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.
ACCA is a story that says to hell with expectations and preconceived notions on what makes anime good, throwing the staples of anime tradition to the wayside in favor of a more subtle, nuanced approach to storytelling.
As such, It should come to no surprise to know that this winter season’s ACCA has dissenting opinions among the anime community. Some people have cited it as ‘People talking, the anime.’
After all, the show doesn’t aim to dazzle us in the way we’ve come to expect from traditional series— there are no explosive visuals, no internal monologue, no signature moves or battles, nor is there any trademark fanservice
to feast on— there’s just our protagonist Jean Otus and his day-to-day dialogues with people as he does his job. The show’s lowkey vibes will fool the more passive viewers – the ones used to anime that panders to their senses – into believing there’s nothing there. Much of the action and excitement of ACCA comes from deciphering the dialogue to find the hidden meanings behind character’s intents.
ACCA asks us to work for it — to think about what lies beneath the exterior — informing us that we need to tread carefully, lest we become victims to false expectations. This should be alarming to the army of anime viewers that have been spoiled with the rush of instant gratification and exposition. To fully enjoy ACCA, we need to drop all assertions of the medium and have patience. In a series subtlety unveiling key plot points through character interactions and nuance of expressions, the responsibility lies with us, the viewer, to avoid being entangled in the web of deceit woven by dialogue.
Our protagonist, Jean Otus, shows a carefulness about himself and how he approaches the world. He exudes a calm and collected demeanor that permeates the atmosphere of the narrative at surface level. Armed with astute observations and skepticism, he is aware that everyone is attempting to appeal to his simple pleasures. He plays characters attempts at manipulation with a cool, enigmatic indifference.
The thing is, we can’t really tell what anyone is thinking in the series — there’s no way to know because we can’t see into the character’s thoughts -- and that's where the appeal is. ACCA gradually and intricately weaves a plot entangled in mystery. We’re forced to follow the breadcrumbs given to us through exploring what is said and seen. ACCA’s allure thus, lies in its ability to engage the audience, telling you that truth is somewhere just beyond the lies. The series calls upon us to be active participants of the medium to get more out of it.
ACCA tells us that the very notion of expectations is the enemy. The scenes with food aren’t there as simple filler, as one may think, but rather to showcase the contradictory nature of people and the allure of simple delights.
Which comes back to why ACCA isn’t as popular as some of the other series of the winter. Those idly sitting by, waiting for their usual visual feasts simply won’t get it. They’re not accustomed to being active participants — to the intricacies and delights of subtle narration ACCA thrives under. The series is deceptively lowkey, and many have fallen prey to its subtleties. But if you take a closer look, approaching with an open mind, a rich and flavorful world is out there, ripe and ready, waiting to be sampled.
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The atmosphere of this anime is cool, calm, collected, and captivating.. bundled with good OST, stunning colorful art-style and relevant animation delivered by madhouse.. This anime is quite great (with the exception of story)
Well, to be completely honest, I am watching it solely for the cool atmosphere and chill vibes.
The story itself is not all that interesting in my opinion but it's not boring either, I am just quite neutral to it.
The characters are very chill too, and all in all it's the kind of anime that you can chill to and simply enjoy..
Not to mention how fanservice in this anime is literally
nonexistent which is a quite refreshing change in my opinion.
Hello. My name is Joyce, and I am so offended that this has a score lower than the shitfest that is Gabriel DropOut, which is barely even funny.
ACCA13, while claiming it as a masterpiece is far-fetched, is a story without unnecessary flash and barely any annoying, anime-common hamfisting and repetition.
Again, not a masterpiece. But god, this is a show anime needs really, really badly.
It respects its audience enough to put 2 and 2 together - and though not all too difficult to piece together, it is a story with a lot of nuance, and one I am eager to see progress.
Please watch this. The first
episode is long-ish and boring, but if you don't have ADHD, I'm certain you'll enjoy it.
The art is amazing, the occasional symbolism makes you go "ooooh" not "I get it already", the color palettes make me swoon, the food looks great - the only "issue" with the art is that their noses are uber-pointy. Make of that what you will.
* This review is written as of Episode 9 is aired.*
TL;DR: If you want a mistery / political drama anime, stop reading reviews and go watch the episodes!
ACCA 13 is one of those animes wich I recommend if you're tired of the usual moe-school animes, as a "political" drama , the anime is quite interesting.
Why do I like ACCA:13? Everything they show you has a secret. No-one is what they appear to be, have you ever wondered about your family past?, all those 'what if...?'... no, those are all things that just children have time to think about, you have to keep it up with
your job, living your life day past day, giving your boss all those reports you were assigned, everything is normal until one day, everyone starts looking at you, talking in a quiet voice everytime they see you in their district. That's Jean for you. Just another worker in the organization who pleads for peace, with a quite expensive adicction, cigars. I find Jean the perfect reflection of the world they show us in ACCA:13, people who just mind the present, people who doesn't wonder about whats above simply because, they don't think thats their business, until they're dragged into something big.
In only 9 episodes they have woven a complicated web of deceptions and cover-ups, and when you think everything is starting to be more clean, they lead you to another mistery.
