The Royal Tutor Episode 2

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Review:

We meet the three remaining princes in their one-on-one interviews during this episode and we also get a brief encounter with the princess. Each prince has their own quirk and Heine as the tutor continues to deliver some fairly solid commentary in the face of the various personality defects he encounters even as he definitely inflicts some trauma onto the supposedly brilliant prince (yeah, the names are definitely not sticking yet).

While there is nothing particularly wrong with this episode or the show as a whole, I’m not loving this. It just doesn’t click for me and a lot of the comedy is more tolerable than actually funny (at least for me). I’m going to give this to episode 3 because I don’t dislike it, but to be honest I’d be surprised if this stays on my final watch list.

The Royal Tutor is available on Crunchyroll.


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ACCA Episode 8

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ACCA Episode 8 Review:

ACCA Episode 8 continues to know when it is time to make a reveal and this week the focus is entirely on what happened with the Princess and how Nino ended up watching over Jean and Lotta. Normally I’m not big on flashback episodes where we’re told what happened back when, usually because we’ve already made the logical assumptions and it feels like we’re treading over old ground while the main story stagnates. ACCA doesn’t have that feeling.

Yes, we’d kind of put the pieces together during the previous episode but due to the ambiguous nature of so many statements seeing the reality of what happened and seeing a lot of it from Nino’s view has really consolidated the plot up until now. Its satisfying in that it confirms most of what we’ve suspected but at the same time it doesn’t feel like we already had all the answers.

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Though probably the biggest surprise is the age difference between Nino and Jean. Earlier in the episode I wondered how Nino had met Jean in high school given how much older he was supposed to be and ACCA didn’t just ignore that point. It addressed it head on (though I’m still not convinced people won’t guess your age just because you wear glasses).

All and all, this was another solid episode. The last few minutes where Jean returns home leave me feeling uncertain about what is going to happen next. He is always hard to read but in this case it kind of feels like even he doesn’t know what is next.

ACCA is available on Crunchyroll.


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