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|“||When you get to where I am, you can just create your own truths. Anytime you want.||„|
|~ Bansai Ichiyanagi|
Bansai Ichiyanagi (also known as Blaise Debeste in the fan-translation) is the overarching antagonist of Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth - Prosecutor's Path), specifically the main antagonist of "The Forgotten Turnabout" and the secondary antagonist of "The Grand Turnabout".
He is the overarching antagonist of the entire Ace Attorney series, being the one responsible for driving Manfred von Karma into villainy by framing him for forgery and tainting his perfect record with a penalty. He also set events into motion that would lead to several murders.
Bansai served as Chief Prosecutor and Head of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee. He frequently abused his power as Chief Prosecutor, holding black market auctions of evidence, and disposing of those who got in his way. He is also emotionally abusive towards his son, rookie-prosecutor Yumihiko Ichiyanagi (Sebastian Debeste).
Like the other articles for Gyakuten Kenji 2, the fan-translation names will be used for convenience.
Blaise Debeste is an extremely selfish, arrogant, egocentric, manipulative, and controlling person who loved to use and abuse his power to destroy anyone who challenged or defied him. He uses his influence to manipulate cases and cause people to "disappear", including his own wife and a rival detective. At least, some of these "disappearances" involved being jailed permanently for made-up crimes. He also deceived Manfred von Karma by giving him falsified evidence, and then stripped him of his quintessential record when he was caught using a forced confession. Exerting control over everyone else is almost an irresistible need for him, and he is hot-tempered and excitable when he loses control.
His corruption is matched only by his sheer arrogance. He takes every opportunity to gloat and humiliate other people. For example, he greets Franziska von Karma in front of everyone else during a murder investigation in a very embarrassing and ignominious manner by talking about how she used to sit on his lap as a child. Blaise will even treat his own son this way, persistently calling him an idiot, though Sebastian seems to be used to it. When revealed to be an argumentative and murderous criminal, Blaise cruelly tells his son that he had only received every good grade and award that he was so proud of thanks to his personal connections and influence.
He also has a tendency to play with his lighter, which flares up when he becomes quite overwrought and nervous. When it accidentally sets his fake beard on fire, he uses the tears trapped in his goggles to put the fire out. His goggles are often filled with tears, as he often cries to make himself appear temperamental, obstreperous, and sensitive. Blaise also tends to tug on his beard when anxious.
Even when being the chief prosecutor, Blaise held secret auctions with evidence of past cases. He used masks and voice-changers to hide the true identity of the participants, including his own. He also took off his wig and fake beard, to be unrecognized. However, it actually revealed his burn mark on his chin, though not so many people knew of it anyway. His black market auctions drew the attention of photojournalist Jack Cameron, who conducted a secret investigation.
During Blaise's job as a chief prosecutor, he was reported to about the IS-7 Incident, specifically about the victim's body disappearance. Debeste neglected to tell this fact to the prosecutor in charge, legendary Manfred von Karma, so the latter was forced to forge an autopsy report in order to win the trial with help of Blaise and a doctor whom he forced to fabricate that evidence - Bonnie Young. Eventually, the disappearance of the body was discovered by the defense attorney in charge - Gregory Edgeworth, who then proved the fabrication of the report (and also a false confession of the defendant who had been pressed by the police under Von Karma's instructions) in court. This ended with Manfred von Karma still winning the trial after one year, but leading to his one and only penalty from Blaise himself.
This single penalty by Blaise Debeste had far-reaching consequences for the entire series, it caused Manfred von Karma to start the DL-6 Incident by murdering Gregory in an act of revenge, fleeing the scene after being accidentally shot by a young Miles Edgeworth. This lead Yanni Yogi to be arrested after Gregory deduced that it was the former who killed him (due to never seeing his killer and due to being unconscious at the time) after the police decided to use Misty Fey's Channeling abilities. This, however, was leaked by Redd White, after bribing Marvin Grossberg into telling him and this, in turn, caused Misty to simply vanish without a trace. Mia Fey, her daughter, in turn became a lawyer (founding Fey & Co. Law Offices in the process) which led to Phoenix Wright becoming a lawyer (after Mia saved him from Dahlia Hawthorne) and starting the Ace Attorney franchise.
Villains AND Other People affected by Blaise Debeste
- Manfred von Karma - after being penalized and spoiling his perfect record, he went into a daze. An earthquake then hit, and Von Karma went to the elevator when it stopped. He was then accidentally shot in his shoulder by Miles Edgeworth, who threw a gun at Yanni Yogi in an attempt to stop him from yelling at his father. As the elevator opened, Manfred took the gun and killed Gregory Edgeworth, causing what became known as the DL-6 Incident, and later led to Manfred von Karma's arrest as he was revealed to be the true murderer by Phoenix Wright.
- Yanni Yogi - due to the DL-6 Incident, Yogi lost his lover, his status as a bailiff and everything else as his defense attorney suggested that he suffered brain damage while being stuck in the elevator. It also led to Yanni's part in Manfred von Karma's plan of revenge to Miles Edgeworth, and Yogi's defense attorney, Robert Hammond, what led to Yogi's arrest, being convicted by Phoenix Wright.
- Redd White - he was the one to reveal the police's attempt to learn about the murderer of DL-6 with the help of spirit medium Misty Fey. He then brought it to light, crushing the Feys and police's reputation. This case was the reason Mia Fey was investigating him in the first place, and that persistence of hers was the reason Redd White killed her.
