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Things are finally picking up in ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka! All still look peaceful and normal, for now, as dark conspiracies seem to be brewing behind the scenes! Plus, we meet new characters, one of which has a huge role in the events. I’m glad that this show is starting to get even more interesting!
Japanese Original Episode Title:悪友（とも）の名はニーノ
The five chief officers heard of a rumor regarding a coup d’état, and according to Grossular, Jean Otus might have a hand in it! No wonder Jean felt like he was being watched in the previous episode, because he really was! And by someone he knows well to boot. However, our protagonist was too busy carrying out his duties to audit the district branches within six months, which was an order that came from them. Could it be a set up? Guess the government’s nasty dealings are the same whether in real life or in a fictional world! Humanity is amazing.
Rumors of a coup d’état: Mauve reported this to Grossular, being the reason why she conducted her surprise audit inspections. But Grossular already seemed to know something about it, that’s why he took back his order on the disbanding of the Inspection Agency. And for some reason, he suspected Jean to have some part in it, so he had him watched by… (look at the next one)
Crow: who was actually Nino! The best place to hide a leaf is in a forest. In this case, no one would ever suspect Nino to be keeping an eye on Jean since they’re best friends and all. It’s normal for him to be near him. I wonder why Nino agreed to do it though, as they seem incredibly close! Jean even often agrees to go drinking with him despite not being able to hold his liquor! Isn’t that a good friendship? Although, something confuses me: what’s up with knowing Jean for 30 years when they became friends 15 years ago?
Rail and his issues – No wonder this edgy guy hated rich people: he got sabotaged by them! Reminds me of those historical K-dramas where young nobles used their wealth and connections to earn positions in the government while the commoners work their butts off. Sadly, I bet this is happening in real life too. Thankfully, his misconception of Jean was already cleared up, and he’ll probably stop being a corrupt officer! He even got a crush on Jean’s little sister, Lotta!
Dinner invitation – We saw Mauve being friendly with Jean in this episode, giving him tips on what shops to try. In exchange, Jean gave her a loaf of bread. This is something normal for co-workers, but what should we make of Mauve’s dinner invitation? Either she likes him and just wants to get to know him more, or there’s something else afoot.
The rich and powerful –You don’t get to meet many humble people in affluent societies. Most are proud and conceited; they use their money and power to get what they want. And when they come across someone who might get in their way, either because of their intelligence (Rail), or their cunning (Jean), they can easily get rid of them through their connections or their position.
Historical rebellion – There’s always at least one story of rebellion in the history of a nation. While some of them are due to the mistreatment of the government, others are because they just want the power for themselves. People are just never satisfied, I guess. Looks like the now peaceful kingdom of Dōwā once had its own story of violence and bloodshed, and may be coming across the start of a new one.
Acca, the bird – The actual bird, not the mascot (which starred in its own original Twitter anime last November, by the way). Curiously enough, the bird that symbolizes peace in Dōwā became extinct when the kingdom gained that peace. Maybe that’s why they named the organization representing their newfound peace as ACCA? And here I thought that it was an abbreviation for something.
The arrangement of the story this time was a bit all over the place. I actually had to watch the episode twice just to get everything. Sure, ACCA:13 has a bit of an uncommon way of storytelling, which I give the writers credit for, but it’s executed quite poorly. And, like what I said in my review last week, I wish they took more time giving in-depth info on the characters and their stories. I felt like the resolution to Rail’s story was too rushed. I could’ve been more emotionally attached to him if they gave more background on him, and would’ve been more incredibly supportive of him when he got a crush on Lotta. I know the show’s protagonist is Jean, but the supporting characters have their own stories too.
In any case, at least the premise is still interesting, and it’s getting good. The art is also another reason for me to stay on board. The quality was still lovely to behold! Hope it stays that way till the end.
So, are we going to see a date in the next episode? Or is something even more intriguing awaiting us? How will everything play out?I love a show that makes me keep asking questions! Hopefully the writing gets better next week, though.
How did you like the episode? Are you as intrigued as I am with the events? What do you think will happen next? Do share your thoughts below in the comments section!
NEXT TIME: The Swirling Smoke of Rumors in the Castle
(c)Natsume Ono/SQUARE ENIX, ACCA Committee