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Owing to the lack of an official translation of the Japan-only Gyakuten Kenji 2, the information and names in this article come from the unofficial English translation patch known as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: Prosecutor's Path. More information on this can be found here.

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The following article is a timeline of the Ace Attorney universe.

Basic reckoning

The events in the timeline can be divided up into three categories:

"Modern" timeline

The years used for this category are based on the full date given on a DL-6 Incident case summary file, with all other events being portrayed as relative to other dates as opposed to having a definite point of occurrence. The murder of Gregory Edgeworth is recorded as having occurred on December 28, 2001. By the statute of limitations, an unsolved case is closed permanently 15 years after its opening, putting the final resolution of the incident at December 28, 2016. This method of generating timeline dates is generally corroborated by Gyakuten Taizen 2001-2016[needs further investigation] as well as a poster seen for Trucy In Gramarye-Land in The Magical Turnabout, whose days of the week match up with the year 2028, which is consistent when adding up the years between it and the final resolution of DL-6.

Meiji/Victorian timeline

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The years used for this category are based on the date of birth of the character Sōseki Natsume, who is based on the real life author of the same name. Natsume was born in 1867, and is 33 when he is introduced, which would place The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro in 1900.

In truth, any attempt to base the years on real-life events will result in inconsistencies, as various events referenced in the games take place at different relative times compared to their real-life occurrences. For example, Natsume was only present in the UK from 1901 to January 1903, while in The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro he returns to the UK in February. Plus, he would be 36 in 1903. There are several references to a World’s Fair, but no World’s Fair occurred in Great Britain at this time. Interestingly enough, even Susato is aware of the French “exposition universelle”, a term used for French World’s Fairs/World Expos before 1900, and Hart Vortex’s dialogue seems to imply that a World’s Fair had never occurred in Great Britain before, further complicating things.

A free DLC pack for Dai Gyakuten Saiban notes that the game was set in 1897 in early drafts, but the year is never mentioned in the main game.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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The years used for this category are based on two assumptions:

  • The main game is canon to the rest of the series, but the Special Episodes are not.
  • The visit to London occurs after Maggey Byrde is wrongfully convicted of murder, and before her case is appealed a month later in Recipe for Turnabout.

It is evident that the game was not meant to have a firm place at least in the aforementioned "modern" timeline. This can be seen from the lack of dates, the many trilogy references even up to Bridge to the Turnabout, and the crossover with the Professor Layton continuity, which is implied to take place earlier in the 20th century.

It should be noted that there is conflicting information about when Espella Cantabella ran away from home. Espella claims in Chapter 3 that it was five years prior to the events of the game, but her father says in the Epilogue that it was four years.

Complications

The developers of the Ace Attorney games, in particular the people in charge of putting down the ages of characters in the court record, have not paid much attention to any absolute timeline. This is evident in the fact that characters' ages do not change within a game (except during "flashback" cases), even when a new year passes by. This has led to some inconsistencies in character birthdates. The timeline for this page treats the "present" timeline of an individual game as a "year" (much like school terms that straddle the new year), which resolves some of these issues. More information on this can be found here.

Since the organizer profiles in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Gyakuten Kenji 2 fit with corresponding court record profiles in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, the 2018-2019 "year" used in Trials and Tribulations is used for the purpose of birth years in these games.

The timeline itself follows. Please note that some of these dates are extrapolations (e.g., "two weeks after Phoenix Wright's disbarment" becomes "May 3") and may not be exactly correct. Nonetheless, it's unlikely that the "true" dates will ever be pinned down.

Pre-1830

1830s

1840s

1850s

1860s

1870s

1880s

1890s

1890

1895

  • Barok van Zieks takes a five-year leave of absence.

1898

  • Iris Watson takes on the Watson name.

1899

1900s

  • Early 1900s: The first "de Killer" appears.

