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Final Chapter: The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo is the fifth and final episode of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve, and a direct continuation of the events of Twisted Karma and His Last Bow. It's currently the latest episode in all of the Ace Attorney series.
In this final chapter, Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba return to the courtroom to continue defending Barok van Zieks for the murder of Tobias Gregson. With Ryunosuke's friend Kazuma Asogi as the prosecutor and Lord Chief Justice Mael Stronghart as the new judge, new truths are revealed as not only is Gregson's murder finally uncovered, but the conspiracy and secrets related to the Reaper of the Bailey myth and the Professor Killings are also ultimately unraveled. It's up to Ryunosuke to finally uncover the truth behind all of these incidents and find his resolve.
- 1 Trial, Day 1
- 2 Investigation
- 3 Trial, Day 2
- 3.1 "Cross-Examining Seishiro Jigoku"
- 3.2 "What Happened in the Cabin"
- 3.3 "Cross-Examining Barok van Zieks"
- 3.4 "Cross-Examining Yujin Mikotoba and Maria Gorey"
- 3.5 "Cross-Examining Barry Caidin and Daley Vigil"
- 3.6 "The Asogi Files"
- 3.7 "The Professor's True Identity"
- 3.8 "Exposing the Mastermind"
- 4 Aftermath
- 5 Closing credits
- 6 References to Other Cases
- 7 Similarities to Other Cases
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Typos
Trial, Day 1
Before the Trial
- 9:14 AM
Ryunosuke Naruhodo was counting on Susato Mikotoba's help today, however, Mikotoba suddenly tosses Naruhodo but she quickly apologizes afterward. Barok van Zieks arrived placing himself in Naruhodo's care. He said that the rumors of the Death Bringer were that it's actually Klint van Zieks bringing justice for Barok. Iris Wilson gave some to them but had to leave to prepare for something, but she also gave Naruhodo the rabbit doll that always hangs from her bag. It's a Herlock Sholmes charm she made herself, she told Naruhodo to pull its ear whenever he's driven into a corner. Iris said neither Sholmes nor Yujin Mikotoba came home last night, Susato revealed that neither came back to the hotel along with Seishiro Jigoku. The bailiffs told them it's almost time for the trial to start, Iris wishes them all good luck.
- 9:30 AM
In the Old Bailey, Susato and Naruhodo were very surprised to see that Mael Stronghart was now the judge of the trial. He explained that the trial had rocked the English justice system to its core. Then, the jury flames lit themselves. The gallery only included members of the legal system, van Zieks called them Stronghart's henchman. But Stronghart just said he's disappointed in him since he was a great prosecutor like Klint, he uses his unicorn-shaped cane as the gavel and declared the court in session.
It is revealed that the victim, detective Tobias Gregson, had a mission he was hiding from the yard in the following day. His accomplice was Daley Vigil, who pretended to be the detective so the former can have an alibi. Then came the possibility that Gregson was murdered the day before the incident. Kazuma Asogi revealed that the claim was correct when he visited the coroner, he hands over an updated autopsy report, at first Stronghart won't accept it as he sees no ice box in London that could freeze the body. Asogi suggests he was murdered in the middle of his mission, he shall begin with the reports from Scotland Yard's investigation.
"Cross-Examining Gina Lestrade"
Inspector Gina Lestrade takes the stand, Stronghart seems to know that Gregson's mission was unrelated to the police. In her testimony, Lestrade said that detectives from the yard were to accept orders from headquarters and investigate. But during the search, they found a notebook with plans that differed from the others. Apparently, Gregson was going to investigate a smuggling transaction, the police didn't know about yet so it must've been huge. And there was more than one person saying they saw the Grim Reaper there. Asogi revealed that tea and spices were smuggled into England and sold onto the Black Market, but the police didn't have leads. Gregson operated in secret since many high rank government members were involved with the market and information might be leaked. The exchange was to be conducted at a club for London's top echelons, van Zieks was there according to the yard. Naruhodo and Susato didn't know about this, but they proceed with their cross-examination.
Asogi said the club's name doesn't matter since the transaction could happen again. Yet, Lestrade insists since she just learned to read, Naruhodo said it's no problem for a leak since the trial was top secret. Asogi actually agrees since there was no proof Gregson was pursuing the black market. Lestrade said the club's name was the Grouse, Naruhodo and Susato find out that the letter of introduction Yujin wrote was on his ticket for a steamship named S.S. Grouse. It departed from Yokohama, Japan on September eleventh and arrived at London on November first, but it stopped at Dunkirk, France the night before. When presented, Naruhodo explained that's why the yard couldn't find this "club". Asogi said that Gregson's corpse was found when the ship arrived at the Port of Dover, therefore any investigation was impossible. For proof, Naruhodo takes a look in the trunk Lestrade had. There was a passport for France dated the day before the incident, it's also largely scratched with a chipped piece of metal and bloodstain. The passport was presented, meaning Gregson was actually near France.
Asogi laughs, he disagreed with what the prosecutor's office's claim, now he can find out the truth: Gregson was in France as part of the Death Bringer! He claimed that Gregson was working for Barok van Zieks and was killed by him when he failed at his mission. Naruhodo protests that no one died on the steamship, but that's why Gregson failed. Judge Stronghart ordered Gina Lestrade to testify about Gregson's notebook.
"The Notebook of the Death Bringer"
She said it contains all the Grim Reaper's deeds for the past decade: places, names, and dates with the final being the end of October on the Grouse. The target was someone who escaped van Zieks' trial ten years ago. But Lestrade said that Tobias Gregson was just investigating the Reaper, Stronghart said opinions were not allowed in court. Kazuma Asogi said that only an associate of the Reaper would know that information. Lestrade struggles with the name of the target due it not being English, but she manages to sound it out: Seishiro Jigoku! Suddenly, Barok van Zieks takes the stand, he said Lestrade was just saying what she received and was therefore not a proper detective. Then he reminds Asogi about how he sent his father to the Gaol, but he sees him as no different. Mael Stronghart gave special permission for the defendant to remain on the stand during the cross-examination.
