「未来の時間」 (Mirai no Jikan)
While I didn’t cry as hard as I did last week (probably because I’m sitting in an airport), this finale episode was amazing. Simply, amazing.
The entire first half of the episode was a giant tearjerker. Providing closure for every major character involved and really hitting us hard in the feels with expert precision, I was trying my hardest not to become a hot mess sitting in the terminal. From the way Principal Asano ended things with a smile to Koro-sensei leaving Nagisa a downright amazing graduation gift that I’m sure none of us saw coming, everything about the episode felt like the perfect way to close a series.
Boy, was I happy to see a short time skip after the first half. Because if we’re being honest, I was dying to know just how everything panned out for E Class. Unsurprisingly, everyone found some sort of success in their respective fields with a couple people landing some pretty cushy gigs. Something I think we all knew was bound to happen.
And while I don’t have anything to criticize about the latter half of the episode (except for I wish it were longer), I was really hoping for a silly Koro-sensei to pop out somewhere. Because as much as it would have belittled everything that occurred throughout the latter half of the episode, I was just so god damn sad that he was gone that I would have accepted anything it we got another opportunity to hear him one more time.
And with that, let’s jump into the final impressions!
With over four cours spanning a few years because of a break in-between, Assassination Classroom has been one hell of a ride. Starting out with a ridiculous premise of a octopus monster threatening to blow up the world and requesting he simply be allowed to teach a certain class of misfit students, it somehow turned into a magical story of a teacher and the love and compassion he had for his beloved students. A story that felt like a rollercoaster from episode one and never really let up right until the end. A rollercoaster that traversed the entire spectrum of emotions from an incredible amount of happiness to sadness so hard you could cry your heart out. On that rollercoaster were an unforgettable cast of characters that all had their own unique draw. Sure, some of the may have been more important or memorable than others, but no one was ever forgotten, ever. And by the end of things, they were all respected and burned into our memories as all their names were recited.
Honestly, it’s tough to hammer out a final impression of this show. It’s spanned for so long and has done so many things that it’d be nearly impossible to list them all and keep the post to a manageable size. That and I’m sure everyone who’s watched the show has found value from different things. From the characters to the story, all the way to the insane action scenes that continually got better and better, the list of things could just go and on. So instead of trying to highlight everything that appealed to me, I think it would be nice to focus on one thing that most if not all of us loved – Koro-sensei.
Ever since the beginning it’s been clear that Koro-sensei was more than just some octopus hell bent on destroying the world. He was someone who was trying to genuinely help and understand others in the way someone else did for him. Throughout the series, we got to watch him grow as both a student and a teacher as he discovered just want it meant to teach another. Teach not only in the literal sense of passing along information, but teach in the sense of being a mentor and figure that not only inspired others but was there to really “see” his students and their accomplishments. Something I think he had figured out pretty well before meeting with The Reaper but truly understood after apologizing for his mistakes in the past.
Anyways, let me close out this post before it gets too long. Thank you very much for coming along for the ride. It’s been a blast covering the show and I’ve had a lot of fun reading your comments week after week. Again, thank you very much and I’ll see you guys around next season. Ciao!