Assassination Classroom: Episode 13 – “Talent 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 13 starts off with Karasuma going into his fourth month of teaching the students about assassination. He receives a surprise when he feels an intimidating presence and discovers it’s Nagisa when he protects himself from that presence. This incident is important because it’s tied in to a major plot point later in the episode.

Karasuma, who is unsure of his own skills as a teacher and tries to keep his distance, has asked a former colleague named Mr. Takaoka to work with the students on their training. At first, Takaoka comes across as a jolly and friendly father-type figure. As soon as I saw this, I suspected that he wasn’t what he seemed. Sure enough, I was right. Takaoka shows his true colors when he tries to give the students a ridiculous schedule for his class and physically attacks students who try to question him about it. When I saw a pissed off Koro Sensei come over to Takaoma, I was so sure Koro Sensei would come to the rescue. But to my surprise, he didn’t. It made sense later after Koro Sensei explained that he thought it would be better for Karasuma to deal with him, since he and Takaoma are both PE teachers.

This boils into a battle between Karasuma and Takaoma’s teaching styles, with Takaoma telling Karasuma to choose his best student and to have the student come at him with a real knife. Everyone is surprised when Karasuma chooses Nagisa, but the audience knows this decision goes back to the incident that happened at the beginning of the episode.

Takaoma was ultimately a power hungry asshole who didn’t care about the students at all, and by the end of the episode, I really thought that he got what was coming to him. It was actually rather amazing when the school principal came over to Takaoma, called him a jerk, and gave him his walking papers. It’s pretty damning when a jerk like Principal Asano tells someone that they’re an asshole. Normally I don’t like Asano, but I nearly wanted to cheer when I saw him fire Takaoma.

Ultimately, Episode 13 is a character development episode for Karasuma. By the end of it, Karasuma goes from being unsure of whether or not he’s capable of teaching to starting to discover confidence in what he’s doing and beginning to build a relationship with his students. The episode is also important because it shows that there’s more to Nagisa than what the audience had thought up to this point in the series.

I’m looking forward to seeing Episode 14 in order to find out how the story of Assassination Classroom will continue to unfold.

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