Lestrade suggests that the notebook contains the results of Gregson's investigation, but van Zieks said he was a member after he conducted his own secret investigation. All the Death Bringer victims were horrible people, van Zieks found out about the Grouse from the notebook and mistook it for a club in London. Lestrade said there's always another name besides the victims': Asa Shinn, the murderer who carried out Gregson's plans. Naruhodo realizes that someone must have accompanied him on the Grouse when trying to kill Jigoku, but that name was replaced by a question mark in the notebook. Stronghart remembers Jigoku as his student of international law, he returned to Japan because of the Professor Killings. His own trial was for smashing the witness stand while pleading for the punishment of Genshin Asogi to be lightened, van Zieks prosecuted that somewhat secondary trial and Jigoku was declared not guilty. Asogi said Jigoku couldn't fall victim to the Death Bringer ten years before now because he returned to Japan, their rules must not be comprehended.
Lestrade had had enough of Gregson being treated like a criminal, to which Stronghart said that a pickpocket like her wasn't fit to be a detective, he declares that her ID will be provoked after the trial. Naruhodo keeps being bothered by a contradiction from Asogi, he shouldn't have known about the trunk since someone stole it and tried to sell it. He demands to know where he was during the crime, Asogi responds that his location was on the S.S. Grouse near Dunkirk harbor! But he notes that Naruhodo doesn't have any evidence, so he (despite hoping he's wrong) shows him a piece of a chipped blade inside the trunk next to the slash mark. He asks Asogi to show his katana "Karuma", he does so and it was revealed that its tip had been snapped off. Asogi admits he accompanied Gregson when the ship headed for France, and his mission was to assassinate a target. He assures the court that he did not kill anyone for it wasn't his intention to carry out the operation. First, the two traveled to the ship by train, then they headed for Jigoku's ship cabin as part of the plan. Jigoku wasn't there but Asogi disembarked in Dunkirk for the night and returned the next day. But since Gregson had obviously failed to kill Jigoku, when returning to the Grim Reaper the latter shot him dead. Barok van Zieks demands to know why the chipped sword was in the trunk, but Asogi remains silent because Gregson was killed by a gun and not a sword, yet Stronghart still wanted it as evidence.
The judge also wanted to know if Seishiro Jigoku was safe, if they go missing for a whole day in London something must've happened to him. Asogi said van Zieks must've had accomplices outside the gaol. Stronghart puts the trial on hold for a half hour and had all involved with the international scientific investigation symposium remain in contact with headquarters. Jigoku will be declared dead if the recess was over since only the Grim Reaper of the Old Bailey would kill someone like a defendant who escaped his trial.
With everyone gone, Naruhodo and Susato discuss how Tobias Gregson was working for the Death Bringer. Consequences await for them if Jigoku was found dead, they only have thirty minutes. Susato suggests they pull the ears on the Sholmes charm Iris gave them, Naruhodo decides to do it. Suddenly, Herlock Sholmes' scream was heard from the stuffed animal! When Naruhodo pulls again, another stuffed animal was shown pulling Sholmes' ear. He and Yujin Mikotoba were in the first class hallway of the S.S. Grouse, because they had rushed over before it left for France again. The two in the court were impressed by Sholmes' quick thinking, but Yujin revealed that he had found the ship. Naruhodo and Susato told the pair how they can't find a clue anywhere, and the two men told them that they will have a clue in the next thirty minutes.
"Sholmes and Mikotoba on the Grouse"
Yujin said they need to hurry or else they'll end up in Italy. Jigoku's cabin was number two, but the first mate, Tchikin Strogenov, was blocking the cabin door. Sholmes notices that Strogenov had a badly written "Sholmes" on his arm, and as a result, the detective concludes that he must be a fan, and states that he will perform a deduction for him. He declares that Tchikin had a brother who was sailing the world on a Russian steamship. Strogenov was very surprised. He said that Jigoku was not aboard when Mikotoba explained the situation, and that he disembarked at Dunkirk to two hours ago to take care of something. Strogenov was ordered to not have anyone allowed in his cabin, but Sholmes reminds Mikotoba that he can pick any lock with just a little time. Mikotoba tries to pretend to be a Japanese mouse in the mouse trap to catch Strogenov's attention, as well as turn off the lights. Both attempts failed, but when he presses the alarm to make Strogenov talk to the captain, Sholmes manages to open the door.
Inside, the cabin was in a big mess. They decide to search for clues before the sailor comes back. Sholmes goes quiet when he picks up a glass of water with ice. It seems that there was an ice box onboard to store gourmet food. The trashcan contains the ship's three day old schedule, the night before Mikotoba and Jigoku arrived, it said there was an evacuation drill during that voyage. There was a large trunk near some scattered clothes, which was locked with a combination. The list of rules on the wall look crooked, and there was a faded spot on wall. Suddenly, Tchikin Strogenov arrives, and it looks like he got in a lot of trouble with the captain. But before the duo leaves, Herlock Sholmes decides they should reveal the truth that Jigoku was still onboard and Strogenov knows where he is. The sailor was shocked, and Sholmes decides to make his deduction with his partner while there's still time.
This room had a contradiction towards what Tchikin Strogenov said about Jigoku leaving. Yujin Mikotoba finds that the ice in the glass hasn't melted yet. Sholmes said someone notified Strogenov when they entered the ship, Mikotoba was in the cabin next door and Jigoku spent the last fifty days of the voyage inside his own. He must've had to hide a crime inside. The list of rules was originally on the other side of the books, when the men look under the list, they find a bullet hole. However, the bullet had disappeared. Strogenov was probably hiding something as he knew Jigoku was oriental. The proof was the money in his back pocket, it seems like he was a paid accomplice. Strogenov suddenly glances at the trunk by his feet. Sholmes thinks Jigoku must be inside the trunk and running out of air. The combination was written on Strogenov's arm, it was actually 5231045 upside down. The trunk opened, and inside they find Seishiro Jigoku.
The detective notes that his partner's "friend" tried to run away cowardly. Jigoku said that someone tried to kill him before they arrived at London, he didn't know the Death Bringer would be that dangerous ten years ago. But the symposium was delayed, he tried to run away to avoid death, he apologizes to Mikotoba for not telling him. Sholmes doubts his story, the first cabins don't usually come out empty, but Jigoku assures him that he could by another ticket. Mikotoba guesses that nobody would be using this cabin, Jigoku doesn't want to come with the duo until Mikotoba shows him the planner of the Old Bailey. Sholmes also found something in Jigoku's trunk. The man doesn't recognise it, so Sholmes decides to take it along as a "souvenir".