What did I find weak in this show? At first some of the plot twist start being "obvious" or "stupid" but after those; 'ACCA' started again.
Apart from that, I had quite a problem with some of the characters since they seem to have quite an interesting background but are left behind to keep focusing on the main character, but this is -somewhat- fixed in the last episodes giving the series more flow.
ACCA 13 is not the typical action anime, it's first episodes are quite slow but, in my opinion, they do their work to start the machine and make us try to figure how *this* world works and how important some of the corporations or political figures matter to the coexistence of all the different districts.
Well, this is certainly the most interesting anime out this season to say the least.
ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka is set in a country called Dowa, a super state that is actually made up smaller 13 countries or districts, which all have their own unique specialty and are all bounded together by the power of diplomacy or in this case. a special organization called ACCA.
The main character, Jean Otus works for the organisation called ACCA (which uniforms are surprisingly suspicious of the Schutsfaffel, but regardless, this is an anime) which does relative inspections of each countries/audits to check things are going efficiently and to see if any
countries are going out of line and/are planning a revolution. But in this case, things are different, there is a rumour of a Coup d'état imminent.
You may think this anime is a slice of life which promotes eating pastries. sweet bread, and smoking, and sure it does, but do not be fooled, if you watch closely you will notice certain details and follow the plot strongly, there is a Game of Thrones-esques intrigue going about it, and this does not help the fact that the Main Character is unintentionally involved with the Coup.
As of the time of this review I have just completed the fourth episode of ACCA, and I am forced to admit that I still don't quite know exactly how I feel about it. It is either pretty good or really great, but I haven't decided which yet. Below is a brief summary of what we know thus far about the plot, and some pros and cons. Hopefully this will help you (and possibly me too) figure out how to feel about watching this show.
The setting is the Kingdom of Dowa: a continent/kingdom made up of many districts, shaped like a bird, and populated
by gangly noodle-people. Our hero is Jean Otus, a blond guy who smokes cigarettes, wears jackets, and works in the titular governmental organization ACCA as some sort of district inspector. This is about all we know about him. Also he has a sister and a friend with blue hair.
Jean is tasked with visiting the various districts of Dowa and "auditing" them, which consists of 50% looking through file cabinets at papers in a very boring way and 50% coincidentally stumbling into dramatic events that all seem to center around Jean while somehow also not involving him at all. Fairly tense political games and a lot of talking ensue.
A.) It looks awesome. ACCA has a very distinct visual style, managing to be both vibrant and relaxed. It has the feel of a watercolor painting: colorful but also a bit ethereal.
B.) Both the OP and ED are great, the first being a fun cool colorful romp and the second a stunningly animated tranquil dance scene.
C.) I mostly really like the characters. Jean himself is part of the reason I don't know whether or not I love the show. He is either very subtle or very boring, and which he turns out to be in the end will likely be the determining factor on if the show is great or not. All the side characters are fun and interesting.
A.) As mentioned before, Jean himself. Everybody in the show itself seem to think he is the greatest most interesting shit in the world. Either he is a secret genius who is playing his cards SUPER close to the vest and not showing us any of it, or he isn't and is actually the most boring man in the world whose only personality trait seems to be that he is a smoker.
B.) The pacing is odd at times. Like Mushishi, it is not in a rush to get anywhere. In the moments when the slow, calm atmosphere is paired with interesting characters and story lines, the show is a joy to watch. When the story begins to flag a bit it gets boring quickly.
C.) On the whole it is not particularly exciting. There have been moments of brilliance that have made me want to watch more, but they are not frequent enough to make me instantly want to watch another episode.
I still don't know if this show is great or not. But it is possibly good, and that's good enough for me. Give it a watch; see what you think. I plan to watch it till the end. I hope it gets more interesting...
Decently build Fantasy world with political powerplay for the throne.
While the story moves very slowly, with slightly too much slice of live in the first third of the show, but still engaging. There isn't much action; if you are looking for gunfights, chase scenes or even stealthy action, this will dissapoint. It' dialolge driven. The- to me- best parts are the presentations of the different states, they not only help to expand the world and scale of the story, but also further and intensify the plot. The Royal Backstory we get was also quite enjoyable, interesting mostly due to the perspective it was told
from, but a bit predictable. that sadly goes for the rest of the show too. Interesting, but kind of predictable. If you're familiar with the genre, non of it is really surprising. Still well executed tho.
Now, one big concern i still have, is weather this anime will go full facist or not. There have been very few indicators until now, exept for-you know- the ACTUAL SS UNIFORMS and the blond blue-eyed protagonist, + the choice of what appears to be the main villain. I really hope it wont go there, but with our MC having literally no opinion on anything, it's a bit hard to tell how well the show will fair in this regard.
Intersting style , with a good colour pallete, which both helps to connect the fantasy elemts to the modern ones. Funny enaugh, kind of similiar to Ouran high school host clubs style. Thou not in a bad way. The faces also don't look the same on every character, even the girls. That's nice. Not so nice is how stiff the movements seem. I suspect that they have a pretty tight budget; non detailed animation looks pretty bad, and they move very stiffly, if they move at all. They try to keep them as still aas possible. There are however no huge noticable quality drops. The style is still very refreching, managing to be dark and serious despite it's warm , nearly neon colours.
