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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
ACCA Volume 1 Manga Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume featuring Jean Otus.
ACCA 13区監察課
(Akka: Jusan-ku Kansatsu-ka)
Genre Drama[1]
Manga
Written by Natsume Ono
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Big Gangan
Original run June 25, 2013October 25, 2016
Volumes 6 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Shingo Natsume
Produced by
  • Ayumi Serata
  • Risa Endō
  • Mai Kawashima
  • Nozomi Watanabe
  • Toshiyuki Ōwada
  • Yūri Taguchi
  • Masato Yukita
  • Haruka Kadoya
  • Toshiyasu Hayashi
Written by Tomohiro Suzuki
Music by Ryō Takahashi
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by Crunchyroll[2]
Original network Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TSC, BS11
English network
Original run January 10, 2017 March 28, 2017
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. (Japanese: ACCA 13区監察課, Hepburn: Akka: Jusan-ku Kansatsu-ka) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Natsume Ono. It was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine from June 2013 to October 2016, and has been compiled in six tankōbon volumes as of December 2016. An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired between January 10, 2017 and March 28, 2017.

Plot[edit]

The Kingdom of Dowa is subdivided into 13 states, each one granted their own autonomy. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant civilian organization known as ACCA. Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the ACCA inspection agency. 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. One of Jean's jobs is taking business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Ono began serializing her manga series in the July 2013 issue of the Monthly Big Gangan magazine published by Square Enix on June 25, 2013,[1] ending its serialization on October 25, 2016 in the eleventh 2016 issue of the magazine.[3] As of December 24, 2016, the series has been published in six tankōbon volumes,[4] with the first volume releasing on November 25, 2013,[5] and the sixth and final volume releasing on December 24, 2016.[6] Yen Press announced during their Sakura-Con 2017 panel that they have licensed the manga.[7]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 November 25, 2013[5]ISBN 978-4-75-754149-8November 28, 2017[8]ISBN 978-0-31-641276-6
2 July 25, 2014[9]ISBN 978-4-75-754370-6March 20, 2018[10]ISBN 978-0-31-641596-5
3 January 24, 2015[11]ISBN 978-4-75-754544-1May 22, 2018[12]ISBN 978-0-31-644667-9
4 September 25, 2015[13]ISBN 978-4-75-754745-2August 21, 2018[14]ISBN 978-0-31-644678-5
5 May 25, 2016[15]ISBN 978-4-75-754994-4
6 December 24, 2016[6]ISBN 978-4-75-755201-2

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation of the manga was announced in May 2016.[16] The anime was produced by Madhouse and directed by Shingo Natsume, with Tomohiro Suzuki handling series composition, Norifumi Kugai designing the characters and Ryō Takahashi composing the series' soundtrack.[17][18] The series premiered on January 10, 2017 at 23:00 JST on Tokyo MX and later premiered on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Setouchi and BS11.[19] It was released across three home video release volumes containing four episodes each, totalling twelve episodes.[20] Crunchyroll has licensed the series in North America.[2]

The opening theme song, titled "Shadow and Truth", was performed by ONE III NOTES, while the ending theme song, titled "Pērumūn ga Yureteru" (ペールムーンがゆれてる, lit. "The Pale Moon Sways"), was performed by Aira Yuhki.[21]

Acca-kun's ACCA Course (アッカァくんのACCA講座, Acca-kun no ACCA Kōza), an original net animation animated by W-Toon Studio, began its release on the official anime's Twitter account in November 2016. It features an anime original super deformed mascot character named Acca-kun (アッカァくん), voiced by Ayumu Murase.[18]

