This was a series I mentioned in my Winter 2016-2017 anime interest list. Now that the Winter anime season has finished airing and the Spring season has started, it’s time to watch those completed series I’ve had my eyes on!
Anime: ACCE 13-ku Kansatsu-ka「ACCA 13区監察課」ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department
As mentioned in my previous Winter interest list, the ACCA manga series is by a mangaka that I’ve read works of previously, Ono Natsume-sensei. Her Yaois were relaxing reads — mature slice-of-life with really laid-back atmospheres, plus her art style was extremely distinctive and stayed in my mind. Unfortunately, the ACCA manga hasn’t been scanlated, so I really wanted to check this anime adaptation of it out. Not to mention, I was also totally looking forward to seeing and hearing the beautiful characters and seiyuu cast in action XD
ACCA is a really hard series to explain. I’ve had friends ask a fellow ACCA-watcher and I what it’s about, but we both had lots of trouble coming up with words. To sum it up in a nutshell, I guess it can be described as a ‘political drama based in a fictional country that centers around investigation officer, Jean Otis.’, at least that’s how I described it.
Just finished episode 2 and thought I should get this quick first impressions out of the way before continuing.
WARNING: Nothing much I guess? At least not from what I’ve watched so far.
The first thing that really caught my attention was ACCA’s funky opening XD Shadow and Truth by ONE III NOTES is really upbeat with a catchy beat to it — I’ve got such a soft spot for catchy beats that you can bop your head and dance to, hahaha! Also quite liked the interesting opening sequence with its use of colour.
I’m usually not as good with the fantasy genre or political conflicts in stories because that means having to consider more information that I might not be able to understand as quickly — and ACCA was basically politics in a fantasy setting — but I’m pretty glad that the introduction to the world was portrayed clearly and I could understand most of what the situation was. Things were explained, but there were instances where you still had to pay attention and read between the lines for the revelations, even when they were revealed later on.
The anime itself is extremely chill and… how would you put it? … Atmospheric? ACCA has a really calm and laid-back mood with a slow, but steady pacing and build up… at least from what I’ve watched so far. I like the slow pace because it allows me to appreciate the rest of the aesthetically-directed anime, but due to how slow it is and lack of gripping intensity, it definitely isn’t something that everyone can get into.
Lots of characters are introduced quickly which might be a tad overwhelming, but each of them are so different with their own charisma and flair — It’s something I really like in addition to their unique style and design. And then there’s the stellar seiyuu cast, with Shimono Hiro as protagonist Jean Otis, along with Tsuda Kenjirou and Suwabe Junichi both of which are 2 of my top favourite seiyuus! You can see the list here for the rest of the ACCA seiyuu cast.
ACCA’s something I’m going to be watching to the end, because I still think it’s interesting, but I guess even if you’re not the kind of person who would enjoy a laid-back, slow-paced series like this, here’s some delicious-looking cake from it that you might enjoy instead 🙂 ACCA’s sandwiches and cakes look so good!