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Things are certainly getting better in ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka! While this week’s episode seemed like another sub arc, it still helped in giving more information about how Dōwā stands as a nation, and how is the life of the people there. It also detailed more of Jean’s character as a protagonist, making you root for him even more!
Japanese Original Episode Title:閉ざされた『国』のくすぶり
You’d think that, even if Dōwā divided itself into thirteen districts, they’d mostly still have the same cultures and views. Well, Jean’s visit to the district of Suitsu proved us wrong. For a place that’s surrounded by four other states, it’s amazing how they managed to keep themselves closed to change and influence for so long. But, seeing that the people were all unhappy with how things have been run thus far, they’ve all realized that they’re missing a lot. It kinda makes you wonder if there are other districts that are displeased with their way of life, huh? And with Jean’s recent audits, he’s able to see these things, and just what state the kingdom is truly in.
Is it really peaceful? Or maybe the idea of peace something subjective, depending on where you live?
Suitsu District: While the place was left behind in terms of progress, I can totally see the charm in keeping the culture. I mean, you have a reason to wear fancy clothes all the time, and feel unique compared to other places! It’s like travelling back in time! Tourists would be swarming Suitsu, if only it was open to them! But, alas, the higher-ups’ reason for keeping things the same all these years is more for personal greed rather than traditions. And how hard they must’ve worked, how corrupt they must be, just to keep everything in place! We only saw a bit of the strictness of ACCA personnel in this episode, but just imagine how even stricter they normally are to keep the customs going for almost a hundred years!
Suitsu Coup d’état: I got super worried for a bit when Jean got kidnapped! There were already rumors of him planning a coup, so getting involved in an actual one would’ve been incredibly bad for him! I only breathed a sigh of relief when it was actually a local rebellion and not one to overthrow the monarchy. It would still have tainted his reputation if word of it got out, though, so that gag order was both a good thing and a bad thing. I’m also glad that it was a peaceful one and no one got hurt. At least here the ACCA staff still saw the rebels as their own people…
Jean’s Kindness: Did anyone notice that Jean was smiling a lot in this episode? He usually has a nonchalant expression on his face (so much that even while kidnapped and threatened by the rebels, he was still so calm!), so seeing him in a good mood was quite refreshing! But, what upped Jean’s charm for me was his kindness! I was actually wondering why he agreed to keep quiet about the chaos, especially since I viewed him as somewhat of a diligent government staff. But then I remembered he’s actually quite cunning, and he used this to help the people in Suitsu, and even made Warbler stay in the district under the guise of disciplining him! What an amazing guy!
Nino’s Other Contact: It was hinted a bit in the previous episode, but only now did we see clear proof that Nino’s reporting to someone other than Grossular. Whoever that is, they probably know Lotta as well, since he also told them about her sending a package. By the way, as a bit of side note, do you guys think the guy who saved Jean from the rebels is Nino? He did mention he’ll be at Suitsu, plus that bluish hair seemed very familiar…
The Prince ‘Stalking’ Lotta: The writers gave some time to establish that Prince Schwan’s people are now following Lotta around, so this must be something that will be of importance in the future. I’m just laughing at the one trailing her, though. He ended up ditching his work for dessert! Can’t blame him, to be honest; it sounds like something I would do!
Tradition vs. Progress: The fact that a nation has to choose between one of these is an occurring problem throughout history. Some people think these two can’t exist together, that progress will be held back by traditions, and that traditions will disappear as we move to the future. While you can certainly see either one of these instances in different nations, it’s also certain that there are others who’ve managed to keep their culture while still leading in technology and economy.
Patriotism: This is another reason for rebellions in a nation, the others being wanting power for themselves or mistreatment by the government (as I mentioned in my second review). The people of Suitsu loved their land and their fellowmen so much that they couldn’t stand to see it closed to the world and stuck in the past ruled by greedy nobles! They wanted to see change, but no one would start it for them. Even Beurre, the person they put their faith in to stand up and change things in their stead let them down. No wonder they’ve attempted so many coups before!
I’m incredibly glad that I finally got what I wanted in this fourth episode: emotion! Even though it wasn’t that deep, it still managed to get me emotionally attached to the characters and their story. Sadly, they probably won’t appear in the next episodes anymore, but it’s still better than not feeling anything for them at all, right? I think stories that tug at your heartstrings make the difference between a boring anime and a memorable one. I’ll be super thankful if the ones after this will get to my heart as well!
Looks like Grossular still hasn’t given up on suspecting Jean. What’s up on his sleeve now, and just who is he talking to? We’ll just have to see next week!
For now, how did you like the story? Did it also make you support the characters? Are you getting more emotionally involved like I am? Share it in the comments below, and let’s rave about it together!
Also don’t forget to check out our other anime reviews for Winter 2017!
NEXT TIME: Overlapping Footprints in the Distance
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