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「線路と誇りの向かう先」 (Senro to Hokori no Mukau Saki)
“Where Pride and Traintracks Lead”

I believe that there’s two fundamental ways to watch ACCA. One, is as a whodunit, always trying to work out who is the culprit behind the coup plot, really getting into the mystery of it. The other way is to watch ACCA like a tragedy, where many great leaders come together with the best of intentions, out to do good by their country and their people, and ultimately destroy themselves. Of course, one doesn’t need to confine themselves to one of these, and indulging in both at once makes for a rather interesting experience. Is there really a coup brewing? What’s the real threat to this country? With each episode, we see further implications that everyone wrapped up in this ‘uncover the coup’ game are chasing phantoms. The question is whether any of the players actually already know that.

In particular, this week we finally get some focus on Grossular, the hardest driver of the imminent coup narrative within ACCA, yet also one of the primary suspects. He’s our nominal antagonist, or at least the closest thing this series has to one. He supposedly suspects Jean of being the ringleader of the coup, but of course we know he’s definitely not. Er, probably not. If we trust Jean’s internal monologue over an elf in a poncho. So why does he go after Jean? Is it ignorance? Is it malice? Or is it some grander design in which Jean is but a single piece?

Grossular handling of the literal train wreck some years ago is telling. I had thought Lotta’s fear of trains was just a passing details last episode, but it apparently ties into many aspects of the plot. It at once killed the Otus parents, grew ACCA’s importance, and shaped Jean’s view of Grossular. Grossular is a patriot. An extreme patriot. For the sake of this country, he is willing to shoulder all responsibility for the accident onto his district, personally make amends for the victims and nationalise all interstate transportation. Jean seems to believe he’s too loyal to be starting a coup. We the viewers, perhaps less ‘naive’ than Jean, may instead ask: is Grossular so loyal that he would start a coup, to protect his country and its people?

We already know that the crown prince is seeking to consolidate authority in his throne, and is also something of a buffoon. But he’s not so much of a buffoon that, in his quest for power, he isn’t paying attention. Is this the actual matchup? Monarchists, headed by the prince, and the ACCA bureaucracy, headed by Grossular, or even the Privy Council itself? If so, there’s definitely a possible role Jean could play in it. I have my theories already, but I think I’ll keep them to myself for now. After all, the important part of ACCA isn’t the actual plot, but why the characters and their motivations drive it so. Is Grossular a villain? Is the prince? I suspect, ultimately, nobody is. Everybody wants the best for the country, but at the same time nobody trusts anybody else to do it right. And that’s how a nation that, for many, works well, crumbles. Not because it is broken, but by everybody, in their paranoia, trying to fix it.

February 15, 2017 at 6:30 am
  • February 15, 2017 at 9:13 amBigFire

    Yep, they really want to not show the princess’s face in the gallery.

  • February 15, 2017 at 11:09 amPanino Manino

    Maybe Mauve is part of the Coup?
    Could be, you can imagine that she challenged Grossular about the this coup to force him to maintain ACCA. If he had disbanded ACCA the plans for the coup would be sour. If, assuming that she is part of it.

    About what Jean said to Grossular, I interpreted was, “whatever you do, I’ll support you because I believe you have good intentions”.

  • February 15, 2017 at 3:31 pmKaineng

    I hope it’s not a bomb the prince has put in there lol

    Grossular though. Well Lilium broke it for him so now he has to share his plans, which we’ll hear of soon? Is this going to be like Suitsu coup? Your guess is as good as mine.

    And Passerby, I’m definitely biased towards the latter, because the prince is so bad no one wants him to be the next leader haha

    • February 16, 2017 at 1:14 amPasserby

      Grossular has to share Crow’s reports and they, as far as they concern Jean, seem mostly worthless. But who knows what else he’s snooped out.

  • February 15, 2017 at 5:39 pmScruffy

    Hmm … the plot thickens!

    So, it looks like that Jean and Lotti are probably children of the woman in the framed picture who was killed in the train crash and hence have as much a claim to the throne as the current prince. The tragedy 33 years ago probably refers to her running away and marrying a commoner.

    So … questions

    1. Was the train crash an accident?
    2. Did Grossular know who was on the train and rushed accepting responsibility to avoid closer examination?

    Very interesting!

  • February 15, 2017 at 5:55 pmonion warrior



    Because i still dont get the whole getup, but im staying because of Mauve and Jean :D and the unique character designs

  • February 16, 2017 at 1:52 amRedRocket

    And Jean is still mysterious with all the cigarette smoking men thanking him for getting them many business deals. Is Jean actually out of the loop or is he just playing dumb.

    I do love your people doing things to make things better can make things way worse thinking Passerby. We still have a villain in the Prince in this story though as long as other peoples opinion of him as horrible skilled with entitled attitude is correct. But yes the people who might start a civil war might actually have good intentions.

    • February 16, 2017 at 2:04 pmPasserby

      Perhaps the prince genuinely believe that it would be best for everyone if all the power went back to the Crown. A bit arrogant, perhaps, but there could be good intentions there, too. Could be.

  • February 16, 2017 at 10:25 amtheirs

    Considering that train crash & painting, there’s a really high chance that Jean and Lotte are the Kings grandchildren. We still don’t know who actually owns their home, but Lotte x Prince is getting too close for comfort. Poor guy, I don’t think I could support any of his endeavours.

    Regarding the coup, I don’t think anyone is actually planing one against the King. No motives at all so far. But the king did extend his reign, perhaps they were trying to get a feel about his succession? All the discontent I’ve seen seem to be against their representative or the ACCA. Regarding the former, I’m glad Maude decided it was something manageable. If there is an actual coup, it probably won’t be a common event. Strangely, we still don’t know where the rumours about the coup came from. Looks like we’re in the same boat as them regarding that fact.