Source: Gyakuten Saiban official site (down)
The Dancing Meeting Room
It took about a week to complete the first proposal. 2000, September 1. The whole team had gathered for their first meeting. It was a very small team, just seven including myself. We had never met before, so we were all a bit nervous. I felt confident about the proposal, but to summarize the reactions of the team in one word…: Tragedy.
“Eh? Weren’t we going to make a detective game?”
“We might as well make this into a law office simulator…”
“I’d rather play a judge than a defense attorney, pal!”
“I think it’d be better if the protagonist was a hamster!”
It was a total chaos.
Was it a bad idea to use the courtroom as the theme, something few of us really knew? This team of only seven was about to fall apart on the first day! I was at my wit’s end. …We needed to overcome this crisis and become one as a team…!
So I glanced out of the window, and saw the courthouse. There is actually a district courthouse here, just ten minutes away by bicycle away from Capcom. It’s true.
“That’s it! Let’s go attend a trial all together, so we can get to know each other better!”
This plan was executed immediately. Some took snacks with the, some had a sketchbook under their arms… it was a bit indecent.
The courthouse. The conclusion of the trip was that it was a wonderland that surpassed my imagination. I’ll report on that in my next column.