Well, I must say that had been quite a mind-mixer. I had expected Phoenix Wright disguising his death, but constantly found myself being blown after revelation of Apollo's trial on Present Day. Breaking all the rules indeed. This would probably have made for excellent SoC, but since I was too concentrating to write one you get jumbled mess of initial impressions.
I myself... have little idea what's going on here, but story was done really well and sometimes scary, even discounting the troll-Beato jump scares I found to be weak at
Also interesting that you could 'miss' out some clues during investigation based on the order of place you visit. Combined with all the multiple choices, clearly there'll be True Ending which makes me still dubious whether Apollo is true murderer even with the red truth- I mean, there were several seemingly contradictory red truths like 'he [Phoenix Wright] was dead' thrown around already. At least it's heavily foreshadowed that there is mastermind behind the scenes...
Speaking of third party, pretty surprised about Shannon making quick exit (or at least that's what I felt from her conversation with Cross). Though the latter trial might be centered around confrontation between Cross and Justice, thought she'd get more than brief mention considering her prominence on the prologue. Actually, I'm not even sure Apollo's roots are canon anymore. Hard to see how he'd react so strongly to Umineko incident without being closely involved (especially with his strong reaction at judge using what is claimed to be stolen gold
), which is unlikely if he's Grameye- but then there is Trucy argh.
Also closed room and another, magically disappearing gun?
Probably should hold off actual theorizing until I can get my mind sorted out on what's going on.
Again, splendid trial and I hope the latter parts get completed soon!