「ハッピーバースディの時間」 (Happii Baasudei no Jikan)
“Happy Birthday Time”
This week’s episode was definitely an emotional roller coaster.
A Quick Trip up the Mountain
I doubt any of us had any doubts whether or not our beloved E Class would be able to make it passed those silly government guards. With a combination of intense assassination training and learning that mountainside better than their own homes, it felt great to see everyone take part in that fantastic infiltration mission. From trapping guards to zapping the crap out of them we actually got a good amount of different takedowns! My favorite though probably goes to Karma for his devilish use of wasabi to not only inflict some serious pain, but to use the screams to lure more guards out into the open.
One More Lesson
After that quick adrenaline trip though, I wasn’t mentally or emotionally prepared for what Koro-sensei was planning at the top of the mountain. Greeting his beloved students in his typical goofy manner, I could feel the tears welling up when he revealed he’d essentially given up. But the thing is, it’s not like Koro-sensei was giving up because he was stuck in such a bad situation. It was the culmination of understanding that this attempt at his life literally took a world’s worth of effort and that when he finally saw his students, he knew he’d accomplished what he set out to do. He was able to inspire his students and light the fire in their souls to work toward being the best possible versions of themselves they could be.
And if that wasn’t enough, he even took the time to console his students with their conflicted feelings! With death staring down at him from the skies, the way he calmly addressed society and how it’s never worth hating it was indescribably perfect. Pulling from both his and his student’s experiences, the way he managed to spin it all together into a path that his students could follow with a smile on their face hit me straight in the feels.
God damnit, if Shiro didn’t obliterate the cake I probably would have lost it.
Looking Ahead & Boss Battles
Well, it took him a while, but it looks like Shiro finally decided to show up. With a disgusting Reaper 2.0 behind him and a bunch of tentacle crap inside of him, it looks like Koro-sensei has a little more to deal with before the giant laser from above comes screaming down. That said, things aren’t looking too good since both his adversaries have some serious firepower behind them. Luckily, he has his entire class backing him up and Karasuma and Irina waiting in the wings.
In any case, I can’t wait to see what ends up happening in the next few weeks. Whatever does, I’m willing to bet the show isn’t done with our emotions just yet and as unlikely as it is, I’m really hoping Koro-sensei manages to find a way out of this with his life intact.
P.S. So, I never do this, but I tried looking at the manga to get a hint of what might happen. Amazingly, it looks like the anime is tweaking what’s going on significantly. So, even though I only looked through a few pages, it looks like there’s definitely some merit for manga readers to watch what’s going on!