「学園祭の時間」 (Gakuensai no Jikan)
“School Festival Time”
I don’t even know where to start with this week’s post. What I know for sure though is that this was one fantastic episode.
A Mother’s Love
After feeling a bit let down with last week’s ending, I absolutely loved the way Lerche wrapped things up between Nagisa and his mom. Because after her terrifying introduction last week and subsequent mellowing down, I never expected us to get more than what we got. Amazingly, the crafty minds at Lerche snuck in a huge bombshell of emotions right at the end of the episode. Seeing Nagisa’s mom calmly approach him, acknowledge his growth, and even apologize for her actions hit me so hard in the chest that I had to pause the episode to gather my composure. Because, unlike a lot of other stressed parent-child relationships, you could tell that Nagisa didn’t want to abandon the mother who had done so much for him. He understood that behind all the crazy was a mom who deeply loved her one and only son to the point that it overtook her — and I think she finally realized it.
Anyways, I hope that last scene gave you as much joy as it did for me because it’s moments like those that make anime (at least for me) worth watching.
Amidst all the fun that everyone was having, you have to hand it to Koro-sensei for incorporating some really important life lessons into this week’s episode. From something simple like using whatever resources you have to the best of your ability to you to more complicated concepts like maintaining the balance of a local ecosystem, the balance between learning and having fun was perfect. But the biggest lesson of all had to be seeing all the connections the class had developed come and support them in their time of need. A culmination of all the goodwill and good feelings that all the members of Class 3E had given out in the past coming full circle. Sure, it may have been assassins, mercenaries, and spoiled rich kids, but they all played a role in helping!
That and I really enjoyed getting to see some old faces who were all pretty cool in their own right.
Man, I feel so satisfied after that ending that the next two episodes could be utter garbage and I’d be okay with it. Luckily, things seem to be keeping up a pretty good pace and Koro-sensei has been getting more time to have some inner dialogues! Which hopefully means that we’ll finally get some information about his past. Like how and why he turned into a freaking giant octopus that can move at Mach 20. Catch you next week!