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The Return of the Great Departed Soul

Susato Mikotoba
'What must I give up on?' is not the question you have to ask yourself here. It's 'What can I protect?'

Episode 3: The Return of the Great Departed Soul is the third episode of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. After a science experiment at the long-awaited Great Exhibition goes awry, leading to a man's death, Ryunosuke Naruhodo is allowed to act as a defense attorney once again following the events of The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story. It is up to the young Japanese attorney to defend Albert Harebrayne and his seemingly impossible experiment from the infamous prosecutor and so-called "Reaper of the Bailey", Barok van Zieks, who declares that it was a deliberate case of murder. While Naruhodo investigates Harebrayne's case, the great detective Herlock Sholmes investigates a curious "kidnapping" incident at a waxwork museum. Despite being apparently unrelated, there is more connecting the two events than first appears, leading to the truth behind a ten-year-old case to begin to unravel.

This episode reintroduces Mael Stronghart and Gina Lestrade, as well as marking the appearance of a mysterious Masked Apprentice working under van Zieks.

01. Opening[]


The grand, end-of-the-century Great Exhibition of London – surely, there is not a soul who has failed to hear of it. Wondrous new works of culture and industry from every corner of the globe had converged on Hyde Park. Welcoming over fifty million visitors, the last great hurrah of this century astonished and delighted people of all nations, and ended on a note of resounding success. But, as regards to the terrible catastrophe that occurred during the festivities, very few are aware my friend, Mr Herlock Sholmes, had a hand in unravelling the matter. For, from the shadows, it was he who earnestly unearthed the facts of the case. And like the centrepiece of the Great Exhibition, which rose high into the skies of Hyde Park, Sholmes's brilliant deductions – as clear and lofty as the Crystal Tower itself – brought the truth to light.

The "invention of the century".

The time had come for London's Great Exhibition. The scientist Albert Harebrayne gave a speech about the transportation of the twentieth century. Then he said he created an invention that will break down a human being's molecules and reassemble them in a completely different location. Harebrayne's volunteer stepped into a large cage underneath the device, his destination will be the Crystal Tower. The excited scientist pulled various levers causing the invention to spark and sputter smoke. But suddenly, the smoke got larger and grey and the sparks went out of control, as if the device was about to explode. Was that supposed to happen?

Investigation - Day 1[]

9:36 a.m.

Iris Wilson asked Ryunosuke Naruhodo about the Great Exhibition in the newspaper. Herlock Sholmes couldn't go due to a mystery he apparently had to solve, but he wouldn't talk about it. It had been six months since Naruhodo had been banned from the courtroom due to leaking a government secret and he's been reading the British jurisprudence and records of Sholmes' cases ever since. Naruhodo thought about going to Mael Stronghart to see if he can lift his ban.

The article about the attack on van Zieks.

Everyone in London was crowding in the Great Exhibition, there were exhibits from all over the world and hot air balloons. But Iris also mentioned an accident during a scientific demonstration the previous day involving a large explosion. Sholmes showed the two a newspaper containing lots of articles on the fair showing off scientific technology. Sholmes said there was a darkness behind the light, Naruhodo realized he meant the other side of the paper, it showed Barok van Zieks being attacked by a group of thugs. Sholmes revealed that the villains of London would do acts like forgery, threats, and bribery to go free. Due to his reputation of being the Death God of the Old Bailey, the underlings of the deceased defendants try to get revenge on van Zieks, this time they had guns. The article said the results of the Reaper's fate was in tomorrow's paper but Naruhodo didn't want to wait. So Sholmes suggested they go see Mael Stronghart about it, then he got dressed and left. Iris was in a different outfit for the Great Exhibition, but Naruhodo decided to take her to see Stronghart first.

02. Lord Chief Justice's Office[]

In the Lord Chief Justice's office, Mael Stronghart arrived and had heard about Naruhodo's request. He revealed that the new international forensic science symposium will begin next month. Investigator authorities from lots of different countries, including Japan, will gather in one spot at the fair, but England was the host country so Stronghart was seen preparations. Naruhodo asked for permission to practice law again regretting his mistake six months ago, but Stronghart reminded him he was just a substitute for Kazuma Asogi who suddenly died before he could complete his true mission. Though, since Naruhodo was taking his research seriously, Stronghart lifted his ban of practicing.

He mentioned a case that just happened, it's the same one Iris mentioned earlier. A scientist named Albert Harebrayne was working on hyper electric instantaneous teleportation technology. An explosion occurred and an investor named Odie Asman was killed. Harebrayne was arrested right after the accident and his trial for murder charges was tomorrow. Stronghart said van Zieks had a connection to this case as well. The international forensic science symposium will be the most important international meeting. Stronghart gave a long speech regarding his view of the law, which caused Naruhodo to fall asleep. Then Stronghart saw the newspaper Naruhodo had and revealed that Barok van Zieks was fine. A month ago, he prosecuted a crime syndicate leader and lost, Stronghart said it was the result of the jury being bribed. The defendant was killed the other day and now members of the syndicate want revenge, that leader was Odie Asman! His investor occupation was just a cover-up to the public, Stronghart and the syndicate thought his death was because of the Reaper. Even though van Zieks was an outstanding prosecutor, Naruhodo protested that his defendants wouldn't be dying if no one was responsible. Stronghart rushed off to his next meeting which he was already running late for. Barok van Zieks was in his office so Naruhodo and Iris decided to go meet with him right now.

Visiting the Reaper[]

Upon entry, Iris and Naruhodo noticed someone in a cloak sitting near a small desk on the other side of the room. Barok van Zieks came in and demanded to know what the two were doing here. Naruhodo thought the cloaked man was getting punished but van Zieks said he only wished to sit there, he was his apprentice and Naruhodo recognized him as the other man in the newspaper article. There was also portrait of a man who looked similar to him was present, but van Zieks only said that the man wasn't himself. This whole time, the cloaked man hasn't moved an inch.

Barok van Zieks confirmed that the thugs mentioned in the article were indeed from Asman's crime syndicate. Through an investigation, they were all rounded up before they could take him out. Van Zieks denies causing Asman's death and was also angered and shocked to find out that Naruhodo was going to be the defense. He revealed that Albert Harebrayne was his classmate at London university, who was actually British but immigrated to Germany after graduation to pursue his research. The two got along well despite their different studies, but haven't seen each other since graduation, Naruhodo was shocked that the Reaper was going to prosecute his old friend. In light of the Reaper curse, it means his old friend was doomed no matter how the trial goes. But van Zieks said he was merely a human prosecutor, not a death god. Plus, before Naruhodo came along all of his defendants were bad people, he didn't know that they died. He said someone else was responsible for these mysterious deaths, the crime rate in London had dropped ever since he was called the Reaper.

A hidden reporter caught the incident with the thugs. Van Zieks's "Apprentice" was studying to become a prosecutor, he currently writing about that attack. He was ordered to wear a mask by Lord Stronghart, no one was to see his face and they don't know his origins either. Van Zieks doesn't know why he'd order something like that. Naruhodo thinks to himself that while this was his first time meeting this Masked Apprentice, he gets this feeling they've met before. He was standing casually showing no weak points, Stronghart also ordered him not to speak to outsiders, but Naruhodo had an idea of who he might be. Van Zieks asks about Soseki Natsume, Naruhodo mentions the letter he received. Naruhodo considered asking Harebrayne about his relationship with van Zieks.

Interviewing the scientist[]

In holding cell 11 of the gaol, Albert Harebrayne wonders if Naruhodo's defense attorney profession means he's going to defend his theories. He said the experiment was a success but none of the other defense attorneys would believe him nor defend him. Harebrayne admits that the explosion that killed Odie Asman wasn't according to plan, but he actually made it to the Crystal Tower. He said the death was an accident, not murder. Iris explains that Sholmes said whether it was an accident or murder changes the situation entirely. If it was an accident, the teleportation device was protected by the Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology, England's new system. But if it was murder, then the device can be investigated to see if it was a murder weapon and Harebrayne's theory would be lost.

According to hyper electric instantaneous teleportation technology, a human was composed of molecules electrically linked. So it should've been possible to break them down and transmit it somewhere else if one had enough electrical power, that's Harebrayne's theory. It could really help people to travel to places, but Iris said that would make the world feel small. Harebrayne needed a lot of money to actually make an invention, that's when he met Asman.

Regarding Barok van Zieks, Harebrayne said he was a quiet and good-natured chap when they went to university. Naruhodo was surprised considering the bully he's like today. He was the younger son of the illustrious and aristocratic van Zieks family. Harebrayne was surprised that people were calling him the Reaper. He also heard about a huge case that changed van Zieks life after he graduated, but Harebrayne doesn't know about it due to being in Germany. Naruhodo thinks he shouldn't tell him that van Zieks was the prosecutor.

Odie Asman visited Harebrayne in his German lab last year wanting to investigate his theory. He seemed like a wonderful man, he had a teleportation device built for him entered in the Great Exhibition, he also got the British government to financially support his research. He prepared a large amount of money and an outstanding engineer who built the device based on Harebrayne's plans. Harebrayne owes Asman so much, he can't possibly be his killer.

Harebrayne once again confirmed the explosion was an accident, and he didn't kill Asman on purpose. He said science was about the pursuit of truth, Naruhodo believes him and will prove his innocence. Harebrayne realized one more thing after graduation: if a person does work and fights with all his strength for something then their origins and nationality don't matter. Iris said it's finally time to go to the Great Exhibition, that's where the crime happened.


After walking around a large crowd for two hours, the two hear arguing near the public stage. They find Tobias Gregson and Gina Lestrade, as Gregson threatens to arrest Lestrade but he does not have proof. Iris calls for Gregson, who calms down in front of the girl who includes him in her stories. He will make sure she'll get a hot air balloon ride. Gregson took a leave of absence due to helping the culprit who stole that government secret six months ago, but now he's back on the job. Lestrade was the defendant of that case, she just pickpocketed five shillings from Naruhodo. She revealed that she was now a Scotland yard detective-in-training! Gregson heads up the stairs and tells Lestrade to keep watch down here. While she was still in prison, she was thinking that she couldn't go on as a pickpocket. So, she went to Sholmes who told Gregson to take her under her wing as a detective-in-training, noting that Inspector Lestrade had a nice ring to it. She also plans to use her position to search the world for Iris' father, but unfortunately she couldn't read the entrance exam. Naruhodo begins to wonder why the Reaper curse wasn't affecting her, Lestrade tells him not to worry.

