You kind of suspected that some of these 13 districts wouldn’t be all sweetness and light and giant food and ACCA episode 4 takes us to a district where the locals are less than impressed by the leadership they are receiving. Their representative, who promised to change the district, essentially left to live the good life elsewhere and never returns to the district.
But while the story of the local district coup is interesting it all feels a little diversionary from the overall picture, even though certain comments by characters keep reminding us that Jean is still under suspicion and that in each district there are some issues sitting just beneath the surface.
Probably the part of this episode that most intrigued me was the first few minutes where we have Lotta talking with Nino (who seems ot have nowhere else to go other than hang around his supposed friends little sister). Lotta’s putting together a package for the owner of the building that Jean and Lotta look after but she’s never met the owner.
Nino skillfully manages to take the package from her under the guise of delivering it to the post office but then makes a phone call where it seems he is talking to the owner of the building because Nino tells them he has the package from Lotta and he also confirms that this is the same person he was talking to on the phone in the last episode (so the mysterious other person Nino was working for). This has definitely given me plenty to speculate about as to who the owner is and why everyone finds Jean so fascinating but I guess we’ll just have to wait to see how this plays out.
Random speculation: The owner is either the King or the King’s advisor and Jean and Lotta are related to them. It kind of fits with the information we have but is probably wrong (still it’s fun theory). I kind of want it to be right because then we can have Jean take the place of the idiot Prince and because he’s been out in the districts he actually knows what is going on so as either advisor or royalty he’d be kind of useful to have in a position of power provided he could be bothered to act.
Jean works as the vice-chairman of the inspection department of ACCA which overseas thirteen autonomous districts. Other than that I get that there’s a lot of intrigue going on.
Review ACCA Episode 1:
The first minute of this show was kind of flat and then we went into the opening. The song is kind of intriguing and while the visuals aren’t impressive by any means there are some interesting images in the opening sequence. Then the story kind of got moving.
Jean is a very laid back character but you couldn’t really describe him as dull. He isn’t an over the top genius but he’s observant and clever. At the moment I haven’t actually remembered a single other character’s name but there’s a lot of characters and while their names aren’t overly memorable their role in the story in relation to Jean is fairly clearly established.
This one looks like it is going to take its time to build its world and story but what it has shown us is interesting in its own way. Though, if you don’t like watching characters at work or sitting around having slow conversations you probably won’t find much in this first episode to enjoy. Unless you happen to like watching a character smoke. A lot.
The final point from episode 1 is that the animation isn’t the smoothest and characters looks a bit strange when walking. By the end of the episode I’d kind of gotten used to it but for the first five or ten minutes it was a little distracting.
Review ACCA Episode 2:
If you are looking for something that is moving quickly and has good action, ACCA is not going to be your choice. However, if you aren’t minding a dialogue heavy, slow moving story that seems to be taking its time drawing you into a world of rumours, plots and spies, then you might just enjoy this.
Jean remains a laid-back character but we start seeing a little bit more of who he is this week and then of course the series is making us wonder whether or not he actually is involved in anything or whether this is all just a big red-herring.
The introduction of the friend from high school was interesting (as was the reveal at the end though you kind of figured that was coming about midway through) and the lighter business from episode 1 was resovlved without going down the path expected (although it first hinted it was going to). Overall, I’m really enjoying just following along with Jean and learning about this world though I kind of get it if other people are finding the non-events so far a little dull.
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