「生かす時間」 (Ikasu Jikan)
“Let Live Time”
Well, I didn’t see that one coming. Good on you Assclass for misdirecting our attention and hitting us with a real good sucker punch.
Well, I never thought we’d ever see a calmer and softer side of our intense principal. But, I guess when you really think about it, with such a stinky personality as his there must have been a pretty serious experience that turned him into the beast that he is. And if we’re talking from the perspective of an educator who takes his job too seriously (I mean that in the most respectful way possible), seeing his style of teaching be a factor in the death of one of his favorite students was probably more crippling than what we saw on screen. I mean, even in his early days I doubt there was much that could phase Principal Asano. But after seeing the look on his face when he discovered Ikeda committed suicide and the subsequent rage filled antics afterwards, it’s a damn shame such a great educator had such a sudden shift to his teaching philosophies. But, when it comes to Principal Asano, I suppose you could say he’s had this all-or-nothing attitude since we first met him. Teaching, parenting, assassinating – he always gives it his all.
Anyways, once you have a little context behind it all, his style of educating doesn’t seem all that bad. Essentially changing how he views the words “strong” and “strength”, how can you fault someone for wanting their students to be capable of handling the cruelty of the real world? Especially when that someone believes his lack of teaching “strength” led to one of his student’s death?
Luckily, it looks like we’ll get to see a more reasonable Principal Asano in the future. Seeing how he managed to hold a rather chummy conversation with his son for once, things are looking pretty positive!
Some Extracurriculars and Looking Ahead
With a majority of the story focusing on Principal Asano and subsequently Koro-sensei, the second half felt rather weak and a little rushed. It was nice I suppose to get a break from the heavy topics from the first half, but what I’m more excited about is the notion that the story may finally be diving into the heavier stuff. Seeing how we got some context behind Principal Asano, I’m really hoping we get some insight behind Koro-sensei soon. Because after 13 episodes of this lackluster pace, I can’t wait for something really big to happen. That and with Asano and his dad hopefully taking a break from pestering E Class, we’re going to need some new bad guys!
Hopefully Principal Asano’s little prediction at the end won’t be all fluff. See you next week!
P.S. With the new season starting soon, I really hope we get a new opening that has the class jumping. Because as much as I like this opening sequence, the two from last season were freaking bomb.