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The Adventure of the Great Departure
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...Decades after the beginning of the historical Empire of Japan...

..and it's edification of the Meiji Restoration...

...brought about an undeniable influx of Western Culture into the Eastern Island Nation.

The citizens, smothered with the suffocating air of "change" and "revolution".

Within that are individuals who resisted the unbirdled change of the era.

...and now

A stage of that time now opens the curtains on one "story"


November 22, 8:43 AM
Supreme Court - Defendant Lobby Five

(Even now, I find it hard to believe... While everything seems so calm in this lobby, just one step beyond... ...Lies the grand bench where my fate will be decided.)

Official:
And what do YOU want?

N-Nothing.

Official:
Glaring at me won't do you any good, you damned murderer!

....... S-Sorry.

Naruhodou:
(My name is Ryuunosuke Naruhodou. I'm a second-year student at Imperial Yuumei University in the Empire of Japan. Three days ago, I was caught up in a terrible incident. And now, I await my judgement.)

HALT!

???:
Bailiff, I'd say it's about time you stem the flow of garbage coming from your mouth.

Official:
Excuse me? Who do you think you are?

???:
I'm the defence attorney for the defendant before you.

Official:
D-Defence attorney, you say?

???:
Until today's trial has ended, until the final verdict has been passed... You have no right to call this man a criminal. Watch your words, bailiff!

Official:
Ggh! Arrogant little know-it-all! You and your stupid logic.

???:
At least I'm capable of making logical arguments, unlike you. Don't you agree, Ryuunosuke Naruhodou?

Naruhodou:
Huh? Whoa! S-Sorry about all that!

???:
..... Why are you apologising to me?

Naruhodou:
Uh... Never mind. ..... I'm really sorry, Asougi, for giving you so much trouble.

Asougi:
Ah hah hah hah! And in the end, you still apologise. You never change.

Naruhodou:
Guess not.

Asougi:
Lately, your name has been in ever paper in the capital. "Imperial Yuumei University Professor Killed! The Culprit: A Student of the Same University!" And yet... You didn't do it, did you?

Naruhodou:
Of course not! You have to believe me! I... I didn't kill him! I'm not a murderer.

Asougi:
Then stop hanging your head. Chin up, back straight!

Naruhodou:
Asougi...

Asougi:
I believe in you, Ryuunosuke Naruhodou.

Naruhodou:
This is my best friend, Kazuma Asougi. He's a second-year student, like me. But to be frank, he and I are worlds apart. He's the pride and joy of our university. Even though he's still a student, he's already qualified to be a defence attorney.

Asougi:
You're too kind. Defence attorneys are still an emerging profession here in Japan. We are but a meagre existence in the judicial system. At least, for now.

Naruhodou:
I know I already said this three days ago, but... Asougi. As your friend, I couldn't be more proud of you. (Three days ago... That's right... That was when it happened.)


Naruhodou:
Congratulations, Asougi! You've finally been approved to study abroad!

Asougi:
Yes, I've finally done it! It feels like a dream come true. It seems the government has recognised my achievements as both a student and a lawyer.

Naruhodou:
You'll be studying the greatest legal system in the world as a representative of Japan. As your friend, I couldn't be more proud of you. (There isn't a soul at Yuumei University who doesn't know Asougi's name. Wherever he goes, a mysterious warm breeze follows. So the rumours say.)

Asougi:
For the sake of reforming this country's legal system... I want to observe a true legal system across the sea with my own two eyes.

Naruhodou:
The British Empire... Man, I wish I could see it.

Asougi:
Then why don't you come with me? It would bring me great pleasure to rampage through the Queen's dormain with you.

Naruhodou:
You make it sound so easy.

Asougi:
Oh, look at the time. I have to get going.

Naruhodou:
I'll stay a bit longer. We did come all this way, after all.

Asougi:
You're right. We rarely get the chance to visit a high-class establishment like this. Well then, take care. See you in tomorrow's English lecture, partner!

Naruhodou:
(Shortly afterwards, it began.)


???:
Mr Asougi. A moment, please?

Asougi:
W-Why, Professor! I didn't expect to see you.

???:
Well, I can't say that this incident doesn't concern me. More importantly... You ought to go and see the judge in his chambers.

Asougi:
The judge...?

???:
He's been looking for you for quite some time. You took on the role of a defence attorney without much warning, lest you forget. As a result, today's proceedings seem to be in a bit of disarray.

Naruhodou:
(Who is this gentleman? I feel like I've seen him around the university before.)

Asougi:
Understood. I'll be there at once!

???:
Allow me to accompany you.

Asougi:
Well then, Naruhodou. I'll see you in the courtroom.

Naruhodou:
Right. I'm counting on you, Asougi. ....

???:
......

Naruhodou:
...... (Wow. This is awkward.)

???:
Excuse me.

