Review: Classroom Crisis, Episode 13: The Greatest Presentation in History

Review:

As Nagisa hurtles through space towards his death, Iris works to prepare herself to pilot the new X-3 for the rescue attempt. At the same time, Mizuki tries to convince Iris to do the same while also discussing their friendship (and while the rest of the team listens in). Elsewhere (and several hours later), Kaito gives his presentation to the Kirishina board, ultimately displaying the footage of Iris’ rescue attempt. It is also revealed that the same footage was broadcast to several interested investors, an important part of Nagisa’s ultimate plan, although delivering the final blow of the plan still falls to Nagisa in the long run. While the future looks bright for Nagisa and A-TEC, there are several plot points that remain unresolved, and a vague phone call by Kazuhisa that suggests things aren’t quite over.

As a finale, this episode managed to keep up the suspense pretty much the entire time. The Nagisa rescue is one part of this, as we do not know whether Mizuki and Iris will reach him in time, or if Iris will overcome the fear that had overtaken her for the latter half of the series—of course, the writers use a pretty cliché approach in dealing with this by bringing everything down to the last second. What helps maintain the suspense, though, is that these scenes are cut between scenes of Kaito’s presentation, meaning that while we are in the midst of one suspenseful situation, we are then pulled away to another. This interplay allows the episode to keep us on our toes for most of its run time, and there are a few instances where the show is downright surprising. Kaitos’ reveal that they were also broadcasting the “demo” flight to interested investors is one of these things, while the fact that Iris apparently has romantic feelings for Nagisa is another.

Perhaps most intriguing about this episode is that it doesn’t resolve everything. Near the end, Kazuhisa makes a phone call to tell his father that it is not time for him to get involved yet, which certainly seems like something that could be used for further plot. Beyond this, Nagisa seems to find himself in the midst of a love triangle that is not resolved (or even present in this episode), despite the romantic situation between him and Mizuki seeming to have been settled a few episodes prior. On top of that, A-TEC is just getting started on their new path, which would certainly be grounds for a second season, and that is where all of this is going: the series seems to set itself up for that potential, and hopefully it will deliver. The one thing that is completely unresolved to the show’s detriment is the significance of Iris being the real Nagisa. This was played up quite a bit and was ultimately the source of Iris’ trauma, yet here we are at the last episode, and it doesn’t seem to matter one bit. One would expect it to somehow play into Nagisa’s plan for getting back at Kazuhisa, yet it never emerges, and seems to be all but dropped. For all of the attention it was given (and for all the drama it seemed to have caused in the past), it is a bit disappointing that the writers don’t give us some kind of closure on that point.

All-in-all, Classroom Crisis was a surprising show. It didn’t start out as anything too interesting, but it became a show with some fairly entertaining plot twists that actually made viewers want to come back for more—provided they stuck around through the show’s rocky start. It may not win any “best anime” awards, but it was certainly something different, and will likely stick in viewers’ minds if only for that reason. Hopefully we can expect a season two so that the aforementioned plot points can be resolved and so that we can see more A-TEC dysfunction.

A Christian Perspective:

Romans 12: 4-8 – Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

I think I have used the comparison of the Church to a body many times in the past, whether in reference to this show or in reference to others. Nevertheless, it presents itself here again (or, more accurately, it was the best I could devise for this final episode) as a comparison. Up until he is confronted with the fact that the new X-3 would still belong to Kirishina even if the entirety of A-TEC resigned, Kaito actually manages to put Nagisa’s plan into action flawlessly, but after this he quickly finds that he hits a brick wall. Thankfully, Nagisa is able to patch into the presentation and close the meeting out on a decisive note for A-TEC, ultimately saving Kaito from embarrassing himself. Of course, Nagisa would not have been able to patch in had Iris not used her piloting skills to rescue him, and Iris may not have found the courage to pilot again had Mizuki not encouraged her and gone with her. Then there are the characters in the background who provided navigational support to Iris, not to mention those who did the maintenance work and whatnot to make the rocket functional, and so on. The point is, every character had a role to play, and everyone had to play that role for the end result of this episode to be realized.

I don’t think it’s hard to show how this relates to the verses I shared from Romans 12. Paul talks about how we who are in Christ form one body, just as we all have one body with many members. Of course, we are the individual members of Christ’s body, and we all have different gifts or functions. Paul exhorts us to use our gifts and perform our functions so that the body can function. Just as Nagisa’s rescue and Kaito’s presentation would not have been successful without everyone doing their job, so the Church cannot be successful in its mission if the individual members are not using their gifts.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: Several characters drink alcohol during the closing credits

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

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