This was actually really hard to put together. Even with 10 swords in mind, actually ranking them took me a long time. I imagine if I actually played the game, it would have taken me even longer, so I’m glad that I don’t so at least I’m a little limited in who I can choose. That’s right, I don’t play the game. I’m basically a fan through the musicals and stages, so all of these boys have featured in one or the other (aside from one exception who will be featuring later in 2018) and I’m probably definitely biased by the performances the actors did of them. Don’t judge me! Because of this, the list is liable to change in the future, since new swords are appearing all the time. Honestly, even after looking at this list for so long I’m still a little unsure of the order, but I guess it doesn’t really matter so long as there are 10 in there.
It’s taken me a while to get to this stage because as I got to know more members, the list kept changing. But now I know every single member of Bancho Boys, I feel like I’m ready to rank my top five members. I made the decision to only include official Bancho Boys members in this ranking, but scroll to the bottom for a little extra. I’m afraid I talked quite a lot about each one but I really wanted to consider my feelings and reasons for liking them properly, and it was nice to put them into words.
I’m finally managing to do this after it all went wrong the first time and I ended up making a post just dedicated to one. This time I actually managed to get to all five after a lot of sitting and apologising to the two that I also really love who didn’t quite make the list.
1. Yasui Kazuma (Hibiki Wataru)
Before I start all over again and this becomes another Yasui Kazuma appreciation post…. See here.
Out of all the rankings I’ve tried to do, this was by far the most difficult. I’ve played all the games except the 6th (and I haven’t completed the second Investigations game yet) and there are so many characters that appear every time, or just once or twice, many of which are amazing.
Please be warned, there are spoilers in this ranking, which is why I’ve listed the characters first. Please check to make sure you’re not going to be spoiled. I originally tried to do it without spoilers but I didn’t feel I could explain my reasons properly without them. Be especially careful of number 2, as it’s probably one of the biggest twists in the entire game and is also coming up in the anime soon too.
- Simon Blackquill (Ace Attorney: Duel Destinies)
- Matt Engarde (Ace Attorney: Justice for All)
- Dick Gumshoe (Various)
- Klavier Gavin (Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice/Duel Destinies)
- Franzisca von Karma (Various)
As much as I wanted to make this into a Top 5 like I did for the Yamabuki Team Live, I ended up with a list of six and they were all such amazing moments that I couldn’t bear to narrow it down, so I decided to leave them all here. I also couldn’t decide which of these amazing moments I liked the best, so there’s no actual ranking this time. Again, if you want to watch them for yourself (which you really should) you can download them here.
I saw the Team Lives in person, including this show, so although none of this was technically new to me, there were things I had forgotten and things I was happy to see again. If you would like to see them yourself, you can find them for download here. As I really like to rank things, the first thing I did once I finished watching was decide which moments I liked best.
Before you move onto this list, I feel the need to warn that my interest in Yamabuki as a team, as characters and as actors, is 99% Akutsu Jin/Kawakami Shota. Therefore, although I really did try and find other things I liked just as much in this live, this list basically became a top five moments of Shota/Akutsu in the Team Live. I’m not going to make any apologies for that, but that’s how it turned out.