“Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari! follows Ryuuichi as he tackles cases to absolve the falsely accused of the charges they face. It will not be easy—standing in his path is the ruthless Reiji Mitsurugi, a prosecutor who will stop at nothing to hand out guilty verdicts. With his back against the wall, the defense attorney must carefully examine both evidence and witness testimony, sifting through lies to solve the mystery behind each case. With a shout of “objection!” the battle in the courtroom begins!” -MAL
After seeing so many memes and screen caps of the games, I got interested when the animation was announced. For me as someone who has never played the game, I thought it was pretty entertaining, for those that have already played the game I’m sure the entire show is a recap, so there’s that when considering if you want to watch this or not.
From a non-player point-of-view, the plot turned out to be only mildly pleasing. It follows the game verbatim, but without the extensive detail that was in the game. The story progress in cases getting around 3 episodes: the instigation, the investigating, and the resolution of the case. Most of the cases were ridiculous, the investigation of the portion was predictable and bland. The actual case itself consisted of idiotic character
Artwork & Animation:
As a fan of A-1 pictures, I was looking forward to seeing how they would go about with the artwork and animation. The animation was, for the lack of a better term, horrid. The choppiness in the movement of the characters, the awfully boring and barely detailed backgrounds.
As fun as the characters were, they got boring after the first few gags. It’s as if none of the characters have a head on their shoulders, making one idiotic decision after the next. There is little to no development throughout the entire show. Even Naruhodo, as the main character, barely gets any developments outside of his childhood flashbacks.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Most of the soundtrack consists of rearrangements of the original game, which was a way to bring back the nostalgia of playing the game, and that I thought was pretty successful. The opening and ending themes had this early 2000s anime style, which might’ve also been another try at giving the audience nostalgia.
Though it did have some drawbacks, I didn’t hate the show. It was pretty nice to see the hype and references around the game, with all the “Igi Ari!” moments.
Overall: Score 6
With choppy animation and a storyline so simplified that it hardly holds any interest, Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari! is a sad excuse of an adaptation. However; it is worthwhile to see if you’ve never played the game and are curious about the many references to it. If not that this one is a hard pass.