The voice actors all do a pretty decent job, but the dialoge is often pretty slow with wierd pauses. Some Seem to also not fully mash with the characterdesign/ expression shown on screen. May seem like a nitpick, but i really couldn't get used to it , and i binged the 10 episodes currently out.
This shiw has many, though they are easy to categorize. Smart and serious persuing their goals (now in the flavours good and evil), dumb and/or naive while friendly and/or harmless (tend to be annoying, but generally ok) and quiet but competend.
The MC is one off the last group, though he is sadly the worst among them; he is just quiet and competend. No emotions whatsoever. Lukewarm on everything. Never angry or happy. Looks and acts as if he was about to fall asleep any second. I guess he's supposed to be cool. To me he only seems bored. It gets better as the show progresses, but it's still really off putting, and makes it difficult to get into the story. How is one supposed to connect to character, if they don't have any emotions.
Also many of the charcters are sterotypical for their role in the story, which in turn makes the story predictable. If they would have given some of them a better introduction or more actual character, it would have been more suspensefull.
Plus the german "names" are all exeptionally dumb. Nouns aren't names. But that's more of a nitpick.
Nice to look at, but the slow dialoge and sometimes obvious plot twists, combined with disconnect from the MC make it quit hard to chew.
Slow with mediocre to boring charcters, but pretty neyt political worldbuilding. If that sounds good to you, it's worth a look. Still quite likely to turn into a facist propaganda thing sooooo.......yeah. have fun.
I love the art style, it is classy painterly-esque chic in some scenes and a sight of impressionism in others. The fact that these style changes happen almost seemlessly is what makes me love the art in this show. However, the animation and character designs in some scenes (about nine seconds into the first episode to be exact) are a huge drop in quality compared to the "hand painted" scenes. Generally, the art is friendly, comfortable, and fluffy when it doesn't look like a Renaissance painting and reflects the main "feel" of the show but when things take a dark or solemn
turn, so too does the art and animation.
The Sound and Music:
Excluding the OP and ED (they will come later) the music is superb simply because it matches the art so well. The fancy smooth jazz/big band vibes that the soundtrack emanates mirrors the slow(er) pace and is quite relaxing. At times the music sets up a film noir, others, a jazz bar with plenty of bread and tobacco. The first few soconds of the OP reminded me of Cowboy Bebop, another slow(ish) anime with jazzy vibes but I was suprisingly pleased to hear that the rest was much more modern. The ED is very calming and is a wonderful way to end each episode.
The Plot and Characters:
Like I've already said before, the plot is slow. ACCA is a police drama marketed towards men over the age of 18 so one can assume that this anime requires somewhat of a more "mature" taste to enjoy, primarilly because it is slow. The first six episodes build the setting and characters (the different districts and people that live in them) but every so often there are sneaky hints at a bigger conflict; as time goes on you will begin to realize who said what, what it meant, where they were, and even what the people look like are all important.
Overall Score: 7.67/10
The Art and Animation: 8/10
The Sound and Music: 8/10
The Plot and Characters: 7/10
While I do love the art and music, the plot is incredibly slow and the mystery is basically completely revealed in episodes 7 and 8. The subtle hints towards the "mystery" are very much welcomed and help to keep the watcher engaged as long as he/she picks up on them. If you are going to give this show a whirl, watch to episode 7 and then make the decision as to whether it is worth completeing or not; that is, if you are able to sit through the first six.
11th Episode Edit:
I stand by my recommendation to sit through the first six episodes and watch closely to pick up the subtle hints. After the 7th episode the story does not pick up momentum and keeps the pervious pace while heavily delivering the show's plot. I really enjoy this because momentum can make a show feel rushed, ACCA dos not feel rushed, it takes the time to flesh out the story and make the show feel "full." There is no filler, no fanservice, and no deviation from the plot. Multiple things happen and at no point does the show present any form of "plot convenience" or twists simply for the sake of having twists.
The viewer has time to understand the world and the people who make it move, the characters continue to have their personalities and interests presented. So at this time I would like to revise my rating from the above (episode 1 - 8) and give a more in-depth rating.
There are two twists so far, one major, and one minor. You could figure out these twists if you look closely. I stated this before but even with the pretty solid rating I've given it so far, people with a small attention span (no offense intended) will most likely not enjoy this show. If you get to the 7th episode I do not think you will be disappointed.
Pardon my bad english, this is my first anime review ever in my life.
It will be short and 100% no spoiler,
Love at the first sight, that's how i feel when i was watching episode 1. It's so rare to this kind on anime nowadays. No shitty fan service, a great and dedicated art (almost like 90s anime), slow but sure plot, and a superb music that gave the right spice for the anime.
Some people said that the story is so slow, but i don't think so. I think it just build that way because this isn't a mainstream action,fantasy,adventure genre that
you found every season. Each episode is build so well, so you can enjoy the anime with a lot of excitement every week.