The Great Exhibition

Regarding the current situation, the accident was intense. Due to Gregson being in charge of the Great Exhibition security, Lestrade saw the experiment from a hot air balloon, stating that there was first smoke, then the explosion. Lestrade admits that the experiment was technically a success because the victim was actually discovered at the Crystal Tower! It's right nearby, the large crack was where the cage victim was plunged down into. Lestrade gave the two a diagram made by the police. No one was allowed to investigate the device due to the Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology. They find a weird device near a tree and a burned scrap of canvas cloth, Naruhodo makes notes of them, there were ashes on the ground. The Crystal Tower was Suishoutou in Japanese, a tall, completely glass architecture was a symbol of the Great Exhibition. Inside, there were observation platforms, an art museum, a botanical garden, and other museums. The way to get into the door was three hours long. Now people were just looking at the closed crime scene from the hot air balloons. The hole where Asman's cage fell was being investigated, they had to get the body down. The group decided to check the device.

Gregson on the stage[]

On the stage, the machine looked totally blown apart. Iris said Sholmes does this all the time. She would love to go to Japan one day and was sad that ninjas nor feudal lords don't exist anymore. Anyway, it's weird that Odie Asman was transported and not blown up. Iris attempted to pull a lever but Tobias Gregson intervenes. She gave him tea and he tells them the provision was preventing the lawyers from investigating. But Gregson really doesn't see any problem with them looking. Naruhodo wonders how Dr. Harebrayne wasn't hurt, Gregson doesn't want then to touch it. Naruhodo notices that part of the machine was made of wood and Iris finds a tool in the wire mash. It's a screwdriver with an A-shaped handle. Gregson will examine it for them and confiscated it.

Naruhodo and Iris check out the weird device from the tree, and discover a crossbow. Naruhodo said that he used to always put two arrows during archery and they snap, but he thinks this could actually beat Kazuma Asogi with this. Gregson said people were promoting new scientific inventions, that why they allowed Harebrayne to test his invention at the Great Exhibition. Police were forbidden to mess with the inventions to protect science and technology, only the new division can examine them. The Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology guarantees the rights to protect the secrets of scientists, Gregson still had to be present when they examine them, the government also makes support funds for theorial research. Harebrayne came back to England for the Great Exhibition and funding, Gregson was very surprised that he went to university with Barok van Zieks. He heard about the thugs attacking him and was relieved that he was fine. Gregson heard the juries were bribed and evidence was forged, that's why the Reaper came into existence. At first Scotland Yard was suspecting van Zieks taking justice in his own hands, but after investigation they found out that he had nothing to do with it, yet they don't how the deaths happened. Naruhodo mentions the incident after van Zieks' graduation but Gregson doesn't know anything about it.

After Gregson leaves, Iris asks Naruhodo if Sholmes knows something about van Zieks. But he's in the middle of investigating something so she gave Naruhodo a ticket to Madame Tusspells's wax museum near Baker Street that's gotten popular in London. It's where Sholmes was but Iris was told not to tell Naruhodo. He wonders what Sholmes was up to despite not seeing any connection.

Visit to the wax museum[]

Naruhodo was scared of all the deadly figures in the museum. He once read a horror magazine about an old lady using adipocere. In the middle of the Chamber of Horrors, there was a curtain to a separate room for a famous serial killer, however, they'd needed an extra entry fee. An arm was sticking out but Naruhodo doesn't want to touch it. Naruhodo thinks all the figures were real people, one of them being Herlock Sholmes. Iris Wilson was proud that the detective finally got a sculpture. She then humorously kicks it, with the detective jolting in pain before going back to its pose. The figure's eyes begin to move and started sweating upon closer look and when the two try to look at something, Sholmes revealed himself to them. He was irritated that Iris kicked him so hard, but he's glad to at least stop using that pose, revealing that a case was happening in the wax museum. Madame Tusspells came to England from France three years ago. She opened the show tent last year and was popular ever since. The Tusspells family had a special technique in making wax figures that was passed down. Due to the Great Exhibition there haven't been many visitors lately, but the chamber contains criminals from London's real past and their crimes. Sholmes acted as a temporary wax figure to arrest the serial killer figures, but he's doing this for money so he can pay the rent and feed Iris.

Naruhodo tells him about Barok van Zieks and Albert Harebrayne, but before Sholmes can say anything Esmeralda Tusspells arrives. Sholmes goes back to being a wax figure again. Tusspells was twenty-six, and called herself Madame to make her name sound more distinguished. She calls Sholmes restless and threatens to turn him into an actual wax figure if he continues to leave his post, Iris wants to hear more about Sholmes' case. Tusspells made all the sculptures herself, she was the third generation of the family. Her grandmother was the one who sculpted the queen, she had many misfortunes but discovered true art. All of the figures were made using molds of the real person after their execution, yet she loves art. But there were other rooms with less terrifying exhibits, Naruhodo was only here because Iris dragged her in. The famous detective hired out himself to Tusspells a few days ago, though they couldn't agree on the price. But she's tight on cash so she's having him work here, apparently in debt of something. Tusspells was surprised that Naruhodo knows of the incident and Sholmes suddenly appears right by them. He demanded money and she reluctantly agrees if he performs his deduction. Tusspells refuses to pull back the curtains to the special exhibit until the Sholmes notices the hand sticking out. Behind the curtain was a tombstone, but Sholmes couldn't find the serial killer's wax sculpture. He did find a fainted middle-aged man on the floor but he's not the killer or a wax figure. He had two conclusions: There was a huge business transaction in the special exhibit room and it had something to do with a major crime. Tusspells had gone pale as wax, Sholmes will now do his deduction.

Clay & "Ottermole".

Sholmes noticed that Esmeralda Tusspells had two thousand pounds in her purse. When questioning the purpose of the money, Tusspells seemed to be looking at a plaque to her right. It said, "Wax figure for sale", so she must have sold the wax figure for that money. Sholmes also claimed that the man fainted from the shock of seeing the pounds in Tusspells's purse, he wanted to buy the wax figure but couldn't get his money back. As to where it went, Sholmes noticed two other wax figures. One had a yellow scarf, it was a signal used between Scotland Yard officers to notify others that an incident occurred. This was Sergeant John Clay, he won the Chief Police Officer Award three times a year ago. The other wax figure had a price tag on it. It's only three pence, which seemed low and she tried to sell it to that guy for all that money. This was why the the Yard sent Clay over, and so Sholmes concluded that the wax sculpture was currently in possession of the police.

Naruhodo was silent, Iris was surprised, and Tusspells was angry. Sholmes and Iris say he's Officer Ottermole, a serial killer who disguised himself as a policeman a year ago. Naruhodo didn't think two hundred pounds was a really lot of money and Tusspells was furious that Sholmes called her a criminal. Naruhodo asked Iris to help him correct Sholmes and she agreed. They found a sign behind the curtain that Tusspells was actually looking at. It said "To Esmeralda Tusspells, proprietor of Madame Tusspells's wax museum. We'll be taking the prisoner from this room, if you want it back it'll cost you two hundred pounds. Have the money ready by October twenty-third." Iris thought it looked like a blackmail note, so the two hundred pounds was ransom money. Madame Tusspells had her right hand behind her back, but upon examination it was actually another left hand. It's the hard hand of a wax model, the middle-aged man plucked it off as a keepsake so Tusspells whacked him with it. But they've reached a conclusion that the serial killer wax figure was kidnapped.

"John Clay's" arm was missing, the same arm that the other man tried to steal. "Ottermole" had a shaky leg, meaning he's a real person. The three pence was actually the price of the scarf around his neck. He also had a yellow scarf on his arm, he's the one investigating the crime at the museum. In conclusion, Scotland Yard had not found the wax figure yet. Tusspells gets all sorts of visitors and they all cause trouble to her wax figures, but she was very impressed by the deduction. The middle-aged man will probably wake up and go home soon.

The wax figure was kidnapped within its room, she noticed it missing one morning a few days ago, that's why the curtains were closed. This terrifying serial killer was so horrible, his name was called indelibly into British criminal history: the "Professor". He was active around Iris' birth a decade ago, Sholmes explains that was when Barok van Zieks graduated from London University, it's that incident that changed his life. The killer was arrested and executed after killing five people, they were all in noble ranks which shook the government, with the last victim was Barok's older brother, Klint van Zieks. Barok was the prosecutor for the Professor's trial, and had been known as the Reaper ever since. Sholmes needed to go back to being a wax figure and Tusspells had to go as well.

Meanwhile, Barok van Zieks visits Albert Harebrayne in the gaol. They can't believe they reunite in ten years to the death of Odie Asman. Harebrayne hopes that Naruhodo can prove it was an accident and also heard Barok will be the prosecutor. Harebrayne doesn't want to remind his friend about the Reaper curse and he'll count on him tomorrow. Barok will see him tomorrow in court.

Trial - Day 1[]

Before the trial[]

8:52 a.m.

Naruhodo had not been to the court in half a year, both he and Albert Harebrayne felt a strange atmosphere in the defendant lobby, though the scientist thought it's because of some sort of new English technology. Naruhodo was ready to prove that Harebrayne's hyper electric instantaneous teleportation technology was an accident. Herlock Sholmes arrives on time, with the assistance of Iris Wilson spending an hour waking him up. Harebrayne read about the detective, the Strand Magazine was sold to Germany as well. He thought this month's edition, The Adventure of Silver Blaze, was thrilling, but Sholmes mistakes that story with the Speckled Band. Sholmes actually can't watch the trial due to investigating Esmeralda Tusspells's kidnapping of the sculpture. But he and Iris have Naruhodo know that proving Harebrayne's theory was impossible, but how was it a success? Iris was going to take care of something but will be a surprise for Naruhodo. Soon enough, the bailiffs advise him to come to the trial.


9:10 a.m.