Naruhodou:
Y-Yes?!

???:
Are you Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, the defendant in today's trial?

Naruhodou:
Y-Yes! That's me!

Mikotoba:
I am Yuujin Mikotoba, a professor of forensic pathology at Yuumei University.

Naruhodou:
P-Professor Mikotoba... (I've heard that name from Asougi. He's the one who tirelessly lobbied the government to let Asougi study abroad.)

Mikotoba:
Asougi has informed me that you are his best friend

Naruhodou:
...!

Mikotoba:
If that's true, then there's something you must know.

Naruhodou:
What is it?

Mikotoba:
As you are aware, Asougi is set to study abroad in the British Empire. However, in the event that he loses today's trial... His trip will be suspended, and he'll never receive such an opportunity again.

Naruhodou:
W-What?!

Mikotoba:
You really didn't know, then. I suspected that Asougi would wish to hide the truth from you.

Naruhodou:
...! (So Asougi's defending me despite the risk.) Wait! Why would they do that to him?!

Mikotoba:
Our government chooses who gets to study abroad from a wide pool of candidates. Let's just say that to receive such privilege is no laughing matter.

Naruhodou:
But... ..... Still, I... I swear, I didn't do it! I'm not a murderer!

Mikotoba:
Oh, but of course. However... I must warn you, it will be quite difficult to prove your innocence. You see, today's trial is special, to say the least.

Naruhodou:
Huh? W-What do you mean by that?

Mikotoba:
You'll find out once the trial begins, whether you like it or not.

Naruhodou:
...! Then... What on earth should I do?!

Mikotoba:
Keep this in mind. I'm not asking you to just stand there and accept a guilty verdict.

Naruhodou:
Huh?

Mikotoba:
As soon as the trial begins... The judge will pose a certain question to the defence. To this question, you must reply "I am" before anyone else has a chance to speak.

Naruhodou:
I am? H-Hold on. What kind of question is this going to be? Oh... N-No way. Is it going to be something like, "Who is the killer?"

Mikotoba:
No, of course not.

Official:
Defendant! The trial's about to start. Make your way to the courtroom at once!

Mikotoba:
Oh my. It's time. It appears that our secret talk must end here. In any case, I shall leave you with these words. Kazuma Asougi must not stand as the defence attorney in today's trial. Of course, the one who ultimately decides that will be you, the defendant.

Official:
What're you waiting for?! You wanna be held in contempt of court and declared guilty?! That cocky little attorney won't be of much help anyway. So move it!

Naruhodou:
If we lose today's trial... Not only will I be found guilty of murder. Asougi will lose his chance to study abroad, too. (And so... Blissfully unaware of what lay ahead, I headed off to the trial. That fateful trial... one I'd never forget!)


November 22, 9:00 AM
Supreme Court - Court Two

Naruhodou:
So this is a courtroom.

Asougi:
Not just any courtroom. It's the Supreme Court, the highest legal authority in the Empire.

Naruhodou:
Hmm... Something feels off about the gallery. (Why are there so many people in uniform?)

Asougi:
Today's trial is being conducted in absolute secrecy, by order of the government.

Naruhodou:
A-Absolute secrecy?

Asougi:
That's what I said. The general public has no idea that this trial is taking place. The only ones allowed to be in attendance are military and government officials.

Naruhodou:
Huh?! B-But why?

Asougi:
You'll find out soon enough. More importantly... Time to focus, Naruhodou. It's about to begin!

Judge:
Court is now in session for the trial of Ryuunosuke Naruhodou.

Auchi:
The prosecution is ready, Your Honour.

Asougi:
As is the defence.

Judge:
Before we proceed, there is one thing I would like to confirm. Last night, I received an urgent request for a change of attorney from the defence.

Asougi:
Yes, Your Honour. It was I who submitted that request.

Judge:
Custom dictates that an attorney ought to be appointed two days before the trial. Therefore, I must ask for a confirmation. Who is to stand as the defence for the accused in today's trial?

Naruhodou:
(H-Here it is! The opening question! In other words,who will be defending me in this trial? But if I answer "I am", that would mean... .... There's no time to think. I should...!)

Asougi:
Your Honour. There is no need to confirm. Needless to say, the one who will be defending the accused is...

Hai!

Judge:
W-What was that out-of-place yell?!

Naruhodou:
Th... The... The one who will be defending the accused is... M-Me. Ryuunosuke Naruhodou!

Judge:
Wha... WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!

Asougi:
W-What do you think you're doing Naruhodou?!

Naruhodou:
Professor Mikotoba told me everything.

Asougi:
Come again?

Naruhodou:
If...If I'm declared guilty... your study abroad will be suspended.

Asougi:
.... I'm disappointed. You're saying that you don't trust me at all. You think that, if I was your attorney, we would lose this trial.