- 12:10 PM
Back in court, Mael Stronghart and Kazuma Asogi concluded that Barok van Zieks had Jigoku killed. The prosecution demands a verdict but Naruhodo objects. He wanted one more day for Seishiro Jigoku to testify. He told them about what Sholmes and Mikotoba have found out. Stronghart and Asogi agree that they need to hear the testimony, so they will put the trial on hold for the day.
"The Four Names"
- 8:07 PM
Herlock Sholmes and Yujin Mikotoba return to Baker Street. Ryunosuke Naruhodo can't believe that Asogi turned out to be an assassin, and he's nothing like the best friend that he knows. Sholmes mentioned the incident where he was almost killed, he also said they received something from the post office. He had sent an international telegram to Japan. But first, Iris Wilson had made a feast for everyone, she had a reserved seat for Yujin. She was very disappointed. She actually overheard what they said about the handwriting of Klint van Zieks's autopsy report, and Yujin was not her father either! She knows Sholmes still can't told her about it yet, but the dinner she made for Yujin was an apology.
After they eat their dinner, Naruhodo decided to ask Sholmes about that telegram. The telegram was the same one that contained the four names: K. Asogi/A. Shinn and T. Gregson/J. Wilson. Naruhodo remembered this from a case six months ago, in which a pawn shop owner was killed. It involved top secret international correspondences stolen from the government. Naruhodo exposed the mastermind behind the transaction and got that fragment. However, all they discovered was that the four names were sent from England to Japan. Sholmes revealed that it was found in Jigoku's chambers, Satoru Hosonaga received it upon his own orders.
Regarding Kazuma Asogi's fake death, Herlock Sholmes felt sorry for lying. But he had to stop Asogi's study abroad no matter what, the incident was used to send him back to Japan as a "corpse" and have Naruhodo take his place as a substitute. Asogi's study abroad would delayed for at least a few years, Sholmes knew Naruhodo would do it for his "late" friend. He also revealed that he told Asogi's supposed killer the truth and helped her escape to the United States. Last year, while they were all still in Japan, Sholmes read the telegram addressed to Jigoku because of his nosy habit. After hearing about Wilson's death, he made a theory that was only half correct. Asa Shinn, the professional assassin, had disappeared before then, Sholmes thought she was also killed. He thought all the names were victims, so Asogi would've probably been killed in England. He heard about his trip and Wilson from letters by Yujin. But at the Bandol Hotel, Sholmes heard about Shinn's crime as Jezail Brett. He realized that the names were two victims and their killers and to their horror, Naruhodo and Susato realized that Kazuma Asogi's mission was to kill Tobias Gregson! The telegram was a contract to exchange assassins, they would study abroad and kill their targets. There was consular jurisdiction if they got caught, but there must some major power due to the Japanese-Anglo Alliance treaty. Sholmes blamed himself for Gregson's death, his deduction convinced him to transfer to France with Gina Lestrade, but then came that Death Bringer mission.
Iris thought they now need to get some rest for tomorrow's trial. Sholmes said Iris making Naruhodo his brother was a joke. There's something big for tomorrow's trial, the intermission was a big turning point. The assassination exchange must have some relevance to the case, Naruhodo had the strongest family backing him up.
Trial, Day 2
- 9:30 AM
Mael Stronghart announces the ten year old Death Bringer organization where Tobias Gregson was involved with. The truth will be hunted down today, both sides will follow. Barok van Zieks asks why Kazuma Asogi was still the prosecutor despite being an assassin, Asogi answers that he sent a petition for his punishment to be tomorrow. He's determined to do his purpose no matter what, the defense wonders if this was really Asogi anymore. The trial resumes, Asogi was calling Seishiro Jigoku as a witness, the judge and minister of foreign affairs of the Japanese empire takes the stand and comments on the prosecutor's issue to him. Stronghart invited him to the symposium to represent Japan and he played a part in the alliance treaty. Ryunosuke Naruhodo asks him why he was going to France, but Jigoku denies testimony or relevance to the case.
But Susato Mikotoba said this was connected to the murder of John Wilson in Japan, Naruhodo presents the list with the four names. Jigoku stops him while reading, it was from his office in Tokyo. Gregson and Wilson were victims, Asogi and Shinn were their intended assassins. Asa Shinn disguised herself as Jezail Brett and killed Wilson in the La Quantos restaurant. Asogi was also an exchange student, this overseas exchange was planned by two people, one of them was Jigoku. But Asogi assures Naruhodo that he never said who he was going to kill, Stronghart finds all this really hard to believe. Susato suggests that Gregson was killed on the S.S. Grouse, Jigoku decides to testify.
"Cross-Examining Seishiro Jigoku"
He admits that he gave Asogi a mission to kill Gregson last year, it was so he could study abroad in England. But the mission ended up not being fulfilled. On the night of the current incident, the sailors patrolled the cabin doors as part of security. Since they didn't hear a gunshot, Jigoku had nothing to do with the murder. The transaction on the record was eye level government stuff, Susato calls this cowardly but Jigoku said Asogi accepted that mission for a reason. Jigoku refuses to told who was on England's side of the program, Asogi assures them that he didn't kill anyone and that Gregson was killed on Fresno.
The schedule of the ship that day said the crew members gathered on deck for twenty minutes. Therefore, no one could have been around to hear a gunshot near Jigoku's cabin. Asogi said that's just a possibility, there was no decisive evidence that the murder occurred in there. But Naruhodo finds that the metal thing Sholmes' found was a clock crown, it matches the pocket watch where the police figurine key was inserted! When he presents this, Asogi notes the cracks. Jigoku will now testify about what happened in his room.
"What Happened in the Cabin"
After Jigoku returned from dinner, he found Tobias Gregson in his room aiming a gun. He performed an ippon seoi nage ("to land a blow" in Japanese Judo) on the detective, he escaped but the watch broke. London was were he was killed, Asogi concludes this means the murder didn't occur on the ship. Stronghart thinks this testimony make sense and was about to make Jigoku unrelated to the murder. But Naruhodo asserts the right for a cross-examination, the judge allows it.
Jigoku said it's not possible for Gregson's corpse to move to England on its own, there was no way for him to carry it. The steamship's always had the luggage searched, besides the body could've just been thrown off into the sea. Susato brings up the first-class surveillance, Jigoku decides to amend his testimony. But he said the Minister of Foreign Affairs was exempt from having his luggage searched and his large trunk was big enough for a body, Gregson was in there three days ago at the hotel! Maria Gorey said the body may have been put in an ice box, the Grouse had one big enough to freeze Gregson.