The judge declared the fair and impartial trial in session. Naruhodo and Barok van Zieks were prepared to make their case, Naruhodo was alone this time. The judge and van Zieks remembered Odie Asman from last month, but the prosecutor said the point was that he was murdered by the defendant. The judge asked the jury if they were ready, they consist of a tall man in brown, a young woman, a magician, a scientist, a girl eating corn and much to Naruhodo's surprise, the same sleepy patrolman who looked like the murderous Mr. Ottermole. The judge that since the tragedy occurred at the Great Exhibition, the attention of the whole world was focused on the outcome of this trial, so it's best if it's ended quickly.

Barok van Zieks gave the opening statement. He started things off introducing the hyper electric instantaneous teleportation by Harebrayne, it was supposed to zap someone's body into particles and transport them somewhere else. The judge heard that the government was going to use the Great Exhibition for money. Half the jury already don't believe the theory, No. 4 was a doctor and a member of the Royal science association. van Zieks actually asserts that it was possible, he said Harebrayne's theory was under investigation by the government who may pay a large sum in research support funds. So van Zieks said the motive for killing Asman was to take the research funding and it wasn't an accident. As proof, van Zieks had the first witnesses to the stand.

Cross-examining the defendant and detective[]

Odie Asman's corpse

The two were Harebrayne and detective Gregson. The defendant assured everyone that the teleportation actually happened. Gregson submits a photo of Odie Asman's corpse at the Crystal Tower as evidence, he looks stabbed in the chest. Asman had unsavory rumors around him but he collaborated in Harebrayne's research and funded the experiment. But Gregson and van Zieks assure the court that it was murder, not an accident.

Tobias Gregson said Asman fell from the Crystal Tower and fractured his spine. Albert Harebrayne said that was because his miscalculated the angle fire by accident. But Gregson said that the autopsy discovered a sharp stab wound in the victim's heart. He was killed before the teleportation happened, only the defendant could be the culprit. Van Zieks said Harebrayne killed Asman twice, Gregson shows the court the program of the experiment. Asman was in a cage and was supposed to be teleported to the third floor of the Crystal Tower about twenty-five yards away, but due to the explosion the point was pointed upwards and Asman was teleported into midair and crashed instead. van Zieks submits the autopsy report and the jury was already deciding on a guilty verdict, but Naruhodo will perform his cross-examination first.

Harebrayne calculated the angle himself, the mistake was because those calculations were so advanced. He measured Asman's height, weight, the direction of the wind, and the temperature. Naruhodo makes him realize he forgot to measure Asman's clothes. Van Zieks said the autopsy only arrived this morning, he apologizes. The sharp instrument that stabbed Asman was a flat-head screwdriver which Harebrayne calls Andrew, he sees his tools as his friends. Gregson said that the only the two were on the stage and Asman was alive before the teleportation, suddenly Harebrayne chews his thumbs. He said he couldn't have had stabbed him because then blood would be all over the stage and everyone would notice! But van Zieks and Gregson said that the screwdriver could've been used as a cork to prevent the sea of blood, all Harebrayne had to do was teleport the body to the tower. That's when Naruhodo remembered that he found the screwdriver in the wire mash on the floor of the device, and the detective stopped them when he went to pick it up. Van Zieks can't believe he let Naruhodo investigate the device but Gregson said he just let him look at it. Yet, the screwdriver wasn't found inside Asman like everything else on him. Naruhodo concludes that van Zieks' case was flawed, but Harebrayne suddenly said that only Asman would've been teleported. van Zieks' requests a testimony from the defendant about his scientific stance on the contradiction.

He said his research hadn't reached the stage of compiling the data from experiment yet, but theoretically metal like the screwdriver can't be teleported which was why the cage was made of wood. He said Naruhodo's point was no problem at all and he owes Asman a great deal for helping his theory take shape, he said it's his duty to defend the device they made, he's making himself guilty on purpose. Harebrayne was on no one's side, he just wants his theory to be correct. Naruhodo goes with his cross-examination and presents the picture of Asman's corpse. It shows him wearing metal rimmed glasses meaning metal can be teleported. Naruhodo said that if the teleportation didn't actually happen, it would mean the victim wasn't killed on stage, leaving the possibility of another person as the real killer.

Juror No. 4, who's devoted to science, cannot tolerate those who commit fraud under the pretense of practicing science. Juror No. 1 agrees that the invention should be torn apart and investigated and No. 6 finds the Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology rule ridiculous. Naruhodo objects that Harebrayne wouldn't present a fake device after spending a lot of money but van Zieks and Juror 4 say he did that for the research funding. The females jurors were surprised that it was five hundred pounds to be exact, Juror 4 said that many scientists would want the money and that was a great motive for murder. Harebrayne assured everyone he'd never hoodwink the government despite saying his theory was real. van Zieks agrees that Asman made it to the Crystal Tower but since he's dead Harebrayne must be the culprit. The prosecutors would like to summon a few peoples from VIP seats, he also asks Naruhodo to reaffirm his position. The court will now take a twenty minute recess while the prosecution prepares the new witnesses.


10:44 a.m.

Albert Harebrayne demanded to know why Naruhodo was saying his theory was some sort of trick even though he promised to believe in him, but he doesn't know anything about science and theories. Besides, the contradiction was real, Harebrayne said that's just because he's in the middle of his research despite Odie Asman dying as a result. The scientist was extremely ashamed of himself and he can't believe his old friend was treating him like a criminal. Harebrayne carefully drew the blueprints for the device himself, he wants Naruhodo to believe in him. He agrees just when the trial reconvene.

Cross-examining Lune, Gotts, and Lestrade[]

11:00 a.m.

As the trial reconvenes, Barok van Zieks said that one of the witnesses was a Scotland Yard detective, so he said the testimony was trustworthy. His position hadn't wavered at all, Harebrayne's device was a success but it killed the victim. The next witnesses have viewed the incident closer than anyone else.

A man and a boy take the stand with Gina Lestrade. The man introduced himself as Balthazar Lune, he was in charge of all the hot air balloons that were around the experiment site. The boy was named Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond Ormstein, he came all the way from Bohemia for the Great Exhibition. Lestrade introduced herself as Inspector Gina Lestrade, she said she was famous and acknowledged by Sholmes, she was allowed to ride in one of the balloons due being part of the security. As Naruhodo wondered why she was so cheerful, van Zieks said there were three balloons above the stage containing the witnesses, their altitude was about sixty feet (or eighteen meters) so they could see.

Lune was glad all his balloons made it safely out of that terrible accident. Lestrade said that after the stage exploded, the air did as well. Gotts could see a cage faintly come into view in the smoke of the explosion, then it fell and crashed into the Crystal Tower. Lestrade said she couldn't see what was inside the cage, but no-one approached the Crystal Tower at the time. van Zieks revealed that the second explosion occurred next to the witnesses' balloon, and Asman's cage appeared from it. Gotts was revealed to be descended from Bohemian royalty, he concealed his identity and snuck off to see the fair. He came here on a sightseeing trip with his prep school, he takes off his mask revealing his cute face. van Zieks said that since no one else approached the tower, the only one that could've done it was the man on stage.

During the cross-examination, Lestrade saw Asman get into the cage and the Harebrayne pulling the lever. There was that explosion and the cage disappeared. Lestrade said it looked like empty air just caught fire and exploded, but Gotts reacts to that. However, he said Naruhodo must refer to him by his full name because his teacher said that's what people must do when they first meet, Lestrade prefers to be called Inspector Lestrade. Anyway, Gotts swears he saw a green balloon just before the second explosion. Lestrade didn't see it, Gotts throws a tantrum saying he'll use his Bohemian government ties that his testimony was right. The judge had the statement added "for the sake of British-Bohemian relations". Naruhodo presents the burnt green balloon fabric scrap on Lune statement about all the balloons being safe. Combined with Gotts' statement, it implies that one of his balloons exploded at the time. The jury discusses how the balloon exploded and how people could've died. Lune was furious that someone in one of his balloons could have died, but van Zieks assured him there was only one victim in this case. But Lune was also saying the balloon shouldn't have been there. Naruhodo asks for further testimony from him.

The exploding hot air balloon[]

Balthazar Lune, who was not a liar, said that all three of his recovered hot air balloons had passengers. It'd be really bad if one exploded and fell, but Lestrade notes how something crashed and burned to ground at the crime scene. She said it's from the stage, Lune said Gotts must be wrong, his balloons all have red and blue striped designs.

Gotts' photograph.

Naruhodo also noticed the signs Lestrade found, she said she had the right to arrest him when she wants. Barok van Zieks claims the scrap of burnt green material was there before the Great Exhibition, not from one of Lune's balloons. Gotts reacts again, he assured the court that he saw a green balloon. The judge tells Gotts an example of "proof", the boy actually does have a photo! He took pictures of everything from in the balloon. Unfortunately it's a sepia photo, it was impossible to tell if the balloon was green. But the photo did show the balloon empty despite Lune saying that all three had passengers, it was taken at the moment of the explosion. So that proved that there were indeed four balloons in the air at the time of the incident.

Lune said it wasn't one of his and van Zieks said that it was irrelevant to the case, but there was another clue hidden in this photo: the cause of the explosion. There was a white streak going toward the balloon, meaning someone might've shot at it. Naruhodo had evidence of what this "flame" could be, it's the crossbow found by the tree. Someone shot a flaming arrow at the balloon igniting the gas causing it to explode, it was used instead of a gun because it wouldn't be as audible as a gunshot would be. Naruhodo suggests that supposedly teleported cage was inside that balloon the whole time, concluding that the explosions weren't part of the murder, they were just part of some stage magic explaining how teleportation can actually work. Juror 3, the magician, suggests that maybe Odie Asman had a body double on the stage. Juror 4 said the compensation of gas was less explosive when added Hydrogen so Asman wasn't blown to bits. If the victim was never on the stage to begin with, then there's no way the defendant could've killed him there.

A sadistic choice and surprise return[]

Naruhodo thought he's won, but then Albert Harebrayne suddenly ran into the courtroom confessing that he stabbed the victim with "Andrew". He said he'll confess anything to the prosecutor, as long as his theory and device was protected, he didn't want all his research revealed as a lie. Barok van Zieks was saying that by claiming the teleportation was just a trick, Naruhodo was invalidating the defendant's life's research. He was forced to make a choice: either his client goes to jail for a crime they didn't commit or Naruhodo proves he's a fraud as a scientist, that's betraying his client either way. Just before he could make his decision, Naruhodo heard someone words: "It's not about what you're betraying, it's about what you're protecting." He turned to his right to see that Susato Mikotoba had returned! After a "Susato Takedown", Naruhodo told Harebrayne that science and law were both about pursuing the truth. Naruhodo asserts that Harebrayne did not stab Mr. Asman, that the built experiement and machine are questionable, and they must both pursue the truth behind that. Van Zieks comments that Naruhodo has "finally opened your eyes." This was the first time he was said everything nice.