Naruhodou:
N-No! Absolutely not. But... If there's even a chance that you'd... because of me...

Asougi:
.... I knew it. I knew you'd pull something like this. That's why I kept my mouth shut. Damn it, Professor Mikotoba. That was completely unnecessary.

Judge:
Very well. The Court acknowledges that the accused will defend himself in today's proceedings.

Auchi:
Oh ho ho... I see. By renouncing his attorney, the accused is admitting to his own crime.

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Asougi:
Do not misunderstand. The one who is most sure of his own innocence is simply the defendant himself. That's all. Isn't that right, defendant?!

Naruhodou:
Y-Yeah! T-That's right! (But if I'm being honest... This defendant is drawing a total blank on what to do next.)

Asougi:
First of all, do something about those shifty eyes of yours.

Auchi:
Hmph. How dare a mere student bother the great Supreme Court with such a trite case? Surely I'm not the only one who is outraged by this arrangement.

Judge:
As you gentlemen know, this is the grand bench of the Supreme Court. As such, we demand a trial befitting this courtroom, the pinnacle of our legal system. Defendant.

Naruhodou:
Y-Yes?!

Judge:
I shall now gauge whether or not you are qualified to stand in this Court.

Naruhodou:
Oh...Okay. (What's he gonna do?)

Asougi:
In other words, the judge doubts that you have the ability to properly defend yourself.

Naruhodou:
(The joke's on him, because the person with the most doubts is none other than myself.)

Judge:
Now, I shall pose some simple questions to the defence regarding this case.

Naruhodou:
Y-Y-Y-Yes, Your Honour!

Judge:
First, what is the name of the victim of this murder? Answer promptly and clearly.

Naruhodou:
(Okay, I should know this one. I've heard it countless times since the incident. It's... Huh? Oh no. I'm so nervous, I can't remember! What... What was his name, again?)

Asougi:
Naruhodou. You're drawing a total blank on this one, right?

Naruhodou:
Ugh... (You're my best friend, all right.)

Asougi:
Don't worry. Everything about the incident has been logged in the Court Record.

Naruhodou:
The C-Court Record?

Asougi:
Go ahead and touch the Court Record button in the top-right corner of the screen. In there, you'll find everything you need. Even things you may have forgotten.

Naruhodou:
(Great. Let's try tapping the Court Record button!)

Asougi:
Here's all the evidence. You can also view the profiles of People involved in the case. Once you've confirmed the victim's details, press Back to return to the task at hand. All relevant pieces of information can be found in the Court Record. Remember that. Now, we shouldn't keep His Honour waiting. Present your answer to him. Choose the profile of the victim and Present it to the Court.

Naruhodou:
The victim is... Doctor John H Watson!

Auchi:
Heh heh heh heh. Of course you would remember the name of a professor at your own university.

Asougi:
Doctor Watson was a medical doctor from the British Empire. Three years ago, he was invited to teach at Imperial Yuumei University.

Judge:
And that is why we have such a tremendous debacle on our hands. The British Empire... A country with which the Empire of Japan wishes to maintain strong diplomatic relations. Recently, after lengthy negotiations, our two empires signed a new treaty.

Asougi:
The Japanese-Anglo Treaty of Commerce and Navigation"... Everyone knows about it.

Auchi:
Hah! You knew that, and yet you still took the life of a Briton! What's more, you're students at Imperial Yuumei University yourselves. You murdered a professor of an institution of learning. Have you no shame?!

Naruhodou:
Ggghhh... (But I didn't do it!)

Judge:
Due to the grave nature of this incident, we have drawn attention of the British Empire. They have requested that the Supreme Court pass swift judgement in today's trial.

Asougi:
Hmph. In other words, our spineless government is bending over backwards to appease the Brits. You're just being used as a convenient scapegoat for that end.

Naruhodou:
Is that what makes this trial so special?

Asougi:
Exactly. Our country must find someone to punish as soon as possible. All because the victim is a Brit.

Naruhodou:
(A British man, Doctor John H Watson. This has nothing to do with our countries or that treaty. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.)


Asougi:
Oh, would you look at the time. I have to get going soon.

Naruhodou:
I'll stay a bit longer. We came all this way, after all.

Asougi:
You're right. We rarely get the chance to visit a high-class establishment like this. Well then, take care. See you in tomorrow's English lecture... partner!

Naruhodou:
(Off to the British Empire, huh? What a guy. ..... Oh?) I've seen that man on campus before. I think...he's that doctor from Britain. I never got his name, though. Maybe I should go introduce myself. And so... I went to Doctor Watson's table to introduce myself.


Judge:
Now, let us move on to the next question.

Naruhodou:
Y-Yes, Your Honour!

Judge:
How was Doctor John H Watson robbed of his life? Present the cause of death to the Supreme Court!

