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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 10

Jean’s brief visit to Spade’s home district, Yakkara, brought no extra screentime for the chief officer we know so little about, but ACCA‘s reluctance to show us more about the man might actually result in some exciting developments. Before we can get to these, we need to take a closer look at our prince’s time in the mining district of Pranetta. From a design perspective, Pranetta is pure delight – an underground city underneath a barren desert land, where people… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 9

Last week, I wondered where Natsume Ono and Shingo Natsume would take us from here. Luckily, it turns out there were a lot of enthralling places we could go, from Schwan’s cunning manipulation of the first princess into going after Lotta to Magie following his own conscience and taking action against his prince’s intentions. After all the praise for Abend’s unquestioning loyalty, this was a nice touch of protest that provided some much-needed development for Rail’s little arc within the… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 8

Episode 8 leaves me relieved for two reasons. Neither did Schnee fall in love and elope with her bodyguard to feed age-old clichés, nor is Nino the tragic victim of his father’s undying loyalty to other people. After spending some time in the kingdom’s district of strong women, Schnee’s alarming interest in the outside world and philosophy books led to an amicable agreement to set her free instead of clipping her wings. My theory of the king being in on… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 7

The cat is out of the bag. Even though the big reveal itself wasn’t much of a shocker, all the little interactions leading up to it provided excellent buildup for the episode’s climax, carefully adding bits and pieces from the perspectives of different players, creating tension and urgency despite Jean’s own non-reaction. Princess Schnee (who might be the one dancing in the ED) escaped her royal bird cage by faking her death, so that she could run away with a… Continue Reading →

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept., Episode 6

In a show that draws all of its suspense from the uncertainty of who knows what and shares what with whom to what purpose, one thing’s becoming very clear: Jean and Lotta’s royal heritage. Given the German naming scheme, it’s likely to be on their mother’s side. This is further substantiated by Prince Schwan’s insistence on entering the royal gallery to hang his portrait (next to the picture of a woman whose face gets deliberately withheld from the camera), the… Continue Reading →

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