Assassination Classroom: Episode 17 – “Island 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.

About half of Episode 17 focuses on the members of Class 3-E getting ready for the school’s special summer course at Okinawa which they won the right to go to. First, there’s a rather light-hearted scene of Nagisa and some of the kids trying to catch stag beetles in order to earn some spending money for the upcoming trip. One of the students has set a trap for Koro Sensei, and this attempt to assassinate him becomes a rather amusing scene that ties in with the hunt for the stag beetles. Personally, I thought this was a nice way to open the episode.

As part of their preparations, Irina’s boss Lovro is brought in to be a special teacher for the summer to aid the students in their training. Since a major assassination attempt is being planned for the trip, Karasuma felt it was a good idea to bring in a professional such as Lovro to help hone the students’ skills. It turns out that many of their skills have improved since the beginning, but Lovro is able to give individual advice to each student to try to help them to improve even more. While this wasn’t a fun and light-hearted scene like the stag beetle hunt, it was still important. What’s especially important here is that Lovro seems to be seeing the exact same assassin potential in Nagisa that Karasuma had noticed in an earlier episode.

Then the episode moves to the class starting out their trip in Okinawa. This includes the students being split into several groups, so one group can do something with Koro Sensei while the others work at preparing for their part in the big assassination attempt that’s scheduled to happen after dinner that evening. The dinner scene is on the amusing side, and works great leading up to the end of the episode, where the members of Class 3-E are just about to launch into the assassination attempt.

Well, it turns out my guesses about this episode weren’t quite right. The actual assassination attempt hasn’t happened yet, and we have yet to see the A Class make an appearance. But the episode worked well for what it was trying to accomplish, which was getting everything set up and ready for the assassination attempt. I have a feeling that Episode 18 will focus exclusively on Class 3-E trying to assassinate Koro Sensei, and this leads me to believe that any run-ins with Class A will probably happen in Episode 19. Obviously, the assassination attempt will have to fail, since there’s still more episodes to go; but, what makes the next episode worth looking forward to is seeing just how the attempt ends up failing.

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