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|But as shocking as that news was... it was only the beginning. The beginning of something big -- big enough to shake Khura'in to its very core. ...Revolution.|
Episode 5: Turnabout Revolution is the fifth and final episode of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. A dispute over the artifact known as the Founder's Orb leads to Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes facing Phoenix Wright on opposite sides of a courtroom in a civil trial-turned-murder trial.
Afterwards, they travel to Khura'in, where the country in the midst of rebellious citizens attacking. While there, they find Minister of Justice Inga Karkhuul Khura'in dead and Dhurke Sahdmadhi is arrested.
A broadcast of "The Plumed Punisher: Warrior of Neo Twilight Realm" - which featured a demonic looking Dhurke as its villain - was hijacked by the Defiant Dragons. Addressing the people of Khura'in, Dhurke pointed out the countless wrongful convictions that had happened under the Defense Culpability Act, before claiming that the Defiant Dragons had obtained a weapon known as the Founder's Orb, and vowing to personally dethrone the Ga'ran regime. "A dragon never yields. Nor will he rest until his revolution is complete." Dhurke declared.
Wright Anything Agency
At the Wright Anything Agency, Apollo Justice and Trucy Wright were watching a news report covering the television hijacking incident. Apollo wondered what Dhurke was planning, prompting Trucy to ask him if he knew Dhurke. Apollo admitted that he did, though he claimed that that was a long time ago. Before he could explain why he knew Dhurke, the man himself showed up at the agency and enthusiastically greeted him.
As Apollo got over his initial shock, Trucy asked Dhurke about his relation to her colleague, with the revolutionary leader acting surprised that Apollo had never mentioned him to anyone. He exuberantly assured Apollo that he could talk about him all he wanted, only for Apollo to try and convince Trucy to close the office early and leave, much to Dhurke's surprise and disappointment. Apollo asked Dhurke why he had shown up after so much time had passed. Dhurke claimed that he merely wanted to see Apollo, before admitting that he also wanted his help with something.
Dhurke introduced himself to Trucy, and remarked that she and Apollo would make a good couple - unaware that the two of them were half-siblings. With Trucy demanding to know how Dhurke and Apollo knew each other, Apollo told her about his childhood in Khura'in, explaining that he had never told anyone about his past because he hadn't wanted people to know he had been raised by a criminal. He admitted that he had assumed Dhurke had forgotten about him, but Dhurke flatly denied it, explaining that he had been unable to visit before due his work with the Defiant Dragons, and his fugitive status. Apollo assured him he had no issue with this, though he thought to himself how odd it was for Dhurke would show up and start acting like a parent after all this time.
With regard to why he wanted Apollo's help, Dhurke explained that he was trying to acquire the Founder's Orb, having lied about finding it in his broadcast. Apollo recalled a newspaper article that claimed the Defiant Dragons had stolen the orb, but Dhuke stated that this wasn't true. He informed Apollo and Trucy that one of his men had tracked the orb to Kurain Village, discovering it in the possession of Archie Buff, a doctor of archaeology who had taken up residence there. According to Ara'bal, someone - presumably the thief who had stolen the orb in the first place - had asked Archie to study the artifact, but the doctor had nevertheless agreed to hand over the orb to the Defiant Dragons. Dhurke explained that he wanted Apollo to be present as his lawyer when he took possession of the orb.
Apollo agreed, and questioned Dhurke about the orb. Dhurke explained that it had been found during an excavation eight years ago, and that according to legend, whoever solved a riddle associated it would be granted immense spiritual power. If the Defiant Dragons obtained such power, it would grant them the right to rule Khura'in, or so Dhurke believed.
