「汝等ここに入るもの、一切の望みを捨てよ。」 (Nanjira Koko ni Hairu Mono, Issai no Nozomi o Sute yo.)
“Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here.”
「人間は自由の刑に処されている。」 (Ningen wa Jiyū no Kei ni Shosa rete Iru.)
“Man is Condemned to be Free”
Author’s Note: So it’s been a while and I deeply apologize for my tardiness. It’s been a busy week with work and a long weekend in Canada so I hope everyone can understand. The rest of the September should be a smooth ride under fall season! For the time being though, this will be a post for the two episodes combined.
With only 3 episodes left, we start a new arc with the first years going to an island where they have to “live and survive” and it’s also a way for them to generate class points. With Class D only have 80-or-so-odd points, this feels like an excuse for the class to get more points because the students can’t do much without any leverage. By the end of the season, we’ll probably see them gain a large sum (in the ED sequence) and hopefully it’s enough to get the class to Class C. With that said, I think it’s interesting just how many different ways the class can earn and use points. Obviously the purchasing power is very important, but how to generate points is how it becomes more game-like. It reminds me of musical chairs because you’re going around trying to find these “spots” to claim and get points… all the while hidhing your leader. It doens’t surprise me that Class D chose Suzune as the leader, but it does surprise me how helpful Kanji has been. His camping and survivor skills are certainly top notch. Anyway, back to the points – without any risks., the class doesn’t get any high rewards. Although Kiyotaka has alreay uncovered the leader of Class A, there’s still a lot more potential out there to gain even MORE points. I’d like to see them put their heads together to ultimately surprise everyone by how bright the class is.
Another interesting character that gets introduced these past two episodess from Class C is Ibuki Mio (Komatsu Mikako). I prefer this slow introduction to characters rather than a dump all at once, but then again, it still feels like we’re in the early stages of the story. I’m always wondering when the showdown of Class C vs. Class D or Class A is going to go down. Mio seems to be the outcast in Class C, picking a fight with Kakeru and then ultimately being beat in the latest episode. Given that Kakeru is pretty much the bully in the class, I assume that there are very little students that stand up against him, and if they do, they end up like Mio. I feel bad for her but her attitude towards the people that are trying to help her (especially Ayanokoji and Sakura) isn’t helping me sympathize her very much. I wonder if she’s going to stay with Class D or try and find her way back to Class C next week.
Speaking of Class C, Suzune makes a good point that they’re pretty much ruining themselves. By picking fights with the other classes and having Kakeru run everything, they’re not headed anywhere good. I’m curious to see how their survival challenge will turn out. They seem to be run with a more autocratic leadership style rather than the democratic style Class D seems to take. I haven’t seen enough of Class B or A to determine what the dynamic is within those classes. With all that said, I like how the show is now focusing more on the individual students and how they’re all different and offer several perspectives on the island. Kanji particularly stood out this week which is good for the class since no one else was stepping in to build a fire or find water. Unfortunately even with a solid plan to get through the survival test, Class D still has their stranglers and this time it’s Rokusuke Kouenji (Iwasawa Toshiki). We haven’t seen much of the impact he’s left on the class so far, but by deserting them, he’s left them in a huge pinch. Truly the definition of a spoiled and selfish child – this is probably what got him into Class D in the first place.