Judge Jigoku laughed, he wanted know when and where the victim was killed. Asogi's claim on Fresno Street was still solid, but Naruhodo presents the photo of Gregson, he's all curled up but he died instantly, so he must have been dumped out. Naruhodo demands the trunk for blood traces, the foreign affairs minister refuses anything but Naruhodo said he was just a witness right now and he must help them provide the truth. Asogi was surprised, though Jigoku admits he carried the body but denies killing him. He said he found the corpse, so he smuggled it to avoid suspicion on him, Jigoku said the real killer was Kazuma Asogi. Naruhodo said that was not possible, the crew would have to be gone by then and Asogi had already disembarked in France at the time. He even signed the guestbook, so Naruhodo concluded that Jigoku must be the culprit. Having run out of arguments, Seishiro Jigoku smashes the witness stand just like he did ten years ago.
The assassin exchange program was supposed to have let the assassins return to their homelands after the consular courts acquitted them. England ordered it a year ago, Jigoku sent Asogi but he never arrived due almost being killed. He couldn't send a replacement assassin because Naruhodo replaced Asogi as the exchange student. Jigoku decided the only way he could keep his end of the bargain was to go to the scientific investigation symposium and take care of Tobias Gregson himself. To do the deed before arriving, he had that English person send Gregson to Dunkirk on a fake Death Bringer mission, Asogi said that must've been the Grim Reaper himself. Gregson fell for the lure and snuck into the cabin, but after nine Jigoku choked him out after returning from the dining hall. Due to the sailors, he decided to wait an hour before strangling him to death, but then Gregson woke up and attacked him. Jigoku had an English pistol from his own study abroad sixteen years ago, he used it to shoot Gregson dead. He couldn't dump the body overboard because of all the sailors, so he carried the body to the freezer room and smuggled it in his trunk. The English person told him about Gregson's meeting with "Hugh Boone" on Fresno Street, he decided to frame him as the killer. Jigoku wore Gregson's red wig as a disguise and bought some firecrackers from "Venus" on his way to the apartment. At 4:45 PM, he moved the bulletin board in front of the placed body and formed that candle trick. But his one mistake was the fish and chips, they fell out of Gregson's coat pocket before the body was frozen and began to rot the next morning from the cabin heat.
Mael Stronghart saw this as the finale of Tobias Gregson's murder, Seishiro Jigoku will be placed on trial at a later date. Naruhodo demands to know who in England forced him to go with the assassin exchange, but Jigoku refused to tell. Judge Stronghart had six fireballs tossed into the black scale and declared Jigoku guilty for the murder of Gregson.
Jigoku had signed a confession of killing Gregson and smuggling his body, Stronghart decides to end the trial here despite many mysteries unsolved, but Asogi suddenly objected. He said that Barok van Zieks may still be guilty of being the Death God of the Old Bailey. Asogi was determined to persecute van Zieks for what he did to his father ten years ago. Stronghart allows him to show proof behind the assassin exchange and transmissions this into a second trial! Van Zieks wanted to testify about the Death Bringer, Asogi allows and requests it. Susato thinks this was very dangerous, Naruhodo resolves to face his best friend til the very end.
"Cross-Examining Barok van Zieks"
Barok van Zieks said he never killed anyone physically nor using orders. He's been investigating the Death Bringer for years and his attention fell on Gregson, which was how he became the defendant of his murder. The detective and Dr. Wilson were not connected to van Zieks, so he couldn't have plotted the assassin exchange. Naturally, Kazuma Asogi thinks he's lying and doesn't understand Naruhodo why he's defending him. But the defense had learned that you can't ever hide the truth, so he conducts his cross-examination.
Van Zieks had learned many things from Gregson due to them working together, but he had no connection with Wilson because he was invited to become a professor at Imperial Yumei University. Naruhodo presents the autopsy record of van Zieks' brother, Klint, Gregson had the house of lords allow Wilson to perform the report. Due to it, they found evidence that led to Genshin Asogi's guilty verdict from Barok. But Kazuma thinks this evidence was false from the three, that's why the program was created, to keep the detective and coroner from talking. Kazuma had to come to this control to prove that Genshin's conviction was false, Barok said he's not worthy of being a prosecutor, and Naruhodo said there's no proof of conjecture. But Kazuma does have proof from Gregson during the fake Death Bringer mission, the detective admitted that there was a secret about that autopsy, Kazuma then drew his sword and attacked him which caused it to chip.
Asogi said that only the prosecutor in charge of the case could've had the detective and coroner make the fake autopsy, that was when Barok and Naruhodo suddenly realized something. Barok only became the prosecutor afterwards to avenge his brother, the original one in charge, and therefore the true Grim Reaper of Old Bailey, was Mael Stronghart! He denied their claim, there was no evidence to back anything up and Gregson was gone. But Naruhodo remembers that Yujin Mikotoba was there with Wilson and Courtney Sithe, he was the first attending assistant who worked on the autopsy completely. Naturally, Stronghart rejected having him summoned as a witness, he demanded Asogi to present evidence indicting van Zieks saying his "little game of revenge" was over. This made Kazuma Asogi slam his fists on the stand and scream.
But then Herlock Sholmes arrived saying he couldn't end the trial here, Stronghart himself said that the truth would be clear. The government officials agreed that the trial should not end here and demanded that the witness to be summoned. Judge Stronghart finally agrees, Sholmes had already brought Mikotoba to the courthouse.
"Cross-Examining Yujin Mikotoba and Maria Gorey"
Yujin Mikotoba took the stand along with Sithe's daughter, Maria Gorey, who tagged along, Stronghart said her mother couldn't be a because of what she had done. Yujin agreed that he assisted Dr. Wilson despite Gorey saying Sithe was better, she was the second assistant so she couldn't see the surgery properly. Gregson and Stronghart were to convince the house of lords to have it performed. Before they testify, Stronghart said they will only say what they saw and heard or else they'd leave.
