「視線の先、重なる足跡」 (Shisen no Saki, Kasanaru Ashiato)
“Overlapping Footprints in the Distance”
Let’s be honest, ACCA is no role model for lifestyle habits. It’s not just Jean smoking his way around the country to keep the nation’s oncologists employed. It’s also the parade of beautiful food that march in every other scene—food that’s, invariably, rich in empty calories. Don’t get me wrong, bread’s great. I love baked grains of all sorts, and that’s the problem. I can feel the breadlust coming on every week I watch this show, and it’s going to wreak havoc on my diet.
Outside of the decadent food porn, ACCA‘s been progressing a lot faster than I expected. We actually got through the audit of two districts this episode (which as much as twice the usual! Really!) and the pace really seems to have kicked up a gear. Where ACCA was still in ‘survey the districts and get a feel of the regional problems’ mode, with the plot waiting patiently outside for Jean to become ready to engage with it, this week the plot comes barreling in through a window someone accidentally left open. Jean finally realises that he’s being monitored, and not through shadowy detective work to crack a mystery, but because his self-appointed allies basically reveal his opponent’s hand to him. Obviously, the ACCA is not so much concerned with sleuthing as the human drama. After all, we knew the identity of ‘Crow’ from the very beginning; the interesting part is how Jean will react when he discovers that the spy is his closest friend.
At first, I thought there would have been a great gnashing of teeth over this apparent betrayal. I interpreted Jean finally noticing that he was being watched as him finally finding discomfort with Nino’s continuous presence—trust had been eroded. And when they confronted, I expected maybe tears and high emotions. I should have known better. ACCA has always been very understated, even emotionally, and also strangely positive. And here, between Jean and Nino, it’s not that the apparent betrayal breaks their close bond, but their close bond that gets them over the apparent betrayal. Yeah, sure, a good part of it may just have been Jean’s general apathy, but I like to think that it’s old friendship prevailing, even if Jean is still wily enough to stick Lotta onto Nino to keep him occupied.. I’m going to allow myself to feel happy about this one.
With ACCA resolving all of its plot hooks all of a sudden, where do we go from here? Jean is poised to confront Grosullar as well, and maybe this whole coup thing is going to get sorted out. Nino has confirmed that he’s serving two masters. Jean’s probably stood up his conspiracy date a few too many times. We’re not even half way through the series yet. What else could be in store?