Harebrayne remembered that he saw a man with a crossbow before the incident. He was taller and skinnier than him with better posture and long white hair, he wore a monocle and Harebrayne knows him as the mechanical engineer who built his device. Asman introduced him to this man a year ago, his name was Enoch Drebber, Jurors 3 and 4 surprisingly knew him as well. 4 disliked him due to him always aiming for the grant money the government gave using stage magic disguised as legitimate science and 3 disliked him because his magician friends told him that magicians with money troubles tended to give their advice in plans like the one the fourth juror mentioned. He's an engineer, magician and swindler.

Harebrayne was forced to admit his device was indeed a magic prop. He really wanted it to be protected in fear that all his research would be for nothing, he didn't know who Drebber actually was. Naruhodo suggested that he and Asman were using Harebrayne to get the government funds. He didn't know anything about that trick, he just did what Drebber told him to do. The scientist was OK that the device can now be investigated and apologizes for everything.

The judge decided to suspend this trial for today. Van Zieks was required to find Enoch Drebber and take him into custody and Naruhodo must produce evidence that will prove Harebrayne's innocence. With that, the court adjourned for the day.

Aftermath - Part 1[]

1:36 p.m.

In the defendant's lobby, Albert Harebrayne apologizes for tricking Naruhodo and getting him into this trial. He just wanted his dream to come true, but he's still not clear of all charges regarding the murder of Odie Asman. Harebrayne was counting on him during his investigation. Susato then comes by and apologizes for her late arrival, she sent a postcard which Iris Wilson kept as a secret surprise. Susato also apologizes for tossing Naruhodo, she was just so excited. She was supporting him from the gallery after the London train arrived late. Naruhodo was really glad she was back and the both look forward to working together again. Iris decided they should head back to Baker street for tea and hear about Susato's father.

Investigation - Day 2[]

Susato tells the truth[]

2:41 p.m.

Susato Mikotoba had missed Herlock Sholmes' attic even though she's only been gone for half a year, Naruhodo left it just the way it was in case she ever returned. When asked about Yujin, Susato revealed that he had lied to her about collapsing from a fever. She came back to England because of the international forensic science symposium, she still hasn't manage to fulfill his promise to Iris Wilson. Naruhodo can't wait to hear about what's been going on in Japan, especially the detail about Kazuma Asogi.

She was sure she'd never go to Japan again, but after the trial where she pretended to be a man, her father's attitude changed. Iris wants to try that out too with a fake beard, but Naruhodo said they'll notice she's only ten. Regarding why Yujin called her back, he found out about the dog collar by reading Soseki Natsume's report and went pale. Yujin spent six years studying in England, maybe something happened during that time, Susato was determined to find out what he's hiding. She came with him and Seishiro Jigoku as they were invited for the international forensic science symposium. Susato explains to Naruhodo that Jigoku was the judge of his trial a year ago, but he'd be happier if he never saw him again. Yujin won't be coming for another month but Susato couldn't wait so she came earlier. Mael Stronghart hopes the symposium will make him the Lord Chancellor of the Great British Empire.

Naruhodo also remembers Jezaille Brett, the woman who framed him for the murder of John Wilson. But Susato revealed that the intelligence agency of Japan found out that no one in England was named Jezail Brett, her real name was Asa Shinn and she wasn't an exchange student. They wonder what power allowed her to do what she did, sounds like none of her mysteries were solved despite her death. After the trial regarding her death was over, her true killer, news reporter Raiten Menimemo, told Susato that Kazuma Asogi's body was never recovered after his death. She went to the detention center to visit Menimemo, he told her that Asogi's body just vanished and never reached the embassy in Hong Kong. The Japanese government hid that fact and erected a gravestone on the cape of his hometown, but Yujin knew and they're still searching for his body. Now that Naruhodo thinks about, they weren't allowed to see his body on the SS Burya. Naruhodo thinks there's chance he might still be alive but Susato got scared that Sholmes may have lied, so Naruhodo decided to just leave it at that.

Iris managed to write a long story based on the notes her father left her, called the Hound of the Baskervilles despite Sholmes saying she couldn't publish it. Iris asks how Susato knew the title, who apologizes for keeping Iris waiting and that it was a total coincidence that she found out about it. Before she and Naruhodo left Japan, when she was cleaning her father's study, she found a decorative box with a label that said "the Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript" in English. Yujin came in and tells her to never tell anyone that she saw the box. They wonder why Iris' manuscript was in Japan, Susato had that slip of the tongue when Iris mentioned the word Baskerville, she didn't think it was one of Sholmes' unpublished stories. Susato interrogated her father about it when she returned to Japan but he refused to give any answers, and the box of documents was gone. Iris was glad for Susato telling all this, it was time for her and Naruhodo to investigate this case, he heard about the wax case form Iris. They needed to investigate Enoch Drebber, that science and magic swindler. Iris wasn't coming along, there's a market on Princeton Street.

Interviewing Harebrayne again[]

In the Gaol, Albert Harebrayne was writing a huge equation on the cell wall. Susato Mikotoba introduces herself to the scientist, he briefly thinks he might've gotten free sooner with her. He said not to worry about protecting his research, the equations were his autobiography through his fate. He needed to find a way to pay back the money he used for the machine, though he can't believe he trusted Asman and Drebber. Harebrayne can't believe what was revealed in the trial, but it wasn't his fault it was a magic trick. Barok van Zieks actually believed his theory and he doesn't think he would just use it to make his case. Nobody believed his theory when the accident happened, so if van Zieks didn't prosecute the trial the machine would exposed as a trick at the very beginning and he'd be accused of a fraud.

Harebrayne said van Zieks was always kind to his friends but they wonder what they think about the contradiction. Odie Asman told Harebrayne he had access to many resources when they first met, after looking at his papers he said he must continue his research. He never thought Asman was actually a leader of a criminal organization, he must've never invested much money. They must find Enoch Drebber, and they were told he was brought to Harebrayne's lab one day last year by Asman. They met numerous times to discuss the device since, he does, in fact, have knowledge on science. He's been to his factory once before where he built the device, but he had no idea where the lab is, he was told to wear a blindfold in the carriage! It was an amazing factory with imported oil, he said it's work better than perfume. Harebrayne does have his business card but all it said was Drebber's name and occupation, but they still borrow it.

Meeting with Stronghart[]

Back at Mael Stronghart's office, the Lord Chief Justice was talking with a woman in white. They notice the two, he compliments them on the trial but the government was disgrace that the experiment was just a trick. The Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology will be lifted before tomorrow. The woman had to go and does so. Stronghart said that was Courtney Sithe, chief coroner in command of the Forensic Investigation Team who just gave a report on Asman. The two should ask Sithe herself about it in the forensic medicine lab. The Forensic Investigation Team was really important for the police of London, Stronghart was planning this for a year. After the upcoming opening of the symposium, Stronghart will become Lord Chancellor and will get rid all defendants who use illegal methods to get free to protect London. Sithe was trustworthy and planned to be made right hand woman. Stronghart also remind Susato that Yujin Mikotoba will arrive next month, it's been many years since they met. Fifteen years ago, the year Susato was born, England was impressed by Yujin and Seishiro Jigoku.

Yujin went to St. Synner's Hospital as a medical assistant to study medicine for six years, Sithe was also there but they probably only known each other's faces. There was a lot going on with the Mikotobas, Susato thought of Yujin's reason to leave Japan. Naruhodo asks Stronghart about the Professor case that van Zieks was involved with, when he just graduated and became a prosecutor as well as the Reaper. Rumors began circulating around London that the Reaper was actually the ghost of his brother, Klint, attached to him. Naruhodo asked permission for investigating Harebrayne's device and Stronghart allowed it, he had to go to his next security meeting.

Visiting the lab[]

In Dr. Sithe's lab she was not here, Naruhodo had this feeling in here like a curse where his eyes sting. They decide to look around, Susato was brave. The stinky tools and bed look so sinister when together like this. In a jar on the shelf containing an organ with a medical condition, Susato's father had one of them too, but Naruhodo was just going to think it's food. The medicine bottles say poison and some of them were salt and peppers shakers, Sithe must also live here. The bank ledger on the desk seems to be for the Forensic Investigation Team, it said five hundred scalpels were purchased a month but that would mean they've have to work very hard, that's strange.

Suddenly, Courtney Sithe arrives and was angry that the two were in here. Stronghart told them to go see her, Sithe makes them promise to leave once they get their information. The Odie Asman who appeared on stage and in the Crystal Tower were the same person because of the fingerprints on the stage, that method was new to England. Sithe can't draw conclusions that the teleportation actually worked, Naruhodo was very confused. Just then, a girl wearing some sort of plague mask arrives, she was Sithe's daughter who wants to cut the two Orientals up! The two decide to make a run for it.

Investigating the Great Exhibition again[]

Back at the Great Exhibition, Gina Lestrade was seen playing with a little black dog. Tobias Gregson comes by, he bows to Susato to welcome her back. Gregson was leaving the investigation to Lestrade, Susato was surprised that she became a detective, Gregson said she will be his successor because he will suddenly be leaving London for the Parisian Police France. He's taking Lestrade with her because he doesn't know what will happen to her, she's worried about the Reaper curse. Lestrade was mad at him for calling her a pickpocket, and she introduces the cute dog's name as Toby.

Lestrade allows the two to look around the crime scene again because she's playing with Toby right now. Susato hasn't seen Harebrayne's machine, but due to that special provision thing (the characters hate saying that long name) they can't check it out. It doesn't make sense why they didn't lift it, but the two talked with Mael Stronghart. Lestrade allows them, but warns the group that Gregson will receive another "horror story" if they were lying. Lestrade had always been lying in trials until this one. Gregson kept getting weird responsibilities, they want him to find Enoch Drebber and arrest him. She snuck a peek of Drebber in a picture Barok van Zieks has, Lestrade said she might have him as a boss instead. Toby was an assistant detective appointed by her, they're already considering police dogs in Germany. Toby was going to be the first in London and can track Naruhodo around the globe by using the scent of his underwear or something else. Lestrade found the dog abandoned in East End a while ago.

