To me the show's like...two people giving a crap in an inevitable firestorm. This is a video game adaptation by a studio famous for outsourcing animation and likely a lot of producer decisions, with a less than trustworthy game company involved, a timeslot that mystery shows are just sorta slapped in (replacing Kindaichi and airing before Detective Conan), and little to no actual advertising. It's pretty clear to me that the show is basically just something some executive wanted to happen or something and got put out cheap to a studio that'll take basically anything and it's just sorta being made to be like...made. The show has so much on it to basically screw the entire thing over and expectations, for as much as I've been excited as hell for the show, have basically been very very low for weeks. Like I expected the animation to be worse and the adapting to be clunkier. I expected to like it no matter what because my tolerance is inhuman, but I expected it to be basically crap.
So it's the fact that the show seems to be led by someone who actually seems to care about making something decent that really sells it to me. Interviews with Ayumu Watanabe and Shu Takumi have been interesting, as Watanabe definitely seemed interested in exploring the characters and giving the fans of the show something enjoyable and even went to Takumi a LOT more than Takumi expected and got him super involved in the show. They said they talked about aspects of it for hours even. And I do feel like the show's being directed to at least capture the characters and capture the sense of fun from the games. What really made me enjoy it, fall in love with it even, was that I felt that for as clunky as the whole thing is there's a sense to me that there's someone who actually wants it to be good in charge. It's all sort of a trainwreck, but someone cares about it enough to at least try and get the vibe right. Like I can genuinely believe that at least Watanabe wants this to be fun. I'm fully aware that's not enough to justify the show for some people, I totally understand disliking it and the general reaction has been either "I love it", "It's terrible", or "It's terrible and I love it". But Iunno, I feel like this is a trainwreck that could have been much worse but someone actually cared enough to consult the creator constantly and try to capture the heart of the series and add in cute details like Trucy in the chalk in the OP or the sweater in Phoenix's apartment and just generally give something at least SOME of the fans will like regardless of the obvious production hell involved here. There's a sense of heart in it somewhere, and that sense of heart is what really drew me to the Ace Attorney series in general, so seeing it animated is so surreal it just sorta makes me feel giddy.
So tl;dr, its production is pretty crap, but it could've been a lot worse and I feel the director cares about it, so if nothing else I'm not PERSONALLY disappointed. But I'm the guy who doesn't dislike a single case and maybe even character in the series, so I'm probably pretty blinded by bias, but like...whatever. Not particularly trying to start a debate or anything btw, just felt like articulating my own personal reasons for responding to this episode as I have.Here's the OP set to Death Note's first theme it's great.