Dhurke then presented Apollo with a plate of sushi, having assumed that his son was unable to afford three square meals a day. Still feeling distant from his adoptive father, Apollo declined, leaving Dhurke and Trucy to eat the sushi themselves. Afterwards, Dhurke presented his son with a photo of Jove Justice, Apollo's biological father, adding that it had been 23 years since his death. Apollo asked why Dhurke would give him such a thing now, and Dhurke answered that he thought it sad that Apollo didn't know what his father looked like. Apollo was unmoved by the gift, having never known Jove as a person, but nevertheless, Dhurke insisted that he keep hold of the photo, claiming that it took him a lot of effort to obtain it.
Before he, Dhurke and Trucy left for Kurain Village, Apollo learned from Trucy that Athena Cykes had left to pick up Phoenix Wright from the airport, owing to his return from Khura'in. She briefly pondered why Phoenix had cut his trip short, and why he and Cykes hadn't returned to the agency, before the three of them set off.
At Kurain Village
Arriving in the village, Apollo and Dhurke were reminded of their life with Nahyuta Sahdmadhi in the mountains of Khura'in. Trucy still had trouble believing that Dhurke was Apollo and Nahyuta's father, but the two of them soon bonded over Apollo's childhood, much to the younger lawyer's embarrasment. The conversation was then interrupted by the appearance of Ema Skye, who remarked that she wasn't surprised to see Apollo, as he always seemed to pop up wherever there was trouble. Apollo guessed that she was investigating a case, and Skye in turn guessed that they had come to see Archie, before offering to take them to him.
As the group arrived in Archie's study, Trucy and Dhurke quickly noticed the ceiling-high bookshelves within the room, as well as the numerous artifacts that were there. Apollo's attention meanwhile was drawn to a large pile of books that had spilled onto the floor, and a chalk body outline underneath the pile. He asked Skye where Archie was, and she answered that he had died last night. The official police assumption was that the fallen books had knocked Archie off a ladder while he was trying to get a book from one of the topmost bookshelves, causing him to fall to the floor and land on his head, killing him instantly. Both Apollo and Dhurke became worried, since Archie would no longer be able to legally give them the Founder's Orb.
Skye informed Apollo that she had recieved a call in the morning from an anonymous caller, who claimed to have seen Archie dead underneath the pile of books, before reiterating what she had told him earlier about the cause of death. Dhurke stated that, with Archie now dead, he and Apollo would have to search for the Founder's Orb themselves. Apollo then told Skye about the situation with the orb, and Dhurke revealed that Are'bal had obtained a written transfer agreement for it, allowing them to legally take possession of it even with Archie's death. Skye then asked about Dhurke, who claimed to be a volunteer worker within Khura'in, before Apollo and Trucy revealed that he was Apollo and Nahyuta's father. Skye was taken aback by the news, before sadly remarking that Apollo must have had quite a life.
After an awkward moment arose when Skye almost recognised Dhurke, the conversation moved onto the subject of the Founder's Orb. Dhurke stated that, since none of them knew what the artifact looked like, they would just have to look through all of the relics. Skye gave them permission to search the accident scene, in exchange for their help with her investigation. Skye provided the investigators with a photo of the doctor's body when it was first discovered, in which Apollo noticed a book stained with Archie's blood, as well as coffee. Dhurke meanwhile took notice of the large window next to the bookshelves, noting that anyone outside would have a clear view of Archie's body, and Skye explained that that was how the anonymous caller had discovered Archie's death. Looking at a green and yellow raincoat hung on a coat stand, Dhurke guessed that it had been used recently, judging by how damp it was. The group also noticed a set of reading glasses belonging to Archie that had been placed on a stand on the doctor's desk, as well as Archie's computer, though they were unable to access any of its content because of its password protection.
Exploring the other half of Archie's study, the group discovered a number of artifacts, including the Sacred Urn of Kurain Village, as well as the gravy-covered hanging scroll and statue of Ami Fey that had previously been at Hazakura Temple. The group also found Archie's research notes on the Founder's Orb lying on the floor next to a coffee bar, which included both a photo of Tehm'pul Temple's treasure box and the lyrics of the Song of Ceremony. Dhurke mentioned that the solution to the orb's riddle was supposedly hidden within the lyrics of the song, and found it unusual that the second half of the song was included, since only the first half was sung during the Dance of Devotion. Exploring further, the group discovered a locked suitcase that had been left in the study last night, which was revealed to belong to Are'bal after the group tested the suitcase for fingerprints. Everyone wondered where Are'bal was, until Skye revealed that there had been reports of him loitering in the village.