Naruhodo and Susato find an oil stain on Drebber's business card. Remembering earlier in the gaol, Susato said it doesn't smell like anything. When presenting it to Lestrade, she doesn't smell anything either. When Toby smells it, he can find Drebber's factory by using the scent of the oil. He picked up on something, Lestrade will borrow the card and be back. Naruhodo and Susato decide to investigate the stage.

Van Zieks on the stage[]

Susato was amazed at the looks of the teleporting magic trick device. van Zieks was there too, Naruhodo thinks they should leave despite Susato saying they got permission from Mael Stronghart. The prosecutor tried to make himself unapproachable, he doesn't think that's what counts as looking like Stronghart said. Naruhodo had something he wants to ask him that's not relevant to the case, it's about Klint. He was also a prosecutor and Barok was very proud of him. But then he was suddenly killed by the Professor, Barok finds it funny that Naruhodo only knows that much. Susato mentions the theft at Esmeralda Tusspells's wax museum, Barok was getting added as a figure next month. He was actually very surprised that the figure stolen was of the Professor.

Photograph of Enoch Drebber.

Regarding Enoch Drebber, the police were searching for him. The only clue was the description Albert Harebrayne gave the court, and Susato wants some clues from Barok. He gave them a ten-year old photograph of Drebber, he started wearing the black monocle around that time. Naruhodo was surprised that Barok was actually co-operating with them, so they needed Drebber's testimony at all costs.

Suddenly, van Zieks' Masked Apprentice appears with materials for the trial tomorrow. Susato gets the same familiar feeling that Naruhodo got when he first met that man. But he's silent, that's when she suddenly shouts "Kazama-sama!" causing the Masked Apprentice to respond with that name. Naruhodo and Susato really think that this man was Kazuma Asogi. The Masked Apprentice leaves and van Zieks demanded to know what was going on with them. Stronghart brought the man to van Zieks three months ago and ordered him to train him as a prosecutor. He lost all his memories and will be van Zieks' assistant in the trial tomorrow, orders were from Stronghart. Anyway, the device's metal frame was all bent out of shape from the explosion, the floor looked like it can open up and have the cage hidden down there. The empty cage was made of sturdy cypress wood. If Asogi was alive then Sholmes lied to them, they needed to confront him about it. Van Zieks said it's time for them to go because the Forensic Investigation Team will be here soon. They decided to go the wax museum and meet up with Sholmes because Susato hasn't seen him in a while.

Back to the museum[]

Susato was terrified of the Chambers of Horrors until she notices Herlock Sholmes pretending to be a wax figure. Esmeralda Tusspells arrives, the Professor sculpture had returned and the case was solved. She leaves after telling them not to disturb the wax figure. The curtain was still closed, the special exhibit requires a fee. Naruhodo never thought that the policeman that was here yesterday was a juror, Susato said the world was smaller than she thought. Susato had decided to use the Susato Takedown and other moves to attack a serial killer sculpture. Sholmes started dancing behind Susato's back and surprises her, she fainted!

Sholmes apologizes for that and explains his job as a wax figure, he basically solved the case behind the missing wax figure. He used the newly invented telephone to receive a call from him and he negotiated with the kidnapper to give the figure back. Apparently, the kidnapper was planning on returning it from the start, he only left that ransom note so it wouldn't look suspicious. They ask him about Enoch Drebber's whereabouts and give him the photo they received from van Zieks. Sholmes goes pale and silent for a second. Then the two ask if he lied to them about what happened on the SS Burya. He said it was murder and he investigated Kazuma Asogi, but they met him today as the Masked Apprentice. He should've noticed that he was alive but he said he just failed to notice, while Naruhodo said that would've worked with the sailors but not for Sholmes. The detective said that famous ones like him can lie a lot, the door to a major mystery will open before his eyes in tomorrow's trial.

Sholmes revealed that he took the figure back and was behind the curtain. For five shillings, he'll let them see it which he said they really should. Reluctantly, Susato pays and they go behind the curtain.

The special exhibit[]

Enoch Drebber.

Inside was a headless figure rising from his own grave, a grave robber was watching him. The missing head was what Sholmes meant when he said the case was "mostly" solved. The Professor looked so real, upon looking closer at the man on death row, they find a big shard of glass from the Crystal Tower in his shirt. The grave robber was also frightening as well. The camera around his neck was pretty small, they wonder why he brought it with him, they decide to borrow it for a little while. They can look at the photo by using the dry plate. Upon looking at the man's face by moving him towards the light, the two discover that the grave robber was actually Enoch Drebber.

Sholmes suddenly appeared confirming that he's the man they're searching for. The package the kidnapper sent did not have the head with the wax figure, Sholmes wanted this a secret from Esmeralda Tusspells. The museum had events that actually occurred, but Susato didn't understand how it was possible for someone to rise from their own grave. It was there that Sholmes decided to tell them more about the case a decade ago.

Sholmes revealed that the Professor used a giant hound to tear the throats out of his victims. His trial was conducted in absolute secrecy and his identity was never made public. They were executed via hanging and buried in Lowgate Cemetery right behind the prison, but they somehow rose again and dug out of their grave. The wax exhibit was a recreation of the scene based on Drebber's eyewitness description. He looked twenty and was in a state of madness when he reported the police, Sholmes said his hair turned white from being so terrified. His eyewitness account made tons of newspapers write about it, that's why it was made into a exhibit at Madame Tusspells's museum, Susato wondered what he was doing there in the first place. The Professor case was a huge scandal causing many rumors but they eventually died down and Drebber's tale was just some ghost story, that's because the police searched the cemetery during a press conference who definitely found the deceased prisoner's remains buried. After that, Drebber was never heard from until now.

Suddenly, Gina Lestrade arrived, she had found Drebber's factory thanks to the nose of Toby. Gregson was already on his way there, Lestrade gave them the address he wrote. After she left, Sholmes was depressed and wanted them to pretend he's a wax figure. So the two invite him to come along. After complaining about money regarding Tusspells and Iris, Sholmes quickly called a carriage.

Meeting Enoch Drebber[]

In the factory, there was a prototype of the hyper electric instantaneous teleportation invention. Lestrade and Gregson with a sour face were there, but still no sign of Enoch Drebber. The Forensic Investigation Team would be there any minute, so they better investigate fast. There was a Royal science award trophy on the floor that Naruhodo originally thought was a back scratcher, Drebber doesn't appear to be only a magician. Gregson, Lestrade, and Sholmes were poking their head into the machine despite the protection of science and technology law. There was also a quiver of Western made arrows for a crossbow like the one at the crime scene. The door was secured with a lock, so Gregson had a locksmith on the way but a noise suddenly heard from the other side. Gregson knocks demanding someone to answer, there was the sound of someone escaping. Sholmes decided to successfully unlock the door in a matter of nanoseconds.

Inside, the room was a complete mess but nobody was here. There was only one door and the skylights were too high, but there were also foot prints near them. Gregson found some burned blueprints of Harebrayne's device in the fireplace, Sholmes found a rope by the pillar. The furniture was all flipped upside down and there was also a small hot air balloon. On the floor was what everyone horrifyingly realizes was a time bomb, except Naruhodo. Sholmes said it wasn't a time bomb, but it caused what happened here, with the conclusions of Drebber causing the state of the room and the "bomb" was the real deal. Sholmes will now perform his famous deduction, while Susato will stand close by and watch.

Herlock Sholmes said the room looked like it was lifted from the ceiling and dropped on the floor. So he said gravity was reversed in the room then returned to to normal! The "bomb" was the device that reversed gravity, the clock on it was a timer to when the gravity will be restored. The noise from earlier was the restoration, Sholmes concludes that Drebber made the invention. Now regarding Drebber himself, Sholmes noted the footprints on the ceiling next to a skylight. He said he Drebber had to escape and he couldn't use the door. So by using the reversed gravity, and wrapping the rope around the pillar, Drebber escaped through the skylight. This was by far Herlock Sholmes' most insane deduction yet, he even said that reversed gravity was improbable. But he had a saying: "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.", Iris came up with it. Susato objected that the rope wasn't currently tied to the pillar, she told Naruhodo to help correct Sholmes' deductions.

There was a vase with flowers still upright, a nearby safe on the other hand was bolted down to the floor, so gravity wasn't reversed, upsetting Sholmes. Someone must have flipped all the furniture over by themselves, there was Safe: 432582 written under the chair. Maybe it's the combination to the safe in the room that Drebber was searching for. There were more footprints and a shoe on the hot air balloon, it seems that someone was throwing the shoe at it. They remembered the green balloon fabric which exploded with the cage Gotts saw, revealing the experiment as a magic trick. The balloon must be a model of that other one, maybe something was inside it. The two decided to use the crossbow, it popped and a wax head with a metal mask falls from it, it must belong to the headless wax Professor. Drebber was the one responsible for Esmeralda Tusspells's theft, there was now a connection between that case and Harebrayne's experiment. If Drebber didn't escape through the skylight he must still be in the room, Naruhodo realizes that the only place he can be was the safe. The noise must have been the safe closing.

Sholmes told Naruhodo to open the safe, he does so with some trouble remembering the number. Out rolls the same man in that newspaper article, he acts strangely like a robot. Enoch Drebber doesn't want to talk about the two crimes until the time bomb was disarmed, or else they'll die. Sholmes managed to disarm the bomb with seven seconds remaining but everyone was furious. Drebber admits their deductions were true but never thought anyone would find her, when he heard Sholmes' whistling Drebber thought he should make a run for it. But he forgot the combination to the safe and the chair he written in under. Drebber tried escape through the skylight using the rope but it was too short. The time bomb was used to destroy the evidence in the room and he hid in the safe to protect himself, there's a handle that will open it from the inside. He was going to leave the room after the explosion when the group came in, they didn't run like people usually do.

