One of the strongest feelings I get while watching ACCA is that none of this can last. The characters are living relatively peacefully for now, but eventually the sinister plots will come to light and everything will turn sideways. None of that has happened yet, though, and even though we don’t know the true extent of anything, Jean takes all his trials with stride; and as we saw in this episode, a surprising amount of calmness.
Thanks to Lilium, Jean found out that Nino was watching him. It’s surprising that Jean didn’t figure that out far earlier, as he’s so astute, which indicates that he trusted Nino. This could make Nino the only person Jean trusted besides Lotta. This small revelation makes Nino’s betrayal more hurtful. Even if Nino never saw their friendship as real, Jean did, and although it doesn’t break him out of his shell, we do see a definite reaction.
Jean confronts Nino, but he doesn’t lash out in anger or even express his hurt. Instead, he just shows clear, gracious honesty, without even expecting Nino to tell him anything. I would have thought such a revelation would destroy any friendship, or at least turn it into a complete farce, but instead there is genuine truthfulness between them, even if it’s only a little. Jean not wanting Nino to stalk him or get him to tell secrets is straining their friendship, but despite this interference, Nino responds. Even though he doesn’t stop his spying, he shows concern for Jean, and tries to tell him what he can, showing that the friendship was far more reciprocated than it seemed.
Despite the pacing, I’m really loving ACCA. We may not be getting any secrets anytime soon, but I really do feel the story is going somewhere great. I often wish it would be more dramatic, but there’s something impressive and mysterious about Jean’s reserved responses. The cliff-hanger ending has me really excited for the next episode. The sub-plot with Lotta and the Prince is funny, and I’m interested to see how it ties in with the main plot. The focus on food is cute, and I think it’s starting to reveal how the differences between districts might make someone want to overthrow ACCA. Perhaps the coup is being organized by someone who wants all the regions to have soft bread. I wouldn’t be surprised.