「大人の時間」 (Otona no Jikan)
Koro-sensei is steadily building a top-tier education system that’ll empower his students. Assassination physical education and alluring small-talk in English (and nine other languages) probably won’t get them into a great college, but they act as a great practical application of Koro-sensei’s own teaching methods. What fun is it to learn all theory without any practice or application? With P.E and English covered, and possibly chemistry and science joining their ranks in the next episode, the classroom of 3-E is really starting to look like not just a fun school, but an effective one.
The introduction of Irina Jelavić (Itou Shizuka) followed the same formula as the past three introductions: false sense of success, Koro-sensei’s inspirational moment, and self-improvement in that order. However, ‘Bitch-sensei’ did show us more of Koro-sensei’s human and…adult sides as a result of her introduction. Today’s dirty joke was inevitable considering Koro-sensei’s nature and the stereotypes regarding tentacles, but it did humanize Koro-sensei’s character as someone with their own urges, desires, and needs…for snacks and perhaps the smallest of fetishes involving retro PE uniforms. It is thanks to these human-like desires and flaws that Koro-sensei isn’t completely invulnerable, enabling his students to feel empowered to beat him despite the odds. Not only that, but said flaws also make Koro-sensei a strange character to relate to, both for the audience and the characters. As a potentially threatening character, Koro-sensei is still able to gain the student’s trust and participation by acting human and at times, vulnerable. The same goes for Irina, whose newfound sense of humility and practicality will help her relate to and teach class 3-E.
There’s not much else of significance for today’s episode, but it is interesting to see how the class is slowly improving over the past few episodes. The results may not be visible now, but Nagisa’s notepad files and the continuous addition of assassination experts show promising potential for the future. If I’ve missed something blatantly obvious, since today’s post is especially short, let me know in the comments! However, please avoid future spoilers if possible, and remember to wrap them in spoiler tags if spoiling is necessary.