Naruhodou:
(Doctor Watson's cause of death? Of course, that would be...)

Asougi:
Naruhodou. This is a court of law. Here, we let evidence speak for itself.

Naruhodou:
T-The evidence...?

Asougi:
Quickly, present the piece of evidence showing the doctor's cause of death!

Naruhodou:
U-Umm... A-According to this thing, it was blood loss from a gunshot wound, Your Honour!

Auchi:
At least call it by its proper name! That "thing" is a postmortem report!

Naruhodou:
Y-Yes! The postmortem!

Asougi:
In the West... for example, in the British Empire, corpses undergo what's called an autopsy. But in our country, police surgeons conduct a postmortem examination instead.

Naruhodou:
R-Right. Now I get it! (I don't get it at all.)

Auchi:
Allow me to present a photograph of the crime scene. As you can see, there are gunpowder burns around the bullet hole. Meaning... The victim was shot at point-blank range. There's no other conclusion.

Judge:
Very well. The court accepts this modern investigation tool as evidence.

Photograph of the Victim has been filed in the Court Record.

Naruhodou:
(Wow... So this is a photograph. It's my first time seeing one. It captures far more detail than what you'd expect from an illustration.)

Judge:
Very well. You have proven yourself to the Court. The questioning ends here. Now, let us proceed with the trial.

Auchi:
Understood, Your Honour. First, I would like to give an overview of the incident. I hereby summon a witness, who was present at the scene of the crime!

Naruhodou:
(Oof... Here we go.)

Asougi:
Hmph. I just realised what the professor had in mind.

Naruhodou:
Professor Mikotoba, you mean?

Asougi:
He knew that you'd be the one defending yourself in court. However... As long as I stand by your side, I can still offer you advice.

Naruhodou:
Oh! (That's true.) Here's what Professor Mikotoba told me: "Kazuma Asougi must not stand as the defence attorney in today's trial."

Asougi:
Good grief. Everything went exactly as the professor planned.

Naruhodou:
P-Please lend me your wisdom, Asougi!

Asougi:
You got it. For starters, do something about your shifty eyes and cold sweats.

Naruhodou:
(Only if you do something about your fluttery headband and cold gaze.)


Auchi:
Witness, please state your name and occupation to the Court.

Hosonaga:
Certainly. My name is Satoru Hosonaga. I am a waiter at La Quantos, a restaurant serving Western cuisine. *cough* *cough*

Naruhodou:
Um, are you okay? There's blood dripping out of your mouth.

Hosonaga:
Oh, this is completely normal. I'm perfectly fine.

Naruhodou:
(Umm, I'm not too sure about that.)

Auchi:
A few years ago, the southeastern corner of the capital was opened to foreign settlements. Now, it has become a fashionable area, lined with hotels catering to visitors from abroad. The crime occurred three days ago in that area, at a restaurant specialising in Western cuisine.

Judge:
Witness. Please share everything you know with the Court.

Hosonaga:
As you wish.

Auchi:
Try not to interrupt this man's testimony amateur attorney. I'm warning you.

Naruhodou:
Y-Yes sir... (I never even called myself an attorney.)

Hosonaga:
It was just after 2:00 PM that day. We normally have a few patrons at that hour. After the lunch rush, only three groups of customers remained.

Naruhodou:
(Come to think of it, he's right. There weren't many customers at the time.)

Hosonaga:
I was in the kitchen, putting away the dishes, when suddenly... A gunshot rang out from the dining area. When I ran out in a panic, I saw it. I saw the British gentleman, the victim, slumped over in his chair. Standing next to him was the defendant, holding a pistol.

Naruhodou:
Wait... Please, wait a second! Yes, I picked up the gun when I noticed it on the ground. But... But I swear I didn't fire it!

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Auchi:
Save your breath. I've already warned you once. We are here to listen to the witness's testimony, not your outbursts, you amateur!

Naruhodou:
B-But...!

Judge:
The next time you interrupt, be prepared to suffer a penalty.

Asougi:
Naruhodou. You'll get your chance to strike back eventually. For now, listen to what this man has to say.

Naruhodou:
Uggghhh....

Auchi:
Witness. There is one thing I would like to confirm. You saw the accused standing next to the victim with a pistol in hand, correct?

Hosonaga:
Certainly. That is correct.

Auchi:
I see. And apart from the accused, no one else was near the victim?

Hosonaga:
Certainly not. Apart from the deceased British gentleman and the defendant, no one else was present.

Naruhodou:
Huh? (Wait. What did he just say? No one else was present near the victim?)

Asougi:
What's the matter, Naruhodou?

Naruhodou:
That's... That's not how I remember it!


Naruhodou:
When I walked over to introduce myself to Doctor Watson... There was a woman sitting in the chair across from him!

Asougi:
What?!

Naruhodou:
There's no way the waiter missed that! (They keep telling me not to interrupt, but can I really just stand and watch this?)