Having failed to find the Founder's Orb, Apollo, Dhurke and Trucy returned to the village to look for Are'bal, and immediately encountered a palanquin carrying Paul Atishon, a politician in the middle of campaigning for a seat on the local council. Upon recognising the group, Atishon demanded to know why they were searching Archie's study, and later became offended when the group failed to recognise him, before boasting that he was the grandson of a renowned politician and subsequently destined for great things.
Atishon again asked why the group were in Archie's house, and Apollo explained about the Founder's Orb. Atishon however claimed that the Founder's Orb belonged to him, and that it was actually the Crystal of Ami Fey, an Atishon family heirloom that had been stolen and hidden away by the doctor. Apollo argued that Archie himself referred to the object as the Founder's Orb, but Atishon argued that he had been tricked into doing so by a "weird foreigner", who Apollo correctly identified as Are'bal. Dhurke asked where Are'bal was right now, and Atishon replied that he had been taken into police custody after being caught hiding in Atishon's dog's doghouse. As the group prepared to leave, Atishon warned them that he would not let them take the Founder's Orb from him, as he planned to give it to an influential benefactor of his, who would in turn support him during his political career.
Apollo, Dhurke and Trucy then met Are'bal at the detention center in order to question him. Are'bal insisted that the doctor's artifact was the Founder's Orb, and when Dhurke bought up Atishon's claims against him, Are'bal responded that they were all lies, causing Trucy to wonder who was telling the truth. In response, Are'bal presented the transfer agreement he had obtained from the doctor, which specifically referred to the artifact as the Founder's Orb. Dhurke however noticed a line stating that the agreement was only valid as long as Archie came to no harm, and Apollo asked if Are'bal had threatened the doctor. Are'bal denied it, claiming that a friend of Archie's had warned him against working with the Defiant Dragons. Apollo guessed that it was the work of Atishon. Regarding his incarceration, Are'bal explained that while he had at first been arrested for laughing at a policeman's face, he was currently being held on suspicion of entering the country illegally, and was unable to prove otherwise since he had lost his passport. Regarding the orb, Are'bal suggested that the group talk to Archie's child, but warned them that the child in question was a severe agoraphobic.
Return to the study
The trio returned to Archie's study, whereupon Skye mentioned that Phoenix had come by to look for something a short time earlier. Looking around the room, the trio noticed a remote controlled drone resembling a helicopter gunship, which Trucy guessed belonged to Archie's child. They also attempted to get Are'bal's passport from his suitcase, only to discover it was both locked, and too heavy to take to the detention center. Dhurke managed to pick the lock, and Trucy left to take Are'bal's passport to him, telling Dhurke and Apollo to enjoy some quality father and son time while she was gone. The next few moments were somewhat awkward for the two men, having never seen each other in over a decade. Dhurke managed to ask Apollo how he had been, before the now airborne drone shot at the pair of them with a miniature gatling gun.
Once Apollo had regained consciousness, the drone demanded to know why he was "invading Buff airspace" via a microphone it was equipped with, referring to itself as Sergeant Buff. Dhurke figured out that the drone was being controlled by Buff's child, and convinced Apollo to play along with the drone's behaviour - akin to that of an actual drill sergeant - until they had the information they needed. This soon amounted to them introducing themselves by giving their names as well as their "units and ranks", and Dhurke agreeing to get his hair cut. After this, Apollo - now referred to by the drone as "Private Justice" - asked "Sarge" about the drone, learning that the reclusive child could see what was going on outside without physically being there via a camera on the drone. Dhurke remarked that such a gadget would be very useful to the Defiant Dragons, leading Sarge to admit to modifying it for use in "siege defense", which Apollo guessed referred to Sarge's agoraphobia.
