Assassination Classroom: Episode 14 – “Vision 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 14 sees Koro Sensei creating a pool in the mountains for his students to swim in during a heat wave. However, while the class is there, it comes out that Koro Sensei is unable to swim because his tentacles get so swollen that he can’t move. Meanwhile, Terasaka is frustrated with his friends and classmates because they seem to be warming up so much to Koro Sensei. In a fit of rage, Terasaka releases what appears to be a can of bug spray inside the classroom.

While Terasaka had always seemed to be the most distant and the closest thing Class 3-E has to a bully, I found him to be acting more extreme than usual. But it’s revealed rather quickly that Terasaka is working together with Koro Sensei’s “brother” Itona and his guardian, Shiro. Shiro has come up with a plan that involves the pool Koro Sensei built, and has already had Terasaka do some of the initial setup for the plan.

But when the plan is put into motion, things don’t go as Terasaka expected them to. Episode 14 ends up dealing with Terasaka trying to figure out how he fits in with Class 3-E and what he needs to do about the situation that has arisen out of Shiro’s plan. Terasaka’s musings give the audience some insight into who he is as a character and why he’s behaved the way he has up to this point. This made for a great character development moment. While we’ve seen Terasaka a bit in the series, the audience hardly knew anything about him. With the sheer amount of students in the class, there’s no way the series will be able to develop everyone. But if there’s at least some development for the characters we see on a frequent basis, it would really go a long way to make this series even stronger than it already is.

I really liked how the class ended up coming together to help out Koro Sensei during his fight with Itona. At this point in the story, it seems like the class has become conflicted. On the one hand, they still try to find ways to carry out assassination attempts, but on the other, they seem to be caring more and more about Koro Sensei. Maybe by the end of this, Koro Sensei will have developed enough of a bond with his students that he might change his mind about destroying the Earth when the deadline approaches. That’s probably some overly optimistic wishing there, but I’d hate to see Koro Sensei killed or to have the series end with the destruction of the planet.

But I’m definitely still enjoying Assassination Classroom, and I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen next to Koro Sensei and his students.

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