Naruhodou:
Doctor Watson wasn't sitting alone at the time! I'm certain... that there was a woman dining with him!

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Auchi:
My, my. What a troublemaker. This attorney will stop at nothing to interfere with the trial. He's little more than a fraud. I'm not even sure that we can reasonably call the accused an attorney.

Naruhodou:
B-But...!

Asougi:
Witness. Are you sure your memory isn't flawed?

Hosonaga:
..... I certainly am. The British gentleman came to the restaurant by himself that day.

Naruhodou:
B-But that's impossible!

Hosonaga:
cough* *cough* I made sure to sketch the seating arrangement of our patrons on this right here. I implore you to check for yourself.

Judge:
This appears to be a sketch of the crime scene.

Hosonaga:
Since it was an emergency situation, I resorted to using the back of my business card. As you can see, this shows that the victim was alone at the time in question.

Judge:
You've gone above and beyond the call of duty. Truly, you are an admirable young waiter.

Hosonaga:
You flatter me, Your Honour.

Judge:
I request that present that sketch to the Court as evidence for the trial.

Hosonaga:
Oh, w-well...

Judge:
Is something wrong? Go on, hand it over!

Hosonaga:
Ah... C-Certainly. As you wish.

Asougi: That's odd. He was pretty calm up until now.

Naruhodou:
(He's right. The waiter does seem to look a bit flustered.)

Business Card has been filed in the Court Record.

Auchi:
And so, that summarises what happened during the incident.

Judge:
When the gunshot rang out from the dining room... The only person near the victim was the accused. Why, I'd say we'll be wrapping up this trial early today.

Asougi:
...!

Judge:
Defendant, Ryuunosuke Naruhodou!

Naruhodou:
Y-Yes, Your Honour?

Judge:
If you plead guilty now, the Court is willing to recognise your plea as a mitigating factor.

Auchi:
He means that your punishment may be reduced. Be aware that this witness was only here to provide a summary of the incident. But if you insist on prolonging this trial... Then the prosecution will gladly summon a decisive witness to the stand.

Naruhodou:
...... Hey, Asougi. What should I do?

Asougi:
What are you talking about?

Naruhodou:
Well, it sounds like I'm going to be declared guilty sooner or later. So I think it might be best if I just plead guilty right now.

Asougi:
......

Naruhodou:
I mean, everyone's been talking about how special this trial is, right? You, Professor Mikotoba... Heck, even the judge and prosecutor. If the trial keeps going on like this, I'm scared of how it might end.

Asougi:
...... As I said before the trial, I believe in you, Naruhodou. And now, in spite of that.... You intend to betray my good faith?

Naruhodou:
Huh?

Asougi:
If the defendant is truly innocent... It's a defence attorney's duty to use any means necessary to prove it so. You have a duty to defend yourself. Are you going to abandon your duty? Even worse, you'll give up the battle when it's only just begun?

Naruhodou:
...!

Asougi:
The defence will continue to fight for an innocent verdict until the very end! The prosecution needs to stop stalling for time and just move on with the trial. Go ahead. Call this so-called decisive witness to the stand.

Judge:
Very well. Prosecutor Auchi, continue as you were.

Auchi:
Oh, how young and foolish you both are, to not know your place in this Court. They call me a saint, but I am prepared to become a demon.

Naruhodou:
Uggghhh...

Auchi:
Before long... I shall have your impudent little mouths sealed. Permanently. The prosecution will now call two witnesses to the stand!

Judge:
Now baliff! Bring in the prosecutor's witnesses.


Auchi:
Witnesses, please state your names and occupations to the Court.

Uzukumaru:
Yes, sir! I am a proud soldier of the Empire, Sergeant Taizou Uzukumaru, sir!

Sonohigurashi
This one is but a humble peddler of time... An antiquary, one who brings to the Imperial Capital the essence of curios from bygone eras. Owner of the Hall of Discard emporium, on the corner of the Capital's second block. Sanmon Sonohigurashi is my name.

Judge:
An antique dealer and a soldier? What an odd combination.

Auchi:
These two were also in the restaurant on the day of the incident, Your Honour.

Asougi:
So this is the third group of customers the waiter was referring to earlier.

Sonohigurashi:
This one spends a brief time each afternoon enjoying the aromatic coffee at La Quantos. Oftentimes, this one also converses with connoisseurs interested in my treasures.

Naruhodou:
(I have no idea what he's talking about.)

Asougi:
The old man owns an antique shop and appears to be a regular at La Quantos. He tries to sell his antiques to any customers who look like they would be interested. Many affluent socialites dine at that high-class Western establishment, after all.

Naruhodou:
Oh, I see. But if I'm being honest... That soldier over there doesn't seem "affluent" enough to be buying much of anything.

