Meeting Date: 9/9/2017

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Mike Ferreira: Good evening everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club. I’m Mike Ferreira, and I’m joined by L.B. Bryant and Anthony Simpson.
Anthony Simpson: Evening.
L.B. Bryant: Hello
Mike Ferreira: Tonight, we’ll be talking about Classroom of the Elite Episode 9: Sabagebu, but on the beach. And not funny.
L.B. Bryant: I’m going to go ahead and say it… after the last two weeks, this episode really wasn’t that bad at all.
L.B. Bryant: Comparatively speaking.
Anthony Simpson: This was better than the last two episodes then again that is not a difficult bar to clear.
Mike Ferreira: Yeah… it managed to exceed my low expectations, as well.

Anthony Simpson: I mean you could have the main dude sit and read the phone book for the episode and it would have been better.
Mike Ferreira: That’s the season finale, i think
L.B. Bryant: There were plenty of things that could’ve been improved upon but overall, this episode was decent by the standards set forth by this series so far.
Mike Ferreira: But I’m with you – No pandering, little overt sexism, no crazy fanservice plots, no piss-poor attempts at “humor” – they kind of stepped back and tried to do what they were doing before “Pool Time with Pervos”
Mike Ferreira: Not great, but it was watchable
Mike Ferreira: Even the stinger at the end kind of sort of worked. Kind of.
Anthony Simpson: To nitpick, I was upset when the one dude said sunscreen for the girls, don’t the guys get any sunscreen? I mean, cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Mike Ferreira: Sure, but casual sexism sure does.

Anthony Simpson: Some of the stuff that the classes could lose points for I though was ridiculous.
L.B. Bryant: There was some unintentional humor which made me giggle. I liked it when the leader of Class A told the other person ‘be careful what you say, you never know when someone might be listening’ after which he proceeds to lay out everything that he doesn’t want other people to know about.
L.B. Bryant: Overall the rules for the survival game are pretty ridiculous. Spend enough points and it becomes a holiday; screw up just a smidge and you lose tons of points.
Mike Ferreira: That was so stupidly funny
Mike Ferreira: Indeed.
Mike Ferreira: …on that note: did… did they have to make the major point of conflict a fight over a fucking porta-potty?
Anthony Simpson: I get losing points for pollution and points for attacking other student. That makes sense but losing points because someone may get sick or injured.
L.B. Bryant: Yeah, I didn’t get the point of the potty fight either.
Mike Ferreira: Casual sexism
Mike Ferreira: “Those women, they need their toilet ’cause lulz”
Anthony Simpson: I mean they did bring it up later at least.
Mike Ferreira: Yeah. I mean… I get the intent? When thrust in a situation like that you need some form of normalcy or you’ll go nuts. But… of all fucking things, a port-a-john.

Anthony Simpson: not that it was much of a solution, but still.
Mike Ferreira: It was something.
L.B. Bryant: I’m really curious how they are going to decide who sleeps in the tents. Only 8 people from the class total can fit in the tents so how is this group of idiots going to figure that one out?
Mike Ferreira: Was it eight total or two eight-person tents?
Anthony Simpson: Probably the main girl since she is the leader. Gotta keep her protected.
Anthony Simpson: I think two eight person tents.
Mike Ferreira: That makes it a bit less sensible – I’d say the campers will stay outside
Mike Ferreira: And that asshole who was swimming on the boat will fuck off in luxury

Anthony Simpson: A bit of mental gymnastics here. What if that dude is doing some spying of the other teams from the boat. Remember the leader from Team A mentioned about the boat going around the island before they departed for the island.
Mike Ferreira: See, that’d be pretty a fucking great twist. It’s too complicated for this show ot pull off
Mike Ferreira: *But it’s
Anthony Simpson: Just checked the subtitles for the show its says “Two Tents for Eight”.
Mike Ferreira: OK… that’s pretty ambiguous
Anthony Simpson: Or the other thing he could be doing is steal stuff for the team.
Mike Ferreira: That’s also possible.
Anthony Simpson: The swimming dude was with the MC and the MC head the bald guy mention about the boat going around the island. So, maybe he is doing something in regards to spying for the team but who knows.

Anthony Simpson: I could be completely wrong here. This is just a guess.
Mike Ferreira: I kind of like that this guy gave us something to look forward to again
Mike Ferreira: Even if it’s bound to disappoint
Anthony Simpson: Yea.
Mike Ferreira: It’s just those little nuggets of hope that make this so frustrating to watch… like – with a capable writing staff, this could be amazing. And we see those flashes of brilliance, time and again
Mike Ferreira: Hrm… any other thoughts on this week’s episode? For me, it was pretty cut-and-dry – not a huge win, but it wasn’t pooping on its own shoes like recent weeks
L.B. Bryant: Not really. I think that sums it up pretty well right there.
Anthony Simpson: It was nice to see some of the other class members get a bit of spotlight and to learn a little bit more about them.
Mike Ferreira: Agreed. Even if it was just for a brief moment.
Mike Ferreira: Anyway, I guess that wraps things up for the week. Thanks for joining, as always, and remember: Main character powers always ensure that you find the one location that has potable water, fresh food, and a macguffin claim spot.
Mike Ferreira: Have a great night, everyone!
Anthony Simpson: Have a good night.

Because we need to keep the in-joke rolling, here’s the teacher for another week.