Yujin couldn't really say if there was any forgery, Klint was killed by a Western styled sword to the heart which was a little off to him at the time. Gorey said there wasn't any other injury in his body, but Klint seemed to have swallowed a piece of evidence that allowed his brother to determine Genshin as his killer. The defense and prosecutor were surprised at no fabrication, Stronghart laughs and calls Kazuma a forgery since his father confessed. The only reason Gregson said what he said was because Kazuma threatened him. Yujin said there were suspicious points of doubt: the other victims of the Professor had their throats torn apart by a large dog, but not Klint. Stronghart dismisses this but Naruhodo wanted to cross-examine the evidence, even the judge could not hand down a ruling upon prejudice so Stronghart conceded.
The evidence was a ring belonging to Genshin, Kazuma didn't receive it due to it being evidence. Genshin's hand had a scrape and the ring was gone, then he was arrested. Gorey had the ring right now from the storage area, but Yujin said he didn't see the moment when it was discovered due to repairing a replacement lancet at Wilson's request. Stronghart allowed the ring as evidence, Naruhodo and Susato noticed the sharp claws holding the gem, those can cut someone real easily. Naruhodo realized that Wilson only pretended to find the large ring which was stolen, if it was really swallowed then Klint would've had internal wounds. Yujin actually said the same thing to the doctor, but John Wilson told Yujin he had many instances like that without damage as he was more experienced.
Stronghart prepared to punish Gorey for removing the ring from the evidence room, but she said she did this for the truth though her mother hid away the secrets. Barok van Zieks remembered when Genshin saved him from a gang of thugs in that alley, they were actually targeting Genshin himself, the ring was on his left hand. Stronghart pointed out that Genshin never denied his charges, and van Zieks knew that he closed his eyes and accepted his fate. Susato found that unnatural, but that meant there wasn't a fabrication.
Kazuma Asogi objected and thanked Naruhodo, there was a hole in Stronghart's logic. There must have been a reason for Genshin's silences, Barok disagreed but Kazuma brings up how Gregson and Wilson were murdered. It seems that Barok was also blinded, the reason silence must've been a deal: the jailbreak plan! Genshin must've had an accomplice in the prison and have it planned before the defendant arrived at Barclay Prison. Kazuma wanted to summon new witnesses: Barry Caidin and Daley Vigil. Herlock Sholmes already sent a telegram to both of them and they're in the lobby. Stronghart agrees to bring the two men in so the trial can conclude.
"Cross-Examining Barry Caidin and Daley Vigil"
Caidin and Vigil take the stand with van Zieks. Vigil refers to his "Gossip" persona at first until Naruhodo asks him for his persona a decade ago. Caidin was surprised since the Professor case was already cleared up, but with the fake death and escape Naruhodo thinks otherwise. Kazuma said there may be capital punishment if it was Caidin who helped Genshin escape. Mael Stronghart said Kazuma shouldn't badger the witnesses and told Caidin to take care of his statements.
Barry Caidin received a letter from the Prosecutor's office when Genshin was found guilty, he left him with Daley Vigil and began the secret plan. Vigil denied knowing about the plan, all Caidin did was set the plan in motion for England, he doesn't know about any deal between the office and Genshin nor who sent the letter. Stronghart doesn't think a cross-examination was necessary, but he sees these Japanese as stubborn and allows it.
Caidin didn't know what happened after Genshin was carried out of the prison, but when he said he thinks that him being shot was the final part of the plan. Vigil spun around, he didn't shooting Genshin made sense, they could've just simply executed him. Inside the high prison walls, no one knew what really happened in there, Caidin also assumed there was a deal behind the jailbreak. He doesn't think there was anything Genshin could trade, but Naruhodo suggests he had a weapon to protect him from the betrayal: the will of Asogi. It will went missing after the jailbreak, Caidin must've demanded a search for it, he denied this and said he found it. Naruhodo shows everyone the will that had a contradiction, it's just a will instead of a weapon, he said Berkly was not to be trusted. Stronghart said that statement was shame upon England and said Vigil was wrong, Kazuma requests further testimony. Naruhodo doesn't want Vigil's life ruined again, the gallery agrees that something fishy was going on, they demand him to testify to which Stronghart agrees.
"The Asogi Files"
Daley Vigil saw the will in Genshin Asogi's hand when he watched over and took care of him in his cell. But it disappeared after execution. Upon orders, Barry Caidin found the will inside his kimono left in the cell, but Vigil said that's a lie. Mael Stronghart gave the instruction for all of Gensin belongings be sent to Japan, Kazuma confirmed that he got them and agreed that the handwriting was his dad's.
During the cross-examination, Naruhodo finds out that even his sword, "Karuma", was allowed in the cell. The prisoners have chains around their legs and someone guards them with a gun, so he couldn't have used the sword to escape, but the will had to be written before entering the prison. Caidin saw him write it, Vigil spins around again. Caidin said the writing was black but Vigil said it was scarlet. He doesn't remember but Naruhodo presents Klint's autopsy report, there were scarlet ink stains on his hands. Barok knows his brother would've wiped ink off immediately, which means Klint might've wrote something before he was killed. Barok remembers that his ink well was open at the crime scene, but there were no documents found there, Genshin was holding Klint van Zieks' will!
"The Professor's True Identity"
Barok couldn't believe that his brother's death may have been willingly, he chased down the Professor and would never abandon the case. But Genshin received what he wrote, that may have been why the jailbreak plan was made. Judge Stronghart didn't want to talk about any will, but Kazuma insisted. Naruhodo thought about this huge secret, it could overturn everything, Susato told him to side with his client and resolve the truth, they have to move forward no matter how bad it is. So Naruhodo said that Klint's will was a confession regarding the Professor, he announced that the Professor was not Genshin Asogi, but his alleged fifth victim, Klint van Zieks!
Barok van Zieks grabbed his face and screamed, the gallery couldn't believe that the van Zieks family would be like this. Klint owned a large hunting dog named Balmung, he used to go hunting with it in the woods behind their manor. Balmung died around the time of Klint's death, he wore a leather collar studded with jewels. But a cat burglar snuck into the manor several years ago and stole it, it was the same one with a large B crest on it. The crest was of the house of Baskerville, Klint married a woman of the family and received the collar. The fact that Klint was an aristocrat was how Genshin almost used that as a "weapon".
Mael Stronghart decided to come clean about ten years ago. After a number of cases, prosecutor Klint decided to become evil to get rid of evil. Genshin visited Stronghart about Klint, but the Chief Justice didn't believe someone like Klint would do such a thing. The only decisive evidence Genshin had was that Klint had a dog, so Stronghart rejected putting the yard into action. After that, Genshin snuck into Klint's manor that night and killed him, Stronghart went to the crime scene but couldn't find any will. Only Stronghart knew about the Professor's true identity, he had to keep it a secret for the Great British judicial system, no matter what it took.