Apollo asked about the Founder's Orb, but this caused Sarge to become despondent over Archie's death. Apollo tried to assure Sarge that he too understood what it was like to lose a loved one, but Sarge didn't believe him, and it was revealed that Sarge's mother was also dead. Sarge explained that six months ago, before the Buff family moved to Kurain, they were caught up in an arson attack, during which Sarge's mother was fatally injured in the act of saving her child. Apollo guessed that something had happened during this that caused Sarge to withdraw from the world. On Dhurke's advice, Apollo presented the photo of Jove to Sarge as proof of their shared pain. Dhurke explained that Jove too had died saving his child from a fire, and Apollo added that his mother had also disappeared after the fire.
Now understanding that they shared the same hardship, Sarge immediately warmed up to Apollo and "promoted" him to "Corporal Justice", and Apollo took the opportunity to ask about the Founder's Orb. Sarge explained that it had been in the study last night, but that Archie had planned to hide it, owing to someone attempting to take it for themselves. By now, Sarge assumed it was probably somewhere in Kurain Village, with the drone mentioning that Archie had supposedly found an ideal hiding place for it. Dhurke suggested that there might be clues to this hiding place within the study.
Apollo asked Sarge about Archie, with Sarge telling him that the doctor had moved to Kurain Village to help his child recover, even going so far as to resign from an enjoyable job at a university for the sake of his offspring. Returning to Archie's computer, Apollo and Dhurke were able to access it thanks to Sarge, and they discovered an email Archie had sent to someone known as "PAW-711", reporting his research on the Founder's Orb. They also had another look at the glasses on the desk, with Sarge explaining that they were reading glasses for Archie's poor eyesight. Examining the study's shoe cubby, Apollo and Dhurke found a pair of damp walking boots, with one of them containing some kind of glowing moss, leading Dhurke to suspect that the doctor had worn them when he went to hide the orb. The pair also examined the damp raincoat again, and after learning from Sarge that it hadn't rained last night, Apollo wondered how it got damp and muddy. When Sarge mentioned that it had been unused when he saw it last night, Apollo guessed that Archie had used it later in the night.
Their investigation complete, Apollo and Dhurke deduced that Archie had hidden the Founder's Orb somewhere that both required him to wear a raincoat, and was home to the glowing green moss found in the walking boot. With Sarge having no idea where such a place might be, Dhurke remarked that they would have to go to Kurain Village and ask the locals.
Exploring Mt. Mitama
Apollo and Dhurke returned to the village to find it covered with Atishon's campaign photos. Noticing a mountain in the distance, Dhurke suggested the two of them go hunting later, only for Apollo to decline, still feeling distant from his foster father. They then noticed a crude painting of the Kurain Village bus stop at night, which also depicted a green and yellow figure at the bus stop. As the pair critiqued the painting, they were overheard by its artist, who turned out to be Pearl Fey. After the introductions, Pearl and Dhurke had a talk about mediums and spirit channeling, and Apollo remarked to himself how mediums would physically become the person they channeled.
Apollo told Pearl that he had come to Kurain Village to take care of a small matter, leading Pearl to ask if it was the same thing Miles Edgeworth was looking into, explaining that she had seen him searching for something earlier. Apollo decided not to dwell on this, and the conversation turned to the village itself. Pearl told them a bit about the Kurain channelling technique, explaining that a medium needed to know the name and face of a person in order to channel them, and that channeling itself could only be done by those with certain bloodlines. Pearl then sadly remarked that she and Maya Fey were the only mediums left in Kurain Village, as the other women of the village had left for the city rather than stay and learn spirit channeling.
