ACCA Episode 3 Review:
Not going to lie, at three episodes in this show is definitely impressive. It impresses me how much information it can reveal about situations while saying almost nothing but leaving the potential meanings hanging for you to slot into place with previous ideas. It impresses how it can make you question everything anyone says and look at every scene and every glance with curiosity wondering which parts will become significant.
And mostly ACCA impresses me that despite the very slow pace of events, it never feels like you are waiting for something to happen. It is happening but it is bubbling beneath the surface of the sleepy and peaceful exterior which is really what a lot of the characters believe is happening in their world. On the outside it all looks unified and peaceful but beneath that there’s a potential coup d’etat gaining momentum (although that could also just be a suspicion and not a reality).
Nino was a great addition to the cast though he’s now that one I am absolutely most suspicious of because I just have to wonder how many people he’s working for and what his actual objective is. Even when he seemingly has no reason to lie, he does.
For example, Nino knows exactly why Jean hasn’t quit ACCA but when the little sister asks he puts her off. There doesn’t seem any reason not to tell her this bit of information. Nino’s reporting to Groshula but he’s taking phone calls immediately after delivering that report from someone unknown and he’s also crossing paths with Mauve, accidentally or not, and he’s definitely getting cosy with Jean’s sister (though it seems the idiot Prince is also kind of infatuated with her, who knows why).
And then we have Jean and we have two choices at the moment when it comes to Jean’s character. Either he has just been pushed into the position of being the face of the conspiracy to deflect attention from the real conspirators. Maybe he really is just staying in ACCA because he’s got a crush on Mauve.
This would be an intriguing story in and of itself with a character just doing a job they don’t really like, so they can stay close to a girl, getting caught up in all this nonsense. The other view we could take is that this is just what they want us to think and beneath that very calm exterior, Jean really is plotting something. Whether it is actually the coup or something else, who knows.
By the way, I’ll actually be disappointed if Groshula turns out to be the mastermind and not just another red-herring. Yeah, he might be trying to set his own plots into motion but its so obvious it would actually be a let down if that were the big reveal.
I just keep turning every conversation from this episode over in my head and trying to see if we have enough pieces yet to draw a conclusion. I’m really enjoying watching this despite some ongoing misgivings about how the characters move in certain scenes.
ACCA is available on Crunchyroll.
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