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Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e – 06

「嘘には二種類ある。過去に関する事実上の嘘と未来に関する権利上の嘘である。」 (Uso ni wa nishurui aru. Kako ni kansuru jijitsujou no uso to mirai ni kansuru kenrijou no uso dearu.)
“There are Two Kinds of Lies; One concerns an Accomplished Fact, the Other concerns a Future Duty”

A lot happened in this week’s episode so let me try and break it down exactly between what I enjoyed, what I was indifferent to and what I thought was really unnecessary. What I enjoyed this week of seeing a different side to Kiyotaka and the little hints that they dropped about his past. The anime is starting to finally unveil an underlying story that will hopefully explain why Kiyotaka is the way that he is. He’s not just aloof and impartial to everything going on, their teacher actually thinks he’s “the most defective”whatever that means right now. Does it mean he was part of a child experiment gone wrong? Does he mean he was meant for bigger/better things and now he’s been demoted to a regular Class D student? I’d love to see them dive a bit more into it, but realistically, we might not see it until the end of the season. And being in a class of “defective” students, does that mean that everyone else has some degrees of “defects”? I always thought that meant that they were as smart as the other students, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Clearly Kiyotaka and Suzune (and even Kikyou) aren’t stupid, so what makes them Class D? There must be another aspect to these kids that the teachers are measuring that we don’t know yet and I can’t wait to see what that is. I also think it’s great that the story is finally introducing not just Class D students but pitching the Class A and C students against one another. We don’t know what beef they have with one another yet but one can speculate that it’s because they want to be the “ruler” of the school and students. Isn’t that what the Student Council President is for? Omoshiroi….

What I thought was kind of meh in this episode was how quickly they sped through some of the scenes and how little of an impact it left on me. Maybe it’s because I don’t see the significance of it yet, but overall I thought the resolution of the Class C vs. Sudou issue was so lackluster. It felt like it built up to a big deal and in the end, Suzune and Kiyotaka solved it by simply installing some fake cameras and they called off the case. I’m not sure what that’s supposed to lead up to or what kind of repercussions this will have for the Class C leader; Ryuuen Kakeru (Mizunaka Masaaki) seems like a very stereotypical delinquent that you’ll see in high school right now. Hopefully this leads up to a larger overarching story that gets solved before the end of the season. This resolution leads to the Student President confronting Kiyotaka at the end of the end episode about filling in an empty spot on their council which he declines. At some levels, I thought it was quite interesting that he saw the “involvement” Kiyotaka had in this case even though he doesn’t outright say that much to the guy. On the other hand, I don’t see what Manabu’s beef is… it just seems like a lot of students have problems with each other and I don’t get why.

This leaves us with the negative parts of this episode. This week seems to wrap up the end of Sakura’s arc with Kiyotaka helping her with an online stalker as well as the encouragement he gives her to be more comfortable with who she is. There wasn’t really anything wrong with the way that they went through her arc, but I just didn’t relate to Sakura at all; plus, she’s not the brightest bulb out there. She had a lot of issues with stalkers online (and in person) and she doesn’t tell anyone! There are so many resources now that offer people help and the last thing you should do is walk down a dark alley yourself! That’s definitely rule number one about being followed – stay around crowds of people! Gosh… I just wasn’t a fan of the way that this plotline went down. The whole attempted rape/molestation feels way too extreme and almost like a plot device for Kiyotaka to save Sakura. As if she needs a life-threatening situation to bring her to her senses about her own view of her life. Anyway, that aside, like I said, I’m not a huge fan of Sakura’s character so I’d love to see more of Suzune or Kikyou to bring some interesting perspectives to the story. And hey, for a romantic/comedy series, this is turning out to be way more serious and dramatic.

August 18, 2017 at 8:55 am
9 comments »
  • August 18, 2017 at 10:23 amJeffers

    just who is kiyotaka ayanokoji? yes… that is definitely the greatest question in this anime. and whatever secret is he hiding, is something i feel that is more likely his ace in this kind of school system. and i also think that the secret he has makes kushida AKA bitch a moron for intimidating him (still thanks for free oppai grab).

    anyway if i am to guess or theorize that flashback scene, it seems they are like defective genetically modified test tube babies who have grown in labs in aims of producing perfect humans to lead the country. ayanokoji is a defect as hinted, yes but perfect in all other aspect. his combat skills and keen thinking and analytical prowess, and cmon, scoring 50 out of 100 in every types of school exams in all subject? now if i am to guess his defect is that he is emotionless. and his desire to help is probably related to what ever happen to his past.

  • August 18, 2017 at 10:54 amSouma

    http://randomc.net/image/Youkoso%20Jitsuryoku%20Shijou%20Shugi%20no%20Kyoushitsu%20e/Youkoso%20Jitsuryoku%20Shijou%20Shugi%20no%20Kyoushitsu%20e%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2036.jpg

    Uwahh now that made kushida secret looks like a child play. At first I think ayanokouji were the school principal hated son send to D class for punishment or something but looks like we got agent 47 stuff…maybe ayanokouji purposefully by goverment send to that school and D class at that as an experiment case.

