A psychopathic student returns to school somehow, followed shortly by a foreign femme fatale who seems intent on bringing breasts to this show. I guess this is a shounen anime…
It seems we’re back on a regular release schedule again! We are only four episodes in, but I’m a little disappointed in how frequently new characters are showing up. We’ve stuck to the episode-per-character style since the beginning, but we’ve seen psycho student introduced in episode three and a foreign hit-man in episode four. Don’t get me wrong, new characters are cool and all, but we already have a whole classroom of them and we’ve really only seen enough to perhaps two of them. They seem like characters that exist to shake up the formula a bit to prevent the show from getting predictable, but at the moment it seems like they’ve had those opportunities wasted. They’re fun characters, but I just feel they could have been handled better. I’m curious to know if this is how it happened in the manga, that’s for sure.
Whatever, it is what it is. Ass Class hasn’t been boring thus far, and Karma’s introduction feels like an interesting bridge between the students and the adults. He’s the only child character that has a motive that isn’t money-related, while also being unafraid to wind up his alien teacher in the process. His disregard for the rules and norms of the classroom will certainly keep things interesting, though even if he does manage to score a few hits on Koro-sensei’s many appendages, will it ultimately matter? In fact, even though he seems frustrated by Koro-sensei’s ability to cope with him, I wonder if he’d actually want to kill him. I’d argue that Karma would have much more fun keeping him around as a plaything and curiosity, even if he could kill him.
Irina is the latest addition to the cast, and comes as the inevitable large-breasted and seductive teacher who doesn’t take her job seriously. A bit of a staple character as far as shounen shows are concerned, which is a little disappointing, and I kinda wish that her initial assassination attempt happened completely unannounced. We already know that Koro-sensei isn’t going to die four episodes into a series, so there isn’t much shock in seeing an attempt after we know she’s a hit-man by trade. There was a portion of the episode where we assumed she was a new teacher, and I can’t help but wonder what it could have been like to have the attempt sprung on us as well. Still, it’s nice to see a female teacher added at last, even if she does seem to exist as another puzzle piece in the master plan of class 3-E outperforming the top class of the regular school.
Koro-sensei and his ridiculousness continue to be the best part of the show by far. How he reacts to each assassination attempt, as well as Fukuyama Jun’s goofy voice acting play a large part in making this show as enjoyable as it is. I only hope that we get a legitimate threat to Koro-sensei’s life sooner or later, because knowing how hard it is to kill him takes a lot of suspense out of the assassination attempts.