Auchi:
So, the two of you witnessed the very moment this heinous crime unfolded. Is that correct?

Uzukumaru:
SIR, YES SIR! OH! The insolence of such an atrocity! No detail evaded this soldier's watchful eyes! INDEED! Without a doubt, that juvenile clad in sombre black fired the lethal round!

Naruhodou:
(Nope, I don't understand this guy, either. But putting that aside... I think I heard a strange sound just now.)

Asougi:
I see. These two are the so-called "decisive witnesses." That soldier said he witnessed the very moment you shot the victim.

Naruhodou:
Huh?

Asougi:
So, are you having fun yet?

Naruhodou:
Honestly, I'm not.

Judge:
Now, let us hear your testimony. Tell the Court the truth of what you witnessed during the incident!

Uzukumaru:
AS YOU WISH! Sergeant Taizou Uzukumaru reporting for duty!

Sonohigurashi:
Alas, this one does not wish to recall the deplorable events of that afternoon.


Witness Testimony
~What We Witnessed~

Uzukumaru:
I was at the restaurant, chatting with the old man as I ate my beefsteak.

Sonohigurashi:
This was one was boasting of a beautiful treasure enveloped in golden gleam.

Uzukumaru:
And then... The flash of a gunshot! That moment was burned into my eyes!
That black-clad student shot the British man! A sudden, cowardly shot from behind!

Sonohigurashi:
Meanwhile, this one crawled to the floor in search of a treasure gone missing.


Judge:
T-That means... Sergeant, you must have witnessed the crime in its entirety! Everything, from when the accused took the pistol to when he shot the victim!

Uzukumaru:
INDEED! The despicable culprit was that delinquent of a student over there!

Sonohigurashi:
Imagine the wretched boy who would shoot an Englishman at such a sensitive juncture.

Naruhodou:
Wait! That's not true! I didn't shoot anyone!

Asougi:
You sure about that, Naruhodou?

Naruhodou:
All I did was pick up a pistol from the floor!


Naruhodou:
After introducing myself to Doctor Watson, I went back to my table to finish my coffee. Then, I decided to go home. As I made my way to the door... I saw a British-made pistol on the ground, next to where the doctor was sitting. I thought that he might've accidentally dropped it, so I picked it up. But just as I was about to hand it to him...

BANG!


Asougi:
If that's really what happened, then the true culprit is still at large. And a clue to their identity rests within this testimony.

Naruhodou:
Really?

Asougi:
Quickly, Naruhodou! Assert your right to conduct a cross-examination!

Naruhodou:
C-cross-examination?

Asougi:
There's no time to waste!

Auchi:
Now then. As you just heard, Your Honour... This testimony has conclusively proven the accused's guilt. The time has come to pass judgement on this despicable university student!

Judge:
Indeed. There is no longer any room for doubt. Well then. The Court hereby concludes...

Hai!

Naruhodou:
......

Judge:
W-What was that?! And what is this unbearable awkward silence?!

Naruhodou:
I... I... No, the d-defence... ...Demands the right to conduct that cross-examination thing!

Auchi:
Oh, dear. What are you, a puppet? Are these your words, or those of the man next to you?

Naruhodou:
Uh... (He got me.)

Auchi:
The prosecution objects! This is clearly a ploy to waste everyone's time. One cannot expect such an inexperienced attorney to conduct a cross-examination.

DGS Igiari

Asougi:
Regardless, the defence has every right to make such a demand. His experience, or lack thereof, matters not!

Auchi:
Ggh!

Naruhodou:
(Asougi! That was amazing!)

Judge:
Very well. I hereby grant the defence's request to conduct a cross-examination!

Asougi:
Excellent. Now the real battle begins.

Naruhodou:
B-But I have no idea what to do in a cross-examination.

Asougi:
It's simple. Expose the lies in their testimony.

Naruhodou:
Huh?

Asougi:
You didn't fire the pistol. There, someone must be lying.

Naruhodou:
T-That makes sense.

Asougi:
The key to the truth rests within the evidence.

Naruhodou:
The evidence...

Asougi:
To expose their lies, you must strike them with a decisive piece of evidence. Anyway, just try your best, ace attorney!

Naruhodou:
G-Got it! (Guess I have no choice but to go for it.)


Cross Examination
~What We Witnessed~

Uzukumaru:
I was at the resturant, chatting with the old man as I ate my beefsteak.

Sonohigurashi:
This one was boasting of a beautiful treasure enveloped in golden gleam.

Uzukumaru:
And then... The flash of a gunshot! That moment was burned into my eyes!

Uzukumaru:
That black-clad student shot the British man! A sudden, cowardly shot from behind!

Sonohigurashi:
Meanwhile, this one crawled to the floor in search of a treasure gone missing.

Naruhodou:
(Uhh. What do I do now?)

