Assassination Classroom: Episode 8 – “School Trip Time/2nd 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 Eight continues the school trip in Kyoto that began in Episode Seven. The first half of the episode focuses on Red Eye, a sniper hired by Karasuma to take down Koro Sensei during the trip. We get to see three attempts that Red Eye makes, and he fails at all three. Red Eye receives a surprise when Koro Sensei approaches him later and invites him to share a meal. It turns out Koro Sensei knew Red Eye was there the whole time, but instead of being angry, he’s thankful to Red Eye for helping to make the trip more enjoyable. After Koro Sensei explains how trying to assassinate him on the trip helped his students learn more about Kyoto than the other students at the school, Red Eye decides to quit his profession as a sniper.

The meal that Koro Sensei and Red Eye shared together was my favorite part of the episode. I loved seeing how Koro Sensei ended up steering Red Eye in another direction in life, which is similar to how he helps his students in his classroom. Red Eye even comments that Koro Sensei is one hell of a teacher. It’s during moments like these that I almost forget that Koro Sensei is an alien who has threatened to destroy the Earth.

The remainder of the episode sees the boys talking about the girls, and the girls talking about the boys. However, the girls also get to learn a little more about Irina. Koro Sensei spies on both groups and angers them so much that it seems like he’s going to be caught in a pincer attack. Koro Sensei flees into a room where Karasuma is, and in here, it almost seems a hint is dropped that Koro Sensei may not have always been the alien that we’ve known him as since the beginning of the series. It’s a very intriguing hint, and hopefully something more will come out of that in the future.

For the most part, Episode Eight was more lighthearted in tone than the previous episode. However, with how tense the previous episode had been, this lighthearted tone was a great way for the audience to catch its breath before Koro Sensei and the students return to school.

Overall, Episode Eight was enjoyable to watch, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Koro Sensei and his students in Episode Nine.

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