What can I say? I really don’t know what to say. I said many times in my previous reviews that I knew Koro-sensei was going to die. In whatever way, I didn’t know how he was going to die, but I knew he was. And this was the only acceptable way, even though it still depressed me. I’m not lying when I say that I was literally crying throughout the entire episode. Seriously, I was moved to tears. First hint that things were going to get serious, they skipped the opening. And the second I watched Koro-sensei fall on the ground, I just knew. This is it. This is the big moment. This is the moment that I’ve been dreading for awhile now.
Really, nothing happened in this episode except one important thing. Koro-sensei died. After the fight, the students saw that Koro-sensei looked frail. Also, they pretty much ran out of time because the laser was about to fire. They knew there was nothing they could do because his time had finally come. But they did decide on something. This is their assassination classroom, and their assassinations represents their bond with Koro-sensei. If Koro-sensei was going to die, it wasn’t going to be the laser that was going to do it, but them. So take that, government, you jerks. That’s what they had set out to do from the very beginning and they were finally going to do it.
But of course there were conflicting emotions, and these were the conflicting emotions that I knew were going to appear sometime in this series. The students honestly loved Koro-sensei, and he loved them too. He was the only teacher that really brought out the best in them and believed in them. He taught them to fight, to look at things in a different way. And most importantly, he made them learn how to love themselves and find their self-confidence, to not be brought down just because they’re in the E-Class. And he also taught them how to have fun. Would Aguri have done the same thing if she lived? I’m not sure. Coming from the students, it sounded like she was a sweet teacher that really did care for them. But I’m not sure if the results would be the same. I think the students were able to change so much was because of the situation they were put in – to assassinate Koro-sensei. In his final moments, Koro-sensei thanked the students and did the final roll call, calling out each students names and the respective students replying. They held him down by his tentacles, and Nagisa volunteered to do the finishing blow. His hands shook, as he remembered all the fun times he had with Koro-sensei. And we know that Nagisa probably respects Koro-sensei the most because he’s the reason he wants to become a teacher. With all of these emotions it was hard for him to plunge the knife down, but Koro-sensei calmed him down. And then, he brought the knife down and there was nothing for them to do but cry as Koro-sensei shone and disappeared into the sky.
Literally, all that happened was the final roll call and Koro-sensei dying. At the end, the students woke up in the classroom, with a giant yearbook and a guide on each of their desks, along with their diplomas. And just like Koro-sensei, he personalized each student’s guide based on their learning abilities. It’s just so touching.
This episode was beautiful. It was so emotionally packed that it had me crying the entire time. Just remembering all the fun and dumb stuff they did together, and now much he taught the students to believe in themselves and accept themselves, to see how much of an impact he made in their lives, just to see him die…it really touched me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this in an anime before. I don’t want to get into some corny thing where I say “There’s probably at least one teacher in each person’s life that they admired”, but comparing that to this is silly. The roll call in the episode was pretty special. I liked that they did that, because it reminded the audience that ALL of the students matter. Yes, some of them had more screentime than others, and yes I did forget a lot of their names. But when Koro-sensei said their name and their faces were zoomed in, I remembered something important that they did some time in the series, and yes, they all matter. Every single one of them matter. So that made me happy. I wonder what the last episode is going to be like since this one felt more like a finale. We might get to see the students as high schoolers, or maybe adults! Of course we’ll see the aftermath of things. Also, even though the government did make this huge plan to kill Koro-sensei, they didn’t. The students did. So they’re going to get the money, right? I wonder if they’ll take it. I bet Koro-sensei would want them to.
Also, he’s finally with Aguri. <3