Assassination Classroom: Episode 9 – “Transfer Student 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 Nine sees a new transfer student joining Class 3-E. But instead of an actual person becoming a student, it’s a computer known as an Autonomous Intelligence Fixed Artillery that is designed to assassinate Koro Sensei. As it’s explained by Karasuma, Koro Sensei can’t fight back when the computer attacks him because she’s an officially registered student that he is not allowed to harm. Of course, the machine decides to start shooting guns in the middle of class, and she decides to keep attacking Koro Sensei throughout the whole day.

It’s not too surprising that the students become frustrated by the machine’s behavior and causes one of them to tape her down in order to prevent her from firing guns during class and disrupting their lessons. They’re also angry because they have to clean up after the machine’s messes and see her as competition for the prize money.

I liked seeing how Koro Sensei treated the machine like a student, and gave her advice on how she needs to work with the other students for the assassination and that she needs to get along with her classmates. I also liked seeing Koro Sensei skirt around the rules of “harming” a student by making changes and additions to the machine’s programming so she can learn how to get along with the others. He also makes other changes, such as making her display a full-body one to help make the machine’s AI look more like her classmates. It’s moments like these that make me forget that Koro Sensei has threatened to destroy the Earth, and I look at him like a role model when he’s teaching.

Unfortunately, the creators of the machine aren’t happy with the changes that Koro Sensei has made and return her to her factory defaults. Koro Sensei is also told that going forward making changes to the machine will be considered harming her and violating his agreement. But the AI does something that you wouldn’t normally expect to see a computer do. And by the end of the episode, the students have also given the AI the name of “Ritsu,” since her full name is a mouthful.

Episode Nine was rather enjoyable to watch, and going forward, the students have a new ally in their attempt to assassinate Koro Sensei before graduation. I think Ritsu has the potential to add an interesting dynamic to the series, even more so than Irina has up to this point. Hopefully the potential I see for Ritsu will manifest itself as the series continues.

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