  • August 18, 2017 at 11:50 amyoloalchemist

    My theory on why Kyiotaka is the way he is on helping people even though he doesn’t need to: Redemption. On and again, he’d talk about equality and how it’s lacking, how there is only so much one person can do in order to help people in need, and how his actions insinuate that he considers inequality unacceptable. His apathy, which was with him even during his whatever-the-hell-they-were dark days was him being a Social Darwinist, looking out for only himself. Now he is using his apathy as a facade to actually help people without them paying him much attention beyond his help, so they wouldn’t think about prying into who he is, all in an attempt to redeem himself. This turn of events helps put a special spin on the whole Social Darwinism think and how to deal with it. I wanna see more of it, and more of him.

  • August 18, 2017 at 1:04 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    As I said before, I do relate to Airi on a basic level in terms of being shy and most comfortable in my own private happy place as opposed to interacting with others in real life, as well as not really telling others about problems I might be having because of not wanting to seem like a burden to them.

    Also, she did start to try to tell Kiyotaka about her stalker senses going off before he was called away by Suzune for their plan for Class C, and she tried to contact Kiyotaka on the phone before she was ambushed by the camera shop stalker.

    Still, I do agree that the attempted rape bit felt unnecessary.

    I guess I sort of get why the Class C thing went the way it did. While they could have gone the way of getting the Class C students punished, as they mentioned, it still would have resulted in Sudo getting punished as well, which would not be good for Class D. However, psychologically, Class D won this round because with Class C withdrawing the complaint, it gives Class D a big morale boost while also showing that the classes above them are not invincible and can be overcome in ways beyond simply academics.

  • August 18, 2017 at 1:17 pmAnonymous

    This anime has so many unspoken details so most look unimportant until you notice a hint.
    I heard from my friend who read LN about his past. Take it with a grain of salt.
    Show Spoiler ▼

    About Sudou’s scandal incident,
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • August 18, 2017 at 4:07 pmjhpace1

    http://randomc.net/image/Youkoso%20Jitsuryoku%20Shijou%20Shugi%20no%20Kyoushitsu%20e/Youkoso%20Jitsuryoku%20Shijou%20Shugi%20no%20Kyoushitsu%20e%20-%2006%20-%2010.jpg

    This was indeed a Sakura episode, leaving Sudou’s and Class C’s resolution almost an afterthought. As in, Kyiotaka didn’t even attend the courtroom the second time. Was that overconfidence?

    As for “Classroom of the Elite”, it’s still more like a Special Forces weeding-out class than a highschool freshman class. Class C intentionally trying to sabotage Class D as well as do their own advancement to Class B level? This is the Japanese high school experience to an extreme and deadly level. Sadly, most high school cliques get repeated later in life in politics and membership clubs.

    If Class D is the “defectives’, no matter how you describe it (psychological, social, but not mental or physical), does that mean Class A is full of perfect A+ students who get along with everybody? Obviously not, given the attitude of the school president! So I’m still wondering what the overall goals of the teachers and founders of the school are. All they are promoting now are psychopathic egos who do stop at nothing to attain their goals.

    http://randomc.net/image/Youkoso%20Jitsuryoku%20Shijou%20Shugi%20no%20Kyoushitsu%20e/Youkoso%20Jitsuryoku%20Shijou%20Shugi%20no%20Kyoushitsu%20e%20-%2006%20-%2013.jpg
    Not that the ordinary staff and merchants on campus aren’t screened nearly as well, it seems. How did an employee like him even get past the interview stage? Or annual review?

    • August 22, 2017 at 5:20 pmLoliHat

      Well, the system seems geared towards directing the elites’ attitudes towards social cohesion and making it clear that the only way to advance is through collective success.

      It is no clear how the classes interact with each other, not to mention the different grade levels, affect their standing. A peaceful resolution probably works in Class D’s favor far more than an open and vindictive victory over Class C would have.

  • August 19, 2017 at 11:22 amtheirs

    If they’re making schools like this to nurture the elite, I don’t think it’s a far stretch for them to actually try to breed elites too. Ayanokoji might actually be one. We never heard why he joined this school in the first place, right?

    Regarding the metrics they use to judge the students, I’m starting to think that discipline and ambition are some of them. If we take ambition into account, gimping yourself without any ulterior motives would be the biggest defect of all. It actually contradicts what the school stands for.

  • August 24, 2017 at 12:58 amJHN

    Maybe at first the class system isn’t even simply the best are in Class A and the worst in Class D.

    Just like Class D seems to be the “defective” class, Class A could be another test class. A gathering of all elites that naturally wouldn’t work together as easily. To test if they can work together to stay at the top or fall one by one by other classes succeeding at team work.

    Class B would then be a gathering of more social students and Class C to be a class full of underdogs.

    Class A(ntisocials), Class (Social) B(utterflies), Class C(ommon folk), Class D(efectives) or something?

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