Drebber admits that the head was of the Professor's, the metal mask was to his identity and the lock was really strong, so he just thought he'd hold onto it. Suddenly, Courtney Sithe appears with the Forensic Investigation Team and she demanded them to leave. Sholmes and Sithe know each other but she demanded that they get out, so they decide to call it a day for investigating. Gregson notes that they found the factory and saved it from being blown up from the time bomb, Drebber suddenly laughed saying they just disarmed that one. Meanwhile, another time bomb within Harebrayne's invention back at the Great Exhibition exploded, with two police officers around it.

Trial - Day 2[]

Before the trial[]

9:11 a.m.

Harebrayne was in the defendant lobby with the group, Sholmes arrives on time again and wants praise. Harebrayne promises not run up onto the witness stand like yesterday. Gregson gave Naruhodo documents per Sholmes' request, it's the autopsy report of the Professor. Gregson cannot win against Sholmes. Harebrayne's trial will end today, Enoch Drebber will be a witness, the trial was about to begin, Naruhodo will be focused on only the truth despite sensing that he will face something huge.


9:30 a.m.

What was left of the device.

The trial reconvenes, the Masked Apprentice was with Barok van Zieks due to it being a complicated trial for the prosecutor and Susato Mikotoba was now with Naruhodo. The jurors were asked to prepare. Juror 1 was ready as a citizen of London, 2 can't stand frauds and cheaters, magician 3 won't stand magic being used for murder, scientist 4 said that dishonest scientists will face god's wrath, 5 will give both side cases fair consideration and guesses she will have to make a decision, and 6 said things better back in the old days because they weren't like this. First, van Zieks announces the bombing of the device, this surprises jurors 1, 6, 4 and the gallery. The judge already received that information from the yard, proceeded with van Zieks submitting a photo of what was left. Drebber obviously blew it up to destroy the evidence, and this happened after the science provision ban was lifted. Van Zieks reminds the court that Harebrayne used the device but Naruhodo protests that he didn't know that Drebber and Odie Asman were just using him.

Cross-examining Enoch Drebber[]

Enoch Drebber took the stand, however he wasn't really sure about his occupation, yet the jurors find him familiar. Drebber was currently being investigated for kidnapping the wax figure but he said that had nothing to do with the trial. He had heard about the experiment at the Great Exhibition, but he only built the device according to Harebrayne's blueprints. He said the device was teleportation and not a magic trick, Naruhodo only proved that it could've been a trick.

He testified that Odie Asman introduced him to Harebrayne one year ago. He followed the blueprints and built the device without magic tricks. If there was a illusion, there would have to be something to be switched. Everyone saw the top of the cage break through Crystal Tower head first, it was accident so Harebrayne was probably a little off. Naruhodo didn't prove anything and van Zieks confirmed that Asman didn't have a twin. The Royal Science Award was proof that Drebber was a legitimate scientist at some point. Drebber was claiming the explosion was either an accident or that Harebrayne used his theory to kill his volunteer. Naruhodo and Susato found a crack in the bottom of the cage and present it. Van Zieks argued that the cage would crack after the impact of falling thirty feet from the hot air balloon, but Naruhodo revealed that it's located on the opposite side where Drebber claimed it should be. Naruhodo concluded that this proved that there were two cages in the experiment that were swapped, so it was an illusion. Van Zieks and Naruhodo argued about the feet from the balloon and Asman's broken neck. A recovered Drebber agreed with the prosecution and protested that there was no other place something could've been dropped from the height besides the tower. However on the map, the experiment stage was also about thirty feet high. In the photo of the blast site, there's a hole in the center of the machine, the second cage could've been dropped through a trap door under the teleport machine itself. The only one who could've done all this was Enoch Drebber!

However, Barok van Zieks said there were two large contradictions in Naruhodo's argument. The first one was that Drebber was nowhere near the machine both before and after the experiment, it was confirmed by the officers, so he had no opportunity to swap the cages. The victim who disappeared from the stage and the one discovered at the Crystal Tower were the same person. The second contradiction Drebber had no motive to kill Odie Asman. Then the prosecutor produced a contract between Drebber and Asman. It said the engineer was entitled to thirty percent of any research assistance funds provided by the government, one condition was that they both had to be alive. In other words, the contract was void if either Drebber or Asman died. Naruhodo thought that since they now know that there were two cages, the same could apply for the culprit. Drebber couldn't have done this alone, but he may have had an accomplice that swapped the two cages. Van Zieks was proposing a big penalty if Naruhodo was wrong about this. Since the coroners said that the cages weren't swapped, he thought the only one who could've fooled them was Courtney Sithe. But Naruhodo was afraid that if he named her as the accomplice, he'd become the enemy of everyone in the courtroom, but Susato was sure that he'll be fine. The investigation was only done by the Forensic Investigation Team, Naruhodo remembered that the one and only person who said the person who entered the teleporter and the body that appeared at the tower were the same was Sithe.

The Jury

However, there's still the question of what was substituted for the victim, which was the Professor wax figure! A few days around the time of the murder, Drebber stole that wax figure from Madame Tusspells, the reason why was to use it as a body double, the figure was in the courtroom right now. Van Zieks asked the jury for their thoughts on Naruhodo's theory, and they all voted guilty for Harebrayne, this prompted Naruhodo to do a closing argument.

Summation Examination[]

Juror 6 said he's known Sithe for ages so she couldn't possibly co-operate with a criminal, 1 agreed, 2 didn't think the coroner had anything to do with the wax figure, 3 agreed saying he saw the police didn't trust it, 4 said they don't know for sure if the wax figure was inside the cage, and 5 said that Naruhodo was saying stuff without proof. The judge saw the figure as the final sticking point. Upon pressing Juror 3, he said street magicians like him get in trouble with the police a lot. They have no stage to perform on so they practice in parks and side streets. Juror 6 suddenly twirled his gun around, he was not the murderous Officer Ottermole nor looked anything like him. The policeman said that back in his days, the policemen fought hard to gain the citizens trust and they respected them for it. He and van Zieks revealed that Sithe's maiden name was Stevens. Courtney Stevens was the name signed on the Professor's autopsy report, it was on June 17th at midnight, this proved so she does have a relationship to the stolen wax figure. Presenting this to Juror 2 causes herself and 6 to vote Not Guilty. Regarding Juror 4's statement, he thought a wax figure should look more like Asman for the trick, he wanted evidence that said otherwise. Naruhodo presented the glass shard that was found in the figure, now that Juror 5 had seen evidence and got presented 4's statement, they both changed their votes allowing the trial to continue.

It seemed that they needed to investigate the wax figure to find the connection between Drebber and Sithe. Barok van Zieks decided they needed to hear from its owner, he was calling Esmeralda Tusspells to the stand. Naruhodo was surprised that he wasn't raising an objection, but he warns the defense he had the seal that had never been broken.


11:53 a.m.

During a forty-five minute recess, Sholmes was impressed with the defense's performance. Albert Harebrayne tells the group that he doesn't know who the Professor is, probably due to studying in Germany. Susato sees that most of the people in the trial like van Zieks were linked to the Professor case, but not Harebrayne. Suddenly, Courtney Sithe arrives now knowing that Sholmes showed Gregson the autopsy report, Gregson told her about it. Naruhodo asks her to testify the truth in court, but she said that will be difficult. Van Zieks won't be calling her as a witness and Mael Stronghart forbade it, the seal was on the Professor. Susato thinks she was a coward for just running away but Sithe said she had always fought crime the way she thought was right. She leaves and the group wonders what seal she was talking about. Just as the trial resumes, Naruhodo thinks that the wax figure of the Professor must hold the key to finding a link between Drebber and Sithe, as well as Drebber's motive. Sholmes will be cheering them on while chewing on his recently bought caramel.

Cross-examining Esmeralda Tusspells[]

12:40 PM

The two sides have prepared their cases. The judge never thought that a case like this would involves a prisoner like the Professor. Madame Tusspells was currently waiting in the witness lounge, the bailiff was off to fetch him. Naruhodo was ready for the next phase of the trial, he needed to prove Sithe as an accomplice to Drebber by using the wax figure.

Esmeralda Tusspells took the stand, she's currently working on her next mold: Herlock Sholmes. Barok van Zieks confirmed with her that one wax figure was stolen from her museum, she said she was demanded a ransom for it. She's heard about the situation, upon being shown a picture of the victim, she agreed that he looks totally different from that Professor figure. Naruhodo argued that they can't see his face, Tusspells said that you can only open the Professor figure's mask with the key she has, but doing this was forbidden. The Professor's true identity was a national secret, but a rule of the Tusspells family creed was they have to perfectly replicate the people they sculpt in wax.


In her testimony, she said that the figure's face was sculpted based on the dead body's actual likeness, that's the Tusspells creed. She co-operated with the gravekeeper to sneak in and wait at the gravesite just before the burial, she hid at the cemetery and waited to hear from the grave robber. She ran into some unexpected complications while making the mold, it was nearly dawn and she was panicking over the possibility of being caught. Van Zieks was extremely surprised that Tusspells actually saw the Professor's face, but she agreed to keep it secret. She's also got a ten-year-old newspaper from the case when the grave robber saw the Professor rise from the grave, it was the most detailed article based on an eyewitness account. Tusspells doesn't know why the wax figure kidnapped was the Professor. When regarding the unexpected complications, Tusspells said it was hard getting the mask off, because it was hard to close the jaw of a dead body. She was alone, so it took longer than she expected. She usually waits three hours after the person's death because of Rigor Mortis, that means a corpse's limbs begin stiffen three hours after death, the body was completely stiff after ten hours and will go slack again after that. She doesn't really remember the time but said the corpse was quite rigid, so the judge deduced that it would've been about 4:40 am, around dawn. But's the Professor was pronounced dead at midnight by Dr. Sithe, 4 AM was more than three hours after that, so Rigor Mortis should have begun. Since Tusspells doesn't seem to be lying, that means the autopsy report was wrong and the Professor hadn't been executed at that time.

The judge and half of the jury were surprised, but van Zieks said the Professor definitely died that night. Naruhodo agreed but suggested that it was not due to execution. He showed Tusspells's newspaper, he said that after the Professor rose from his grave, he was killed again. Van Zieks thought of it as gossip, but that story was based on an eyewitness account, and that eyewitness grave robber just happened to be a twenty-five year old Enoch Drebber. Madame Tusspells knew him from a while back, she gave him five pounds to sculpt his face after reading an article. Ten years ago, Drebber witnessed that horrifying sight leading to rumors in the newspapers, but most had the eyewitness unnamed, except one: The Daily Circus. It said Drebber was living at London University and studying science as a great student. So the condemned prisoner that Sithe pronounced dead was actually alive, then Drebber saw them rise from the grave. This was a "deadly" secret for Dr. Sithe, she would've known Odie Asman was a wax figure of the Professor, that's why Drebber used it! Naruhodo demanded her to testify and van Zieks actually allowed it despite Stronghart saying it was forbidden.

Cross-examining Sithe, with Drebber & Tusspells[]

Courtney Sithe was at the stand with both Tusspells and Drebber. Naruhodo recapped his theory to the court of Drebber and Sithe were able to pull off the crime by co-operating. Sithe asked for concrete proof, he didn't have it yet but he did have one important clue: the wax figure. She said she saw and confirmed his death, but Naruhodo said the newspaper claimed he rose from the grave and the eyewitness was Enoch Drebber. By finding out the Professor wasn't dead, Drebber learned Dr. Sithe's ultimate secret. He said Drebber used that to potentially blackmail Sithe into helping him. The gallery seemed to remember him from the university, but Drebber just laughed.

In his testimony, Drebber said that a decade ago he went to Lowgate cemetery as a side job. That newspaper's picture shows what he saw that night but he said he never saw the Professor. After that, Esmeralda Tusspells visited him and made him into a wax figure. After that, he gave up his dream of being a scientist and that article was the reason. Drebber said there's no way a dead body can rise from the grave and said the newspaper article was made-up rubbish. If the article was false, then Naruhodo couldn't prove the cooperation between the two. Drebber's side job was grave robbing the cemetery was right behind the prison, he enjoyed digging out bodies and selling them like several of his fellow students. The Daily Circus printing his name in the paper caused the university to find out about his little "side business" and expel him. The Daily Circus asked around at the university dorms and somehow managed to get his name. About the photo, he claimed to know nothing of the Professor, the article just came to that conclusion on its own. Tusspells can confirm what he says, she approached him and offered him the five pounds for the sculpting. But she said there's one more thing: she also bought something from him. Drebber didn't remember, Tusspells said it was a camera, and the same one on Drebber's wax figure at the museum. Drebber always carried that camera to record information about the graves he robbed, but he sold it because he had no intention of returning to the cemetery.

Naruhodo could tell from the mask in the newspaper picture that it's clearly the Professor he saw that night. Enoch Drebber claimed he just mistook what he saw at the time, he really saw a fellow co-worker in the grave-robbing business wearing an anti-bacterial mask that forensic pathology students wear. The newspaper article apparently claims that a loud gunshot was heard from behind Drebber and that it hit the "zombie" death-row inmate in the chest. If what Drebber was saying was true, that would mean one of his fellow grave-robbers was shot by a grave keeper, why wasn't that a known incident? Drebber said the article made that up again, but Madame Tusspells reacts to that by carving Sholmes' head. She just thought it's strange that Drebber would say something like that. She remembers when she visited him at the university lab ten years ago, he talked about what happened at the graveyard including the gunshot. Drebber yells at her to be quiet, but van Zieks objects as that's no way to speak to a lady. Tusspells said Drebber said blood splattered onto him after the Professor collapsed. Drebber tries to deny it but inside the camera was a bloodstain, it was presented but van Zieks said that since there was a coroner here we should ask her opinion. But Sithe said we can't say for sure it's from a human without testing, but Tusspells still proved that Drebber did in fact see the Professor rise from the dead that night.

Naruhodo wonders who Drebber was covering for by lying. Obviously, that'd be Sithe, his accomplice. It'd be a huge scandal if word got out to the public that someone she pronounced dead was actually alive, and a notorious serial killer like the Professor at that. It's likely Sithe would go to any lengths to protect that secret, even criminal ones. Sithe didn't just cooperate with Drebber's criminal plan, she was forced to in order to protect her secret. She swapped the wax figure and the corpse of Asman and forged the autopsy report.

Van Zieks said if Naruhodo was saying the Professor was shot in the graveyard that night, then who shot him? Susato said they don't have enough information for that. Plus, accusing Sithe of being a blackmailed accomplice carries a big risk: Naruhodo risks making an enemy of all of Scotland Yard and the whole British legal system. Jurors 3 and 4 agree that it was laughable. Also, they still haven't figured out Drebber's motive to kill Odie Asman. Then there's the contract, Drebber stood to lose a lot of money if Asman died, yet Naruhodo wonders if Drebber's goal wasn't money. The newspaper article had something in common with the contract, the signature at the bottom of the picture read O. Asman, it was exactly the same on the contract! Odie Asman used to be a journalist for the Daily Circus, his skills of connection was how he got to be leader of that criminal organization, he was the same one who interviewed Drebber as well as wrote and drew the article. It ruined Drebber's life by exposing him as a grave robber, he then fell down. But then Drebber assured the court that he quit London university on his own since he never considered himself a scientific genius anyway, but Naruhodo revealed he still kept his Royal Science Award trophy at his factory.

Enoch Drebber slammed his fists on the stand like he was going to break, but Courtney Sithe suddenly yelled "Hold it!". She admits to cooperating with Drebber's murder plot in order to protect her decade old secret. Van Zieks was surprised at what she just said but she said it was the whole truth.

Sithe's role as an accomplice[]

When she saw what was inside the cage that broke through the Crystal Tower, she thought her heart stopped. It brought back a memory sealed in the depths of her heart for a decade, the serial killer from years ago glaring at her. She also noticed there was a message hidden on the wax figure: "Dr Sithe. You must cooperate with my plan. From: One who knows the truth from 10 years ago.". The details of the plan were written in the letter. So she fabricated the crime scene wrote a fake autopsy report to protect the Great British legal system. She deeply apologizes for it all and said now that the truth of the botched execution from ten years ago had come to light there's no reason for her to hide anything anymore, she's already finished either way.

A frustrated Enoch Drebber said he's not confessing since the machine blew up, Naruhodo was very surprised that he's still not giving up, but Sithe leaves the rest to Barok van Zieks. The judge said this trial was about Albert Harebrayne, Drebber's guilt doesn't needed to be proved here as long as Sithe admitted to everything. Susato thinks they've won but Naruhodo doesn't understand why Sithe would admit to being an accomplice so easily, he objects to receiving a verdict and requests further testimony. Everyone else was very surprised, but he remembers one piece of advice from Sholmes: there would be a "truth" in this trial that's hard to see, and to keep pursuing it until the very, very end. Naruhodo said that he needed to figure out every last spec of the truth, he requests testimony from Sithe about her cooperation with Drebber. She denies it and sees it as a waste of time but van Zieks actually makes her do it.

In her testimony, she said it all began when she found the message on the wax figure at the scene. As the message said, the real corpse was dropped under the stage. The one who modified the corpse to frame Harebrayne was her. She had the Forensic Investigation Team rearrange the crime scene. The execution ten years ago was top secret, she had to protect it. Sithe only had the location wrong on the autopsy of Asman. She said the Forensic Investigation Team were the only ones in on this, none of the Scotland Yard detectives knew. The judge doesn't think a cross-examination was necessary but Naruhodo does it anyway.

Sithe said she made it look like the defendant's screwdriver killed the victim so it'd be decisive evidence against him. After the cage fell, she alone went slowly under the stage and stabbed the already dead victim with the screwdriver. This was the false cause of death she wrote in the autopsy report, the true cause of death was the impact from the 30-foot fall. Susato said there's something off about what Dr. Sithe just said though, Naruhodo wants how she stabbed the body added to her testimony. This contradicts the crime scene photo. The blood from the stab ran down the victim's jacket, which would imply he was upright when he was stabbed instead of lying on the ground, which means Dr Sithe just lied in her testimony. Odie Asman was alive when he fell, he tried to get out of the cage and encountered Sithe. This means only one thing: Courtney Sithe was the real killer! Drebber didn't know about this, the autopsy was right all along, she confessed to being an accomplice and tried to end the trial all to hide the real truth. But she said she had no motive to kill that crime syndicate leader. Yet, Naruhodo and Susato found a ledger in her lab. It said every month she buys medical supplies and drugs, but she buys five hundred scalpels. Naruhodo wonders why she'd needed that many unless it's code for some kind of other bank transfer. Odie Asman wrote that article ten years ago, Naruhodo puts two and two together and realized Sithe must have botched the Professor's autopsy and Asman used that to blackmail her. So she stabbed Asman with the screwdriver to get her own revenge and silence the one who knew her deadly secret. Courtney Sithe slammed the stand with one fist, yet remained calm. She said he didn't understand how long they spent protecting this.

Enoch Drebber had to confess now, the defense and prosecution demanded him to. Drebber admitted that he was proud of the trick he made at the Great Exhibition. He said he couldn't endure how that newspaper had ruined his life any longer. He stole the wax figure to get revenge on Scotland Yard and Sithe because they didn't want to admit that the Professor rose from his grave. Asman approached him last year and, having forgotten about him, offered him a job as a technician. Drebber saw on the paper Asman was holding about how Sithe was appointed head of the Forensic Investigation Team. That's when he thought of his plan to get revenge on him, and to manipulate Scotland Yard into helping him so he can put them through the same humiliation he went through. Naruhodo called him out as a hypocrite since his plan would've stolen Harebrayne's future if it succeeded.

Courtney Sithe and Enoch Drebber would be put to trial at a later date. Albert Harebrayne said he didn't deserve to be called a genius but van Zieks told him he's different from Drebber and Sithe. Jurors 1 and 2 had no objections for an innocent verdict, 3 said this trial had given him a lot to think about, 4 said scientific thinking was everything, 5 was surprised that the trial was over already, and 6 wondered what was going to happen to Yard. The judge finally gave the defendant his not guilty verdict.

