Who said lawyers cannot watch anime? Lawyers are human too. They have kids, they go to bars and they watch anime as well. Keeping everything aside, Law is a difficult subject because it needs practice, learning, knowledge, and expertise in putting your point across efficiently. The following list consists of top 5 anime like the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which deals with court procedures and revolves around the life of a lawyer.
With that being said, let’s see some of the most interesting law-themed anime coming out of Japan. These anime shows are random and might not fit everyone’s taste. So brace yourself and move forward cautiously because these anime shows will blow your mind with lies, deception, and mind games.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the face of law-based animation series in the anime community. Whenever somebody talks about law in anime, this series comes at the top because of its wide nature of expertise in the field of law and how good it is in resembling real court procedure. The premise of the show is straightforward and as you’ve already guessed by now, our protagonist is a lawyer who fights crime and injustice using talk no Jutsu.
Detective Conan is one of the most talked-about anime since the 90s, early 2000s, late 2000s, and 2021 as well. The show maintained a static nostalgia about Shinichi Kudou who is a smart detective but looks like a kindergarten student. Some fans might not agree with Detective Conan being a law-themed anime because of the absence of courtroom hearings and lawyers walking around in the office. But the investigations will keep you wondering for more. In fact, lawyers do not always work in the courtroom. He/she always goes out to collect evidence as a part of their job.
Death Note, being a supernatural phenomenon in the anime community, is not looked at as a law-themed anime. In fact, the protagonist breaks all sorts of law, even going so far as killing his father. But the only element that keeps the show back to its root is the continuous investigations of killing. As long as there is a murder, the police, the judiciary, and the government officials will the show balanced and light keep the balance by killing people one after another! Although there are more anime like Death Note which resemble the “GOD” phenomenon, Death Note itself is more about solving crime and serving justice. (at least trying serving justice)
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai Umatteiru
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai Umatteiru is a strange anime that not many people have heard of. In fact, this is my first time hearing about it as well. The show loosely revolves around Sakurako Kujo, a lone girl in her twenties who unknowingly falls in love with bones! The show plots random occurrences of human corpses and by using her special love for bones, our female protagonist Sakurako Kujo solves the mysteries. This anime might not include the court session as they do in Ace Attorney but it shares a resemblance with the investigation part.
The Monster was released on 7 April 2004 and was adapted from the original manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. The plot is difficult to explain because it takes in several elements from the story and also includes traces of law, order, regrets, and psychological pain. The show is somewhat similar to Ace Attorney because it takes into account the law phenomena in the series. As a crime and thriller series, Monster has two sides of the law. The first is Dr. Kenzo Tenma, who is the protagonist, and Johan Liebert, the main antagonist of the story.