Ace Attorney, a franchise revolving around murder mysteries and courtroom antics, may be best known for its name puns (“Oh really, Ms. Orly?”), shout-outs (“It’s only a flesh wound, Mr. Wright!”), and absurd gambits for catching murderers (“I would like to cross-examine the witness’s pet parrot!”). Yet the series still manages to deliver poignant commentary about the impact of death, particularly its effects on families. For some, death splinters their bonds, while for others it makes them even stronger, or forms connections that weren’t there before. There’s even one family that stays in touch from both sides of the grave. Whether it’s the homes characters are born into or the ones they create, the turnabout life starts with family…as does the turnabout death.
Spoiler Warning: Please note that this article spoils all five games in the main Ace Attorney series.