Tensions continue to rise between Kiryu and his brother while also rising between Kiryu and A-TEC. Not only has A-TEC’s budget been cut by 70%, but Kiryu has also called in a colleague of his—a no-holds-barred accountant by the name of Angelina. She wastes no time scrutinizing minute details of A-TEC’s procedures (such as the department’s disposal of old papers) and implementing intense changes that cause the department to lose pretty much everything it has ever known overnight. Several students decide they have had enough, Kaito tries to deal with the situation, and a conversation between Kiryu and Angelina creates an air of mystery over the whole decision to shut down A-TEC in the first place.
My biggest issue with Classroom Crisis is the same issue I am presently having with Charlotte—what is the point? Granted, the show has given us a basic plot so we know what the different characters are striving for, but I feel like we haven’t been given much reason to care. We’ve been thrown into this fictitious world and have been presented with these characters who are about to lose everything, but I don’t feel like we’ve been given much reason to actually care about their fates as of yet. The fact that we then lose a large number of the cast in this episode doesn’t help, although this may be for the best, as a smaller cast means that the writers won’t have to try to focus on as many characters.
The most compelling parts of the episode are really the mystery that is raised by Angelina’s revelations concerning the lack of interdepartmental information in regards to the A-TEC changes and the scars that we see on Kiryu’s back at the end. These actually raise questions that I, as a viewer, would like to see answered. What is the purpose of these A-TEC changes? Who is behind all of this? What happened to Kiryu to cause the scars? While Kiryu himself comes across as a detestable character (and I suspect we’re not supposed to like him, at least not yet), he is honestly the more intriguing out of the two male leads. Kaito is likable, but as of yet there is little to care about, other than how he is going to keep A-TEC alive. Kiryu is surrounded by mystery, and that is enough to make the show worth coming back to. I guess the writers know what they’re doing after all.
A Christian Perspective:
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Or so the saying goes, but the Bible says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17) So, when about half of the class quits after A-TEC loses its top-of-the-line production facility, what does that say about them? True, there is something to say about using wisdom to get out of a bad situation, but let’s not forget that these are high school kids who have also been given jobs, not to mention the fact that A-TEC has a very positive history. In short, they are quick to abandon their loyalty in favor of greener pastures, instead of trying to overcome the adversity placed in front of them.
A popular teaching in Christianity is that God will remove people from your life who will not be godly influences or who will otherwise provide an influence that will distract you or lead you away from God. Now, I’m not sure which Scriptures people would typically use for this argument, but it does make sense that Jesus, as Lord of our lives and our Good Shepherd, would lead us where he wants us, which may be away from those people. In this case, perhaps it is for the best that these students have left, because it shows that they probably weren’t going to be the greatest influences on Kaito and the rest of the class during their current trials.
Of course, it is always sad when we have to abandon a friendship, or when a friend abandons us, but sometimes it is for the best. We may not realize what kind of influence those people are having on us until they are gone and we have begun to change, and we may never realize what opportunities they could have held us back from had they remained in our lives. Trying to consider how these painful moments may be blessings in disguise may help to deal with them when they come.
Spiritual Content: None
Language: 3 “b*stard”, 2 “h*ll”, 2 “h*ck”, 1 “d*mn”
Alcohol/Drug Use: Kaito is shown putting an empty beer glass down, and he appears to be drunk; the previous principal is shown drinking next to Kaito; Angelina drinks alcohol
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Angelina’s top shows a bit of cleavage; Angelina is shown wearing only a towel; in one scene, Angelina begins to remove her towel, showing her bare butt and the side of her breast; Kiryu removes his robe and we see his bare chest—a later scene shows him in the shower and has a shot of his bare butt
Violence: Angelina grabs a student by the front of her shirt and points a pen at her; Angelina pushes Kaito to the ground; one of Kaito’s students grabs him by the shirt and shakes him