「バレンタインの時間」 (Barentain no Jikan)
I think this might have been the best episode ever. That or I’ve fallen into trap of the recency effect/fallacy. In any case, it was a damn good episode!
With the decision behind what to do with Koro-sensei finished, I appreciated that this episode took the time to slow down a little and gave our beloved E Class some time to grow. With talks about what high school everyone is going to and the fact that good byes are coming for everyone, I was caught a little off guard with just how mature all the conversations were. The biggest surprise though had to be Nagisa’s realization that he should become a teacher. With such a unique skill set and personality, it probably wouldn’t be too tough for someone like him to pull it off. Toss in that he’s seen firsthand how some of the best in the industry do things and there’s a good chance Nagisa could probably become a force to be reckoned with.
While we’re talking about moving forward, was I the only one who was super touched with Koro-sensei’s meeting with Principal Asano? Not only were they having a super civilized conversation, but to actually see the change of heart that Principal Asano had a few episodes back nearly smacked some tears out of me. Toss in the heartfelt conversation the two had about Yukimura and what she could have become and I’ll admit that I was feeling pretty emotional.
I think, honestly, this was the best use of fanservice I’ve seen in ages. Without trying to get our attention with breasts or lewd scenes, everything about the latter half of the episode was perfect when it came to giving us a bone in the relationship department. Showing off some of the less obvious pairings that have grown through class E, the icing on the cake was definitely watching Kaede try to express her feelings to Nagisa. And while she might not have been able to (at least not yet), the mere fact she was able to give him her chocolates is a welcome sign that something might actually happen between the two.
That said, Karasuma-sensei wins hands down for being the suavest guy in the whole series. After nearly four-cours of being cold and downright mean at times to Irina, who would have thought he’d finally open up on Valentine’s Day? Opening the way to leave her life as an assassin and literally unrolling the red carpet to “join” him, you have to hand it to the guy for getting the girl in one of the smoothest ways possible.
I honestly have no idea where things could go from here, and I love it. With great episodes flying at us left and right, it feels like no matter what happens we’re in for a fantastic ending. That said, with the government hard at work with their master assassination plan, I can’t help but feel that a big battle is coming our way.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. Ciao~