5 Times Anime, Games and TV Shows Taught Us The Law


Wait, what!? Anime, Games, TV Shows and Law?

As a law student, it is safe to say there are a lot of expectations that rides on our shoulders. Aside from being one of the hardest courses to study, let’s not get started with the amount of research and reading we have to do every week to catch up with our lectures.

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However, all work no play isn’t making us going anywhere any day.

The key to success is balance. One of the ways to make the learning process fun is to experiment with different mediums. Well, let us show you how these animations, TV shows and games expose you to different areas of the laws!

Here are some cool examples:

1) Danganronpa

Having multiple adaptations of the franchise in games and anime, the story remains simple. The bear, Monokuma is the school’s headmaster who is an artificially intelligent robot programmed to show true despair. 

Simply, he presides over a Class Trial when a student is murdered. Students will have time to gather evidence before the trial starts and initiate proceedings to determine the culprit.

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Here’s the catch: if students fail to capture the real culprit, said culprit “graduates” from the academy and everybody dies.

The series is famous for its cross-examination aspects where players must correctly cross examined their suspects to gather key information, making trials sessions intense as a mistake may very well cost everyone’s lives.

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2) Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Now, let’s clear up a common misconception: Many people perceive this franchise as a hack and slash mecha genre, with cool and bad-ass robot fight scenes.

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Well you’re right for the most part. But did you also know that in the first season of 00 specifically, the anime portrayed the conflicts between three huge economic blocks (the Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations, the Human Reform League, and the Advanced European Union) which is mainly based from the real world we live in?

This anime illustrates the international laws governing the political regime of each economic block in ensuring equal distributions of solar energy. In this future, fossil fuel is a redundant source of energy.

3) Phoenix Wright

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Now this franchise has gain immense popularity with a key catchphrase:

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That’s right! Phoenix Wright’s adventure in criminal trials often exposes players and viewers to a wide aspect of criminal proceedings such as cross-examination, witness questioning and the necessary documentation for court proceedings.

It is important to note that since this falls within the jurisdiction of Japan and Phoenix is a defense attorney, there is a presumption of guilt where the defense must prove that the accused is innocent beyond a reasonable doubt (instead of the presumption of innocence).

4) The Arrowverse (Mainly Flash and Arrow)

Flash and Arrow were the two main forces that kick-started the Arrowverse on the CW TV Network. However, these two shows also managed to incorporate some legal elements into the superhero genre.

In Season 5 of Arrow, we get an insight on how Oliver Queen runs Star City as mayor and the challenges he faces during his administration.

Adrian Chase is defending Mayor Oliver Queen from impeachment, upon the discovery of his alter ego, Green Arrow.

Similarly, in Season 4 of the Flash, we see Barry Allen being convicted of the murder of Clifford Devove, who is secretly the villain called the Thinker. 

Cecile Horton, the District Attorney defending Barry Allen in court.

5) Daredevil

Lawyer by Day, Vigilante by Night.

Aside from being the kick-ass vigilante known as Daredevil, Matt Murdock is a lawyer at Melson and Murdock who aims to bring change by helping the innocent in New York City.

Here are just a few examples of how you can use different mediums to spice up your legal learning process.

Moreover, the invention of some legal tech such as AI judges arguably draws inspiration from the fictional medium. Well, at least now you have a solid excuse to play while you’re doing work. Sometimes we need to think out of the box.

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