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A few more chips have been added to the information table, but, unfortunately, they just made us even more confused and doubtful of the speculations we have so far, at least in my case. ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka is really quite amazing when it comes to introducing the mysteries in a cool and casual tone, so much that when they are mentioned, we only get bits and pieces, leaving us to put them together slowly in the course of the series.
Japanese Title: 線路と誇りの向かう先
So, it’s true that Jean and Lotta’s parents died in the accident at Rokkusu. No wonder Lotta made that incredibly worried face when she heard Jean was riding a train in the previous episode! But the number of accidents has been lowered ever since ACCA started overseeing the transportation, and apparently Grossular was the one who proposed it! Because of this revelation, I kind of agree with what Jean said. It doesn’t seem like someone who’s devoted to his job and the people would start a coup d’état. Who among Grossular, Mauve, and Lilium is the real culprit planning this? Or is there a fourth player amongst them? ACCA’s already in its 100th year, so someone in its ranks threatening the peace would be real bad.
The accident in Rokkusu: I felt so terribly sad for Jean and Lotta when I saw how they found out about their parents’ death. They were still so young to be left fending for themselves! But both of them grew up just fine, as we can see now, but I guess it’s still different growing up with your parents by your side, right? There’s just something odd about Jean during the whole thing though: he had a blank face ever since after he found out, and he wasn’t wearing black like the other bereaved families when Grossular and the district chief met with them.
Grossular’s Backstory: We’ve never had a chance to properly see him work as one of the five chiefs of ACCA, but it looks like he’s a dedicated worker, or maybe he was. Could something have changed in the last thirteen years? Seeing him so devoted to serving the people as a member of ACCA could have been the reason why Jean joined, and maybe that’s the reason he’d been saying (whenever he’s drunk) that he likes Grossular . So, it would be really sad if he changed somewhere along the way, with him ending up plotting a coup.
New Year’s Party: This was probably the most lighthearted part of this episode! Seeing everyone get together happily, eating delicious food and just enjoying the moment, it made me feel like I was celebrating New Year’s with them! I also had a laugh with Rail’s attempts to get close to Lotta, and seeing his crush just being dense. I just hope this isn’t the calm before the storm!
Investigations: Oh dear, I wonder what’s up with Mauve? You’d think she just wants info from Jean’s travels just to be sure there’s nothing fishy going on, but she got angry at him when he hasn’t been reporting anything! Where’s the trust, lady? Plus, she was doing investigations on her own using her staff, under the guise of district inspections, even though Grossular told her not to concern herself with the rumors. I mean, I get that she is trying to play safe, but what’s with wanting Jean to be loyal to her? Whenever factions form between government officials, something wrong is bound to turn up.
Dōwā: Sure, it’s just Prince Schwan being Prince Schwan when he was still going on about being the king’s successor by putting up his portrait where his grandfather can see it. However, I thought something was odd about the whole scenario, to the point that I even thought Qualm, the Privy Council President, was going to harm him or something. You’ve got to admit the guy looks suspicious. Aside from that, I wonder what happened 33 years ago that made the Dōwā family prevent their women and children from leaving the district. Jean just so happens to be auditing Dōwā next; will he find out something?
Admiration: Grossular is a role model for Jean. He admires him for his dedication to ACCA and to the people. We’ve all had our fair share of role models influencing our lives, right? It might be due to their success, their morals, or their skills! It could also be a real person or a fictional character. Whatever the case, these people are important to us, whether or not they know about it. They motivate us to change for the better, to be like them, to make them happy and to support them!
Tragedies of Life: This is something we can’t predict or prevent. Just as storms pass at least once in a year, we’re bound to encounter some troubles every once in a while, whether small or big. But we must remember that, just as storms eventually pass, so will our troubles. Therefore, if we can’t avoid problems and heartbreaks, the least we could do is figure out how to cope with them until we get through them, and even after that.
I honestly felt like the vagueness of the previous episodes was back in Episode 6, but that didn’t make the episode less great. You could probably call it something like ‘information overload’? Like I mentioned before, we have yet to get something coherent from this show, but, for me, this is its charm. Just as life never directly spells out what’s in store for us, ACCA:13 never directly spells out the mysteries and the answers. We just have to keep our brains thinking and predict what’s going to happen!
This show is certainly intriguing, don’t you think? I feel like we still haven’t gotten to the middle of everything yet, but maybe, at one point, all the revelations will blow up in one fell swoop! For now, let us know how you liked this episode, and if you noticed some things that weren’t mentioned here!
Do check out our other Winter 2017 anime reviews too!
NEXT TIME: The Truth Emerges in the Night Mist
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