Tobias Gregson didn't think they frame Genshin even though many of Klint's servants saw him leave, he didn't even own a dog. Although, the detective had to admit that the many crimes of London had to be stopped. He was one of the thugs that attacked Genshin and Barok along with some people he gathered to help. Gregson gave the ring to John Wilson who said he found it inside Klint when no one was looking. Genshin accepted the guilty verdict but there was a deal, Genshin warned him about the will but accepted it.
"Exposing the Mastermind"
When Barok van Zieks asked if Stronghart was really the Death Bringer, the judge agrees that the plot of Klint's ghost was great for the public. Gregson and Wilson worked for Stronghart so Barok would be like a god. After Wilson was invited to Japan, his role was given to Courtney Sithe. The Professor and Reaper were used by Stronghart to protect the empire's peace for ten years, that's the whole story and the gallery semi-agrees with the judge.
Stronghart wanted them to keep this trial a secret from the queen, but Asogi asks van Zieks why he didn't suspect his brother. Van Zieks confesses that he did, mainly because Klint was tormented at how untouchable aristocrats like him used to exploit England for their own gain. But the third victim of the Professor was the previous Chief Justice, he was Klint's mentor and benefactor, there was no way he'd murder him. Stronghart wanted this trial to end since Klint and Genshin were dead, but he also said that there were three pages of the latter's will, Naruhodo only had two pages of Genshin's will. Stronghart had Barry Caidin reveal that the third page only had a message for Kazuma, that wasn't a benefit for England. Caidin had it with him right now and Naruhodo and Kazuma want the message announced, Stronghart allows Yujin Mikotoba to read it since Caidin can't read Japanese.
|Pg. 3 |
ただ、頭をひねるべし。* (Kazuma. The truth lies in the darkness, and the only thing that can banish the darkness was "Karuma". All you must do was think. Simply twist the head of the famous sword in your hand.)
Kazuma remembers the katana that he used to almost kill detective Gregson. Stronghart sees that no new facts have been brought to life, Yujin wonders why he wanted to rush this trial. Naruhodo decides to present evidence, Barok and Kazuma want to see it. Remembering what the last page said, Naruhodo and Susato twist the head (pommel cap) of "Karuma's" hilt and find Klint van Zieks' will! No one can believe it, the crest and scarlet signature all look real, Barok recognizes this as his brother's handwriting. The judge desperately tried to tell them to ignore it, but Barok and Kazuma said that will looked bad for the Chief Justice, the gallery agrees they should hear it.
|Klint van Zieks|
|"I pen this, my last will and testament, in the final moments before my inevitable and willing death. The hour is 11 PM and I sit at my writing desk in my office; my friend, Asogi, stands at my shoulder. He has expressed his intent to invoke the dying ritual of the duel, that I may depart this world with honour. And honour of which I am utterly undeserving. The Japanese are a truly merciful people. I, Klint van Zieks, Lord of the Manor of the van Zieks estate, hereby confess to the following: I am the killer who has come to be known in society as "The Professor," guilty of four counts of murder. I will not here discourse the corruption rife among the aristocracy, which is to me, as one of them, so apparent. However, six months ago, I took the life of a member of the House of Lords, at the heart of the depravity. A demon who habitually sacrificed the common man to further his own interests, abusing his position of power. The law is impotent against such vile avarice. Only a fellow demon could rid society of this menace. That demon was my quarry, upon whom I willingly set my great hound. But though I am a hunter of some experience, I am a poor felon, it seems. My guilt was at once recognized by another and I became subject to his extortion. He held me over the threat of exposing my wicked crime to my beloved wife and brother. Under that threat, I have done that man’s bidding, for months now, killing those he demanded I kill. As I watched my former mentor perish before my eyes at the jaws of the hound I commanded, I realized I had lost the last shred of decency within me….and sunk to the level of a wild beast. There is no path back to the light. Be it I or my dear friend, Asogi, who dies this night….I am eternally damned. To my extortioner, Mael Stronghart, may you feel the jaws of the beast at your throat every time you swallow."|
Naturally, everyone was surprised at that last line. Yujin realizes that Stronghart was only willing to hide that secret. Barok knew he wouldn't kill his benefactor, Stronghart used Klint to take his place. But Stronghart said the previous Chief Justice was too soft-hearted to fight against the darkness of London, he assures them that everything was all for the judicial system and that he didn't kill Genshin Asogi.
The night of his execution, Stronghart got Jigoku as an accomplice after he escaped his own trial. Stronghart promised him the position of minister of foreign affairs if he helped send Genshin back home. The two men arrived at Lowgate Cemetery at 3 AM to dig him out before the air in the casket ran out, only to find that Enoch Drebber had already dug him up and was currently staring at Genshin alive. Stronghart told Jigoku that they'd be ruined if it was found out that the execution was fake and gave him a gun to shoot him. Jigoku argued that Stronghart made Genshin a promise yet eventually complies. After Drebber fled, the two reburied the body. The next day, the gravekeeper notified Stronghart about Esmeralda Tusspells. He allowed a wax sculpture of Genshin as long as she never took off the metal mask nor told anyone about it. Jigoku shooting his best friend was also used by Stronghart during the assassin exchange, he would've lost everything if that was revealed, especially since he helped with the treaty.
Stronghart fought using any means necessary but Naruhodo and Kazuma disagree since he was just framing innocent people. Barok van Zieks was the one who accepted the Grim Reaper title, Tobias Gregson was the one who did all the work, and Kazuma tried to do the right thing but got dirty in the process, so the only one hiding was Mael Stronghart. All he did was to use the truth to make deals and benefit himself, he isnt't fit to do anything to the judicial system. Stronghart screams but then he starts clapping and applauding them. He said he's done nothing and they can't charge him. The Death Bringer victims were horrible people. He told the gallery that they must counter London's darkness with darkness, he wanted them to think this over regarding the six million citizens reactions. The serial killer was a member of the most prominent aristocrats, there was forged evidence and a jailbreak plan, and the Reaper organization was led by the Chief Justice. If the public knew about this, the whole British law and order would crumble, it will be like a century ago where ten percent of the public were criminals. Stronghart proposed that only Jigoku's crime will be revealed, the gallery agrees that Stronghart does have a point and even begin chanting his name.
