Manga Review: ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department P.S. Volume One

ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department P.S. Volume One is a spin-off manga of the ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. manga.

ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department P.S. Volume One
Written by: Natsume Ono
Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 6, 2020

This story focuses on the five individuals who will become the five chief officers of ACCA. First, the focus is put on Spade, the chief from the Yakkara ward. The first chapter gives us backstory for Spade, and how he was partnered up with Baccarat and how Spade ends up owing a debt to his partner. Later, after Baccarat has moved up the ranks, he makes a bet against Spade. If Baccarat wins, Spade will go to Badon, one of the 13 territory branches. If Spade wins, Baccarat will renew his term as a detective. Baccarat wins the bet, and Spade is sent to Badon to serve as a chief officer.

In the second and third chapters, we follow a man named Warbler, who arrives in Suitsu for his new assignment. We are also introduced to Pastis, a count who is serving as the branch director in Suitsu. The focus of the plot of this story is on Warbler, but Pastis is the one who will ultimately become one of the five chief officers. With Warbler’s story, though, we get to see what kind of an environment Suitsu is. Although Warbler overhears a plot about a coup d’etat, he can’t do anything about it. He’s unable to risk his job by going outside of the strict parameters that are in place for those who work at the Suitsu branch office.

The fourth chapter focuses on the Jumoku ward. Specifically, the focus is on Mahogany, a man who has competed with Pine since they were children. Mahogany always came in second to Pine in everything they ever did. Mahogany sees all the attention and adoration Pine gets as the branch director, which leads him to have flashbacks to their years of competition. They both went to ACCA, and Pine is assigned to the main office while Mahogany goes to police headquarters. The chapter ends with Pine being selected as one of the five chief officers. But we get a scene between Pine and Mahogany where they come to an understanding. Of the chapters in this volume, I thought this one was the strongest. I appreciated the interplay between these two characters and seeing how their lives evolved through the flashbacks.

The final chapter brings all five of the chief officers together. We get to meet the final two, Grossular and Lilium, although neither one gets the character development that the other three did in the earlier chapters of this volume. Hopefully these two characters will get development in the next volume of the series. This chapter basically brings the five chief officers together and they meet for the first time.

When it comes to the art, it’s very stylized. It has a “blocky” look to it. From what I’ve seen for the covers of the ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. manga, this style seems to be staying true to the original manga. This art style definitely stands out from a lot of manga that’s out there.

I went into this manga without reading either the ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. manga or watching the anime adaptation of that series. However, I didn’t feel lost as I read this volume. I think the chapters spent enough time highlighting the information a reader unfamiliar with the original series would need in order to understand and appreciate what they’re reading. I found this manga to be interesting, and maybe at some point I will try to hunt down the ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. manga series and read it.

This manga should have a strong appeal to fans of the original ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. since this provides more story for the characters and the world that they inhabit. And even if you’re not familiar with the original manga series, you might find the characters to be interesting and learn something about the world that the series is set in.

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