The Ace Attorney series on the Nintendo DS has been a favourite of mine since the arrival of the first game, up there with the Zeldas and the Super Marios of this world. The sheer range of colourful characters is one of the many reasons why I regard the series so highly. For anyone who also loves these characters, this book is a must.
The cover has an embossed finish to it, with the main images and logos on the front and back being glossy; this impressed me from the very start and made me think of the time and care that has gone into the making of the book. Inside you see various full-page artwork used for promotional purposes and also images that were featured on the box and manual of the three Phoenix Wright titles. Apollo Justice fans shouldn't worry; the fourth installment (though the third to be released in Europe, oddly) is featured heavily towards the end of this 240 page book.
The section on specific characters takes up the bulk of the book, and rightly so. Each and every character has at least one full page to their name, though the more major characters can have up to 6. All of the character variations are given suitable airtime too (e.g. Young Edgeworth, Mia being channelled by Maya and Pearl). Most of the characters' animations are shown here, and you can really get a feel for the expressiveness and personality of these creations. A personal favourite is Maya's angry face :)
There are short descriptions for each character, and also some insight into the creation of selected pieces of artwork by the character designer Kazuya Nuri. The print quality throughout is excellent, the character designs bursting with colour and making me want to take out each page and use them as posters (this would ruin the book, unfortunately).
I cannot recommend this book enough. For anyone who is interested in the Ace Attorney series, or even just character-based contemporary art, it is an excellent, beautifully-crafted read that deserves your attention.