Unless they toss in a new conflict that they haven’t introduced, the only question left in Kamen Teacher (仮面ティーチャー) is how Araki (Fujigaya Taisuke) is going to win over Kusanagi Keigo (Jesse). The writers decided to give us a batch of new delinquent students in order to further the plot to the point where Araki and Keigo came into direct confrontation. But not that those students seemed to have abandoned their evil ways . . .
. . . I guess it’s unavoidable that we get a fresh batch of troubled students to help the plot along for the rest of the way.
Seems like the new guy, Misaki Tomoya, isn’t completely unknown, though – Kinzo (Kikuchi Fuma) sure looks at him menacingly enough to guarantee that they have a history.
It doesn’t take any time at all before Bon (Kyomoto Taiga) gives Araki the low-down on Misaki. In fact, Bon took Misaki’s position in M4 – the school’s four top delinquents – when Misaki left.
The guy in charge seems to think that this will be a special challenge for the Kamen Teacher.
Looks like it’s also one for Kinzo and Shishimaru (Kishi Yuta). Good thing Kinzo has that punching bag to work out his frustrations on, because I doubt the Kamen Teacher would appreciate him going on a rampage again.
Now, while they might try to get us to think that this episode is about how Araki deals with Misaki, that’s just a bit of misdirection – some script-writing sleight-of-hand. The real question is how this mini-conflict alters the situation between Araki and Keigo, and possibly between Araki and Kinzo.
After the opening title sequence finishes, we go straight into a Kinpatsu-sensei scene which seems superficial as usual . . .
. . . but that’s all right, because Araki isn’t watching anyway. Saeko (Yamamoto Maika) is still being a bummer after finding out about Araki being the Kamen Teacher.
While it sounds like Misaki actually killed someone, the teachers in the office seem to be willing to forgive that because he’s being diligent in their classes now.
As Araki points out, people can change, and he uses this as a way of getting the other teachers to see that it’s worthwhile believing in the students. Gotta feel like he’s being overly optimistic this time, though.
The principal, though, is not so sanguine about the whole thing. He summons both Kamen Teachers at his disposal – Araki and Keigo – to tell them to keep an eye on Misaki. He has a profile of the student in front of him, and I have to wonder whether Japanese schools would really have an “Ability Score” triangle that rates students “Strength”, “Intellect”, and “Energy”. I don’t even though if its possible to rate Energy very well, much less Intellect, but while we’re making school like a role-playing game, shouldn’t there also be stats for agility and my two favorites – luck and charisma?
It also seems weird that those things and the names of the fields would be in English, including stuff like “Father” and “Mother”. Oh, and that field that said “CODE” was just pure useless gibberish that don’t need to be in a profile.
Anyway, the principal orders them not to be merciful, but Araki objects, saying that Misaki has changed. I guess if he’s so sure about it . . . maybe the writers do intend for him to be right? Hard to say.
It was interesting to see both Araki and Keigo in the principal’s office, but disappointing that Keigo didn’t push back against Araki’s optimism. Keigo’s ultimate “leave it up to me” might have been enough of a signal of his thoughts, though.
Araki and Ichimura have a little moment of reflection:
But I’m waiting for the fun to begin. Why does it look like the Dark Kamen Teacher has messed up Kotaro (Maeda Goki)’s gang? I thought Kotaro was supposed to be on the straight and narrow now.
Misaki stokes the fire a bit, and Kotaro looks pissed.
Araki asks Keigo what he was doing, but Keigo says he didn’t do anything to Kotaro’s gang, though he certainly doesn’t mind that someone else took care of them.
Of course, that’s a stupid way to look at things – people taking the law into their own hands are even more of a problem than the delinquents and criminals, because at least the delinquents and criminals know they’re doing something wrong when they’re violent. The vigilantes feel that they’re justified.
And now, Kotaro is looking for revenge and Ryota (Yanagi Shuntaro) is at his side.
They hunt for the attackers in the same place Kotaro’s gang got beat up . . .
. . . and see this:
If those are impostors, they sure got the clothing down perfect. Unusually accurate, considering most people who meet either Kamen Teacher are likely to only have seconds before they get pummeled.
What’s going on?
The students aren’t the only ones who are puzzled and speechless.
Well, actually, there’s one student who seems to be saying plenty.
Misaki is clearly aiming to instigate a revolt against the Kamen Teachers.
So . . . what are the Kamen Teachers going to do about this?
Well, you’re going to have to watch to find out, because I’m going to keep the rest of the details out as spoilers.
I can say, though, that the situation doesn’t end with this episode, so to some extent I’ll have to withhold judgment.
I was a bit disappointed with the fact that Keigo seemed a bit weak when it came down to fighting in this episode. I thought the Kamen Teachers were supposed to be somewhat superhuman or at least highly-trained, but it sure didn’t look like it this time.
Otherwise, everything was pretty much as-expected after Misaki’s angle was clear. Hopefully we’ll get some real surprises next time.