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I know it's a day late, but I had a really long day yesterday and didn't get to finish up case 3-5 until this evening. Still, I can't believe I made it through the whole countdown even this close to on time!

I really had mixed feelings about this case. This is another one (like case 1-5) that people either seem to love or hate. For me, though, there are some parts that I adored, and others that I didn't quite get.

As I mentioned before, playing as Edgeworth was totally the awesomest thing ever. Witness this exchange from his day as a defense attorney:

Edgeworth (after pressing Larry on a statement): Hold It!
Edgeworth: ...
Judge: ...
Judge: Mr. Edgeworh, what ever is the matter?
Edgeworth: This one single statement is so full of contradictions... For a moment there, I thought I was going to collapse.

Hahahahaha. I love it.

Also, I actually liked Franziska in this case. Has she really changed? Maybe not, but it does sort of seem as though there might be some hope for her. For one, she seems pretty protective of Bikini's feelings, jumping on Phoenix any time he seems to be insensitive or rude to her. This is surprisingly... human. And although she keeps whipping Phoenix the entire time that she's helping him with the investigation, she still seems a little nicer than normal to me, somehow.

And I guess I'm a sucker, but I pretty much melted (both times I played this case) when Iris admitted that it was really her that Phoenix had dated all those years ago, and that she really had cared for him. I mean, I'm not sure I'd want to see tons of future game plots that revolved around a Feenie-Iris pairing, so it was probably smart that they ended the storyline for this cast of characters after Game 3. But I still like the Phoenix-Iris portion of this case.

I hated Dahlia, but I have to admit she was a good villain. And wow, was it ever OBVIOUS this second time around that "Iris" wasn't really Iris anymore after the Great Earthquake Switcheroo.

There were quite a few things that bugged me about this case, though. For one, Maya is in trouble AGAIN. I don't dislike Maya, but I don't especially love how the games keep putting her in the damsel-in-distress role. It's not even really a feminist thing--it's more the fact that it's getting realllllly overdone at this point, because she's been framed for 3 crimes (including this one), kidnapped (and almost starved to death) once, and now she's also been the target of an attempted murder. Wheeeeeeee.

Another thing that really bothered me was the gravy/gravely mix-up on Pearl's part. Isn't Pearl supposed to be 9 years old in this game? I know that she doesn't know a lot about the outside world, but it seems a little unusual that she'd be so bad at reading that she wouldn't at least be able to sound out the word "gravely" on her own. Honestly, it's pretty unbelievable that she wouldn't know what it meant, too, but she should at least be able to read it without Mystic Elise's help.

And on a similar note, I know that Larry is dumb and pathetic, but are we really supposed to believe that he's this dumb? He couldn't figure out that he was looking at the sky upside down? I can understand being confused in the first few minutes after waking up, but then he's sitting in court and testifying about the Amazing Flying Iris and he still can't figure it out then? Come on.

I'm still sort of just "meh" on the Godot plotline. The first time I played this case, I will admit that I was a total sucker and was moved by his sad story and his tears of blood. But this time, I was much more hardhearted. I mean, he really was kind of a jerk to begin with (pre-death). And he's the first one to admit that his actions at the Hazakura Temple were motivated by revenge rather than a desire to save Maya. I dunno, this time around, I was more annoyed at Maya for protecting him than anything else.

Overall, I did enjoy this case, but it doesn't beat case 2-4 as my favorite. In fact, I think it's probably 2-4, then 1-4, and then 3-5 after that. Sorry, Godot.


Date: 2008-02-20 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gladstone.livejournal.com
Keep in mind that the game was originally written in Japanese, so the translators probably did the best they could with what they were given.

Re: gravy/gravely

Date: 2008-02-21 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n3m3sis42.livejournal.com
I know (hehe, I was actually playing the Japanese version, but using the English-language option). I've been told by people who speak Japanese that it was a relatively good adaptation. My real issue is that she's 9 and says she's not so good at reading. Don't the Japanese have a better education system than we do?

Re: gravy/gravely

Date: 2008-02-21 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gladstone.livejournal.com
Maybe. They also have a more complicated language, I believe. (I could be wrong about that, though. I have no first-hand knowledge of the Japanese language.)

Re: gravy/gravely

Date: 2008-02-21 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n3m3sis42.livejournal.com
I don't really have any firsthand knowledge of the Japanese language, either, other than the like 3 words I've picked up from watching subbed anime.

Re: gravy/gravely

Date: 2008-02-21 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maskdemasque.livejournal.com
I think the problem is that she's never gone to school. She spent her whole life being trained to be a spirit medium.

Re: gravy/gravely

Date: 2008-02-21 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n3m3sis42.livejournal.com
But... but... don't spirit mediums need to read???

Re: gravy/gravely

Date: 2008-02-21 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maskdemasque.livejournal.com

Re: gravy/gravely

Date: 2008-02-22 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n3m3sis42.livejournal.com
Hahaha, fair enough. :D

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