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It was another explosive episode of ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka this week! I thought nothing would be more shocking than the previous reveals, but the ones we just discovered were the same! And even then, several important links were still missing, so it makes me wonder just when the surprises will end with this show! Well, these mysteries were the ones that reeled us into this spiral of intrigue in the first place, and it’s definitely hard to not see it through the end now!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 牙を剥く優美な黒蛇
After learning the truth of the Otus siblings’ lineage, several characters have started to move. We have the royal family of Dōwā, who want them out of the picture, starting with sweet, innocent Lotta. But she knows nothing about what’s going on! Leave her out of this! It’s a good thing the siblings are surrounded with people who support them. One of which is Lotta’s secret admirer, Rail, who comes to help her out! Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the Five Chief Officers of ACCA finally decide on the path their organization would take regarding this coup d’état plot. Exciting things are surely awaiting all of us from here on out!
Assassination: Well, that certainly came out of nowhere: the first princess’ plot to take over the throne, that is. We’ve only seen her once in Episode 7, but it turns out she too didn’t want Schwan, nor Schnee’s children, to be the next ruler. And here I thought she was a neutral player. Then again, I wonder if Schwan purposely kept talking to his aunt about the past because he knew she’d move against Jean and Lotta. He correctly guessed that she’d send assassins after them, but never made sure to prepare any precautions against it, unlike Magie. If he planned this to call out his aunt’s plans and get rid of his cousins in one fell swoop, then this idiot prince is more cunning than everyone thought he’d be. Or maybe I’m just overthinking things.
Rail the bodyguard: For me, Rail protecting Lotta was the best part of this episode! As a fangirl, it’s always nice to see my ship interact, most especially when the guy is trying to protect the girl! I was totally happy that Rail finally got a bigger role, helping out his crush escape from the assassins out to get her. He did everything he could to keep her safe, and in such a gentlemanly way too! And though she was still kidnapped, at least he was there with her. It’s just a good thing that the assassins were incompetent. I mean, who tries to kidnap someone without planning a proper escape route? They even had their van’s window open for everyone to clearly look inside! Thanks to that, Chief Owl, who was conveniently in the area, saw the two and foiled their abduction! The First Princess should definitely double-check who’s going to do her dirty work. Anyway, at least Lotta finally got to know the secret of her birth, and even trusted Rail to keep this very important secret!
ACCA and the coup d’état: So the rumor about Jean being royalty has been going around for six months, ever since the beginning of the show. Most of the district heads who’ve been meeting him have heard about this, and they really did want to back him up! Remember my guess that the districts could’ve vouched for Princess Schnee to be the next ruler, but she’s not eligible since she’s a female? Well now the baton has been passed to her son; it’s exactly what’s happening now. Jean did seem like a king when he was listening to the Peshi district staff, but if we know him well, I don’t think he really wants to be one. However, it’s either him, who’s always wanted peace and sees ACCA as an integral part of the kingdom, or Schwan, who wanted to disband ACCA as soon as he got to the throne. No wonder everyone wanted Jean to be king.
Lilium and Grossular: Now for the most surprising revelation in the episode: Lilium was in on the coup plot! And, due to that short but loud gesture, grabbing Grossular by the hair, it’s highly likely he’s the one orchestrating it all; he was just using Grossular to make it less about him and more about ACCA! Because of this, my already cracked view of Grossular as the stern, hostile boss totally came crashing down. It’s also fueled my thoughts of him being Abend even further. Plus, now I won’t be able to see Lilium as the graceful, objective ally anymore either! Just what is his agenda? Could it be possible as well that he’s Nino’s other supervisor?
Façades: It’s really hard not to think of politicians just putting up a face, being polite and friendly on the outside, but casually plotting things against people behind the scenes. In this case, it’s the First Princess and Lilium! The writers did an amazing job making him seem innocent and neutral from the start. Yes, he did look like he was keeping important things to himself, but I never thought they were this big! However, if you try to backtrack some of the episodes, you’ll see that his words were misleading us and Jean on purpose. He’s so sneaky!
People you can trust: It makes me wonder if Chief Owl had also heard of the rumors, that’s why he was suddenly often accompanying Lotta out. But even if that wasn’t the case, it’s still a relief to know that Jean and Lotta have people backing them up: the chief, Mauve, Rail, Magie, and a lot more! For us just living the normal life, it’s already a great thing to have close friends, but what more for the two siblings who unexpectedly found themselves at the center of intrigue? At least, even if it was hard to know who their real allies are, they already have a handful of people 100% true to them.
I’m super glad that the hype is increasing in every episode! Sure, Episode 8 is still my favorite, but this one didn’t pale in comparison! It definitely had its own charm and explosive content! From the biggest reveals to the smallest gestures, it’s clear that the staff thought everything through! I’m just at a loss for words!
I thought I was already impatient while waiting for this week’s chapter, but now I’m even more so for next week! I just really want to know every detail already, but at the same time I want to continue being kept in suspense! Do you see my dilemma?
In any case, please share your own speculations and the other stuff you’ve noticed, in the comments section below! I’m just dying to hear what you think about all of this! Do check out our other Winter 2017 anime reviews afterwards as well!!
NEXT TIME: Starfall in a City without a Sky
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