Asougi:
Listen closely, Naruhodou. Next, you must expose the lies within their testimony.

Naruhodou:
I see. But how exactly do I do that?

Asougi:
Like I said, the key to the truth rests within the evidence. During the testimony, you can touch the Present button to review the evidence. Carefully compare the evidence to the contents of their testimony. You're sure to find some discrepancies. In court, these are called contradictions.

Naruhodou:
C-contradictions?

Asougi:
Once you find the evidence that contradicts their testimony... Present it to put them out of their misery!

Naruhodou:
...!

Asougi:
However, if you blindly throw out unrelated evidence, you'll be penalised. Receive too many penalties, and the trial will end immediately with a guilty verdict. Got it? First, scrutinise the evidence! Then, find the contradictions in their testimony!

Naruhodou:
Got it. I'll give it a try.

Asougi:
Fortunately, you can listen to their testimony as many times as you like. Keep calm and hit'em where it hurts, partner!


Naruhodou:
......

Uzukumaru:
......

Auchi:
......

Judge:
......

Uzukumaru:
W-What in the world was that?! This photograph came flying at me out of nowhere!

Naruhodou:
I-It's a contradiction. Yeah. This must be one of those "contradiction" things!

Auchi:
Are you in your right mind? What, pray tell, is so contradictory about this photograph?

Naruhodou:
Y-You know... It's...! (I know what I have to say, but I can't seem to find the words!)

Auchi:
Hmph! Let us end this charade, Your Honour. Our Supreme Court has no room for amateur attorneys like you!

Judge:
Hmm...

Naruhodou:
Ack... (What a pain.)

Asougi:
Hold your horses. You can't be serious. Do you really need an explanation for something like this? This is the Supreme Court, for goodness' sake!

Naruhodou:
A-Asougi?

Auchi:
What did you say?!

Asougi:
Maybe if you'd just shut up and take a look at the photograph, you'd notice too. The sergeant's testimony... contradicts the evidence!

Auchi:
Huh?

Asougi:
Sergeant Uzukumaru.

Uzukumaru:
W-What is it?!

Asougi:
During your testimony earlier, you said the following: "That black-clad student shot the British man! A sudden, cowardly shot from behind!"

Uzukumaru:
That's right! I swear by my own two eyes... I witnessed the very act!

Hai!

Naruhodou:
But, that doesn't make any sense!

Uzukumaru:
What do you mean?!

Naruhodou:
B-Because... You know... Hey, Asougi! A little help, please?

Asougi:
Sure. Take another good look at this photograph. The victim, Doctor Watson, died after being shot in the chest.

Uzukumaru:
Ah...

Asougi:
Sergeant. According to your testimony, the victim was shot from behind. However, the fact remains that he was shot from the front. Explain yourself! I'm waiting.

Uzukumaru:
Umm... Ugh... Ghh... Ugghh... Uggghhh...

Naruhodou:
(W-What the heck was that?! Something tried to pop out of his knapsack, but he pushed it down.)

Judge:
Indeed. This is an obvious contradiction. Care to explain, Sergeant Uzukumaru?!

Uzukumaru:
...... Yes, it's all coming back to me now. When the gunshot rang out, my eyes were actually fixed on La Quantos' signature beefsteak!

Auchi:
S-Surely you jest!

Asougi:
The sergeant's testimony just now has made one thing abundantly clear. This witness... Taizou Uzukumaru, soldier of the Empire... Did not see the moment in which the defendant supposedly fired the pistol!

Auchi:
Ughhh! T-This is absurd!

Asougi:
Come on, surely you understand. Our Supreme Court has no room for amateur prosecutors like you!

Auchi:
No... NOOOOOOOOOO!

Naruhodou:
(He flipped the mood of the courtroom with just a few words. So this is the power of a defence attorney!)

Uzukumaru:
But...! I really did see it! That cowardly student pointed the pistol right at the victim's defenceless back!

Hai!

Naruhodou:
Even if I did, I didn't fire it! All I did was pick it up off the floor!

Judge:
Hmm... Old man, perhaps you witnessed something that could shed some light on this?

Sonohigurashi:
...... My previous statement still stands. I crept under the table, and heard a sharp gunshot shortly thereafter.

Naruhodou:
I see. So you were looking for your lost koban, then?

Sonohigurashi:
Yes! Yes, I was! It is like a pearl of great price, a koban from the Houei era! Believing it to have fallen someplace, this one scoured the floor. That's when...

Asougi:
A gunshot echoed through the restaurant. Right?

Sonohigurashi:
Indeed! Nevertheless, this one resumed the search for that relic of the Houei era. Ever fibre of my being was in a frenzy!

Asougi:
By the way... Did you ever find that koban?

Sonohigurashi:
....... Alas, this one did not.

Asougi:
Interesting.