The talk then moved to Atishon, with Pearl revealing that the village considered him a public nuisance as a result of his excessive campaigning, but that the police were unable to touch him due to his family's influence. She also suggested that Atishon was after the political sway the spirit mediums of Kurain had once held; much like Khu'rain was able to maintain its independence around larger countries due to the royal family's ability to channel spirits, those with medium blood in Kurain village still commanded respect. Apollo remarked that as Atishon's benefactor went, so went the village, and wondered who this benefactor could be.
Apollo then asked Pearl about the glowing moss, with Pearl explaining that it grew on a nearby mountain named Mt. Mitama. She asked Apollo why he was interested in the moss, and Apollo briefly explained about Archie hiding the Founder's Orb. At this, Pearl seemed to think this would explain something she saw, but when Apollo pressed her for more information, she claimed that all she knew was that Archie was somewhere on Mt. Mitama. Apollo however noticed that when Pearl mentioned the mountain, her thumb would subconsciously rub a piece of green paint on her left index finger, which he guessed was from her painting. Pearl insisted that the painting had nothing to do with Archie, but Apollo pointed out the green and yellow figure within it, figuring out that it was Archie wearing his raincoat.
Her lie caught, Pearl admitted to seeing Archie last night, adding that the doctor had asked her not to tell anyone about him. Dhurke guessed that something had spooked Archie, and that he didn't want anyone to find out where he had hidden the orb. Pearl assumed that Archie had gone to a cave on Mt. Mitama, explaining that she had heard of one where mediums would train in ages past, and of mystical ruins that were supposedly hidden within the mountain.
With this information in hand, both Dhurke and Apollo set off for Mt. Mitama, eventually reaching a large cave which had the moss growing on its walls. As they went inside, an unknown person handed Apollo a flashlight, before pushing him and Dhurke off a ledge, causing the two of them to fall into a deep cave. Finding themselves unable to climb back out, they resolved to press on, noting that Archie had to have found a route through the caves when he hid the orb.
Phoenix and Edgeworth
Justice and Cykes
Where are they now?
- Trucy put on a show with Mr. Hat, who admitted to missing Apollo as they shared a rivalry. Trucy resolved to visit Apollo in Khura'in.
- Inspired by Apollo, Ur'gaid decided to focus his efforts in developing Khura'in's tourism industry.
- Edgeworth personally congratulated Skye on achieving her dream of becoming a forensic scientist. Skye admitted that Nahyuta had requested her presence in Khura'in to assist in more investigations. Edgeworth suggested that she rise to the challenge, which Skye accepted, determined to aid Apollo in his efforts.
- Much to Betty de Famme's annoyance, Apollo's reveal of the secret behind the "teleportation" trick meant that both she and Bonny de Famme were out of a job. Bonny suggested they accept Trucy's offer to join the Wright Anything Agency, ticking Betty off as it reminded her of her rivalry with Trucy.
- Beh'leeb gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Faitah, whom she paralleled with Khura'in's new revolutionary era. She expressed hope that Tahrust and Dhurke would watch over them. Are'bal assumed his Defiant Dragons pose, intending to teach it to Faitah as a sign of manliness, which Beh'leeb laughingly rejected.
- Cykes' workload at the office doubled due to Apollo's absence. She expressed determination to become a lawyer worthy of Blackquill's respect, despite secretly worrying that she might not be up to the task.
- To the annoyance of Simon Blackquill, Bucky Whet delivered his order of noodles in a drunken state. As Whet suffered nausea once again, Blackquill mused on the difficulty of finding good help.
- Uendo Toneido decided to work harder at his rakugo, creating a new story based on Taifu Toneido's murder. His split personalities intended for this to make up for tampering the crime scene, and also to provide the fourth personality, Owen, training as well.
- Armie prepared herself for a new life outside of her "siege defense". Notably, the university where her father worked at invited her to go on a dig. She hoped to find a forgotten civilization and name it in her father's honor. She also planned on visiting Khura'in on another dig to see if Apollo was slacking off.
