Test Time 「テストの時間」
Always have a back-up plan. In assassination as in life.
So is Koro-sensei a villain or a saviour? That’s how school principal Asano Gakuhou (a delightfully evil Hayami Sho who reprises his devilish charms from Bleach‘s Aizen) described the tako and he’s probably right. The darling of the education industry wants to ensure the stigma of 3-E stays, regardless of whether there is a next year to look forward to if Koro-sensei does indeed carry out his threat. This is a man who believes in the 80-20 productivity rule of worker ants and adopts a 95-5 standard for his school and he’ll do whatever it takes to ensure he gets his way. With those evil eyes (and Hayami’s cold menacing voice) you wouldn’t dare to defy him.
Unless you’re a tako who actually has the ability to destroy earth of course. Koro-sensei challenges the status quo and does a naruto spin-off kage-bunshin-no-jutsu cloning himself at mach-20 speed to INDIVIDUALLY tutor his students in subjects they’re weak in. The mid-term tests are coming and he wants to make sure his students do the best to their abilities. That’s the first time Koro-sensei’s actually tired himself out but he was so sure it’s worth it (those pink fluffy imagery of his fascinations are so funny because it’s so impossible). But the students reckon they have better luck assassinating him than face an exam and surely enough, are betting on the 1 billion yen prize money to see them through the rest of their lives. Who needs good grades when you’re loaded? Wrong. Always, always, have a back-up plan. What if Koro-sensei just disappeared? What will all the assassination lessons do for the students then? Trust the tako to make the students see the folly of their ways by betting that if they didn’t get into the top 50, he’d just up and go (as if he’d have the heart to actually do that). That’s real education there guys.
So it’s really upsetting to see how the hardworking students and Koro-sensei’s efforts go halfway down the drain when Asano broadens the exam curriculum just before the exams, failing to notify the end class. They would’ve been knifing and conquering the monster questions if it weren’t for the extra topics included. I never saw my exam questions as monsters (but do recollect picturing my teachers as wicked beings much like how Nagisa was described this episode lol) that one fights with knifing skills ala assassination techniques. The pen is mightier than the sword especially in our current modern world so I suppose it makes perfect sense then to picture the monster questions as portrayed this week. What I also didn’t count on seeing was Nagisa describing her class facing the dragons TOGETHER as a group effort in which they either all made it or they perished and were defeated. Save for Karma of course. The guy saves the day and Koro-sensei’s dignity by spinning the whole indecency pushed unto them in a reverse-psychology on Koro-sensei because the tako’s such a child, by saying that Koro-sensei just wanted an excuse to leave the students because he was afraid of them haha. Well played Karma, well done!