- April May - being an accomplice of Redd White and his secretary, she wouldn't be involved and convicted if not for the DL-6 Incident in the first place.
- Morgan Fey - as the DL-6 Incident ruined the Feys' reputation and her husband abandoned her alongside with her daughters Dahlia and Iris, Morgan grew even angrier toward her missing sister Misty Fey and her daughters, Mia and Maya. That was the reason she helped Mimi Miney to kill Dr. Turner Gray and incriminate Maya for this. It was also the reason she contacted her daughter Dahlia in cell and conducted the plot to kill Maya Fey.
- Mimi Miney - with no DL-6 Incident to take place, she most probably wouldn't have an accomplice such as Morgan Fey to perform a well-detailed crime, and she would most probably be exposed as actually being Mimi and not her deceased sister Ini.
- Dahlia Hawthorne - the reason Mia Fey ever became an attorney was to research the DL-6 Incident and find the true culprit. Due to her becoming an attorney, Dahlia was found guilty of two murders and an attempt one (on Mia's co-council, Diego Armando), and executed several years later. But the hatred of Mia Fey led to Dahlia accepting the plan her mother offered, as she thought that killing Mia's little sister would be painful enough for her.
- Diego Armando/Godot - coming from Dahlia Hawthorne's and Mia Fey's relations to Blaise's actions, it was the reason Dahlia was almost exposed as the murderer of her step-sister Valerie Hawthorne, so she poisoned Diego and put him into a coma. As he was in his coma, Mia had been killed by Redd White, and, as he awoke, Dahlia was executed. So, it's indirectly the reason he went under name of Godot and murdered Misty Fey, as Dahlia was planning to kill Maya.
- Horace Knightley - due to his father being dead and the culprit being unable to be found, Horace was led to what he has become, though, as shown in Simon Keyes's flashbacks, Knightley actually was somewhat friendly and kind to Simon.
- Patricia Roland - being his partner in crime during the SS-5 Incident, Blaise set her as a prison warden. Also, the crime itself was the reason behind Patricia's paranoia, which led to her murder of Horace Knightley.
- Frank Sahwit - he was an accomplice of Patricia Roland in her smuggling activity due to Sirhan Dogen threatening her. Also, he was an accomplice of her in her covering up the murder, which led to his prison term being extended.
- Dane Gustavia - 18 years after the IS-7 Incident, which led to the events of Ace Attorney happening in the first place, Blaise's actions led to Gustavia nearly dying of the poison trap set by Katherine Hall (adoptive daughter of IS-7's defendant, Jeff Master) to catch the true culprit of the Incident. Shortly after that was when the crime was exposed.
- Di-Jun Huang's body double - Blaise was an accomplice of his and, most likely, the one who conducted the plan and set up an attempt of killing the hired assassin Sirhan Dogen.
- Simon Keyes - not only did the failure to find the true culprit of the IS-7 Incident distort Simon's personality, as he misleadingly grew hateful to his childhood friend Horace Knightley, but also the SS-5 Incident led him to become a paranoid person, always afraid for his life, as Blaise, Huang's body double, and Patricia Roland were searching for him ever since the SS-5 Incident to shut him up forever. This also was the reason Simon indirectly caused those three to be taken into custody for other crimes or (in the body double's case) dead.
- Jeffrey Master - he was falsely imprisoned for 10 years thanks to Blaise's false autopsy report.
- Miles Edgeworth - Edgeworth lost his father, mistakenly believed he had killed his father, and was raised by the man who killed his father. He was later framed for murder by von Karma, all thanks to Blaise's actions. He also might not have accidentally shot von Karma if not for Blaise's actions.
- Maya Fey - Maya was greatly affected by Blaise's actions. She lost her mother and sister, was framed for murder twice and was nearly killed by her aunt Morgan and cousin Dahlia.
- Marvin Grossberg - Without the DL-6 incident, he probably wouldn't have been blackmailed by Redd White.
- Misty Fey - Without the DL-6 Incident, she would've lived happily with her two daughters, the "Fall of the Fey Clan" would not have happened, she most likely wouldn't have disappeared due to Redd White's blackmailing activities and as a result of this, she wouldn't have become a popular children's book author by the name of Elise Deauxnim as a result of said incident. She also probably wouldn't have been killed by Godot while channeling Dahlia.
- Mia Fey - Due to the DL-6 Incident's aftermath, her mother (see above) disappeared. Mia became a lawyer to investigate this (hiring Phoenix Wright along the way) leading her to be killed by Redd White to prevent her from exposing the latter's blackmailing activities.
- Iris Fey - Without the DL-6 Incident, she probably wouldn't have been arrested for being an accomplice to her mother and sister's crimes.
- Phoenix Wright - Wright's life was greatly affected by Blaise's actions. He has been framed for murder twice, nearly killed by Dahlia, and he probably would have never met Maya and Mia and become a defense attorney.
- Though he's male, in the first game (specifically Manfred von Karma's flashback in "Turnabout Goodbyes" when he was penalized) a high-pitched beep text sound is used for him, the same one used for females. This was fixed in the game that he appears (namely, GK2), where he uses the much lower-pitched beep designed for males.
- Blaise Debeste and Manfred von Karma share many similarities, being extremely corrupt prosecutors who abuse their power to ruin the lives of countless people. They are both extremely abusive parents. The main differences between them is Manfred was a perfectionist who saw his children as continuations of his legacy, Debeste was okay with losing cases as long as he reaped an advantage and took pleasure in abusing his son.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Gyakuten Kenji 2/Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: Prosecutor's Path
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo