Assassination Classroom: Episode 6 – “Test Time”

Assassination Classroom focuses on the students in Class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, who are being taught by a powerful alien octopus creature who destroyed 70% of the moon. It’s the mission of these students to assassinate their teacher before graduation, and they are offered a reward of 10 billion yen from the Japanese government. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds, since the alien can move at Mach 20. Also, as part of the agreement, the teacher is unable to harm the students in any way. At the end of the first episode, the teacher is given the name of “Koro Sensei” by his students.

Episode Six sees that midterm time is coming up at the school, and Koro Sensei works at trying to help the students improve in their worst subjects through tutoring with various clones of himself. There’s actually a great gag when Koro Sensei begins his tutoring. Each clone is wearing a headband saying which subject that clone is teaching, and one of the clones is wearing a Leaf Village headband from Naruto. So, yes, one of the students appears to be getting ninja training instead of academic tutoring. As a Naruto fan, I found this gag to be very amusing.

Gakuho Asano, the principal of the school comes to meet Koro Sensei and lets him know about a complaint a teacher got about Nagisa glaring at one his students and threatening to kill him. He explains his plan for the school and how he needs the E Class to remain as it is for his plan to work. It’s not surprising to see Koro Sensei not back down from what he’s been doing with the students. This is an alien with the power to destroy the Earth, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t feel cowed by the principal’s words. I have to say that I admire Koro Sensei for wanting to rebel against such an unfair system and try to help his students succeed as much as he can.

Unfortunately for Koro Sensei, his students aren’t as motivated because they believe they have a better chance of successfully assassinating him than passing their midterms. Since ranking in the top 50 on the midterms and receiving the permission of their former teacher allows a student in E class to leave, Koro Sensei issues a challenge to his students: they all have to rank in the top 50 or he’ll leave.

Of course, there’s no way that this can happen since it would bring about an end to the show. Even though Koro Sensei gives them the tools and information he thought they’d need for the test, the school administration makes changes to the test two days prior and doesn’t inform the instructors of the E class. Just as it seems that maybe Koro Sensei might stay true to his word, it’s actually Karma who convinces him to stay.

I noticed in this episode that Karma seems to have developed a habit of sticking out his tongue. Maybe he’s been doing this all along and I’ve missed it, but I definitely noticed it here. I have to admit that he looks kind of adorable when he does that.

I definitely don’t like Principal Asano. He comes across as a real jerk, and I can’t stand his unfair system. In a lot of respects, I think the principal is supposed to be seen as the antagonist in this series, and I feel certain that we’ll be seeing more of him in the future as he tries to make sure that the E class doesn’t become too confident and destroy his precious system.

Even though I don’t like Principal Asano, I’m looking forward to watching more Assassination Classroom to find out what happens to Koro Sensei and his students next.

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