Shu Takumi (left) with Hironobu Takeshita.

Shu Takumi (巧 舟) is a Japanese video game developer and director working at Capcom. He is best known as the creator and main developer of the Ace Attorney series of visual novel murder mystery games, serving as director and scriptwriter for the early games. Shu Takumi is also the creator of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective which continues with his trademark murder mystery style.


Shu Takumi joined Capcom in 1994 along with Hideki Kamiya. 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!!), a 1995 video game adaptation of an anime of the same name.[1] 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.[2]

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.

After the release of Dino Crisis 2, Takumi was given an opportunity to make whatever game he wanted with a small team of seven. He conceived of a detective-themed visual novel 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. The producer liked the game so much that he requested that it be made into a trilogy. Thus, Justice For All and 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. Takumi was not involved in the development of the fifth Ace Attorney main game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, due to having been busy working on said crossover game at the time. He is currently working on a spinoff sub-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, starting with Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken, which was released in 2015. He also worked on the development of the sequel Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo.

Production HistoryEdit

Song CreditsEdit

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

  • Loving Guitar's Serenade -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lamiroir ~The Landscape Painter in Sound -- Composition & Arrangement

Gyakuten Saiban Special Courtroom 2008 Orchestra Concert ~Gyakuten Meets Orchestra~ Commemorative Souvenir

  • Loving Guitar's Serenade -- Composition, Lyrics
  • Oedo Warrior Tonosaman's Song -- Lyrics


  • Shu Takumi originally provided the Japanese voice for Phoenix Wright throughout the early Ace Attorney games.

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