- Maya returned to Kurain Village, determined to revolutionize her hometown now that she is the Master. Pearl hoped that the plans included a new shopping mall where she could buy new clothes, but conceded that it was not a priority.
- Rayfa requested Amara for a "new Nayna", now that Amara had revealed her true identity. Amara mused that Rayfa had been rather demanding of her when she played the role of Nayna, suggesting that few would be willing to serve said role. Rayfa admitted that she intended to make up for acting spoiled, to which Amara requested for one of her shoulder rubs.
- Much to Nahyuta's consternation, Rayfa began referring to him as "Braid Head", unaware that she was embarrassed to refer to him as her elder brother. Disturbed by her animosity, Nahyuta decided to consult Apollo on the matter.
- Phoenix met up with an unseen Thalassa Gramarye, presenting her the photo of her former-husband Jove Justice, Apollo's deceased biological father . He suggested to her that they tell Apollo and Trucy the truth behind their shared parentage, now they had grown into capable adults in their own right, and she agreed.
Months later, Apollo wrote to Phoenix to give him a status update. He apologized for not writing sooner due to being swamped with work, reforming a legal system he'd only started to grasp.
In Khura'in, Apollo found that he has become sloppy in his work, owing to having taken on too many cases. In addition, Nahyuta, the Judge and Rayfa have been advertising his services as he remains the only defense lawyer in Khura'in, giving him a backlog of several hundred cases. Backed into a corner, Apollo responded in the only way he knew how...
There are four points in the game where the player may receive a bad end, should the player run out of penalties; once during the civil trial, and three times during the Khura'in murder trial.
- If Justice is unable to prove the treasure is the Founder's Orb during the civil trial, the judge will rule in favor of the plaintiff, permanently ending the hope for revolution in Khura'in and causing Wright and Justice's relationship to never be the same again.
- Should Inga's murder trial end after Dhurke is found dead, but before Amara or Nahyuta confess to the murder, Justice will muse that they never got the truth out of Amara, Dhurke was found guilty for the case twenty-three years ago, and the truth was lost.
- If the trial ends after Amara confesses, but before Ga'ran is implicated for the murder, she is arrested and tried for his murder, while Dhurke was found guilty for the case twenty-three years ago, and the truth was lost.
- If Justice fails at proving Ga'ran's guilt, the allegations against her are dismissed. Dhurke is proven innocent for Inga's murder, but the truth behind his death and the case twenty-three years ago remains unsolved. Justice is forced underground to escape the queen's agents, and joins the Defiant Dragons, hoping to one day bring revolution to the country.
References to other cases
- While in the caves, Apollo Justice tells Dhurke about some of his previous court experiences, such as events from Turnabout Trump and Turnabout Corner, as well as meeting prosecutors Klavier Gavin and Simon Blackquill (the latter meeting occurring in The Monstrous Turnabout).
- When in Archie Buff's study, the Sacred Urn seen in Reunion, and Turnabout and The Stolen Turnabout can be seen next to a statue of Ami Fey holding a Shichishito similar to that of Bridge to the Turnabout. The scroll depicting Misty Fey also makes an appearance; humorously, Buff's restoration seemingly included the gravy which Pearl vandalized the scroll with.
- When examining the computer in Archie Buff's home, the letters BSI appear. This may be a reference to the company Blue Screens Inc from Recipe for Turnabout.
- Prior to the civil trial, Cykes asks Justice what case they're taking on today. She asks him if it's a locked-room mystery, a suspect with a flimsy alibi, or a dying message. This could all be a reference to her own case in the game, Turnabout Storyteller, as the case involves all three.
- When Paul Atishon claims to have seen Datz Are'bal hit Archie Buff at his desk, Apollo points out that since there was a bookcase in between the desk and the window, the only way Atishon could have seen the murder was from inside the room. This is almost the exact same argument Wright used against Redd White in Turnabout Sisters. Possibly coincidentally, both witnesses turned out to be the true culprits of each case (White murdered Mia Fey, and Atishon murdered Buff).
