New Ace Attorney Manga to Launch in Japan's Young Mag
posted on by Egan Loo
This year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine will launch a new manga spinoff based on CAPCOM's popular Gyakuten Saiban (Turnabout Trial or Ace Attorney) games for the Nintendo DS console on April 13. The first games in the franchise portray courtroom melodrama with the player as the defense attorney, but the upcoming sequel Gyakuten Kenji (Turnabout Prosecutor) will take the prosecution's side. Writer Kenji Kuroda and Kazuo Maekawa will create new stories for the Gyakuten Kenji manga after launching the original Gyakuten Saiban manga in Bessatsu Young Magazine in 2006.
The Gyakuten Kenji manga will focus on the prosecutor Reiji Mitsurugi (Miles Edgeworth) — the courtroom rival of the original Ace Attorney protagonist Phoenix Wright (Ryūichi Naruhodō) — and the police detective Keisuke Itonokogiri (Dick Gumshoe). The first installment, "Gyakuten no Costume" ("Turnaround Costume"), will center on a murder that takes place at a costume party. The 4Gamer.net site has posted images from the manga, while CAPCOM has posted an interactive web demonstration of the game itself. The Gyakuten Kenji game will ship in Japan on May 28. Five Gyakuten Saiban manga volumes have already been compiled and published in Japan.
North America's Del Rey Manga published two volumes of a different manga adaptation under the name Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in 2008. Del Rey's version translates an official comic anthology of short stores by various authors.
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