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D.A. McCoy wrote:
Is there really a big audience for this? I don't mean that in a rude way, but I'm curious. It is a manga adaptation of an anime adaptation of a very popular video game (one that has has tons of both original "official" manga and fan-made stuff too). I'm not sure why any AA fan would buy this considering they've already seen 2 different versions of this story already and they could go get original AA content of some form or another to read.
In general, are a lot of anime series adapted into manga form (I know the other way around is usually how it works)? Is it popular when it happens?
It is not a rare practice by any means. It is important to note that the anime franchise is not owned by just Capcom. It's owned by Capcom, Y-TV and A1-Pictures. It's technically a franchise seperate
of the games. It has its own set of merchandise (stickers, straps etc.), and this manga is also part of that. Note that the manga was always part of the deal: it even started before the anime. It was never "just" the anime. Also note that previous manga based on the franchise weren't even released by this company (Shueisha = Jump).
People sometimes seem to forget this, but the Ace Attorney anime is mainly aimed at children. It aired on 17:30 on Saturdays, in a block with Detective Conan. Considering a single volume is way cheaper than a whole game (+console), and the fact that home video is crazy expensive in Japan, it's not completely inconceivable that people will buy this. Also, you actually reach a wider audience with a manga than with an anime. You either had to watch the series live at 17:30 on Saturdays, or go out of your way to stream it online (and each episode is ONLY available for free in the week it originally aired). So the 'chances' for the series to reach a wider audience is very limited. The manga on the other hand is serialized in V-Jump, which contains other manga like Dragon Ball Super (another anime -> manga adaptation). People who may have never heard of Ace Attorney before are more likely to come across it in a magazine featuring a series they do read, than that one half hour a week on TV. So the potential market becomes A LOT bigger with a serialized manga.
I can't imagine the manga continuing for long though, unless it works as a bridge for a second season later. Though to be honest, the ratings for the anime were... mediocre at best. Yes, it consistently got into the top 10 best rated anime each week, but that was likely because of the prime-time anime slot, not of the show. Ace Attorney's ratings would sometimes only be half of those of Detective Conan (aired right after Ace Attorney; same genre), and the previous show in Ace Attorney's time slot also did consistently better in the ratings, so I'm not really sure about what the network thought of AA's performance.
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