Episode 5: Classroom of the Elite II

Episode 5 - Classroom of the Elite II


This episode feels rushed on the one hand. The Sports Festival was just announced in the last episode, and we are only halfway through. We only see one interaction with the first-year Class A and very little interaction with other Class-As or Class Ds, despite it being a school-wide event. It feels like a lot of stories were left out.

However, we see interesting things. Ayanokoji was trying to teach Horikita to accept the level of others if she is to make their lives easier. He’s trying to teach Horikita a companion lesson. To rely on others when her abilities are exhausted.

Horikita is incapacitated and injured, making it difficult for her to rally the class. Despite her poor personality, Sudo is the one person she has completely won over. Because she stood up to him and kept him from being expelled from school, he now has a crush upon her. He isn’t having a great day, just like her.

Sudo made promises to his team, but he isn’t able to keep them. He’s being attacked in every event. Nobody is helping him. He is torn between anger and anger at others for not being good enough. He storms off, refusing to listen to Hirata or Ayanokoji. Horikita might be the only person who can calm his anger. But, can she overcome her own ego to ask for his help.

However, even though Horikita can grow as an individual and Sudo can lead from the front rather than trying to do everything themselves, it doesn’t change that the entire class is set up for failure. While Ayanokoji is doling out lessons to Horikita, he’s teaching the class as a whole an even greater one: you can’t rely on a single person to bring you victory—everyone needs to do their part and work together. It is best for that class to rely solely on Horikita or Sudo. Then, they will crash and burn.

Basically, he is doing what they do at bootcamp—tearing everyone down so that they can be rebuilt into a cohesive unit. There will be leaders and followers, but no one can slack off while others work. No one should take all the responsibility. The class may have felt a bit proud of their recent wins, but this will be overturned. The status quo that Ayanokoji is setting up shows that they have succeeded and can again but only by working as a group—not by relying on one or two key figures to handle every problem.

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Random Thoughts

• I’ve thought about it more and I’m not exactly sure what the point of the traitor bit is. It could be that Ayanokoji’s creating the “traitor” as a rallying point, a common enemy for the class to unite against. Maybe he’s just creating a patsy, or double agent, as I guess last time.

• Kushida actually betraying the class makes no sense from what we know about her so far, and Ayanokoji’s “proof” is garbage (and likely a lie he crafted). It was just that they stated in the last episode that there was a pattern as to who was chosen to be the VIP. Ryuen didn’t need Kushida’s help to figure out the pattern—he just needed enough traitors from across all the groups to make an educated guess. He didn’t need to know one Class-D traitor. Hirata would be my choice as a traitor over Kushida. Her goal is to be the most popular girl in class—being a traitor in no way helps her achieve that.

• Honestly though, if there is a traitor for the Sports Festival, I’m betting it’s Ayanokoji himself. He wants Class D to lose.

• On a personal note, blackmail plots always piss me off. Blackmailing is only possible if you are willing to allow it. It’s better to confront things head-on and not to cave to the blackmailer, especially as it is never an easy thing. All Horikita had to do was to throw away her pride and ask her brother for help and all would’ve been fine—but there’s no way she’s grown enough for that yet.


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