「修学旅行の時間・2時間目」 (Shuugakuryokou no Jikan· Ni-Jikan-Me)
“School Trip Time – 2nd Period”
Surely Koro-sensei must have a master plan behind all of this; the synthesis of education and assassination is almost too perfectly intertwined together. Class 3-E is deep within a rich learning environment, largely without them being conscious of it. At surface, there is research into Kyoto and the various attractions and history involved, as typical of a school trip. Digging deeper though, that information is synthesized into plans requiring an exercise in organization, collaboration, and quick decision making, skills you can’t teach in a classroom alone. In fact, most of Class 3-E’s assassination efforts are just that–a practical exercise of the social skills that are helpful in real life. Koro-sensei has done some real work here. Motivation and synthesis are two of the hardest traits to encourage in students, yet here he is, empowering his students effortlessly.
Time and time again, Koro-sensei is able to impress, all without being a distant perfect figure. For all this talk about being unkillable, Koro-sensei has his limitations, flaws, and human-like quirks that help bring him down to earth as someone to socialize with. At first, there really wasn’t a good explanation for Koro-sensei’s personality, but with this episode, we can start piecing things together. In episode one, our big hint was that Koro-sensei was born here on Earth, ruling out the possibility of being an alien. Today’s episode gave a straightforward hint that Koro-sensei used to be human. Given his intelligence and wide knowledge, there’s a good possibility that Koro-sensei used to be a scientist or professor working in the same lab that conceived his current form. It makes sense, considering his university robes and his familiarity with a classroom environment. Confirmation of these guesses are still miles away, but it’s great that the show has been throwing out these pieces of info for us to humanize Koro-sensei. He’s a person with feelings and desires just like anyone else, but just so happens to be stuck in an octopus body.
The past two episodes were a great break from pure academics, away from the nastiness that is Kunugigaoka. Minus the almost rape and flying bullets, the show did a great job developing more of the characters while also giving Koro-sensei more of the spotlight. It’s a remarkable feat considering how many characters the show has to focus on. Even in light of this, the show is adding two new characters next week, both of whom are to be Koro-sensei’s largest threats yet. Considering the few lines that were said about them, neither student seems to be ‘natural’ in nature, using the same technology and research that was used to produce Koro-sensei. Though Koro-sensei is still going to emerge victorious, it should be interesting to see how Koro-sensei will react to children who aren’t really children to begin with.