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|T... The.. The acting attorney for the accused. F-For this trial, is... M-m-me. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō!|
|Decades after the historic opening of the Japanese Empire to the world, under the grand declaration of a cultural revolution, Western culture rushed into this far east island nation. Suffocating under this booming energy of "change" and "revolution", citizens of the Imperial Capital are being swallowed whole by the whirlpool of changing times. ...And now. The curtain rises over the stage, from one such story of the era.|
In the 19th century, the Meiji period in Japan has begun, it is time of revolution where the Western countries come to see it change. However, at dinner time in the western themed restaurant, La Quantos, a gunshot rang through the establishment. All of the patrons looked to see a body of a deceased English gentleman. As the authorities arrive, a young Japanese man is found holding a gun and was standing in front of the victim. He looks like Phoenix Wright, and yet he's not Phoenix Wright.
Before the Trial
- 8:43 AM
Three days after the murder, the suspect, Ryuunosuke Naruhodō, ancestor of Phoenix Wright, is waiting for his trial to begin, awaiting his fate to be decided by the court. One of the bailiffs called him a murderer but his friend and defense attorney, Kazuma Asōgi, tells the bailiff that the verdict has let to pass, so calling Naruhodo guilty is wrong even if he was a bailiff. Asōgi brings up that the incident has published in the newspaper and asks Naruhodo if he did it. Naruhodo says that he would never commit something like murder. Asōgi then tells Naruhodo to keep his chin up and that he has faith in him.
Naruhodo then thinks back to just before the incident had just occurred. He was congratulating Asōgi on receiving news that Asōgi's overseas studies were confirmed. He wants to go overseas to see in Great British Empire to change the judicial system of Japan. Asōgi offers Naruhodo to accompany him on his trip, but Naruhodo is unsure so Asōgi offers to ask another time. Naruhodo decides to stay while Asōgi leaves.
Naruhodo then snaps back to the present as someone calls for Asōgi. The person was Yūjin Mikotoba and accompanying him was his daughter, Susato. Yūjin tells Asōgi to go see the judge in his chambers, since Asōgi sent an application for a change of the defense attorney fairly recently, that it caused some disarray. Susato accompanies Asōgi to the Judge's chambers. As the two left, Yūjin tells Naruhodō that while Asōgi's overseas studies are confirmed, if he loses today's trial, the program will be suspended and Asōgi will never get another chance. Naruhodō is shocked and asks how this decision came to be. Yūjin says that the Japanese Empire selected Asōgi from a large amount of candidates to study abroad. Naruhodō states that he is not guilty, but Yūjin says that with the evidence mounted against him and given the fact that today's trial is unique, it would be very difficult. Naruhodō asks what he can do so Yūjin tells to him that after the judge asks a question towards the defense, Naruhodō must say "I am" before anyone else.
The bailiff then says that the trial is about to begin and they must head towards the courtroom. Yūjin say that Asōgi should not stand as defense, but Naruhodō is the one that ultimately decides. As the bailiff calls for the defendant, Naruhodō is thinking about the situation. If his is found guilty, Asōgi will lose his chance to study abroad. As Naruhodō enters the courtroom, he is joined by Asōgi.
- 9:00 AM
The audience is filled a lot of important government officials, the trial is conducted under absolute secrecy due to the recent Japanese-Anglo Alliance treaty between Japan and the Great British Empire. As the trial starts, the judge asks who is standing for the defendant. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō realizes that this is the question Yūjin was talking about. He notices that if he replies with "I am" he would have to defend himself, but Naruhodō goes thought with it because he doesn't want to ruin Asōgi's dream. Everyone is shocked that and Asōgi asks what is Naruhodō is trying to do. Naruhodō explains that he heard from Yūjin about what would happen if Asōgi were to lose this trial. The prosecution, Taketsuchi Auchi, comments on how the defendant's attorney is abandoning him, but Asōgi exclaims that the one who knew of the defendant's innocence was the defendant himself.
The judge beings to see if Naruhodō is fit to do the job by asking some questions about the incident. The victim's name is John H. Watson, since he was British the Japanese government is looking to put the blame on someone, it's being considered a hate crime. Naruhodō is the prime suspect due to him being at the scene of the crime and washolding a gun. Naruhodō thinks back to just after Asōgi left on the day of the incident, he noticed the victim at the restaurant and went up to him to say hello.
