Assassination Classroom: Episode 7 – “School Trip Time/1st Period”

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 Seven sees the entire school going on a trip to Kyoto. Koro Sensei decides to be helpful by putting together extremely large class trip handbooks, but Nagisa’s group for the trip decides to come up with their own itinerary. Episode Seven also introduces Kanzaki, a girl who is viewed as the class idol.

Karasuma makes it clear to the members of Class 3-E that even though they’re on the school trip, they still need to try to assassination Koro Sensei. In addition to not truly being able to relax while on their trip, the members of Class 3-E also have to deal with the usual discrimination that they experience from the rest of the school. But I have to give credit to the members of Class 3-E that they don’t let these things bring them down and that they try to have a fun time on their trip.

Unfortunately for Nagisa’s group, things don’t go well after Kanzaki loses her trip itinerary and it ends up in the hands of some delinquent high school boys from another school. The delinquents use the itinerary to follow their group around until they walk into a deserted area. Karma tries to take the delinquents on, but he’s overwhelmed and beaten up. Two of the girls in the group, including Kanzaki, are kidnapped by the delinquents. As we learn later, Kanzaki was the main target of the kidnapping attempt due to something she had done over the summer.

The kidnapping plot allows the audience to get some brief backstory of Kanzaki, which explains why she had done what she did over the summer that gained the attention of these high school boys. As a viewer, I appreciated getting this small bit of character development, due in large part to the fact that Kanzaki is a new character that we meet for the first time during this episode. It also helped me to better understand why Kanzaki was being targeted by these delinquents in the first place.

For Nagisa and the others in the group, they’re surprised to discover that Koro Sensei’s class trip handbook gives them information they need to help track down their kidnapped classmates. Not only that, they also receive some surprising, yet welcome, assistance when they try to rescue the girls.

Overall, I have to say that Episode Seven was a pretty good. It used its runtime well to set up the idea of the school going on the trip, as well as executing and resolving the kidnapping storyline. The pacing felt natural, the flow of the narrative didn’t feel choppy, and the story also didn’t seem rushed. And even though the kidnapping storyline was resolved, it doesn’t mark the end of the trip. The school trip should continue in Episode Eight, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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