- While investigating Amara's Tomb, Apollo and Athena talk about Inga's grape juice, and mention Phoenix's consumption of it. Athena wonders if it was the "fermented kind," but Apollo states that Phoenix was in the hospital during that time, referencing the events of Turnabout Corner.
- Despite proving himself innocent of the attempt on Amara's life, Dhurke is explained to have been found guilty due to allegedly forging evidence. Edgeworth, none too subtly, reminds Wright of the events that led to his disbarment as seen in Turnabout Succession.
- While Edgeworth and Phoenix talk to Queen Ga'ran about not needing defense lawyers, she mentions that a lack of lawyers doesn't matter as long as prosecutors run perfect trials. Phoenix thinks to himself, "Perfect prosecutors and their perfect trials, huh..." to which Edgeworth objects, "Let's not get started down THIS path..." This references to the first Ace Attorney game, where Edgeworth cared only about his perfect record, having followed the philosophy of perfection from his mentor Manfred von Karma. Edgeworth's comeback alludes to his rejection of said philosophy over the course of his character development, as explored in subsequent games, namely Ace Attorney: Justice For All and Ace Attorney Investigations.
- When presenting unrelated evidence to Edgeworth while investigating in Khura'in, Phoenix mentions how he heard from his sources about the investigations that Edgeworth had been involved in, referencing to the cases in Ace Attorney Investigations and Gyakuten Kenji 2. As a recurring joke, Edgeworth then mentions looking forward to Phoenix's source's next salary evaluation.
- When presenting Inga's autopsy report to Edgeworth, he claims that it is ironic that a man tasked with upholding the law ended up breaking it. Phoenix then comments that that has happened a number of times back in the U.S. as well to which Edgeworth claims that the worst offenders have been put away.
- When investigating the late Inga's room, a bottle of jet-black "Je Suis L'Belle!" hair dye can be found on his desk, a reference to Florent L'Belle's brand of cosmetics mentioned in The Monstrous Turnabout. While not explicitly mentioned, it is hinted that Amara used the dye whenever she needed to masquerade as Ga'ran to perform spirit channelings, and later, to channel Inga and Dhurke, by dyeing her white hair black.
- At one point Maya calls herself an "Ace Spirit Medium." This nickname was first used in The Stolen Turnabout.
- The attempted assassination of Amara Sigatar Khura'in and subsequent trial bears a strong similarity to the trial of Zak Gramarye. Both had the defendant being forced to run away to avoid being arrested, both had the lead attorney being suspected of forging evidence which lead to the public's view of the courts to diminish and in the aftermath of each case, the lead attorney taking in the child of someone involved in the case. Incidentally, both of the two children who were taken in turned out to be half-siblings from the same mother.
- Apollo's final pointed-finger pose causing a windstorm that knocks down the guards is a nod to the anime adaptation of the series, where this action is frequently seen as a visual equivalent to the games' use of speed lines that appear behind a character emphasizing the end of their argument.
References to popular culture
- The Yashichi, a recurring pinwheel-like symbol in many Capcom games, can be seen as a desktop icon by examining the E-Mail piece of evidence.
- Upon examining the statue in Archie Buff's study, the Statue will shout out "EX-TER-MI-NATE. EX-TER-MI-NATE. DES-TROY ALL TAR-GETS/HU-MANS." This is referring to the well known quote of the Daleks from Doctor Who.
- Upon examining the Statue with Armie present, she will state that the statue is an alien weapon that destroyed an entire ancient civilization. This is reference to the planet Gallifrey from Doctor Who; the entire planet was originally thought to have been destroyed by a weapon known as "The Moment".
- When examining the bird/plane-like figure in Archie's study, it leads to Apollo and Dhurke having a ladder vs. stepladder-like conversation, where they question whether it's a bird or a plane. This is a reference to the saying "It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Superman!" from the Superman comics.