Naruhodō snaps back to the trial and is asked to present what was the caused of death. The autopsy report states that the cause of death was blood loss from the gunshot wound. Auchi also presents a photograph of the body and submits it as evidence.
The First Witness
The first witness is called to the stand. His name is Satoru Hosonaga and he is a waiter at the restaurant. He has a habit of coughing up blood but he says that it's nothing. In his testimony, the victim was spending time at the restaurant a little after 2 PM. After the victim finished eating, three groups of people came. Hosonaga was cleaning utensils in the kitchen when he heard the gunshot. He then came out of the kitchen to see the victim dead and the defendant with a firearm in his hand. No one else stood close to the victim and the defendant.
Naruhodō then remembers a woman sitting at the same table as the victim on the day of the incident. Naruhodō objects and states it to the court but was dismissed due to him being the accused. The waiter presents a card with the seating arrangements at the time with where the victim was marked on it. The card was handed over as evidence but a nervous Hosonaga begs them not to look at the other side.
The judge and prosecution offer that if Naruhodō pleads guilty, his sentence will be reduced slightly. Naruhodō asks Asōgi if he should plead guilty but Asōgi says that he has faith in him and doubts he willing to betray his faith. Then he hits the desk with a karate chop and states that the defense is here to prove the defendant's innocence and that the trial should continue.
The Next WitnessesThe next two witnesses are Taizou Uzukumaru, a soldier of the Japanese army, and Sanmon Sonohigurashi, an antique dealer who owns a shop called the Hall of Discard. They were both present at the restaurant talking about rare treasures when the crime occurred. Uzukumaru saw the accused fire the gun killing the victim and then Sonohigurashi got onto the floor. Naruhodō tells Asōgi what happened: After greeting the victim, Naruhodō went back to his table to finish his coffee. When he started to leave, he noticed an English-made pistol next to the victim. He thought it was the professor's so he picked it up, but when he stood up to give it to him he heard the gunshot.
Asōgi then tells Naruhodō to request a cross-examination quickly. As the prosecution was about to have the trial conclude, Naruhodō requests a cross examination. Auchi was about to deny it when Asōgi comes in and says that the defense has a right to perform one. As the cross examination begins, Naruhodō notices a contradiction. He tries to point it out by presenting the photo of the crime scene, but gets tongue tied. So Asōgi then hits the desk and tells the court that the in the photo the victim was shot in the chest, but Uzukumaru said he was shot in the back so it was a contradiction. Uzukumaru then admits that he was actually looking the beefsteak so he didn't witness the crime when the gun was shot. Sonohigurashi, at the time, was looking under the table for a valuable koban coin he lost. Due to those statements, Asōgi states that the testimony is inconclusive. They continue with the trial and it is revealed that Taizou brought along his son, Kuroumaru.
The two witnesses claim that not seeing it doesn't change anything because there was no one else. Naruhodō exclaims that there was someone else there again, but Auchi presents a photo that shows that the table was set for one. Naruhodō was about to give up when Asōgi tells him to keep his head high. During a pressing, Auchi presents a medical report found in the breast pocket of the victim. The report states that the victim just had a tooth pulled from the Hotta Clinic and was given instructions of not eating any food for the next three hours. This is another contradiction, as there a semi-eaten beefsteak on Watson's table, proving that there was indeed someone else there with the victim.
As the defense continue to press, Sonohigurashi let slip that they were ordered to testify that there was no lady at the scene. It appears that someone scared them into silence. Naruhodō believe it was the waiter and the card that the waiter presented says that Satoru Hosonaga is actually a detective. As they were about to confirm if Hosonaga ordered them to keep silent, he appeared. He explains that he was working undercover at the restaurant due to a string of incidents that occurred at the restaurant. Hosonaga avoided saying that the woman was there due to orders at the police headquarters saying to release the British woman there. The reason why was because they wanted to keep a good relationship with the Great British Empire. Asōgi remembers that there was a female exchange student from Great Britain and was under the victim's research facility in the medical block. Hosonaga confirms this and the judge sends the inspector to get the female exchange student.