Sonohigurashi:
On that day, this one carelessly misplaced that fine Houei koban. Or, perhaps, it was stolen by some unscrupulous individual?

Uzukumaru:
.......

Judge:
As you are all aware... Time is of the essence in today's proceedings. Our government must report back to the British Empire by this afternoon.

Asougi:
But the latest testimony is far from conclusive! No matter how far our government is willing to bow down to the Brits... I cannot allow Your Honour to pass a verdict just yet!

Judge:
Hmm... What say you, Prosecutor Auchi?

Auchi:
Heh heh heh. Rest assured, Your Honour.

Naruhodou:
...!

Auchi:
These witnesses still have more to testify about.

Judge:
Could you elaborate?

Auchi:
Oh, trust me. It will all become clear with the next testimony, Your Honour. Let's just say that there is only ONE person who could be the murderer. And it is none other than that accursed student, Ryuunosuke Naruhodou!

Naruhodou:
W-What?!

Asougi:
Looks like you've incurred his wrath.

Naruhodou:
Ughhh...

Judge:
Very well. The Court shall ask both witnesses to retake the stand. This time, you must establish a firm basis for the defendant's guilt. Understood?

Sonohigurashi:
This one vows to make every word count.

Uzukumaru:
AFFIRMATIVE! Sergeant Taizou Uzukumaru, reporting for duty once again!

Naruhodou:
Uh, sir? There's someone peeking out from behind you.

Uzukumaru:
Everyone, meet the Uzukumaru family's last hope... Kuroumaru!

Asougi:
Guess he couldn't afford a babysitter.

Uzukumaru:
Take a good look, my dear son. Father is about to thwart evil right this instant! Watch closely!


Witness Testimony
~Identifying the True Culprit~

Uzukumaru:
Even if I didn't see the exact moment the bullet was fired, it doesn't change a thing!

Sonohigurashi:
This one remembers it well. The boy in black indeed took aim at the British gentleman.

Uzukumaru:
What's more, there were no other customers in the restaurant besides us!

Sonohigurashi:
Indeed. The British gentleman had been quietly enjoying his food in solitude.

Uzukumaru:
I repeat! No one could have shot him but that wicked boy! End of report!


Judge:
Hmm... That was quite the decisive testimony.

Hai!

Naruhodou:
Wait! T-That's impossible! Doctor Watson wasn't alone at the time!

Auchi:
Restrain yourself, defendant!

Naruhodou:
I'm telling you, there was a young woman sitting there with him! There's absolutely no way you two could have missed her!

DGS Igiari

Auchi:
If you dare call yourself an attorney, then speak in accordance with the law. This is no place to be spewing nonsense!

Naruhodou:
Gah!

Auchi:
Make no mistake, the victim was alone at the time of the incident. The proof is in this photograph.

Judge:
This is a photograph of the crime scene, I presume.

Auchi:
Yes, Your Honour. This shot of the victim's table was captured by the investigators. As you can see, there is only a single serving of food on the table.

Judge:
True. As far as this photograph is concerned... The victim had no company. It's the only natural conclusion.

Naruhodou:
Ngh... (How can this be?!)

Judge:
I hearby order that the photograph be submitted to the Court as evidence!

Crime Scene Photo has been filed in the Court Record

Naruhodou:
No... (What in the world is going on? How could they not have seen her?)

Asougi:
The waiter corroborated their testimony earlier. He too claimed that Doctor Watson arrived at the restaurant by himself.

Naruhodou:
Well, they're all wrong! I... I saw her... I swear I did!

Asougi:
.......

Judge:
It seems that our telegram to the British Empire can be delivered on schedule. After all, there were no contradictions of any kind in the latest testimony!

Auchi:
As our treaty with Britain is still in its infancy, these are delicate times. I'm honoured to have played a role in advancing friendly relations between our two empires.

Naruhodou:
.......(Is this really happening? Is the trial really going to end, just like that?!)

Chin up, Naruhodou. It's not over yet.

Naruhodou:
Huh?

Asougi:
If what you say is true, then there's more to this case than meets the eye. So, what are you waiting for? Time for another cross-examination.

Naruhodou:
A-Asougi...

Judge:
The defence may now cross-examine the witnesses. But be quick about it.

Auchi:
Know this: These courtroom procedures are merely delaying the inevitable.

Naruhodou:
Ughhh...


Cross Examination
~Identifying the True Culprit~

Uzukumaru:
Even if I didn't see the exact moment the bullet was fired, it doesn't change a thing!

Sonohigurashi:
This one remembers it well... The boy in black indeed took aim at the British gentleman.

Uzukumaru:
What's more, there were no other customers in the restaurant besides us!

Sonohigurashi:
Indeed. The British gentleman had been quietly enjoying his food in solitude.

Uzukumaru:
I repeat! No one could have shot him but that wicked boy! End of report!


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