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「(島/決行/伏魔/カルマ)の時間 」 (Shima/Kekkou/Fukuma/Karuma no Jikan)
“Island/Action/Pandemonium/Karma (2nd Period) Time”

Just how long is this arc going to last? I’m asking that in the most positive way possible. As opposed to one or two-episode arcs, this arc has effectively lasted for four episodes and counting–aside from smoothing out the storytelling into a more cohesive plot, this really is the strongest effort we’ve seen from Class 3-E in vanquishing their rivals, both from friendly ones to those who seriously want them dead. Every episode has lead up to this point and boy, the series is really starting to pay off thanks to all the character development before.

Class 3-E, throughout the series, has gone from a low-ranking group in a high-intensity school to facing off against the very best in half of a school year. No longer do they worry about in-fighting and issues of self-confidence. Worrying for their lives and setting their eyes on the prize occupies their time instead. To think there was a time where the class’ assassination methods were crude and a small-group affair is kind of shocking, especially considering episode 18′s assassination attempt and how well-organized it was. To think there was a time where no one was in serious danger thanks to Koro-sensei, but now that episode 18 and onwards have actually put lives on the line, that seems like a distant memory of the show.

It’s regrettable that the show is ending fairly soon, because even for a two-cour, the show took its time in building up its narrative potential and only recently has it begun to really shine. No longer can I complain about the episodic ‘student of the week’ format, since all future assassinations have now been strict team efforts relying on everyone’s improvements. It’s great seeing such a large cast share the limelight fairly equally as an ensemble cast, where each character doesn’t feel shoehorned into the story for the sake of it; each character has their own unique traits that help these assassinations move forward, even if those roles don’t happen to be on the offensive line. My particular favorites of the group right now happen to be Chiba and Hayami, who are pretty cool not just as the marksmen of the group, but also for their developed professional demeanor that even the show takes note of. Even though they didn’t have much screen time beforehand, their presence as a cog in the assassination machine fits well. With the battle against a crazed gun addict at hand, I’m sure that they’ll get a chance for redemption over their failed assassination soon enough.

In reality, Ansatsu is fully deserving of at least another season, where I am sure that season will shine even more than these first two cours. Without all this work to fit characters into episode blocks, the story’s freedom to actually allow the characters to be on-screen freely has been a welcome change of pace. Karasuma and Irina, whose roles have been strictly defined thus far, have been improving as fleshed-out characters as well, with Karasuma’s inability to defend the students a refreshing pace, as well as Irina inversely showing her ability to assist the team despite her normal nature. With Koro-sensei’s safety net out of the way, the students stand on their own and shine on their own, providing enough suspense to really wonder about the outcome. Now, given the show’s track record, no one is in serious danger of dying (even the enemy), but at least serious hurt is possible for Class 3-E and its allies.

Despite an extended leave of absence due to university commencements, I’m ready to go to cover this series to the end, even if it’s not the most perfect coverage. As I’m out there looking for a job, hopefully these kids aren’t out of a job soon–Koro-sensei has to have a weakness outside of that small ball of his and those kids will figure it out, but right now, finding that antidote is high priority, as well as beating up the ass that happened to release it on a bunch of kids.

June 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm
24 comments »
  • June 9, 2015 at 5:10 pmCiv0726

    I love how the series has been animated as a manga reader that has read through this arc I’m more than happy how it has developed. I saw you said how sad you were it was ending and wishing there was more I don’t know if you’ve seen but there is another season coming about. So we can definitely expect more to come after this initial 24 episodes.

  • June 9, 2015 at 5:42 pmstarss

    >: Sigh. A second time.

  • June 9, 2015 at 5:57 pmHanabira.Kage

    > “Just how long is this arc going to last?”

    If they don’t rush it, probably two? I guess?

  • June 9, 2015 at 6:14 pmVsAllGaming

    Glad to see this series covered again :D

  • June 9, 2015 at 6:53 pmRandom Lurker

    All the links for the larger images numbered 100 and up are not working.

    • June 9, 2015 at 8:34 pmDafuq

      Yeah, 100 through 144 are missing.

  • June 9, 2015 at 7:31 pmKuro

  • June 9, 2015 at 7:39 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this takes up the remaining episodes (or at least 3 of them, leaving 1 for an aftermath bit). Without spoiling anything specific, from what I’ve read about it online, it’s supposed to be a major development point for Nagisa.

    Getting to see Nagisa cross-dressed, lol.

  • June 9, 2015 at 8:11 pmZweilous

    • June 16, 2015 at 5:52 pmKioku from Laptop

      This gun is delicious.

  • June 9, 2015 at 8:46 pmMormegil

    Trap Nagisa, though.

    • June 9, 2015 at 9:13 pmTakala

      IKR

  • June 10, 2015 at 2:24 amelior1

    i glad there is going to be second season but i think it will take a little time for a date since i think they will want to make the gap between manga and the anime more large

  • June 10, 2015 at 3:56 amReikakou

    I thought this arc was actually drawn out… I’m slowly getting tired of the outside school setting…

  • June 10, 2015 at 7:48 amGlutton

    The terror of Karmahttp://randomc.net/image/Ansatsu%20Kyoushitsu/Ansatsu%20Kyoushitsu%20-%2017-20%20-%20119.jpg

  • June 10, 2015 at 9:26 amAki-Chan

    Seeing that stupid acorn mascot get mad was a feel-good moment, for sure:
    http://randomc.net/image/Ansatsu%20Kyoushitsu/Ansatsu%20Kyoushitsu%20-%2017-20%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    And to me, this Island arc gets better with every episode. Looking forward to a second season :) :) :)

    • June 11, 2015 at 10:25 amWarriorsHeart

      I hate that acorn, too. I hope they get rid of it in Season 2.

  • June 10, 2015 at 11:56 amLelo

    A second season has been confirmed, IIRC

    • June 10, 2015 at 12:05 pmWorldwideDepp

      Yeah!!.. This Show is good, on its own way :)

  • June 11, 2015 at 8:55 ammaiku

    my thoughts about nagisa sinse the first episode are real:

    IT’S A TRAP !!!

  • June 11, 2015 at 11:30 amYanDaMan

    Ahhh, the beginning of badass Karasuma sensei. He became a fan-favorite ever since this arc :3

  • June 12, 2015 at 12:10 pmWorldwideDepp

    Ep 21:

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 17, 2015 at 2:14 amJHN

    Those images aren’t going to be fixed, are they?

  • July 21, 2015 at 3:14 amS0ul

    Those images haven’t been fix and the last two episodes haven’t been blog here despite the season ended last month.