「常務霧羽ナギサ」 (Jōmu Kiryu Nagisa)
“Director Kiryuu Nagisa”
Hoo boy, where to start this week? Every episode of Classroom Crisis is pretty packed, but now we’re finally starting the sprint towards the finish line, which means secrets will be revealed, schemes will unravel, and all the dominoes will start to fall in a general cacophony of chaos. I mean that in a good way; the most satisfying part of setting up a dominoes arrangement is tipping them all over at the end, right? We are a species drawn to spectacle, and what a spectacle Classroom Crisis is becoming. Again, in a good way.
In keeping with Classroom Crisis‘s habits, we actually start rather banally. Not to disparage the average anime viewer, but isn’t it a bold move to open with a news piece about domestic political shuffling? I’m not saying you’ll turn them off, Classroom Crisis, I’m saying they’ll turn you off. In hindsight it was a clear deception, both to mislead us about the potential arrangements of the Martian!Japan government and the certainty of Nagisa’s success. In fact, most of this episode was dedicated to that charade, with good feelings all around. Nagisa may be unpopular in the boardroom, but he’s making inroads with his own faction (hush talks in the back of a car: that’s so cloak and dagger). Meanwhile, Kaito’s all grown up, getting serious about management, but still holding onto his monologue habit (more like his soliloquy habit). Both Nagisa and A-TEC are working separately towards the same goal, it’s all very sweet and positive. There was even a sudden blooming love! I admit the two had some chemistry going on, but it did seem like a bit of a ‘by the way, romance!’ from Classroom Crisis, possibly also as a deception. We were a rom-com, right?
Of course, since we’re only at episode 10, I doubt anyone actually expected a complete victory for our protagonists so soon but, on the other hand, a complete defeat is a big development. It shows that Kiryuu Kazuhisa, unlike the pitiful Yuuji whom Nagisa easily dispatched, is no pushover, managing to outmaneuvre Nagisa using much of the same backroom wheeling and dealing. If Kazuhisa is the Big Bad—noting, of course, that we haven’t really sussed out his motivations yet—then he’s already made for quite the formidable foe. In fact, all the stakes seem to be suddenly higher, with the conflict escalating to some kind of feudal war of succession, Shinamiya vs Kiryuu, traditionalists vs reformists, a game of Martian thrones.
The biggest twist, though, is surely what we learn from from Iris’s traumatic flashbacks when her PTSD acted up. No, Iris, you are the Shinamiya! Whatever I was expecting, I wasn’t expecting that, but I must also admit that it fits nicely enough so it was only slightly Shyamalan. Some twists feel like complete bullocks, but this one I felt pretty good about. It doesn’t subvert viewer knowledge—i.e. doesn’t ‘cheat’—but merely changes our perspective. And now, there’s so many juicy new questions! Who were involved with the (very) hostile takeover? If Iris is the Shinamiya, does that make Nagisa the Shirasaki? Is he doing all this on her behalf, or is it completely his own agenda?
Unfortunately, we have bigger things to worry about in the short term, as both Nagisa and Iris seem to have crashed and burned. This should be climax time, and ironically I fear that Classroom Crisis may go too fast, but I doubt they’re going to be stopping for anything. With no preview to guide us this time, the only thing we can hold onto for now is our seats. One week isn’t too much of a wait, is it?