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Review: Classroom Crisis, Episode 3: The Woman Came From the Accounting Department

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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.

Content Guide:

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

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Classroom Crisis, Episode 1: The Transfer Student Who Came In Late

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In the future, mankind has taken to space and colonized other planets, with Mars being one of them. Nations established cities on the planet’s surface, with the focus of Classroom Crisis being on Japan’s Tokyo 4. Within this future exists the mega-corporation, Kirishina Corp, which appears to employ high school kids to some extent. Of course, much of this back story is not revealed until the end of the episode, leaving viewers a bit perplexed and scratching their heads through the episode’s entirety. Instead, the episode starts with some Kirishina bigwigs discussing the kidnapping of someone connected to their company, and then flashes between these more serious scenes and scenes centering around the specialized class A-TEC, which is one of the high school employee groups previously mentioned. Eventually the two storylines mere, with A-TEC’s homeroom teacher, Kaito Sera, taking it upon himself to perform a rescue operation. Unfortunately, one of the students from his ragtag bunch takes it upon herself to perform the operation, and the rest of the class must support her. The operation ultimately lacks the expected results, and the class wins up meeting their new classmate, who isn’t there to simply play nice.

Classroom Crisis is a hard show to critique at this point, because the introductory episode is legitimately confusing. While it is simple enough to figure out what is going on in the story line—someone is kidnapped, but the money hungry organization doesn’t want to appear weak, so a class steps up to play vigilante—the grander scheme of things is left unexplained. Things such as: what are these classes about? Who are these characters? What is the setting? Important story details. That’s not to say that this first episode is bad or unenjoyable—it is certainly an entertaining watch—but the viewer can’t help but feel like he/she is being left out of the bigger picture. In other words, the episode is enjoyable, but hard to connect to. Those who watch will probably be split into two categories: you will either be curious enough to come back for more, or you will be put off by the lack of information and not want to come back.

One noteworthy point is that the show doesn’t seem to favor one character as the “main” character. While the opening scenes would suggest that Mizuki is the main character (she is seen preparing for school in between the dramatic discussions about the hostage situation), she actually does not play a major role in the episode. Her friend Iris, on the other hand, does play a more central role, despite being in a position plot-wise that would typically put her as a sidekick. Despite this, one can’t help but feel that Mizuki’s brother (and homeroom teacher) Kaito receives quite a bit of attention, as well. In other words, the show presents us with a large cast of characters, and it seems set on giving the spotlight to more than one. This could ultimately backfire, of course, but it is always nice when a show can focus on multiple characters without most of them simply being tropes or plot devices.

Where Classroom Crisis will go from here is anyone’s guess, although the fact that it is an Aniplex anime certainly provides grounds to believe that it will be a worthwhile watch. If you can deal with not having all of the information right out of the gate, then it is definitely recommended that you come back for round two.

A Christian Perspective:

It took me a minute to think of something for this one. While I don’t necessarily have anything directly from Scripture, there is a topic discussed in the study Bible I’ve been using for the last year and a half or so that struck me as I thought about this episode. Basically, it discusses how we are made in God’s image, and how that fact gives all humans worth. The entry is probably a little deeper than that, but that’s the general gist of it, and it’s enough for this short perspective. Basically, if we are created in the image of God (able to feel, reason, think, etc.) and are therefore valuable, then all humans deserve respect from their fellow humans. In this episode, though, it feels like human worth is relegated to a monetary value. The bigwigs at Kirishina seem less than worried about their captive employee, and even the captive himself rebukes A-TEC for their rescue attempt. He ultimately scolds them and states that it was not financially beneficial to rescue him.

Is this not an absurd idea? That the worth of saving of a human life should be determined by the cost of performing the rescue? If humans are all valuable because we are all created in God’s image, then it seems asinine to try to place a price on that life. Of course, we do it all the time—how many people cannot get life-saving surgeries or treatments because the costs are too high? At least in those circumstances the value is determined by the means and not the person, but it still boils down to money determining whether or not a person’s life is saved. I won’t pretend to have a good solution to any of this, because I don’t. The best I can say is that perhaps we should pray and ask God how we can begin to treat the people around us with even just a fraction of the respect they deserve, and maybe it can begin to resonate from there.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Content: None

Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “h*ll”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Near the beginning of the episode you can slightly see part of a girl’s bra through her shirt

Violence: A couple of still shots show explosions

Blood/Gore: None

Other: A girl is shown praying at a family shrine in her home

Review: Classroom Crisis, Episode 2: Classroom Downsizing

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If you were put off by the lack of backstory in the first episode, then rejoice, because this episode provides plenty of it! We find out the origins of the Kirishina organization and how it grew to become the mega-corporation that it currently is. The origins of A-TEC are also explained, and profiles of the students within the current A-TEC class are provided in a documentary style presentation. This is all interspersed between scenes that progress the story, thankfully. That’s not to say that the backstory is boring or bad, but episodes that serve as nothing more than straight info-dumps are always kind of boring. Classroom Crisis avoids this pitfall. While we get to discover more about the whole class, there is definitely a greater focus on Mizuki, Iris, and Kaito, so I suppose we know who are “main” characters are (along with Kiryu, on whom much of the “current” events of this episode focus). Outside of all the backstory, we find Kiryu entering his position as chief of the A-TEC class and announcing his plans to close them down within a year. Kiryu’s past is uncovered by the A-TEC class, who discover that he is a rising executive within Kirishina who has been repeatedly sent to non-respectable locations only to produce excellent results. Meanwhile, Kiryu meets with his own brother, a high-ranking official in the corporation, and the two don’t appear to share a lot of brotherly love for one another. In the midst of all this, Kaito watches an interview that he participated in, and finds inspiration from his own words, setting off what appears to be a rivalry between the two.

Classroom Crisis deserves accolades for managing to accomplish the concept of “show, don’t tell”. While some information is certainly given freely in this episode (character back stories, for example), other plot elements are simply shown to the viewer. The best example of this is the conversation between Kiryu and his brother. While things appear to simply progress as business discussions, Kiryu ends up making some comments in regards to his kidnapping that seem to ruffle his brother’s feathers. This leads to some harsh comments and facial expressions, before Kiryu exits the room and basically confirms that his suspicions were correct. Nothing here is explicitly stated, yet the viewer can garner enough information to see that Kiryu’s brother has no love for him and to hypothesize that his brother may have even orchestrated his kidnapping. While it is certainly possible that this conclusion is wrong, it does give the viewer incentive to pay attention, and it makes the story more interesting, as the theory could be more outright confirmed/debunked later in the series.

Other than that, the episode serves as an excellent introduction to the world of Classroom Crisis. The first episode simply threw us into the action without much explanation, and this episode does a good job of bringing us up to speed without boring us to tears. The writers also do a decent job of creating varied characters—different characters are clearly affected by Kiryu’s declarations in different ways, yet at the same time they are also unified in a way, as seen by the fact that the entire class shows up to work even after their work day was canceled. While this review previously commented on who the “main” characters seemed to be, this episode seems to set up the main conflict as being between Kaito and Kiryu. While the whole class likely wants to see A-TEC continue, Kaito is the one who ultimately stands up and challenges Kiryu to his face. Where the show will go as a whole is still up in the air, but this episode provides more than enough incentive to stick around and see what happens.

A Christian Perspective:

See Genesis 37-50

Yes, I know, that’s a large chunk of Scripture, but Kiryu’s backstory as revealed in this episode was a bit reminiscent of Joseph’s story in these chapters from Genesis. As you probably know, Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, yet by God’s will every bad thing that happened to him ultimately turned out to put Joseph into a better position, culminating in Joseph being the second most powerful man in Egypt. Similarly, it seems that Kirishina consistently stuck Kiryu in seemingly backwater, no-name areas for his assignments, yet he always managed to churn out amazing results, allowing him to climb the corporate ladder even at a young age.

Of course, Kiryu doesn’t necessarily seem to be a blameless or faultless character, but like Joseph he seems to have been taken advantage of by those above him, yet the things done to harm him have ultimately served to help him and elevate him to a better position.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Content: None

Language: 1 “h*ll”, 1 “cr*p”

Alcohol/Drug Use: Kaito is shown with a can of beer sitting in front of him

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: A female character shows a tiny bit of cleavage in the episode preview

Violence: The intro shows Kaito getting struck with something that explodes

Blood/Gore: None

Other: The ending credits show Mizuki and Iris lying next to each other and holding hands while wearing their night clothes