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La Carmina, author of bento-themed cookbook Cute Yummy Time, once wore her passion for bento-making on her literal sleeve by dressing up—or cosplaying, in geek parlance—as Angel Starr, a tough-as-peanut-brittle ex-detective from the Ace Attorney series.

Retired from the law, Angel Starr sells lunchboxes at the police station while wearing a stylish, onigiri-influenced ensemble. The lunchboxes she hands out throughout the game are at once snarky and baffling.

Those who argue over the importance of foodways are aware that food sends a message. Much like the language of flowers, the presentation and plating of a dish imparts significance to the gourmand.

In Angel Starr’s case, the messages are obvious! See that “murder” lunchbox in the top right, second row? Yeah. Message confirmed.

The gag of Angel Starr’s varietal lunchboxes is actually quite interesting: it’s unusual for food to pass along such literal, discrete information. The food in the Ace Attorney series—especially this case—isn’t incidental. It provides character depth and adds value to the setting of the game.

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