1900

  • January: Duncan Ross is murdered by William Petenshy.
  • February 15: Mortar Milverton is murdered by Cosney Megundal.
    • February 17: Viridian Green attempts to murder William Petenshy, and is accidentally stabbed in back by Joan Garrideb and goes into a coma.
    • February 18: Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and Susato Mikotoba arrive in the Great British Empire. Ryūnosuke makes his English court début in the trial of Cosney Megundal for the murder of Mortar Milverton. Cosney Megundal is burned to death after the trial.
    • February 20: Trial of Sōseki Natsume for the attempted murder of Viridian Green.
    • February 21: William Petenshy is indirectly and non-fatally poisoned. Viridian Green awakens from her coma.
    • February 22-23: Trial of Sōseki Natsume for the attempted murder of William Petenshy.
    • February 24: Sōseki Natsume leaves for Japan. His cat, Wagahai, is left in the care of Iris Watson.
  • April 16: Hatch Windibank is murdered by Robert Crogley. Sherlock Holmes is injured by Tinpillar brothers.
    • April 17: Trial of Gina Lestrade for the murder of Hatch Windibank.
    • April 18: Susato Mikotoba leaves for Japan.
    • Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and Tobias Gregson are suspended from work due to the events of the trial.
  • June: Susato Mikotoba arrives in Japan.
  • July: Kazuma Asōgi arrives in the Great British Empire on a cargo ship and is appointed as the "Masked Disciple" to Barok van Zieks by Hart Vortex.
  • August 11: Jezail Brett is murdered by Heita Mamemomi.
    • August 13: Trial of Haori Murasame for the murder of Jezail Brett. Susato Mikotoba makes her court début disguised as "Ryūtarō Naruhodō".
  • September: Trial of Elyder Meningen for being the leader of a crime syndicate. Because of the corrupted jury, he is found not guilty.
  • Before October 21: Tobias Gregson's suspension is lifted.
  • October 21: Elyder Meningen is murdered by Courtney Sithe with the help of Enoch Drebber.
    • October 22: Ryūnosuke Naruhodō's suspension is lifted.
    • October 23: Susato Mikotoba arrives in the Great British Empire.
    • October 23-24: Trial of Benjamin Dobinbough for the murder of Elyder Meningen.
  • October 31: Tobias Gregson is murdered by Seishirou Jigoku.
    • November 1: Yūjin Mikotoba and Seishirou Jigoku arrive in the Great British Empire.
    • November 2-4: Secret trial of Barok van Zieks for the murder of Tobias Gregson.
    • November 4: Hart Vortex is removed from his position as Chief Justice of London.
    • November 7: Ryūnosuke Naruhodō, Susato Mikotoba, and Yūjin Mikotoba return to Japan.

1901

1910-1939

  • July 30, 1912: Japan's Meiji period ends.
  • May 19, 1913: The California Alien Land Law of 1913, which exists in the real world, fails to be passed.
  • September 7, 1923: International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is established.

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2000-2005

2005-2010

2010s

2010-2016

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020s

2020

2023

2025

  • January: Guy Eldoon takes over his father's noodle stand.

2026

2027

2028

References

  1. Phoenix: My client's neighbor -- one Ives Shineto, age 85 -- gave the following statement: "The Atishons showed me the crystal back when I was but a lad."
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Revolution (in English). 2016.
  2. Patches: He's a baseball player! A really great one, too! Owen Gonzales, thirty-six years old. He's a "cleanup," fourth-place hitter, of course.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Storyteller (in English). 2016.
  3. Bikini: It all happened twenty years ago... After the clan leadership was taken from her by her sister, Mystic Morgan's life crumbled.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. Capcom. Episode: Bridge to the Turnabout (in English). 2007.
  4. Phoenix: So Azura Summers was the trainer before you?
    Buckler: That's right! She was a year older than me.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Reclaimed (in English). 2013.
  5. Phoenix: It's been two weeks since your father... disappeared.
    Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Succession (in English). 2007.
  6. Payne: For the benefit of the shamelessly uninformed defense, let me share this newspaper article. It includes photos taken about eight years ago when the treasure was unearthed.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: The Foreign Turnabout (in English). 2016.
  7. Clonco: I was born seven years ago! Miss Aura was much, much younger then!
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout for Tomorrow (in English). 2013.
  8. Phoenix: Athena's mother's murder... ...did it by any chance have any connection to the HAT-1 launch?
    Woods: What? Why, yes... it did. As I recall, it happened on the day before the launch.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout for Tomorrow (in English). 2013.
  9. Judge: And when did this man take over for you?
    Retinz: About two years ago. I taught him my tricks, and even acted as his producer.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: The Magical Turnabout (in English). 2016.
  10. Beh'leeb: About two years ago, while my husband was at a spiritual retreat in the mountains... ...he came across Puhray collapsed on the ground. That's when he brought him here.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: The Rite of Turnabout (in English). 2016.
  11. Phoenix: He's chief prosecutor now. Pretty soon, it'll be a year, right?
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout for Tomorrow (in English). 2013.
  12. Edgeworth: An unidentified body that was found a year ago... ...has now been proven to possess Bobby Fulbright's fingerprints.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout for Tomorrow (in English). 2013.
  13. Phoenix: After March 8th of last year, the content of this notebook changes dramatically.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Time Traveler (in English). 2016.
  14. Maya: It looks like a newspaper article.
    Phoenix: Let's see... It's about the car accident Sorin's sister died in! It happened on... March 8th... That's the day Sorin's notebook completely changed...
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Time Traveler (in English). 2016.
  15. Ema: A police report was filed concerning the theft -- one year ago, in fact.
    Apollo: What?! A whole year ago?
    Ema: August 25 of last year, to be exact. The report states, and I quote... "The Crystal of Ami Fey was discovered to be missing from the Atishon storehouse at 10 AM. The storehouse lock had been picked. Signed, Paul Atishon-Wimperson."
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Revolution (in English). 2016.
  16. Sarge: Mama passed away about six months ago.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Revolution (in English). 2016.
  17. Cosmos: As for the Hope probe, it did eventually arrive safely at its destination! It obtained a few samples from the asteroid, and returned to Earth but a few days ago! [...] The samples are scheduled for analysis in the near future. We haven't had time, since they just came back the day before Terran's murder.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Capcom. Episode: The Cosmic Turnabout (in English). 2013.
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