Review: Classroom Crisis, Episode 8: Money, Elections, and School Festivals

Review:

As A-TEC gears up for the annual school festival, the brains inside Kirishina gear up for an upcoming political rally to support their party. Meanwhile, the opposing party, favored by the union and laborers, approaches Kaito and requests the opportunity to speak at A-TEC’s festival demonstration. In the midst of all this, Nagisa has his own meetings to worry about, in addition to an invitation given to him by Mitsuki. While doing some of his own investigating, Nagisa manages to uncover the means by which A-TEC’s enemies seek to bring them down, and decides to put his own plan into action.

This is quite the busy episode, with a lot of different story arcs progressing at once. On the one hand, we have the political side of things—Kirishina’s motivations and goals versus A-TEC’s ultimate assistance given to the opposing party. On the other, we have the various character relationshps developing. Mitsuki and Iris have a moment together, although that friendship doesn’t really have any need for growth; however, in the midst of it, Nagisa’s relationship with Mitsuki does seem set to deepen, depending on his actions. There is also a brief moment between Nagisa and Iris that gives some peace to the question of her past for the time being. The conflict between Nagisa and Yuji continues to grow as well, and seems to finally come to a head by episode’s end. Kaito is also featured a bit in the episode, but not much is done with his character—he ultimately buys into supporting the union’s political party, but he doesn’t actually see any character growth.

What the episode actually achieves is to show how far Nagisa has come as a character. While he was previously set on simply accomplishing his goal of shutting down A-TEC, he now seems to have some level of sympathy for them, along with a desire to save the class. Whether this comes from an emotional attachment to his classmates or simply a desire to crush his brother(s) is unclear, but given the path he seems to be on it is likely that he is developing an emotional attachment. At the very least, he certainly expresses some level of affection for the work given to him in preparation for the festival.

Content Guide:

Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

This was another hard episode to make a biblical connection with, but I want to focus in on the fact that people within the Kirishina Corporation (at least Yuji, and probably others) have been spending money on unspecified things and then recording the costs as if they were being used by A-TEC. In other words, it was a dishonest business practice to allow them to spend money and pin it on someone else. Such practices are immoral and show a lack of integrity on the part of the person(s) perpetrating the act. Of course, making immoral decisions is a good way to tarnish your name, and when you get caught (as most tend to do) it tarnishes your name. This, of course, brings us back to the Scripture in this case, which says that a good name is to be desired more than riches. Therefore, we should seek to make moral decisions, even when they aren’t the convenient decisions.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “p*sses”, 1 “d*mmit”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: Yuji punches Nagisa

Blood/Gore: A dead body is shown in a flashback, and there is blood on it as well as blood floating in space around it; Nagisa bleeds

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