ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. – Preview
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.:
Original Air Dates: January 10th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: ACCA: The unified syndicate that helps to run the 13 autonomous regions of the Kingdom. It was initially formed for fear of threat from a coup d’etat, and has since continued to protect the peace of its country for nearly one hundred years. Jean Otus, the vice-chairman of the inspections department at ACCA headquarters, is a cunning man and known as “Jean the Cigarette Peddler.” He wanders through the 13 districts, checking for any foul play.
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: ACCA is a colorful feast, with unique character designs, its own sense of style that sits outside the norm, and a fun musical score helping to paint a beautiful world.
Linny: ACCA is definitely a visual feast, boasting interesting character designs which stand out, with the cherry on top being OP and ED sequences that might end up as the most stylish of its season.
Tom: ACCA’s trouble perhaps lays with its laid back attitude, including its main character, Jean. He’s very subdued, relaxed and completely set into a life he doesn’t seem all that keen on staying a part of. This might have an adverse affect on some viewers, as with Jean’s general disinterest in his own life is likely to make some question why they’re bothering to follow along in the first place. The rest of the cast goes largely unexplored, existing more so as mere personality quirks, or harboring latent hostility towards Jean, than outright characters themselves. This means all this episode has to hook you is Jean or its narrative, but we’ll get to that potential issue in a moment.
Linny: The show also makes it clear that Jean doesn’t actually need his job at all, coming from a family set up that has several solid sources of income that would keep him well provided even if he were to quit. Is this all going to lead to an reveal that Jean is actually in this job out of pure love for his nation..? Because right now, he barely seems invested in the job.
Tom: The other divisive issue with ACCA is how slow the entire thing moves. Right now the series seems more interested in constructing its world for the viewer, which it generally does a decent job at, barring a few heavy handed pieces of dialogue. There’s also hints that there’s far more drama and intrigue going on behind the curtain, and that things will get more intense soon, but its start is so slow, so subdued, so laid back in its approach most viewers might find themselves bailing before anything overtly interesting happens.
Linny: The slow pace is likely going to be the biggest obstacle for viewers. If you don’t mind it and can fully immerse yourself into the visuals and the story all the same, then you might love ACCA. Even when we find out Jean’s department is under threat of being shut down, Jean and his coworkers seems to barely care about it at all..and like Tom already mentioned, if our protagonist seems to barely care about what’s going on, why should we?
Tom: Personally I enjoyed ACCA, despite its slow pace and laid back main character. I have a cautious optimism that the hints and foreshadowing in this episode shall help ACCA build itself as an intriguing crime drama over this season’s run. But unless you’re like me, enticed by the promise of what’s to come, it’s more likely to leave you bored to tears.
Linny: I was rather bored by the first episode and besides its obsession with smoking and its art style, nothing else really popped out at me. If you are on the fence , know that we are serious when we say the first episode is slow and our lead seems disengaged from the world around him. If those don’t sound off putting, and you like visually stylistic shows, ACCA might be worth your time, especially considering how slim the pickings have been this season.