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The final episode of ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka was overwhelmingly good! I couldn’t have hoped for a better conclusion, so much that I’m trying to hold back on writing in all caps and putting lots of exclamation points everywhere, just to show how much I loved it!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 鳥の行方
It’s finally the 100th year celebration of ACCA’s founding day, which meant that the plans to make Jean the royal heir to the throne instead of Schwan was underway. But sometimes, things won’t go as you planned, especially when more people have different interests than you. It may even give you a life lesson you won’t ever forget, in more ways than one!
The coup d’état demonstration: Guess there was never any reason to be worried about how the coup would turn out, because Jean and the others never really planned on pushing through with it, at least on the surface. It was such a good performance! The fact that the whole thing was just a façade planned by Jean and Mauve made me love the two even more, especially with Jean’s cunning wit and Mauve’s resourcefulness and loyalty! They sure got everyone fooled, including us viewers! I totally didn’t see that coming, and didn’t even think it was a possible resolution! It’s wonderful how the way things were solved was still consistent with the whole feel of the anime: no violence whatsoever; just plain-old battle of wits.
Teaching Schwan a lesson: Another thing I loved about the whole charade: who would’ve known that the King and Privy Council President were in on it! At first, I thought they also wanted Jean to sit on the throne, but they just wanted to show Schwan the error of his ways! Now that’s mentoring! You can keep on supporting a person while also correcting their point of view, even if you have to use harsh methods. At least Schwan finally understood the role of ACCA and how important it is in protecting the peace of his future rule as king! I’m also relieved to know that Qualm was never a bad guy from the start!
Lillium and Furawau: Gosh, Chief Officer Lillium’s face when he was discussing the plans with everyone was a marvelous depiction of someone’s true nature surfacing. He looked so evil! That’s why, when the true plans came to light and his plans were foiled, I couldn’t help but laugh at him and his siblings so hard and say ‘You got played!’ And what sore losers they were! Just because they didn’t get what they wanted and everyone else won, they took Furawau away from Dōwā and made it their own kingdom. Makes me kind of worried for them actually; because of their selfishness, they might have limited the way of life of their citizens, which could spell disaster for all of them. Maybe that’s why Grossular’s still hoping that Furawau would eventually join the thirteen districts again in the future, huh?
Mauve and Grossular: I’m so happy for Mauve! Like I mentioned earlier, her resourcefulness and her loyalty made her worthy to be the top-ranking officer in ACCA! She totally deserved it! I’m really confident that she’ll do a better job at leading everyone, more so with Grossular guiding her! Speaking of, I am incredibly sorry to Grossular for having doubted him, judging him as the bad guy at the beginning of the show! He really did only want the best for his beloved organization! So when he smiled, thanking Jean and Mauve for forming the plan and finally uniting ACCA, my heart cried tears of joy! He finally seemed happy and at peace with everything, especially since he thought Lillium would get away with his plans!
Abend – At last, the biggest mystery of the show has been solved! Guess Grossular’s long, white hair was just a huge ploy to mislead us into thinking he was Abend, because it was actually Chief Owl! At least we got the fact that he’s Nino’s other supervisor right, just not the fact that he’s Abend! Who knew he was just dying his hair blonde all this time! No wonder he always seemed like a father figure and guardian to Jean and Lotta, because he was still duty bound to serving the royal family in some sense! I certainly love characters like him, the ones you’d first think are just minor side characters, and then you’ll find out they were actually playing critical roles! And to have orchestrated so many things in the show along with the Privy Council President and the King, what a guy he is! No wonder people said Abend was intriguing!
Epilogue: One of the best things I loved about this finale was that they took the time to wrap things up neatly with a long epilogue! We got to see what happened with Pranetta and Suitsu, the districts having the most trouble, as well as with some minor characters like Biscuit and the other three chief officers! Then, the fact that Lotta could finally visit her royal relatives in Dōwā, and even making amends with her aunt who tried to have her and her brother killed, it’s so delightful! Of course, my fangirl heart couldn’t resist screaming knowing she’s still hanging out with Rail! I’m also really incredibly happy that they decided to end the show with Jean and Nino’s friendship! All the drama did put a strain on their relationship, so, showing that ‘they really haven’t changed’ was such a good end note! I’m crying inside!
Secession – I actually never thought it’s possible for a state to withdraw from its mother country, but I do now! Apparently, throughout history, there have already been many countries and states that have attempted or even successfully seceded from their unions. One of the most famous secession movement was in the United States of America in 1860-1861, where eleven southern states withdrew, bringing about a civil war.
Finally, here’s another anime that didn’t disappoint me at all with its final episode! If it still wasn’t obvious, I liked it so much! The story was just so consistent with its themes and the feeling it projected, while also hiding a deeper secret, way until the end. It never felt rushed at all too, which made me even more pleased!
Of course, no show is considered amazing without the visuals, especially the scene directions! Like when Jean smiled at Lillium once the latter realized Jean wasn’t playing along with him all along, it was like the show saying ‘Our protagonist is very cunning, remember?’ Then the part when Grossular told Mauve she’s now the leader, with her surprised face and the wind blowing at her hair, it was so remarkable! I could go on and on about every little detail I liked, but you get the picture!
ACCA:13 has now ended, and to be honest, it left me feeling empty and bittersweet! Kind of like spending the whole day with a good friend, and now it’s finally time to part with them and say your goodbyes. The good thing, though, is that that the amazing time I had watching this show week after week will always be a good memory for me, and will definitely make me suggest this show to my friends! How about you guys? Did you love the finale as much as I did? I’d love to read your views below!
(c)Natsume Ono/SQUARE ENIX, ACCA Committee