- 11:38 AM
A break was taken, Kazuma Asōgi comments on how Ryūnosuke Naruhodō can still find contradictions will being very nervous. Asōgi suggests maybe Naruhodō is suited to be an attorney. Naruhodō brushes it of, claiming he doesn't want now frightful thoughts. Asōgi asks if Naruhodō noticed anything about the lady, but he replies no. Yūjin Mikotoba then comes up to congratulate the two on how well they work together. Asōgi then talks to Yūjin on how he thinks that this was a set up. Yūjin didn't want Asōgi's studies to be suspended so he intervened. Asōgi feels pathetic because he can't save his best friend so he resigns from the trip if Naruhodō is found guilty. Then Yūjin reveals that he offer the position of professor to the victim was him. Yūjin tells the two that since the person is part of the Great British Empire, it would be very difficult. As the break was about to end, Naruhodō says thank you to Asōgi for putting faith in him. Asōgi says he did it as a man, attorney, and friend.
The Phantom Woman
- 12:09 PM
As the trial starts up again, Taketsuchi Auchi comments on how might their ties with Great Britain could worsen by this trial. Asōgi and Naruhodō comments on how justice is put behind in favor of politics and good ties. The trial commences and the exchange student, Jezail Brett, arrives. However, she can only speak English in a strong accent, so Hosonaga is acting as a translator. She was there at the scene of the crime and was having a late lunch with the victim, she ordered a beefsteak for herself. Then Naruhodō came over and it evolved into a dispute. He pulled out a gun and shot the victim. Naruhodō exclaims he didn't do it, Asōgi says that he hasn't learned anything. Brett is wearing the same clothes as she wore at the day of the incident and there is no way for her to conceal a hand gun.
The defense cross-examines Brett, they find out that the victim had carbonated water. Naruhodō points out that in the photo depicting the table has only one wine glass. Auchi believes that the missing wine glass is trivial, but Asōgi exclaims that the police probably disposed the wine glass to cover the woman's tracks. Hosonaga then says he did nothing of the short. Brett explains she took the second wine glass away because she was in shock and hide it in her small handbag. Naruhodo then realizes that a handgun could have been hidden in the handbag. Asōgi then says that there must be a second gun at the time of the incident. Naruhodō asks the detective if he inspected the handbag. He did not so, but took a picture of Brett's handbag. It has an open side and the only thing visible was the wine glass which was handed over as evidence.
The judge was about to hand down his verdict when Naruhodō interrupts, saying that they need to inspect the photo. They inspect the photo to find that the victim has a bull shaped scar on his hand. It was left out due it being deemed not the cause of death. Naruhodō points out that the burn mark is an exact replica of the bull insignia on the iron plate that the beefsteak was on. Auchi tries to dismiss it, but Asōgi exclaims that a burn would had not slip by the restaurant due to public concern. Also, Satoru Hosonaga states that a burn like that would of had caused intense pain, but has not heard any loud scream. Naruhodō agrees that he heard no screams, so that must mean he got it after he was died!
Jezail Brett agrees to talk to preserve the relationship between Japan and Britain and she said it in Japanese. The reason why she wanted a translator was because she thought that Japanese was unfit for a lady of her station to speak. She didn't know about the burn mark and was shocked that a gunshot stole the life of the victim. She also believes that the police can't produce any new evidence. She wants to increase the defendant's punishment, but Asōgi says that Naruhodō is exceptional.
As the two press the witness, they notice that Hosonaga is reacting strangely to Brett's testimony. They question Hosonaga and find out that since the police force is still developing, he may have took some stuff from the crime scene. He presents the bottle with carbonated water and gives it as evidence. Naruhodo believes that in order to not leave a trace, the victim has to be poisoned. Brett says "Shut up!" to Prosecutor Auchi who tries to defend the British woman, Hosonaga then states that the police investigated the bottle and found no poison. Naruhodō is about to give up when Susato Mikotoba shows up.
- 1:14 PM
Susato was about to be thrown out when she gives Asōgi and Naruhodō Brett's research notes. They request to look at the notes and research lab because they found out that Brett was researching a poison that has no current methods to detect it. The victim would not scream or wither in pain because the poison would paralyze the victim's muscles. Not only that, but the muscles that control breathing would stop so it was death by suffocation.
