The production of the anime adaptation of one of Natsume Ono’s works is underway with the 2013 manga series ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka. The series, set for a winter 2017 bow in January, has been bringing out small but decent bits of marketing and promotion since it was first announced. The latest is a brighter and intriguing new key visual that gives us a look at the lead and a lot of the characters that will popular it behind him courtesy of character designer Norifumi Kugai.
The series will be directed by Shingo Natsume based on the series composition by Tomohiro Suzuki. Norifumi Kugai is on board to handle the character designs while Madhouse will be producing the animation.
The previously announced cast includes Hiro Shimono as Jean Otis, Kenjirou Tsuda as Nino, Junichi Suwabe as Glossular, Kouji Yusa as Lilium, Tooru Ookawa as Spade, Hikaru Midorikawa as Pastis, Hiroki Yasumoto as Pine, Aoi Yuuki as Lotta, Atsuko Tanaka as Mauve, Hiroki Gotou as Pochard, Youji Ueda as Owl, Tomoaki Maeno as Knot, Taku Yashiro as Rail, Mamoru Miyano as Schwan, Yuto Uemura (Bungou Stray Dogs)as Maggie, Ryuusei Nakao as Falke 2nd and Unshou Ishizuka as Kuvarumu.
Plot concept: The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch’s 99th birthday. These thirteen states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otis is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has 10 people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing towards the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts, to check on the situation and personnel there.