Kazuma Asogi can't believe this, Barok van Zieks wanted the defense's feedback, Naruhodo expected this kind of manipulation from Stronghart, Susato dosen't know what to do if he's just running away from his crime. Naruhodo decides to use some evidence, more specifically he's going to pull the bunny charm Sholmes gave them again. Susato agrees, Sholmes was hurt again, but he suddenly appears in the courtroom as a hologram! Judge Stronghart was very surprised and tries to have the bailiffs arrest the detective, but they can't as he was transparent. Herlock Sholmes made this with Iris Wilson for the trial,
they were actually in the garden of Buckingham Palace in company of Queen Victoria who witnessed the entire trial and in response, stripped Stronghart of his position as Lord Chief Justice and decided that he will eventually have him put on a public trial. Asogi concludes that the Queen thinks there was no need for the darkness, Naruhodo told the judge he had no place in the judicial system will be judged as the criminal he is. Defeated at last and his reign of terror having finally ended, Mael Stronghart bangs his cane trying to adjourn the trial but ends up breaking it, then he falls from his desk causing fireballs to overfill the black scale, it breaks off heading towards Stronghart causing the courtroom to burst into flames while he screams.
Stronghart was now on the witness stand covered in soot. He went mad when Genshin said he had Klint's will. They couldn't find it in his cell nor grave, even with the jailbreak plan. Van Zieks can't believe Klint departed at this time to him, but Susato said there was more of the will.
|Klint van Zieks|
|"As I confront the prospect of my demise… I feel bitter regret for my younger brother. Barok, you’ve always looked up to me and now, you follow in my footsteps to become a prosecutor. It is my fervent wish that my unspeakable deeds should not hinder your advancement. I ask not for understanding, for none could understand my depravity. I ask only for forgiveness. Asogi is a fine detective, and a hunter worthy of respect. He has agreed to honour my final two wishes. The first is that this document survives. The second…I cannot commit to paper. I have confessed my sins to my wife. May she find resolution in my death. With my eternal gratitude to my Japanese friend, I rest my quill." |
– Klint van Zieks
Naruhodo didn't understand why Stronghart would wait ten years to kill the people who knew the truth about him. Mael Stronghart said that it's because over the years he thought being Chief Justice wasn't enough, he needed to become Lord Chancellor to completely change the future of the law. Sholmes reminds Barok that he was still the defendant, he brought the original judge back on the desk, he was watching the trial from the gallery. He'll never forget this trial where orientals banished the darkness of the Old Bailey, he was very grateful and Barok actually believed in Naruhodo despite hating Japanese, he apologizes for all the insults. Naruhodo didn't think he was anybody when he first arrived at England, and makes a speech about how his friend help him and how the truth hurts and gets worse when hidden. The judge finally acquits Barok van Zieks.
- 4:21 p.m.
Susato Mikotoba was so happy, but Naruhodo thought he was betraying his client. Barok van Zieks isn't smiling but he was very impressed. He said Stronghart was doing the exact opposite of them. Kazuma Asogi isn't smiling either but apologizes for trying to convict him as the Death Bringer. Although he can't forgive him for what he did to his father, he admits that he fought for what's right. Kazuma can't help but wonder about the other request from Klint to his father. Yujin revealed that Genshin told him to secretly go to an address with a pregnant woman before he was "executed". Genshin promised Klint that he would look after her. Yujin took a train to Dartmoor, there was a mansion on the moor with an old dog in the garden. The woman inside was in critical condition, although a baby girl was brought to the world by Yujin, her mother died. Yujin saw a trunk with a B crest on it, the woman was Miss Baskerville, Klint's wife. He didn't want the girl to know that he was a serial killer, Yujin had to return to Japan without the unidentified baby, so he gave her to Sholmes and named her Iris after his own deceased wife, Ayame. Now the bunny charm was pinching Naruhodo's buttocks, Sholmes and Iris were celebrating tonight, her uncle will soon pay her a visit. Van Zieks had decided to retire as a prosecutor and leave London, but Asogi disagreed saying he needs to learn from him.
- 6:25 PM
Gina Lestrade greeted them with the smoke launcher, she was out of fireworks but hears about the one on Fresno Street. Herlock Sholmes wanted Yujin Mikotoba to write a story about how Seishiro Jigoku hid in his trunk with a fugitive in his place. There was a feast for everyone, Susato and Iris made it. Lestrade was thinking about going back to being a pickpocket now that Tobias Gregson was dead! She also doubts that Barok van Zieks will accept her, but Sholmes gave her Gregson's pocket watch with its fixed crown, it had stopped so someone had to wind it for him. So Lestrade accepts taking the place of his boss, she also promised to look for Iris' dad. But Iris wanted her to forget about it, she caused a lot of trouble towards people while trying to find out her origins. She had decided that she had the best papa in the whole world: Herlock Sholmes! The detective was grateful towards Mikotoba, Iris was the best thing received from him. He wanted to play his violin, but Iris wanted to wait until next week since the dinner was getting cold.
- 9:37 PM
In Naruhodo's office, the lawyer seems like it's time to say goodbye. Yujin Mikotoba enters the room, Susato headed off in a carriage for something important. Yujin thanks him for not telling Iris about Klint, he promised Genshin Asogi that. It was because of that why he called Susato back six months ago. He heard about how they found Balmung's Baskerville collar from the report of Soseki Natsume and thought his heart was going to stop. If looked into the crest they would eventually find out about Klint's wife, and Susato knew about the unpublished manuscript that Iris wrote from Yujin's notes. If those clues were put together, Naruhodo would've found out the truth on his own. So Yujin summoned Susato back by faking an illness to prevent any investigation. The manuscript was in Japan because Sholmes sent it to Yujin before Susato left the first time, he was surprised by Iris' story. The partners decided they couldn't announce this and Yujin sent it back. But after witnessing today's trial, Yujin decides that when Iris does find out about Klint she will accept it.
