife some time ago, though he could not remember what it was. Three and two again laid out what Naruhodo had to establish: a reason for the Garridebs' window to have been opened despite the biting winder cold, and an alternative explanation for the stabbing. The first was answered when six recounted his birthday the previous year, when he tried to blow out the 75 candles on his cake but they blew away instead and set the place on fire. They had been forced to open the windows to let out all the smoke.

Joan admitted to throwing John's book, which jogged number five's memory. Two weeks ago on his way home from work, he lost his money because of a hole in his pocket. When he told his wife, she threw a cleaver near his ear, hitting the wall. At this, Naruhodo suggested that the jackknife had also been thrown from the Garridebs' residence. This left many questions unanswered, but for the time being, this was enough to convince the foreman and jurors two, three, and five to reverse their leanings. However, the judge denied Naruhodo's request to have Joan testify, instead having the Beates testify further on the matter.

PatRola watch Green

Roly and Patricia watch Green.

The Beates denied witnessing anything like Naruhodo had described. Declaring that "a London bobby is good for his word," Roly added that the Garridebs' residence had top-hinged casement windows, preventing any projectiles from landing anywhere other than directly below, across the road from where Green had been discovered. He knew this from having helped with part of the investigation after their anniversary dinner. Delighted, Patricia explained that Roly's beat was on the west side of Briar Road, which contained the Garrideb house, and it was fortunate that the crime had occurred on the east side, as Roly would have been obligated to cancel their dinner and assist in the initial investigation, as per regulations stated on his warrant card. Roly then claimed that he had not looked away from the crime scene for one moment, and nothing out of the ordinary had occurred, which Naruhodo found suspicious.

Growing restless once again at all the questioning, Patricia admitted that she had a poor sense of direction. Naruhodo caught Roly reacting strangely to this, to which the latter explained that he had simply recalled Patricia coming back late. At this, Patricia mentioned a bouquet of flowers that he had bought her as an anniversary present. This seemed to trouble Roly, but Naruhodo insisted on learning more.

Patricia explained that she had dropped the bouquet after seeing Natsume flee the scene. While returning with the other constable, she had spotted it again on the other side of the road from the crime scene, explaining the extra time that she had taken. She had then lost the bouquet again. As it happened, van Zieks had on hand a single rose found in front of the Garrideb house on the morning after the incident, which was confirmed to be the "bouquet" in question.

Naruhodo had caught Roly in a lie. The rose had been found on the west side of the road, and yet Roly had not mentioned it moving from the east side. John's book should have fallen to the west side, and yet it had been found on the east side. This could not be explained unless someone had deliberately tampered with the crime scene. Roly was the only person with the opportunity to do so, having created it by sending Patricia to the police box. He had transplanted the crime scene from his own beat on the west side to the east side, missing the rose in the darkness of the evening, so that it would be the responsibility of another officer and he could still have that one special night with his wife.

Patrick and Rola confession

Roly confesses to tampering with the crime scene.

Roly tearfully admitted to everything Naruhodo had said. He had not seen the harm in it at the time, believing that it was an open-and-shut case and everything would turn out the same as long as everything else about the scene was still the way he had found it, including the burned book in Green's hand. Van Zieks dismissed Roly from court, telling him to take this experience as a lesson, and "never again" alter the scene of a crime, as every detail mattered, no matter how insignificant it seemed.

There was no way around questioning Joan now, even if she were a sitting juror. She argued that knives like the one in question were commonplace and there would be no way of identifying it as hers. Barring any possible evidence, she would fervently deny any involvement.

"Mrs Garrideb Testifies"[]

Viridian holding a book

Olive Green picking up book before getting stabbed.

John joined his wife on the stand. Naruhodo decided to question her on whether she had thrown a knife. Joan listed various soft items that she had thrown, but Garrideb brought out his pipe, which had broken in half from one of her projectiles. This did not seem significant, but Mikotoba asked to inspect the pipe anyway. Inside, they found some sort of sharp metal fragment, which aligned perfectly with the end of the jackknife, which had been chipped. By extraordinary coincidence, Joan had thrown the knife, which hit the pipe, leaving its tip embedded inside, then continued out the window and toward the pavement below. Green, meanwhile, had noticed the burnt book, which Joan had thrown out the window beforehand, and gone to pick it up, resulting in the knife falling onto her while she was bent down. In the darkness and fog, nobody had seen the knife fall. Joan admitted that she had feared that something like this had happened from the moment the idea of the knife originating from the Garrideb residence had been put forth, and fainted begging for forgiveness, with John catching her.

Natsume Jury2

"Not Guilty!"

