「正体の時間」 (Shoutai no Jikan)
“Secret Identity Time”
And here I thought we were going to get another boring episode after last week’s big conclusion. Luckily, I was totally wrong.
Kayano Kaede and Yukimura Akari
With all the twists we’ve had throughout the past few weeks, I’ll admit I never saw this one coming. First, who would have thought Kaede would have been hiding her identity as E Class’s old sensei? Second and more importantly, I doubt anyone would have realized she was cultivating tentacles to take out Koro-sensei. You could say I’m taking a leap of faith here, but after seeing just how detrimental those things were on Itona (who was in pretty darn good shape), you’d have to question the sanity of someone who’d choose to do that to themselves.
In any case, as much as I wanted to sympathize with Kaede and her struggle, there was one huge point that she skipped over – Koro-sensei might have absolutely nothing to do with the death of her sister. Well, at least might not be the person who actually committed the act itself. Judging from the type of project or experiment her sister was involved in, it’s not too difficult to assume there was some pretty serious stuff going on in that building. If anything, the fact that the building didn’t completely collapse when they infused the then unnamed Koro-sensei with whatever transformed him into an octopus is probably a miracle in itself.
Selfishly Doing What You Want
One thing that I thought the episode did do well though was the way it handled characterizing Kaede’s extreme selfishness. Her personality already lent itself to being like this, but by disregarding everything she’s learned and giving up all the relationships she’s made (fake or not), there was a huge inner struggle building up inside of me. Something about seeing this “new” Kaede just clashed so hard with what was already known that I have to give the show a pat on the back for doing it so well.
So, even if it makes me sound like a jerk, I can’t really sympathize with Kaede’s sudden decision to strike. It’s already pretty bad that she’s trying to sacrifice herself (which we’ve seen doesn’t lead to anything good even if it’s successful), but she’s doing so without knowing all the facts! Trust me, I could totally be more behind this if there was some more concrete evidence, but as things stand there’s just so much room for error that thinking about how next week’s episode is going to go is starting to physically hurt me. Anyways, I’ll be patiently sitting here waiting for Koro-sensei to do something amazing to bring back Kaede. Because without Kaede how can we have the A-Cup club survive!?
See you next week!
P.S. Don’t even get me started on what Shiro said under his breath as Kaede left.