Brett takes a drink from the bottle and is fine. But Naruhodō points out that in the research paper, the poison has to enter a wound to be deadly. Brett then points out that the professor could of had drank it and would of had been fine. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō thinks it over and states that since the victim had his tooth extracted then the poison could of had entered through that wound, he's now starting to act like real defense attorney just like his descendant. But then Brett suddenly takes the bottle and drops it! They can't pick up the water because the floor is carpeted. Brett explains with the poison evidence destroyed, the gun evidence towards Naruhodō still exists and must be the truth.Naruhodō then remembers a clue, there was blood on the plate of the beefsteak, so Watson had to be facing the table when he was shot. He asks Satoru Hosonaga if he has the plate. Brett tries to pin it on Naruhodō , but he points out that the plate is completely behind the victim so the shot came from the back. Hosonaga brings the meal tray and it has no blood. The defense inspect it and find that this beefsteak has a koban coin underneath it, Naruhodō realizes that this is the coin that Sanmon Sonohigurashi lost. Hosonaga then explain the incidents that occurred at the restaurant was of a thief from foreigners by using the food so Hosonaga had to go undercover to see who was the perpetrator. When the two earlier witnesses return to the stand, it turns out to be Taizou Uzukumaru because he gets little pay and needs to provide for his son. Kuroumaru pulls on his father's mustache, does a horse back ride, and salutes with him.
Brett commits on the soldier's eating habits and actions as barbaric and Naruhodō points out that the beefsteak have bite marks so it must have been put there. Naruhodō then says the beefsteak that was presented belongs to Taizou so he must of had switched the plates. Naruhodō demands that the other beefsteak be presented. Brett tries to say that it is irrelevant, but Asōgi pushed it because of Naruhodō's memories. Hosonaga presents the steak and there is blood on the plate, so that means the victim's back was towards him and the only one who could have shot John Watson was, not Naruhodō, but Brett. Jezail Brett was dragged around with birds and went to "heaven". She confesses to the crime and reveals that she intended to use the curare to kill Watson quickly so no one would notice. However, when she was about to leave, Naruhodō showed up. So in order to keep the body from falling order, she used the chair. She then thought of a plan, she had two identical handguns hidden under her skirt. So she dropped one for Naruhodō to pick up and used the second to shoot the victim's body so Naruhodō would be framed. As Hosonaga detained Naruhodō, she rotated the chair. After a silent pause, Brett says that is her whole crime.
As the trial concludes, Auchi swears vengeance against Naruhodō. Asōgi says that prideful will be uprooted by the next generation and uses his sword to cut Taketsuchi Auchi's hair, making it come undone. Asōgi then states that even in a thousand years, Auchi's family will never be an adversary towards Naruhodō's. The judge then gives Naruhodō his Not Guilty verdict.
After the Trial
- 2:46 PM
Yūjin Mikotoba and his daughter congratulate the two on their victory. Yūjin explains that he came to knew Professor Watson when he was studying forensic science in Great Britain and worked with him in a hospital. Yūjin then states that Jezail Brett will not be tried here. Satoru Hosonaga then comes in, congratulates Naruhodō for winning, and explains that the Japanese courts can't judge a foreigner's crime due to the consular courts of Great Britain! She will be sent across the seas to Shanghai, China soon but the British government is following so they can try Brett for her crimes. Kazuma Asōgi thought Japan-Anglo treaty should've rendered those consular courts void, he thinks there is something going on between England and their country.
As they go to celebrate, Ryūnosuke Naruhodō thanks Asōgi for his help. Asōgi the replies that he only helped in the beginning and that Naruhodō has a talent for being an attorney. Naruhodō then exclaims he doesn't want to go through another situation like that ever again. Asōgi then tells Naruhodō that an attorney's greatest power is believing. Believing in your client and in yourself. They then go to celebrate. As the episode end, Naruhodō reflects on how something changed his life.
- This trial has the defendant defend himself like how Phoenix defended himself in Turnabout Sisters.
- The trial, along with the later trials in the game and its sequel, includes interviewing multiple witnesses at a time, like in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
- Asōgi comments on how Auchi's descendants will never be an advisory against Naruhodō's which comes true as the Paynes never won a case against Phoenix Wright.
- Instead of confetti after the trial, there are cherry blossoms.
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