No. Title[a] Director[22] Original air date[23]
1 "Jean the Cigarette-Peddler"
"Morai Tabako no Jīn" (もらいタバコのジーン) 
Shingo NatsumeJanuary 10, 2017
Jean Otus reports to ACCA Headquarters where the staff learn that the Inspection Department is to be terminated by the Five Chief Officers. It was created during times of instability almost 100 years ago as it is no longer required. At the agricultural Famasu District, Jean meets Eider, Branch Supervisor and examines the records. He finds discrepancies that indicate staff have falsified data and been involved in the black market for cigarettes. Cigarettes are an expensive item and Jean's continuous smoking of them in public draws some criticism and jealousy from an ACCA rookie Rail. Chief Officer Grossular cancels the Inspection Department termination, and has Jean put under observation. Jean carries out a spot audit of the Bādon Branch but finds that the ACCA Director-General Mauve is doing the same. Meanwhile people start remarking on the increasing number of fires that have been occurring. Rail picks up a cigarette lighter left in a cafe by Jean. Back at ACCA headquarters, Chief Officer Grossular receives news of a suspected coup 'état. 
2 "The Partner in Crime's Name is Nino"
"Akuyū (Tomo) no Na wa Nīno" (悪友(とも)の名はニーノ) 
Shin WakabayashiJanuary 17, 2017
Grossular questions Mauve about the rumored coup d'état because the nation is at peace. Jean watches as schoolchildren learn about the history and function of ACCA. A fire is announced in the north sector, and Rail considers it a missed opportunity to frame Jean for the fire using his abandoned cigarette lighter. After a robbery at a cigarette store, Rail corners the young thief but lets him go, keeping the bag of stolen cigarettes. Jean finds and confronts Rail about his questionable activities in confiscating stolen goods and the stolen lighter, however as Rail is not under his jurisdiction, Jean leaves him with just a warning. At a Chief Officers meeting, Grossular says the suspected coup d'état is more than a rumor, and believes Jean Otus is involved. Later he assigns agent Crow is to his surveillance. On an inspection trip to the Jumōku District Jean meets Branch Supervisor Koruri and helps their branch with a computer malfunction. That night, Jean meets his old friend Nino who tells Jean that he no longer being watched, however he is in fact the agent Crow assigned to watch Jean. When Jean encounters Mauve in a shop, she asks if he is free to meet in the evening on the weekend. 
3 "The Swirling Smoke of Rumors in the Castle"
"Shiro ni Tadayou Uwasa no Kemuri" (城にただよう噂の煙) 
Yōsuke HattaJanuary 24, 2017
The other Chief Officers are not sure whether to believe Grossular's suspicions about Jean. Jean has dinner with Mauve who asks his help in finding out any information about the rumored coup d'état on his regional visits. She is concerned that the Coming of Age Commemorative Ceremony on Dowa of king’s grandson Prince Schwann, and the only male heir and an 'idiot', will be an opportunity for powerful figures in outlying regions to take action. He accepts her request. Meanwhile Prince Schwann plans to ascend the throne at the ceremony, disband the ACCA and take control of the Privy Council. At the ceremony, the king welcomes everyone, but does not abdicate as Prince Schwann expected. Jean encounters Nino and Lotta at the ceremony, and Mauve also sees Nino but recognises him as an ACCA agent which he reports to Grossular. On one of Jean's many cigarette breaks, Lilium confronts Jean about suspicions that he is involved in the suspected coup d'état, but Lilium says that he believes it's a rumour started by Grossular to gain more power for ACCA, and asks for Jean’s help. 
4 "Smoldering Embers in an Isolated Nation"
"Tozasareta 'Kuni' no Kusuburi" (閉ざされた『国』のくすぶり) 
Nobuhiro MutōJanuary 31, 2017
Lotta prepares a box of gifts for the building owner whom she has never met, which is delivered by Nino. Jean is in Suitsu District which has strong restrictions on imports so that traditions can be maintained. Meanwhile Lilium tells the Five Chief Officers that he does not believe Jean is involved in the suspected coup d'état. While on inspection, Jean is abducted by three coup plotters. He meets Biscuit, their leader who says they only want greater freedom for Suitsu and removal of Beurre, their self-serving district representative, no more. While in their custody the coup commences, and Jean escapes, assisted by Branch Supervisor Warbler. The coup fails and the leaders are captured. In return for not informing headquarters of the attempted coup, the district officers allow Jean to leave and Branch Supervisor Warbler keeps his position. 
5 "Overlapping Footprints in the Distance"
"Shisen no Saki, Omonaru Ashiato" (視線の先、重なる足跡) 