Naruhodo had decided to go back to Japan, now that Kazuma was here, his substitute can't really stay here. There were many event that led him to become an attorney, he got lots of help and today he learned to believe in his client was the path that he's chosen. He'll be a defense attorney for his whole life, he can begin preparing tomorrow and leave in a few days. The symposium was cancelled but Yujin suggests that it will happen some other day. After he leaves, Susato arrives, she heard the entire conversation. She was sure he'd choose to return, he wanted her to help Kazuma as his legal aide. They decide to go to bed, Susato won't ever allow Naruhodo to be called a substitute again.
- 5:42 AM
At Dover Harbor, the day had come for Ryunosuke Naruhodo to leave. He thanks Iris Wilson for everything and she hopes they to come back soon. Despite the time being short, Yujin Mikotoba was glad he worked with Herlock Sholmes again, the detective agrees. Susato had carried all of Naruhodo's luggage to the cabin, Kazuma Asogi was there too to see him off. He looks forward to when they will face in court again, he was going to be a prosecutor studying under Barok van Zieks. He requests Naruhodo to hold onto "Karuma" for a while! That day, when he almost killed Tobias Gregson, all he wanted to do was murder him, it was a demon inside on him that he will never forget. He plans to resolve those demons as a prosecutor, until then Asogi leaves "Karuma" in the care of Naruhodo. Susato wanted to go with him back to Japan, that's what Naruhodo actually wanted, Asogi knew this would happen. After the trial ended, Susato visited van Zieks office, that was when Naruhodo was talking with Yujin. Asogi saw this as very formal and not selfish, he wanted her to be with him. Naruhodo thinks that he can bravely face any trial with Susato at his side, she looks forward to working with him and all her luggage was on the ship. Iris calls them saying it's almost time for them to leave, Asogi draws his British sword and Naruhodo draws "Karuma" and they cross each other's. Sholmes said this world was a lot smaller than they think, they want him to visit them soon with Iris. It was time for them to part, they all say goodbye.
|"Come! The game was afoot!" The ship with our friends from the east sailed steadily towards the distant horizon. But Sholmes' face was alight with joy. "The times may change, but a steadfast friendship will remain true, Wilson. We have but to greatly close our eyes, and we were with them once more." ...So I do just that. And when I do, I can hear... his strong, familiar voice ring out.|
|Until we meet again, Runo!|
- Herlock Sholmes keeps getting telegrams about his stunt at the last trial. So he wanted to vacation somewhere far away. He was thinking about stuffing himself into a closet to get to Japan.
- Iris Wilson (née van Zieks) wrote a thank you letter to Sholmes causing him to cry. She also gave him a chemical that would turn his hair bright red, but he passed on that despite her working hard on it.
- Barok van Zieks revealed that he left the courtroom for five years after being called the Reaper, The badge he wears originally belonged to his brother. He had decided to let go of Klint's ghost for good and move on like his "foreign friend" told him to.
- Gina Lestrade found a letter left by Detective Gregson, she understands that he was protecting her. She and Toby vow to protect the peace of London, but she wishes she could've thanked Gregson.
- Tobias Gregson's last moments were shown in a flashback, where he speaks fondly of Lestrade, and leaves her his "detective spirit," knowing that after his final mission, he will depart from this world.
- Taketsuchi Auchi argues about Satoru Hosonaga infiltrating Jigoku's office but Soseki Natsume revealed Jigoku's arrest. Auchi then said it was forbidden for Susato to have been disguised as a male but Rei Membami said she was making a name for herself in the foreign court. Hosonaga said he probably should've hired a normal lawyer.
- Maria Gorey visits her mother, Courtney Sithe, in jail. They discuss how the Japanese handle the dead by cutting them into three pieces. Gorey wanted to try it on her mother but Sithe said the isn't dead yet, but she was glad about that.
- Albert Harebrayne was invited back to England by van Zieks, and the latter said he'd give the former a tour. But Harebrayne said staying in the hotel will cause him to lose all his money, he wishes he could teleport or at least that van Zieks finishes his work.
- Esmeralda Tusspells revealed that she actually suspected that Genshin was buried alive when she found his shot corpse. But Stronghart forbade her from testifying about it because of their deal. Her family creed said that she'd do anything to get the model for the real thing.
- Daley Vigil still refers to his "Gossip" personal. Peppino de Rossi was going to sell red spaghetti but Fabien de Rousseau said that the introduction they just did was not suitable for him. Evie Vigil was so proud of her husband for making friends and he said he will get rich with the two redheads when he gets released from jail.
- Kazuma Asogi didn't really know what to be when he first got his study abroad. He wanted Naruhodo to come with him originally so that Naruhodo could defend him, should Asogi wind up in the defendant’s chair. But now he had a new path thanks to him and hopes to meet him again in court.
- Susato Mikotoba made some tea for Ryunosuke Naruhodo. They going to be busy when Naruhodo opens his new office in Japan. Susato was so happy that he became a defense attorney who was worthy of recognition of the great detective.
References to Other Cases
- This case was similar to Turnabout for Tomorrow as it was a continuation of The Cosmic Turnabout regarding Clay Terran's murder like this one was to Tobias Gregson's.
- Luke Atmey blackmailed Ron DeLite to continue his crimes as Mask☆DeMasque like how Stronghart did to Klint as the Professor.
Similarities to Other Cases
- Several similarities are shared with The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band, such as:
- An investigation scene taking place in a ship travelling from Japan to England.
- A Dance of Deduction scene in the cabin of this ship.
- The appearance of a Strogenov.
- Someone being smuggled in luggage, Ryunosuke being smuggled onto the SS Burya in Kazuma's luggage and Gregson's body being smuggled out of the Grouse in Seishiro Jigoku's luggage
- This is the third time a culprit appears in the closing credits (the first two being Ashley Graydon and Beh'leeb Inmee). Additionally, this was also the first time a victim had appeared.
- None of the characters exclusive to The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro, appear in the "Where are they now?" epilogue, nor does Tchikin Strogenov. Strogenov also does not appear in the ending credits, where Naruhodo walks by the entire cast of characters (including those left out of the epilogue).
- As this was a direct continuation from Twisted Karma and His Last Bow, this was technically the first case in the Ace Attorney series to last more than three days.
- This is one of only three episodes in the Ace Attorney series with both trial and investigation segments to begin with a trial segment, the other two being The Final Witch Trial and The Cosmic Turnabout.
- During the Second Trial, while discussing how Gregson entered Jigoku's Cabin, Ryunosuke says “But the man accompanying him would have had two sword slung around his waist” instead of “But the man accompanying him would have had two swords slung around his waist”.