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[personal profile] skygiants
So [personal profile] tenillypo and I have just finished watching a drama which is called I Hear Your Voice but which I have been calling, from the beginning, ACE ATTORNEY: KOREAN ROMCOM.

Our Heroine is a jaded public defender named Jang Hye Sung who needs to learn to believe in her clients! and the law!! assisted by a telepathic teenager who can read her clients' minds and tell her if they're innocent or not!!! Because that's definitely what you need to know, to do your job as a defense attorney!!!!

The storyline literally follows all the beats of an Ace Attorney game:

FIRST CASE - Easy Starter Case! A Failboat Friend Has Been Falsely Accused!
SECOND CASE - Bizarre Strangers Are Involved In An Inordinately Complicated Murder!
THIRD CASE - Someone We Care About Got Murdered!
FOURTH CASE - Someone We Care About Got Framed For Murder!
FIFTH CASE - Someone Is On Trial For Murder But It's All Tied To A Previous Murder Trial That Went Wrong Twenty Years Ago And Also The Principals In The Case Might Be Somebody's Long-Lost Parents Presumed Dead!

On the one hand, TRAGICALLY, nobody interrogates a parrot. OR a whale. On the other hand, dramatic amnesia, accidental stabbing, identical twin murder suspects, and MORE THAN ONE INCIDENT of a person cutting off a body part to fake their own death. Also, not even while playing an Ace Attorney game have I screamed "CONFLICT OF INTEREST! RECUSE YOURSELF!!!!" so much at a screen in my life, ever.

Now, OK, I've played lots of Ace Attorney games. I know how this goes. You have your awkward public defender protagonist --

-- and their cold-hearted prosecutor rival --

-- with whom they share a DRAMATIC BACKSTORY involving childhood rivalry, courtrooms, lies, betrayal, murder, and somebody losing an eye! --

-- (we were so disappointed that Do Hyun got her eye fixed at some point and did not keep her dashing eyepatch when she grew up to be a dreamy prosecutor) --

-- anyway, PROSECUTOR RIVAL, who consistently inspires them to up their defense attorney game --

-- and who occasionally finds themselves reluctantly collaborating with the other team for the sake of JUSTICE!!

-- and who definitely doesn't have any inconvenient ~feelings~ about their public defender rival, no sirree, none whatsoever!

Now, the the show seems to be under the impression that it is portraying a love triangle in which the rival love interests are Attorney Jang's nerdy, idealistic coworker, Attorney Cha --

-- and Attorney Jang's telepathic teenage sidekick, Soo Ha, who has been pining after her since he was eight and she provided key testimony in the CASE OF HIS FATHER'S MURDER --

-- thus turning both Soo Ha and Attorney Jang into targets for a serial killer (played by Mishil's multi-talented brother from Queen Seondeok.) I may have forgotten to mention there was a serial killer on the loose.

I refuse to believe this man's cunning disguise is not yet another homage to Ace Attorney.

Anyway. ROMANCE! All well and good, but given that Attorney Cha also appears to be conducting an adorable side romance with his charming legal secretary --

-- and Soo Ha is STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL --

-- I'm not ashamed to say that we found it perfectly easy to write off all heterosexual love interests and spend the entire show shouting at Attorney Jang and Do Hyun to bang in an elevator. The showrunners can't fool me. I am an Ace Attorney expert and I KNOW WHAT'S UP.

Date: 2017-03-21 04:44 am (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Attorney Jang's telepathic teenage sidekick, Soo Ha

Actually telepathic?

Date: 2017-03-21 05:24 am (UTC)
sovay: (I Claudius)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Actually telepathic! Reasons never explained, he just reads minds, it's made for a sad and lonely childhood, etc.

All righty, then! retrospect, I feel I may not have played this angle up enough in the review. In my defense, we found the actual telepathy much less interesting than most of the other plot points.

Hey, look. Lonely teenage telepaths are a dime a dozen. Hot lawyers potentially banging in the elevator don't come along every day.

Date: 2017-03-21 06:11 am (UTC)
china_shop: Eun Chan holding Han Gyul's face, both turned towards camera - cuteness! (Kdrama - Coffee Prince)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
Hee! This made my day.

and who occasionally finds themselves reluctantly collaborating with the other team for the sake of JUSTICE!!

That made me so uncomfortable in the twins' case (I think?). I was like, um, you're their lawyer? I'm pretty sure this is an appalling miscarriage of justice? I'm glad Attorney Shin called Attorney Jang on it afterwards!

*smooshes Attorney Cha with Yoo Chang*

Also, ha, I didn't know the bad guy was in Queen Seondeok too. He was in Empress Ki, and I just saw him playing a good guy(!) in The Last Scandal of My Life, which was sadly otherwise terrible.

Date: 2017-03-22 08:58 pm (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
I've just discovered through random surfing that the leading woman in the drama I'm currently watching (What's Up, Fox?) is played by the same actor as the sinisterly scheming sister from Queen Seondeok. Ha!

Would you recommend Queen Seondeok? I'm slightly put off by its length...

Date: 2017-03-23 11:36 pm (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
Does she use her magnificent eyebrows to the same glorious extent?

Hee! Not that I've noticed. She's pretty fabulous, though. (Sadly, I'm less sold on the love interest.)

The only epic I've watched is Empress Ki, and I found the longevity of the villains somewhat stressful. I knew they needed them to keep the story going, but I was dying for them to get their comeuppance! But even so, I may have to give Queen Seondeok a try.

Date: 2017-03-21 01:52 pm (UTC)
meganbmoore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] meganbmoore
Honestly, this sounds way more fun than the SUPER ANGSTY NOONA ROMANCE SWOON version that's been hyped to me for years.

Date: 2017-03-21 08:15 pm (UTC)
bookblather: A picture of Yomiko Readman looking at books with the text "bookgasm." (Default)
From: [personal profile] bookblather
Heterosexuality is boring anyway.

Where could one hypothetically see this?

Date: 2017-03-22 02:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Yes, very much so! Heh. I didn't watch the whole thing (stuck with recaps) because of the villain, whom I found very effective, since I can watch things only after my kid's bedtime and thus right before my own. :/

Date: 2017-03-23 02:22 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
That too is not dissimilar to Ace Attorney characterization shenanigans.... I don't know whether you've played Spirit of Justice yet? but there's a villain in it who is more than usually "How could you possibly exiiiiiiist," even for those games. I dunno.

Date: 2017-03-23 04:39 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
took more of a Maya Fey role

Yes, sort of--and it'd be nice if Maya herself weren't sidelined repeatedly. I agree that she's allowed a bit more dignity than Telepathic Teen Hero is....

Probably not yet! The 3DS version was released outside Japan last September. Notably, some of these games have had S. Korean releases, not only US and Europe. Access is a thing.


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