The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch's 99th birthday. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has ten people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state's ACCA office flowing toward the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.
So I'll first start by saying that this isn't a full review, and I am just reviewing the first couple episodes. I will gladly re-edit this review when the series will finish.
So first, is it good? Answer: Yeah, it's the kind of anime that no many will notice while it is airing but will become a cult classic afterwards.
Then, why is it good?
It is good for it's different pacing, storytelling, artstyle that is not too atypical and of course the OST.
ACCA 13, is an anime that tells the story of a man named Jean and his work in the ACCA organisation that is suppose
to maintain peace within the 13 states of a fictional country that looks like a bird. The main interest of the series is that a Coup d'état is building up but we don't know much...
I'll classify this anime as mix between a slice of life and a mystery with a geopolitical plot.
Is it worth your time, as of now, yup.
Perhaps, I think you should wait until the series is finished because there is a lot of things to remember and going on and watching it week by week can make you forget about interesting things in the show.
People who watches anime are constantly searching for anime that isn't what we mostly watch on a season: shounen, supernatural, moe, generic, etc. but when they get into an anime that is different from the rest of the season, they tend to praise it a lot. but the question is: is it really good just because it is different from what are we used to? lets put an example: 91 Days, it was praised for being underrated and different from what we normally watch on a season, it was a good ride yes, but the show became really monotone. the premise of it was just
a story of vengeance. what relation has 91 days with Acca?
as far as what MAL gives as a Synopsis, the plot goes around 13 states of the kingdom of Dowa, each country has Acca's Agents spying on what is happening in the states, tho it seems like there is a Coup d'état within the heads of this Acca organization, they seem to dislike a lot our Main Character Otus, so they decided to track what he does. at this point I can't see where is this heading more than just a Coup d'état, but the show itself is interesting enough to keep me in
the art style is not what you would expect from Madhouse, but it isn't bad, is just a different setting of art, just like what Bones did with Mob Psycho 100, the animation is different, but it isn't bad. the design of the characters are kinda unique, but the design of the eyes is a bit weird. overall the animation is okay, I might think that Madhouse isn't using that much of budget for this series (I wonder why... of course, is not a generic money maker XDDDD)
The Opening is really interesting, pretty unique, and pretty catchy, the voice acting is good, and the soundtrack hooks you in, so I think it does the job well
totally not a generic cast, but some characters are a bit off and not that interesting. for example, most of the time you will see the main character smoking around. also the heads of the Acca organization are just a generic bunch of men that might be part of a Coup d'état (in case that ever happens, but the way it looks, it might be like that, a Coup d'état to destroy Otus)
Enjoyment, oh this area is pretty difficult to handle, why is this? well there are great anime out there that are pretty good yes, but the premise of it, might be difficult to "eat", don't misunderstand me, Acca is interesting, but it is really slow paced and can be boring at some times, the Anime itself is interesting enough to keep me hooked for it, but is not like i really like what is going on, since most of the time I see a MC smoking around (or maybe Madhouse wants you to focus on Otus because he might be a Plot twist device) I really want to enjoy this, so I hope it improves in this area later on
Acca is really different from what you would expect on a season, but being something different doesn't mean it will be a Masterpiece, so if you are tired of the same generic garbage we get on a season, this show might be your best choice, I cannot guarantee that you will like this, but you know, sometimes something different is good pretty often
I've seen 4 episodes of ACCA and this review is based on that much only:
Reason why I'm writing the review?
To be honest do I need a reason?, well I don't appreciate the lack of viewership this show is getting and it's lack of popularity on MAL, not to mention it's relatively low rating.
So, this is an attempt to tell people of what potential this series holds(Unlike the other anime this season Eg- Masamune-kun no Revenge, kuzu no Honkai, Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen) and what it's doing right.
I like the scale of the story. We are 4 episodes into it and the set
up seems great. Also the setting was fairly unique(Not high school or Video game)
At this point anything could happen.
This is where the show really got me. Seeing the same shit again and again had become boring. At first it doesn't seem that the characters are all that special(But their personality traits are reviled one by one subtly) and their variety was pleasing.
The soundtrack is not bad but nothing of incredible consequence
The animation style is unique. Personally I like the animation style. I'd say animation quality is constant unlike shows like Haikyuu!! or Yuri on Ice where it peaks and then drops.
I understand why some people might not like this show. Since it starts of slow, flashy stuff doesn't happen frequently and the mood is fairly calm.
But why does a show have to do flash stuff or bring eccentric or absolutely stupid characters.
I think as the show goes on people will start to appreciate the show because of how well the story will develop. I hope that the industries will produce more of such audio visual content in the future.
**This is NOT a full review, just my thoughts on it so far (as of ep. 4)**
The question is- should you watch it? : You should definitely give it a try!
- FIRST IMPRESSIONS -
Although quite a handful of people may consider it boring, to me it was actually a nice surprise compared to some recent anime. It has this classy style to it which I had eventually found myself a fan of as well as a set of characters that I took a liking to. Yes, it definitely is rather mellow, but a first episode doesn't really need explosions or fights to kick off
the series. This is a rather good example. And though the plot wasn't fully uncovered and I was still a bit confused, it had lots of potential for me to keep going.
- CHARACTERS -
All the characters are interesting. Whether it'd be background or main we don't exactly know all their motives, though this can be a good thing. Each have their own distinct personalities and mini fun facts and quirks about them (you can also find out a bit more about them on the official site) and their actions can tend to differ themselves from each other. They all have another side to them, that's for sure and I'm hoping for lots of character development. (It's already unraveling!)
- SOUND -
The OP was astounding! Definitely one of my favorites for this season with the mix of jazz and rap. It's hard to describe, but you should definitely check the song out. The ED was soothing as well and was very fit for the animation. And just the whole OST was very unique and fun to listen to.
Voice acting was also wonderful! The voices were very fitting for each character. They did a nice a job with casting! (Also, the dub by FUNimation is also one of the very few dubs that I personally enjoy! Check it out if you can~)
- ART & ANIMATION -
The art was what caught my attention in the first place. I don't know, it's just the style was not quite like your typical anime, and the artwork in general just made the anime POP! like that. The animation is smooth, and the scenery looks nice as well. I really like the color palette as well. The setting also appears to be a mix of New York and old structures, which I've taken quite the liking to!
- OVERALL THOUGHTS SO FAR -
This is definitely not an anime where you should watch an episode just once. It's mostly subtle, dropping hints (whether large or small) as the story progresses. Pay attention to what they say and what the characters are doing, and you will eventually put the pieces together. That's what I love about it and why I've become rather a fan! It's alright if it's not for you, but I really hope you'll at least give it three episodes before dropping it!
It has tons of potential, and I'm definitely going to watch it until the very end.