|Please stop, Lamiroir, you're making me feel hungry with|
all those symbols of goats and fish!
I could do without the cockroach, though.
We get a beautiful animated sequence when Lamiroir, Klavier and Machi interpret the song The Guitar’s Serenade. It uses a vanishing magic trick. Strangely though, Klavier’s guitar catches fire mid-song. Hey, I knew some riffs could be hot, but that’s exaggerated. That didn’t seem to be a part of the show, either. While Trucy fangirls in the crowd, backstage, Apollo meets Ema Skye again. She’s assuring security, and doesn’t seem pleased with the situation. Not talkative at all tonight, even when Apollo has questions for her. You know, Ema, I know you don’t like my questions, and you can toss at me all the Snackoos you want; but if you keep this up, in an hour, I’ll still have my questions, and you’ll be out of Snackoos.
|Apollo, witness to a crime! Surely not a conflict of interest|
that will prevent him from defending someone for this.
|That hair alone is capable of making criminals confess.|
They're afraid of being poked in the eye by it.
|I don't know, one thing for sure is that we're gonna try|
to catch the real killer. It certainly cannot be the frail,
scrawny little blind kid that travels with you.
Okay, so this case is one of the most despised in Ace Attorney history, because it’s set-up for what comes next in the overarching storyline of this game, and because it makes a lot of people look stupid. Really? Machi could have fired that gun that can dislocate the shoulder of a grown man? Really? He was able to carry LeTouse, the guitar, onto the raised platform? It’s nonsense, and yet, everybody rolls with it because he was accused. Even though it’s blatantly obvious that Machi is innocent. But the problem is that there seems to be insufficient proof to logically determine that he, in fact, didn’t do it. That’s a major issue of the system in Ace Attorney games: You must prove out of all doubt that the defendant is innocent, AND you need to figure out the actual murderer. Even if the solution is bloody obvious, if you lack the required evidence, you’re getting nowhere.
|Good work Ema, you might condemn a child for murder|
with this one line...
Her testimony doesn’t say much at first, but then she says he had to go backstage for a moment, and she gulps at her mention of LeTouse – and later, wonders why he was shot, even though she was testifying that she had heard no details about the crime! Further contradictions reveal that she saw the crime from another location than the suite’s door. In the next cross-examination, she states that she saw the crime from the small window in her suite, and that she saw the killer: an adult man. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough yet, so we bring Ema back on the stand.
|I suppose Bond was too obvious a codename.|
The prosecutor drops another surprise revelation: Lamiroir is the one who’s actually blind. And as she testifies, she has been blind as long as she can remember. So, it may have been caused by the same event that gave her amnesia. And though she’s blind, she did witness the murder, by hearing it. Daryan Crescend shows up with news: The Interpol ID was LeTouse’s, and so was the weapon. He was on an undercover mission. Why? We need to find this out. Although, after he says this, Lamiroir shows up again, saying she recognizes Daryan’s voice… as the one she heard when she witnessed the murder! Descended in utter chaos, the trial is suspended until the next day. Phew! So many details! Okay, time to investigate some more.
|VHS? Really? Why not Betamax while you're at it?|
|Yeah, while you were on that stage. But do you have an|
alibi for any other part of the show?
In Klavier Gavin’s office, we meet him – by the way, other conflict of interest, he shouldn’t be prosecuting a case he was a part of, even if he was on stage when it happened. From him, we learn that the newspapers of Lamiroir and Machi’s country of origin, Borginia, are already reporting on the case. As for his burnt guitar, it was investigated, and a small item like a container was found in it (we get a replica). Apparently that’s what LeTouse was seeking, or protecting, either way. The guitar, which was given to him by Lamiroir, contained also a second igniter.
|It's never funny to see a kidlike Elton John in pain.|
|Hm.... Nope. Still not funny.|
|Ah, it's always great to see our attorney regain confidence|
and turn the whole case around based on a couple of
statements and pieces of evidence!
I take it Shu Takumi was very proud of that sequence, since we’ve been forced to watch it nearly six times now. Anyway, it becomes needed again to show that Lamiroir was indeed the one to run to the other side, for the magic trick. This confirms that the murder took place during her song, in the second set, while Lamiroir was in the vents and Daryan was not on the stage (due to the song not needing a second guitar).
|He can call it secret all he wants, we're still gonna know|
everything about it before the end of the game.
Quick break before Crescend, we see Phoenix and he says that taking down that detective will be difficult, especially with the current court system. Please man, your foreshadowing is so blatant you could as well be flashing an “I AM ON A MISSION TO CHANGE THIS SYSTEM” T-shirt. And he’s right, we lack definitive proof to pin down Crescend even if we bring enough doubt; it’s still not enough for a confession! Phoenix gives a last bit of evidence (burnt fragments of an igniter), then leaves.
|Nope. P.S. Your hair is dangling.|
Daryan says he has no motive, but we present the replica of the Borginian cocoon. We’re finally told why the cocoons are forbidden outside of Borginia: Sure, one can make a potent cure for “Incuritis” out of it, but a slight change in the recipe can create a deadly poison, of the kind that would be part of cases solved in this kind of game. I’d believe that, except a scary number of people can already make deadly poisons. That’s why meth labs are so horribly omnipresent. (But, yeah, methamphetamines may not be a subject to touch on in Ace Attorney…)
|I don't know, I could probably arrest you for gross|
indecency with that thing out and pointing all the time.
|It's implied he wanted the money so that he could pay|
for Lamiroir's eye operation. Awwwwwww~!
Okay, fine. Whatever. I’ll be happy discussing Case 4, as long as I don’t hear The Guitar’s Serenade ever again. So tired of that damn song.
For Christ’s sake, this thing took forever.