Joan was sent to the infirmary, while van Zieks received news that Green would regain consciousness soon. The judge apologized to Natsume for this ordeal, and Natsume apologized in return, saying that he should have called for help instead of running away. John took the seat of juror number four in his wife's place as the jury unanimously submitted a not guilty verdict. The judge hoped that Natsume would continue his studies in Britain and that they would never have to meet in court again, to which Natsume agreed.


3:17 p.m.

Sholmes arrived only to find that the trial had just finished. When asked about his future plans, Natsume answered that he intended to return to Japan soon, feeling compelled to return and attempt to write literature of his own, though Sholmes suggested that he was also trying to escape the Reaper's curse. As for Naruhodo's and Mikotoba's housing situation, Sholmes invited them to lodge in his attic, having already discussed the matter with the landlady. They all rode with Sholmes to 221B Baker Street, where Wilson was preparing a welcome dinner.

"New Office"[]

4:41 p.m.
Naruhodo Law Office

Naruhodo's new office.

Naruhodo and Mikotoba got a good look at their new lodgings with Sholmes and Wilson. The girls headed downstairs to prepare dinner. Naruhodo told Sholmes that he was excited and wondered what adventures awaited him. Sholmes told him that he had felt the same when first establishing his office, before discovering the darkness lurking in the bright blossoming capital of London. Naruhodo did not know what Sholmes meant at the time, but it would not be long before he saw what the detective truly meant.


  • The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro is the first of a two-part mini-series within The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, the other part being The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro from The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. The trials in both episodes share some similarities outside of what is addressed within the story. Both involve attempted murder charges, the only instances of such in the Ace Attorney, and both involve having a juror testify as a witness. This is also the second episode in the series to lack a deceased character in the list of profiles, following The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band.
    • A brief scene in Adventure introduces two men who would go on to play a larger role in Memoirs. In the scene, an argument about which Shakespearean character is stronger is mentioned, and the characters are identified as Hamlet and Macbeth. In Memoirs, the characters are changed to Romeo and Juliet.
  • In the ending cutscene of The Adventure of the Runaway Room, Gregson implies that there was going to be a Scotland Yard investigation of the omnibus, just not at the time that McGilded had been told. However, at the beginning of this episode, Stronghart says that he has no knowledge of any plans by Scotland Yard to reexamine the carriage.

References to popular culture[]

  • Kokoro was a novel by the real-world Sōseki Natsume, with the title literally meaning "heart" or "the heart of things" or "feelings." Thus, the full title means "The Adventure of the Clouded Heart," referencing Naruhodo's mixed feelings about his previous trial.
  • Shamspeare calls Metermann Horatio, a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet. He quotes Hamlet on several occasions, telling Metermann to "get thee to a nunnery" and saying to both Naruhodo and Metermann that "there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Neither character gets the reference, both protesting that their name is not Horatio.
  • When the judge describes how he almost gets hit by horse-drawn carriages due to London's thick fog, Ryunosuke comments that he will be sure to "stop, look, and listen" in the future. "Stop, look, and listen" is a motto associated with the Green Cross Code in the UK.
  • After it is revealed in court that Yore Books is also close to Briar Road, van Zieks quips "...My learned Nipponese friend is obviously in training to be a clown, the way he regales us with such witticisms. To your future career in the circus." This has been interpreted as a reference to the 2019 meme "You Are Not a Clown, You Are the Entire Circus", known for its association with Miles Edgeworth. However, the original Japanese script from 2015 also has van Zieks referring to Naruhodo as a clown. The circus line in the 2021 localization could be argued as being a nod to the meme, or at least influenced by it.

Holmes references[]

  • The first encounter with Sholmes sees him quoting A Study in Scarlet: "It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones."
  • Two books Soseki Natsume bought at Yore Books were The Picture of Monsieur Lecoq and A Meal for Gaboriau. Monsieur Lecoq, a character conceived by Émile Gaboriau, was a major influence on Sherlock Holmes.
  • John Garrideb is the name of a character in the short story "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs".
  • Sholmes' deduction of what happened in the Garrideb house is similar to the plot of "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger".
  • In the Japanese version, the book the Garridebs and Green had during the incident was "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane", a Sherlock Holmes story published decades after Adventures would have taken place. The English version uses the similar title The Lion's Pride.
  • The love letter from "Mary" to "James" is a reference to an error in "The Man with the Twisted Lip" where Mary Watson calls her husband "James" despite his established first name being "John". Incidentally, "John" is also the name of Mr. Garrideb.


  • During the second visit to the prison, when Sholmes says "It is simply the reality of the situation," the sentence is ended with two periods instead of one.


  1. This would amount to 300-500 British pounds today.