Playing catch-up: Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 Eps. 2 & 3

In which Class 3E bakes a giant pudding, and Horibe Itona, a.k.a. Octupus Head and Koro-sensei’s self-proclaimed younger brother, joins the class.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd season ep 2

They should’ve also tried for the Guinness Book of World Records.

So Ansatsu Kyoushitsu returns to its usual comedy antics for the first eighteen minutes in its second episode. It was nice to see cyan-haired Kaede take the charge for her own assassination plan, even if it was only for half an episode and the only thing we learned about her was that she knows a crap ton about pudding. Meanwhile, evil scientist/cloaked high priest Shiro, and his octopus-headed weapon Itona, makes a return to kill Koro-sensei in an elaborate plan that involved the theft of the underwear of gravure model.

It was the ridiculousness that we’ve come to expect from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, and just as expected was Itona’s redemption and eventual inculcation into Class 3E. Itona’s background story was suitably tragic, even if his motivations for killing Koro-sensei were still a little hazy. Seeing Terasaka rope Itona into his gang was fun, and it served to give a little background to the others in his gang, whom I’d informally named as rabbit-teeth, yakuza-eyes, and yandere up till now. So far Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is chugging along nicely with its reliable comedy, but like its first season, the show is already starting to feel formulaic. Part of the reason might be because we’ve already many episodes of the same grain from the first season, but I’m optimistic that Ansatsu Kyoushitsu will start mixing things up again soon.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd season ep 3

Koro-sensei doesn’t know how not to teach.

Random observations:

  • Besides Karma, Terasaka probably has had the most character development out of all his classmates; he’s gone from class bully to tough love guru.
  • In lesser hands the sexual harassment jokes could have come off as insensitive and sexist. Good for the writing team for focusing the humor on the students’ disgust instead of the harassed women’s reactions.
  • Koro-sensei used his tentacles to generate a sphere of energy to get out of his anti-Koro-sensei trap, which he had apparently learned last season while in his Absolute Defense Form. This isn’t the first time that Koro-sensei has pulled abilities out of thin air whenever he was in a tight spot, and I’m really hoping that this will be the last. Relying on Koro-sensei as a get-out-of-jail-free card is just lazy writing.

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