6 Anime Like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney [Recommendations]

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is adapted from the hit game series of the same name. The game is quite straightforward, whenever a murder has been committed, there will be an investigation phase where you gather evidence and talk to witnesses. Thereafter, you will enter the court phase to present your arguments and hear Phoenix yell his iconic catchphrase, “Objection!!” Most of the cases are pretty light hearted and the testimonies of the witness are usually injected with different kinds of humour such as slapstick or overly energetic characters.

For veterans of the series, we will all know that the anime retained some of the same elements from the game and did not diverge too far off to provide the courtroom simulation that Ace Attorney brought to us. While it may fall short of the original game, the anime did tried their best to incorporate as many of the game elements in it such as improving the visuals of the game, giving the call for Objection a totally different vibe and style as well as remixing the music! Overall, it was a good effort with the anime retaining much of the original content for us.

Interested? Join us today as we count 6 similar animes like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney today if you did not have your fill of the anime yet!

Similar Anime to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney / Similar Anime to Gyakuten Saiban: Sono "Shinjitsu", Igi Ari!

1. Danganronpa

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013

Hope’s Peak Academy is the nation's most prestigious academy that is dedicated to raising the nation's hope and future. Needless to say, to enroll in here, you have to be the top in your field of studies. Makoto Naegi was ecstatic to be offered a place. However, Makoto had no idea what his talent is. To make matters worse, the school appears to have been taken under control by the mysterious Monokuma. In order to find the truth and survive in the school, all 16 students of Hope’s Peak Academy only have one objective: to kill each other and not get caught.

There’s more than meets the eye. Both series captured the essence of an intricate crime perfectly. Both Danganronpa and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney are derived from games. Danganronpa shares many elements from Ace Attorney as well. There is an investigation phase and a class trial thereafter to pinpoint the killer. From evidence gathering and rebutting counterarguments to crime that appears to be unsolvable or simply not plausible. Both animes expertly manipulate the essence of a good mystery plot - suspense and tension before finally bringing everything to satisfying close. This is the closest you will get to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney!


2. Detective Conan

  • Episodes: ???
  • Aired: Jan 8, 1996 to Ongoing

Shinichi Kudou is a brilliant detective. Shinichi is a high school student that occasionally works with the police to solve cases. During a fateful investigation however, he was attacked by the Black Organization and was forced to consume a lethal poison. When Shinichi woke up, he found that he had a body of a preadolescent boy. Retaining his memories and his intelligence, Shinichi hides his identity from those around him. Going by a pseudonym, Shinichi continues his investigative work while trying to reverse the side effects of the poison.

Although Detective Conan does not fulfill the courtroom element of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, this mystery anime will give the investigation phase of Ace Attorney a run for their money. Detective Conan is episodic, which means that each and every case is different which is akin to Ace Attorney's style of cases. Conan has a greater focus on the deductions of the detective than on gathering evidence. Whereas Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is more graphical in the sense of evidence presentation, Conan is more of understanding the flow of logic in a simple to understand manner. Till date, this anime remains a hot favourite. If you liked Ace Attorney, Detective Conan is equally easy to understand and fun to watch!


3. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai Umatteiru

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 8, 2015 to Dec 24, 2015

A genius beauty in her twenties with a keen mind and her passionate love for - bones??? Sakurako Kujo is often alone if not for her assistant, Shotaro - a young high school boy. Whenever the duo is together, they are highly likely to run across a human corpse. And here, it is up to Sakurako with her love of bones to piece together the story and solve the mystery.

This is yet another mystery anime you should add to your list. Centering on the gruesome crime of murder, the anime resembles Ace Attorney on the investigative aspect. Expect the same level of deductions and compelling mysteries. After all, dead bodies always have a story to tell and it is up to the detectives to paint the full story and uncover the truth.


Any Anime Like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney/ Any Anime Like Gyakuten Saiban: Sono "Shinjitsu", Igi Ari!?

4. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note

  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Oct 7, 2015 to Jan 27, 2016

Meet Aya Tachibana! A sixth grader worrywart. One fine day, Aya joins a group of boys who are all unique individuals. Finding her own place in this clique was hard but eventually, Aya manages to fit in and find friends at last. Here comes a tale of different people with different talents coming together to solve cases. How will this bunch of people cooperate with each other, let alone solve cases? Watch to find out!

Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note leans more towards light mystery solving. Don't expect anything outrageous like a murder or an international scandal; they are still middle schoolers after all! If you feel the need to rack your brains like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney but in something more applicable to our everyday reality, Tantei may just be the anime for you! The mysteries in Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note are more of the kind of oddities you experience on a daily basis along the lines of a missing wallet. Due to how easily we can relate to the normalcy of these mysteries, there is a better sense of satisfaction when you follow through the line of reasoning to the outcome. Love the ease of understanding an Ace Attorney case thoroughly? Then definitely check out this anime!


5. Kamisama no Memochou

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2011

At first glance, you might have the impression that Alice is a closet otaku. Alice has computers all around her, is forever cooped in her room, and has a strange love for Dr Pepper. Despite living a NEET lifestyle, Alice is an astute detective whose specialization lies in gathering information from the web. No criminal is safe from the watchful eyes of the Net, and Alice is the one person that can process this vast amount of information that the Net provides. Shady deals, murders and even illegitimate business are threatened with Alice around.

A mystery anime you ought to watch, Kamisama no Menchou is episodic as well and filled with many different kinds of mysteries. Alice shares the intellect of the Ace Attorney who sometimes seemingly pulls out the conclusion and overturning the situation. Although for Phoenix Wright, this is often by luck and bluff. Ultimately, it is up to the detective to speak the words of the dead and bring the truth to light!


6. HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishuu Suru

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 7, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016

Many would ask why the Wind Instrument Club is solving mysteries instead of playing their instruments. Well, the short answer is nobody knows how it ended up that way. After joining the Wind Instrument Club, strange oddities began to appear around Chika Homura and her club members. It is now up to Chika to solve the mysteries that ails the school! However, before that however, she still needs to recruit more members to actually compete in competitions. What kind of oddities are there in the school and how will Chika balance solving mysteries and managing the club?

Just like Tantei Team , if you're leaning more towards to the light hearted side of Ace Attorney with just a dash of mystery, we would highly recommend HaruChika as well! The mystery of HaruChika is not as thought provoking due to the easy going nature of the show. It is extremely easy to watch and digest. This, and Chika's somewhat comical nature to develop a cute girl persona will be sure to make you chuckle at the very least! As a whole, this show is all about bite sized mysteries providing an overall plesant watching experience. Like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, it is easy to comprehend and easy to watch!


Conclusion

The Ace Attorney game is highly praised for its interactivity and intriguing mysteries.The anime adaptation is no different from what the game offers! What we compiled here are 6 other animes that either shares the same thought inducing level of mysteries or the bright, lively and light-hearted nature of the show such that you will more to look out for!

What is it about Ace Attorney that interests you? Is it the music, the art, the cases or even the characters themselves? How did the game fare in comparison with the anime? Leave your comments below and we will see you next time.

Araragi

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Author: Araragi

Writing from a little island known as Singapore. It is through my articles that I want to show that the world of anime reaches out beyond the boundaries of Japan. From different age groups to individuals coming from different walks of life, everyone and anyone can be a lover of anime. To quote from Kingdom Hearts, 'There are many worlds out there, but they share the same sky.'

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