Aftermath - Part 2[]

4:33 PM

Harebrayne thanked Naruhodo and Mikotoba for defending him and apologized for only thinking about his research. He game them a book with his thesis statement, he was thinking about taking a holiday in London and go to the Great Exhibition. Barok van Zieks suddenly arrived saying he can't allow that, he said only him and Naruhodo could've handled this trial. Van Zieks told Harebrayne he will walk him to Dover harbor in a few days. He's prepared his passport and ticket for the ship ready for his friend to go back to Germany so he won't fall victim to the Reaper's curse. Mikotoba brought up that Soseki Natsume and Gina Lestrade were still alive, so the curse might not affect those who were truly innocent, but van Zieks was insistent on Harebrayne returning to Germany anyway, just to be safe. Harebrayne said they can visit him in Germany when things calmed down and then he left, then van Zieks told the two meet him in the courtroom in ten minutes.

4:58 PM

Inside, the prosecutor asked Naruhodo if he's proud with his defense win, he said yes. Then Barok van Zieks asked why he thought he hates Nipponese, Naruhodo admitted he thought he just didn't like him at first but now he thought there's something that caused it. Van Zieks said it's because of the Professor and Susato remembered that he killed Barok's older brother, Klint. Barok explained that sixteen years ago, when he was a teenager, Klint was already the chief prosecutor. He was working hard on an international legal system, there were many exchange systems with a lot of countries in order to obtain knowledge and opinion. Among of them were three exchange students came from Japan, Susato remembered that one of them was her father, Barok remembered him too. He was still doing his training at the prosecutor's office, when Klint introduced him to the three he got a deep impression of his first encounter with Nipponese people. Six years later, that horrible case occurred, it finally ended when Klint was killed. Klint may have wanted to be killed for the sake of justice if it meant the serial killer would be caught, but Barok felt a ton of despair, though he understood that he's been hiding among them to avoid capture. Barok wondered why the culprit was kept secret, maybe because it would upset Japan and Britain's relationship when the treaty was just being negotiated, possibly even leading to a war.

The Professor revealed.

Van Zieks decided that the time had come to reveal the Professor's face. He revealed that he borrowed the key to the mask from Esmeralda Tusspells, he unlocks it and Naruhodo and Susato were extremely surprised to find out that the man responsible for the worst incident in British history was Nipponese. What's more, Susato said the man's face looked familiar. Suddenly, the Masked Apprentice screamed clutching his head. He removed his cloak, called the man his father, and took off his own mask revealing himself to indeed be Kazuma Asogi! He had finally regained his memories, Naruhodo knew his best friend was alive, and Susato cried tears of joy. Asogi thanked them for guiding him and Naruhodo gave him his "Karuma" sword which he received after his friend's "death". But Naruhodo couldn't believe that the Professor's identity, Asogi took "Karuma" and sliced the wax sculpture. Then he said he had a lot to tell Naruhodo but he would do so another time.

Naruhodo didn't understand why Mael Stronghart made Asogi Barok's apprentice. Barok van Zieks said that despite the Professor's trial and execution, this case still wasn't over. Also, Stronghart was involved in this somehow, he left the courtroom with that. Susato sadly said that her grandmother took her to the railway station a decade ago to pick up her father, it was the first time she ever saw him. She was told that one of his friends had passed away due to an illness back in London, and he had a son older than her. The boy was going to study to become a defense attorney for his father, so she decided to assist Kazuma Asogi as an aide, that's how they met. Naruhodo said that the gears of a epic destiny began to turn, it was start of something and the end of something else.


Aside from being a reference to The Return of Sherlock Holmes, the multiple parallels between various characters in this episode lend themselves to multiple meanings of the episode's title.

  • Perhaps the most obvious reference is to Kazuma Asogi, who has returned after being thought dead.
  • Another obvious reference is to the reemergence of the Professor case as a key motivator for the crime. This in itself contains a double meaning as it could also refer to the actual incident of the "resurrection" of Genshin from his grave.
  • The encounter between Courtney Sithe and the thought-dead Odie Asman, resulting in the latter's actual murder, strongly parallels Genshin's "resurrection" incident.
  • Other parallels can be drawn to Enoch Drebber, who returns from obscurity after his expulsion from university; Albert Harebrayne, who returns from Germany after ten years; and Susato Mikotoba, who returns from Japan.


The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles[]


  • Examining a building resembling Saint Basil's Cathedral from the experimentation stage causes Wilson and Naruhodo to have a conversation about something similar being exhibited in Japan. Wilson then voices her desire to someday visit Japan, where she would "present a particularly steely samurai with a present of one of Hurley's stories". This is likely a reference to the The Steel Samurai: Warrior of Neo Olde Tokyo and its eponymous character, which first appeared in Turnabout Samurai, but has been a recurring feature of the Ace Attorney franchise since.
  • In Madame Tusspells Museum of Waxworks, Naruhodo and Wilson have a ladder vs. stepladder argument, a recurring theme in the Ace Attorney series. Returning to the museum with Mikotoba later in the episode leads to a similar conversation.
  • If Naruhodo presents his armband to Wilson, she will joke about gifting him "a band that squeezes your arm when the person you're talking to tells a lie". This is a reference to Apollo Justice's bracelet, which acts exactly as described.
  • If Naruhodo speaks to Wilson about what to do next while in his office, she will jokingly refer to it as the "Naruhodo Anything Agency", referencing the Wright Anything Agency owned by Naruhodo's descendant, Phoenix Wright.

Cultural references[]

Sherlock Holmes[]


  • The Great Exhibition was an actual event that took place in Hyde Park, London in 1851, and was the very first World's fair. A notable difference is that the real-life event did not have a Crystal Tower, but said landmark was likely inspired by both the Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 Great Exhibition, and the Eiffel Tower, built for the Exposition Universelle of 1889.
  • The Great Exhibition Newspaper used as evidence mentions the Krakatoa eruption, which was an actual event in 1883 in which the volcano on the island of Krakatoa erupted, resulting in one of the largest recorded explosions in human history. Despite being a major event at the time with wide-reaching effects, the in-game newspaper relegates it to a minor headline.
  • The same newspaper also mentions the Great Stink of 1858, in which in the rancid smell of human feces and industrial waste heavily permeated Central London through the summer of that year. Like the aforementioned Krakatoa story, this major event is also only a minor headline in-game.
  • Madame Tusspells' wax museum is inspired by Madame Tussauds, a wax museum opened in London in 1835 by Marie Tussaud. Like Tusspells' grandmother, Tussaud was known for making wax models of victims of the French Revolution.
  • When examining Barok van Zieks's desk in his office, Naruhodo mentions tsume shogi, the Japanese version of a chess problem.
  • After Gregson refers to Wilson as "your ladyship" three times, Naruhodo wonders if that makes her "three times a lady". This is a reference to the Commodores song "Three Times a Lady".
  • One of the wax figures in Tusspells' wax museum is a serial killer called Jane the Ripper, referencing the real-life unidentified serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Incidentally, the display opposite depicts a man menacing a young woman on a foggy London street, which more closely matches the common pop culture image of Jack the Ripper.
    • Naruhodo comments on the bathtub in the Jane the Ripper display, theorizing that she must have filled the tub with the blood of her victims to bathe in, before having his theory discredited. This is likely a reference to Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian countess accused of being a serial killer who tortured and killed hundreds of girls and women between 1590 and 1610, and who supposedly bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth.
    • When the unnamed waxwork display showing a Jack the Ripper-like figure is examined, Naruhodo comments on the scene reminding him of tsujigiri, which a Japanese term for a practice when a samurai, after receiving a new katana or developing a new fighting style or weapon, tests its effectiveness by attacking a human opponent, usually a random defenseless passer-by, in many cases during night-time. This is likely referencing the fact that both Jack the Ripper and the only recorded perpetrator of a tsujigiri killing spree, Sano Jirōzaemon, targeted prostitutes as victims.
  • Ottermole, the policeman serial killer, comes from an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents called "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole". The episode is set in 1919 London, where a murderer has been strangling people to death in the fog and outwitting the police investigation, led by Sgt. Ottermole. A reporter suspects that the culprit has to be someone taken for granted by the public, and is eventually able to help trap the killer: Sgt. Ottermole himself, who claims that the reason for his crimes was because "ideas came into his hands".
  • When presenting the crossbow to Mikotoba, she mentions how she could shoot an apple off Naruhodo's head. This is a reference to William Tell's apple-shot.
  • Lowgate Cemetery is likely a reference to the real-life Highgate Cemetery, although the latter has a wide variety of individuals interred, rather than just convicted criminals. Highgate Cemetery is the final resting place of a number of notable individuals, including Douglas Adams (English author, most famously of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Bob Hoskins (English actor whose credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Super Mario Bros.), Karl Marx (German philosopher, historian, sociologist, and economist, writer of The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital), and George Michael (English singer/songwriter who was part of the pop duo Wham!, as well as a successful solo artist in his own right).
  • Pressing Juror 1 during the summation examination causes him to comment on Courtney Sithe's role in resolving a series of murders on Solar Pons Street. This is a reference to Solar Pons, a fictional detective created by August Derleth as a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes.
  • During the summation examination, Juror 5 chants: "Nibble nobble guilty bobble, nibble not guilty out. Nibble nobble guilty bobble, nibble not guilty out." This is based on the English schoolyard counting song "Ibble obble" (similar to "eeny, meeny, miny, moe") and was a choice by the English localization team to add "a little London flavour", with the original Japanese text simply being her repeating "guilty, not guilty" over and over again.[1]
    • After hearing the strange "nibble nobble" chant by Juror 5, Mikotoba wonders if "it's akin to fortune-telling with flower petals like people do back home?" This is a reference to the Japanese flower fortune-telling game hana uranai (花うらない), which is similar to the "he loves me... he loves me not" flower game in the West. Both are said to have originated from the French game "effeuiller la marguerite".[1]


  • van Zieks attempts to identify Soseki Natsume as "the one arrested twice in succession six months ago", despite the fact that both relevant events took place eight months prior.
  • The £20 notes seen in Esmeralda Tusspells's bag that are intended to be used to pay the Professor waxwork ransom are anachronistic; the design used resembles the current polymer Bank of England £20, complete with a simplified version of the image of Queen Elizabeth II. The period-authentic version would instead be the £20 White.
  • Examining the waxwork museum during the Dance of Deduction reveals duplicate versions of the two normally visible displays, albeit without any waxworks.
  • van Zieks mentions Drebber's Royal Society trophy at the start of the second trial day, but is surprised by it when Naruhodo later presents it, as though he was unaware of its existence.