「フラワウの花は悪意の香り」 (Furawau no Hana wa Akui no Kaori)
“Furawau’s Flowers Smell of Malice”
Wow. By ACCA‘s standard’s, this episode was almost… exciting. That’s not to knock ACCA or anything, just that full action-mode is not really in ACCA’s character, so… My word, I think I’m coming down with a case of the vapours. Contrast the hit on Lotta, which was almost polite. When it comes Jean, the male heir and the real prize, it’s no-nonsense. Just the golden gun, and bullets.
And it says something about the way ACCA has attuned us to the ways of its cast that even as the gun was raised we could be absolutely sure that Crow would intervene. Because, of course he would. Nino’s loyalty to Jean is absolutely without question, because we’ve seen how it formed firsthand. Speaking for myself, not once did I actually fear for Jean’s life, not only because he’s the protagonist and can’t really die at this point in the story, but also because his protection is guaranteed. Surely, Crow must fall before Jean does. And so I feared for his life more than any other, because a heroic sacrifice would be in keeping with his family history.
Of course, Nino doesn’t actually die, but ACCA has been so very mellow thus far that even the sight of his bloody body (and Jean’s stunned reaction to it) was rather shocking. This was a wake-up call. It’s ironic that this is what drives Jean to act. I get the impression that he wasn’t really enthusiastic about the coup, preferring to skirt around any commitment while probing the situation, but now he’s fully motivated. The assassins, so keen on taking him out of the game, have driven him into it. The plight of the people and the future of the country, while heavy, are still somewhat abstract. But now, it’s personal.
Prince Schwann is certainly poised to fall, what with even his closet aide turning his back on him and all of ACCA (except, perhaps surprisingly, the representative of Suitsu) united against him. It would be annoying to see everything go the Lilium family’s way so easily, though. Lilium has fast cemented himself in villainy. He speaks a language few in ACCA do, one of arrogance and lust for power. I wonder if he can succeed, though. I have no doubt that the oil-rich Lilium family has both money and influence, but to have such confidence that they can install a puppet king and control the whole country? Every district may support Jean, but as we’ve seen, they all have their own reasons to do so. And while Lilium may have played his hand, I’m sure Jean still has a card up his sleeve. And maybe Grossular too.
But really, you two… are you alright?