Shu Takumi

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Shu Takumi
巧 舟
Ghost Trick event 4 - cropped.jpg
Takumi in 2011
Occupation(s)Video game designer, director, writer
Years active1994–present
Notable work

Shu Takumi (巧 舟, Takumi Shū) is a Japanese video game designer, director, and writer at Capcom. He is best known for his work on the Ace Attorney series, serving as director and scenario writer for the original trilogy.[1] In addition, he provided the Japanese voice of Phoenix Wright for the first four games. He then served as director and scenario writer for Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective in 2010.


Shu Takumi joined Capcom in 1994 along with Hideki Kamiya.[2] His first game was Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa: Hanako-san ga Kita!! (学校のコワイうわさ 花子さんがきた!!),[3] a 1995 video game adaptation of an anime of the same name. He was designated as a planner, and because the director was busy with multiple projects, Takumi had some freedom in his role. In the years that followed, Takumi came up with an idea for a detective game, though nothing came out of it at first.[4]

Takumi was later picked up by Shinji Mikami to work on Dino Crisis. However, in early 1997, the Dino Crisis team was temporarily redirected to help work on the ill-fated original version of Resident Evil 2. Takumi was then made director of the Dino Crisis project before being demoted to planner, being responsible for the first half of the game. He was then made director of Dino Crisis 2, and was able to maintain his position throughout the game's development.[4]

After the release of Dino Crisis 2, Mikami gave Takumi an opportunity to make whatever game he wanted with a small team of seven. He conceived of a detective-themed adventure game that would allow the player to input his or her deductions in some way. He thought of two ways to achieve this, one being a "joint reasoning" system in which the player would correct the deductions of a detective, and a court system in which the player, as a lawyer, would point out contradictions between witness testimony and evidence. His team began work on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a realization of the latter concept.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was originally intended for the Game Boy Color, but after being shown a demo of Mega Man Battle Network on a prototype Game Boy Advance, development moved enthusiastically to the then-upcoming handheld. Despite being such a small project with only two programmers and two graphical asset developers, with Takumi taking on the roles of planner, director and scenario writer, the team managed to finish the game in ten months.[5] The producer, Atsushi Inaba, liked the game so much that he requested that it be made into a trilogy.[4] Thus, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Trials and Tribulations were produced in 2002 and 2004, respectively, followed by Nintendo DS ports of the three games, which were released internationally.

The 2007 game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney was the last entry in the main series made under Takumi, who went on to create the standalone title Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. After the release of the Nintendo 3DS, Takumi came back as scenario writer for the crossover game Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.[6] Takumi was not involved in the development of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies due to concentrating his efforts on said crossover game at the time. He worked on a spinoff series of the Ace Attorney games taking place in Victorian London and incorporating the "joint reasoning" system that he had conceived all those years before, including The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve, which were released in 2015 and 2017 respectively.[7] Takumi also acted as a script supervisor for the 2016-2018 Ace Attorney anime series.[8] After working almost exclusively on the Ace Attorney series for two decades, Takumi contributed to the 2020 mobile game Monster Hunter Riders as a questline writer.[9]


Year Game Role
1995 Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa: Hanako-san ga Kita!! Planner
1998 Resident Evil 2 Planning cooperate
1999 Dino Crisis Main planner, event director
2000 Dino Crisis 2 Director
2001 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Director, concept, scenario writer, planning[a]
2002 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All Director, scenario writer, planning[a]
2004 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Trials and Tribulations
2007 Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Supervisor, scenario writer[a]
2010 Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Director, scenario writer, game design
2011 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Supervisor
2012 Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Ace Attorney director, story/writing, series editor
2015 The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures Director, scenario writer, planning
2017 The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve
2020 Monster Hunter Riders Quest writer


  1. ^ a b c Japanese voice of Phoenix Wright


  1. ^ Sheffield, Brandon (23 August 2010). "Q&A: Ghost Trick's Shu Takumi On Crafting Mysteries And Strong Characters". Gamasutra. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-02-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "逆転裁判 4 公式ブログ - ごあいさつ". Archived from the original on 2007-03-29.
  4. ^ a b c Ash. Takumi Special Interview. Court Records Forums. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  5. ^ Castle, Matthew (October 24, 2013). "Interview: Shu Takumi on the making of Phoenix Wright, Ghost Trick and more". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (19 October 2010). "Layton and Ace Attorney Team Up on 3DS". IGN. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  7. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (13 February 2014). "Capcom Is Making a New Ace Attorney". Kotaku. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Ace Attorney Creator Shu Takumi Is Readying Up For His Next Project In 2016 - Siliconera". Archived from the original on 2015-12-29.
  9. ^ "「モンスターハンター ライダーズ」巧舟氏完全書下ろしのライダーストーリー「ジョヴァンニ」&イベント「青空料理教室へようこそ!」開催|Gamer".

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