Naoyuki KuzuyaFebruary 7, 2017
Officer Magi follows Lotta to a pancake parlor on orders from Prince Schwann wants to find out her identity. He tries thick wheat toast for the first time and finds it amazing. Back at the capital Jean tells Owl that Warbler may not be ready for more responsibility. He is reluctant to report the fiasco of the failed coup in Suitsu. Lilium questions Jean about Suitsu and reveals that Jean is being shadowed, possibly by someone he knows. Jean’s next inspection is in Birra District, and Crow follows him. Birra has cold weather, and is substantially self-sufficient in food unlike poorer districts. Magi introduces the prince to toast, telling him that Lotta loves it, also telling the prince what he's found out about her. In Birra, Jean realizes that he's being watched, and confronts his friend Nino who admits that he's been assigned to observe Jean, but does not knows why. Back in the Capital, Jean asks Nino to take Lotta to dinner every night while he's on his next assignment in Rokkusu District. In Rokkusu, Jean sees Chief Officer Grossular and approaches him. 
6 "Where Pride and Train Tracks Lead"
"Senro to Hokori no Mukau Saki" (線路と誇りの向かう先) 
Shigatsu YoshikawaFebruary 14, 2017
Thirteen years ago Jean's parents died in a train accident happened on the Peshi-Rokkusu border. Grossular was Rokkusu branch chief at the time and acted with integrity, taking full responsibility. Jean tells Grossular that he admired him for doing that, and that he believes that neither of them is involved in a coup plot. Grossular thinks Jean is a little naive. At a New Year’s party in Jean’s apartment building a number of staff are also invited and have a good time. Director-General Mauve believes that the coup is a rumor, but still believes that something is afoot in Korore District. She also suspects that Jean is not loyal to her after he provides her with no new information from his inspections. On an inspection in Hare District, Jean senses that he is seen as a conduit for information between districts and tries to gather information for Mauve but gets very little. Meanwhile Prince Schwann arranges for his portrait to be hung in a prominent place in the Dowa family portrait hall. 
7 "The Truth Emerges in the Night Mists"
"Yogiri ni Ukabu Shinjitsu" (夜霧にうかぶ真実) 
Yōsuke HattaFebruary 21, 2017
While in Dowa, Jean considers his position with regard to the rumors of a coup. On a day out with Nino, they find themselves in a cake shop where the king decides to stop on a rare outing and he invites them to sit with him. Afterwards, Jean takes some of the snowball cakes back home for Lotta. Jean travels to Korore District and meets Branch Chief Griese. Prince Schwann visits his aunt to hear about the incident when the 30 years ago when her younger sister died along with her loyal guard, Abend. In Korore Jean meets Director-General Mauve in the street who reveals that he has royal blood and is first in the line for succession, much to his surprise. She realizes that he is not involved in the coup plot and knows that he has kept some information from her. Back in the palace, Prince Schwann suspects that Lotta is related because of her resemblance to a portrait of the dead princess, but is horrified to learn Jean is her older brother. Meanwhile in Korore Jean encounters Nino who prepares to reveal some information. 
8 "The Princess Who Spread Her Wings and the Friend Who Had a Duty"
"Tsubasa o Hirogeta Ōjo to Tomo no Tsutome" (翼を広げた王女と友のつとめ) 
Keisuke KojimaFebruary 28, 2017
Thirty-three years ago, the second Princess of Dowa Kingdom, Schnee, began to take an interest in national affairs, to the concern of the King’s advisor, Qwalm. With the agreement of the king, Qwalm asked Abend, the princess’s aide, to make it appear that she died in a boating accident so that she could be removed from the royal register. Abend also took his family servant and son with him. The princess is happy to live as a citizen in Badon and she and Abend part ways, but she is kept under observation during her life there. She met a young man and they married and had blonde-haired son, Jean, and then a daughter, Lotta. Prince Schwann was born ten years later to the youngest princess. The family servant's son Nino joined the young Jean at school to watch over him. Unfortunately the former Princess Schnee, her husband and the family servant died in a train derailment leaving the children orphans. Nino explains all of this to Jean, including the fact that he has no claim to the Dowa throne. 
9 "A Graceful Black Adder Bears Its Fangs"
"Kiba o Muku Yūbina Kuro Hebi" (牙を剥く優美な黒蛇) 
Katsuya ShigeharaMarch 7, 2017