- During the civil trial, Paul Atishon makes several comments referencing several United States' presidents
- When he first shows up in court and begins making his pitch, he uses the line, "Ask not what you can do for your country," a nod to President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.
- Prior to his breakdown, he says "I-I... I am not a crook." This is a reference to a quote said by another corrupt politician and former US president Richard Nixon in a speech of his concerning "The Watergate Scandal".
- Additionally Paul Atishon's campaign poster that reads: "Reclaim the glory of Kurain" may or may not be an indirect reference to the then presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again."
- While accessing Buff's computer, Sarge says that "a modern day warrior must be well-versed in technology... and have mean, mean pride!" This is likely a nod to the song "Tom Sawyer" by the Canadian rock band Rush and its opening line"A modern day warrior // Mean, mean stride // Today's Tom Sawyer // Mean, mean pride".
- When Apollo questions Pearl about why Archie Buff was at the bus stop, she lies and says that rain spirits were at the bus stop. This could be a reference to the bus stop scene in My Neighbor Totoro, where Totoro was waiting for Catbus to arrive.
- After Ema reveals that Buff has stolen many of the artifacts he was researching, she claims that he was a "classic treasure hunter," to which Athena ponders whether or not Buff had "thrilling adventures in exotic places, risking life and limb for glory." Apollo then states that it was unlikely that Buff was the star of his own movie series. This is a nod to the Indiana Jones movie series.
- If Apollo presents incorrect evidence during the civil trial, one of the responses will include Phoenix mentioning how a gambler once sang, "you got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em," and The Judge will chime in to say he likes that song, finishing the chorus. This is a reference to, "The Gambler," a song sung by Kenny Rogers.
- When pressing Paul Atishon's statements, at one point Apollo will describe him as, "a platform of sound and fury, signifying nothing." This is a nod to Shakespeare's play, MacBeth.
- Upon starting a therapy session with Cykes, Sarge mentions how there is no room for women on the battlefield. Cykes retorts with "This G.I. Jane's always ready for a fight in the courtroom!" alluding to the 1997 movie G.I. Jane, a fictional movie about the first woman to train in a specific US Navy unit.
- When Armie Buff is about to stand for the first time, she states, "This is one small step for man... and one giant leap for me!" This is reference to Neil Armstrong's words when he first stepped on the the moon.
- While discussing the reason for Inga's button being in the ash, Apollo will tell Athena that "Every puzzle has an answer," after hearing Ema's explanation. This is a line often used throughout the Professor Layton series, usually after solving a puzzle.
- After Ga'ran changes into her prosecutor outfit, a shocked Wright and Justice exclaim that she underwent an "extreme makeover". This may be a reference to an infamous line uttered by a newly-mutated Ricardo Irving before his boss battle in Resident Evil 5, another Capcom game.
Typos and errors
- Upon cross-examining Paul Atishon and discussing the origins of the Founder's Orb (when was it made) several times characters ask why it isn't "Japanese" "made in Japan". According to Atishon's claims of his heritage Ami Fey made it for his ancestor, which implies it was made in Kurain Village. This breaks the continuity of the localized version because the Wright Anything Agency and other locations are in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. You only need to take a train to Kurain Village, therefore it cannot be in another country.
- Before Sarge opened the computer, she said: "Ha ha ha ha ha! Leave it me!" when it should be "Ha ha ha ha ha! Leave it to me!"
- During Ur'gaid's flashback to when Are'bal exploded firecrackers in the bazaar, the textbox will sometimes erronously say "Datz" even though it is Ur'gaid who's talking.
- When the judge questions Amara's survival, he says, "Her Eminence Queen Amara yet lives...", though this is Ga'ran's title.
- When Ga'ran is being accused of the murder, she says "You khave no evidence"
- Japanese - 逆転の大革命 (Gyakuten no Dai Kakumei lit. "Turnabout Revolution")
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