Prince Schwann tells his aunt, the First Princess about the former Princess Schnee's children, Jean and Lotta. She believes they may become obstacles to her ambitions which concerns Magie and decides to act. Meanwhile Jean asks Owl to spend time with Lotta while he's away on district inspections and coincidentally Magie arranges for Rail to protect Lotta. In Peshi District, Jean meets District Chief Herring who pledges the district's support to Jean as heir to the Dowa throne. Back in Badon, Lotta and Rail are abducted in a car, and Lotta learns that she has royal blood. Fortunately with the car caught in traffic, Owl intervenes and frees them. Mauve learns about the abduction attempt, revealing that the royal family also know about the Otus siblings. The Five Chief Officers meet and Grossular proposes that ACCA stage a coup d’etat and establish Jean Otus as king. The aim is to prevent Prince Schwann ascending the throne, abolishing ACCA and creating an autocracy. They all agree. Later Grossular and Lilium plan their strategy, including obtaining the compliance of Director-General Mauve. During the discussion, Lilium is revealed to be a major player in plotting the coup. 
10 "Starfall in a City Without a Sky"
"Sora no Nai Machi ni Furu Hoshi" (空のない街に降る星) 
Naoyuki KuzuyaMarch 14, 2017
In Yakkara District, the district chiefs promise Jean their support. Grossular and Lilium decide that any coup should be led by ACCA, and that the prime objective should be to maintain order and the lives of citizens. Jean travels to nearby desert-like Pranetta, where people live underground. He learns that with little to win or lose, Pranetta has decided not to participate in the rumored coup but will support Jean. Back home, Jean and Lotta discuss their royal heritage in a matter-of-fact way. Suddenly, the king announces that he will not attend the ACCA centenary ceremony which creates concern among the ACCA Five Chief Officers and implications for their coup attempt. Meanwhile the First Princess, fearing threats from Prince Schwann and Second Princess Schnee's children Jean and Lotta, plans their elimination should the king pass away. 
11 "Furawau's Flowers Smell of Malice"
"Furawau no Hana wa Akui no Kaori" (フラワウの花は悪意の香り) 
Yōsuke HattaMarch 21, 2017
At the Furawau District Office, Jean meets Lilium’s brother, the District Chief, and learns that Furawau is leading the coup. Meanwhile, the First Princess's assassins are following his movements. Their assassination attempt fails when Nino intercepts the bullets meant for Jean but the incident is kept secret. Following the attempt, Jean decides to support the coup and accepts a Furawau cigarette to accompany the ones he has received from other 12 districts indicating their support. Meanwhile ACCA staff are already discussing their advancement opportunities after the coup takes place. Suītsu branch supervisor Warbler feels that the coup is ill-advised and that ACCA may just be protecting its own existence but eventually decides to support it. Later, Grossular tells Mauve that he is concerned about the motives of Lilium, and his intentions to control Jean Otus. 
12 "Where the Bird Flies"
"Tori no Yukue" (鳥の行方) 
Shingo NatsumeMarch 28, 2017
Lilium addresses ACCA about the arrangements for the upcoming coup at the coronation ceremony to install Jean as the heir to the throne, but Jean proposes that the announcement of his position be delayed. On the day of the proposed coup, Prince Schwann is surrounded by ACCA forces, but Mauve intervenes and tactfully gets the prince's assurance that ACCA will continue to manage the country. This avoids a confrontation, reducing the prince to a figurehead only, thus thwarting Lilium and the Furawau plan for control. Frustrated, Lilium withdraws and Mauve is made head of ACCA, dispensing with the Five Chief Officers. Later, Jean explains that he was involved in Mauve's counter-plan. Furawau secedes from the Dowa federation, however the impact is less than expected, especially after the discovery of underground resources in Pranetta. As Jean and Lotta's royal heritage is not revealed, they are able to continue their normal lives. Jean tells Mauve how much he respects Grossular for supporting him when his parents were killed, and hints that he is in love with Mauve, but understands that it will probably go unrequited. 

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ All English titles taken from Crunchyroll.
References
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  2. ^ a b "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2017 Anime Lineup". Crunchyroll. January 20, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
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  6. ^ a b ACCA13区監察課(6)(完)(ビッグガンガンコミックススーパー). Rakuten (in Japanese). Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
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