After episode 11 of Classroom Crisis, I was ready to call Nagisa x Mizuki the OTP of the season. I like the way Fumiaki Maruto writes romance, and there was something really refreshing and honest about Nagisa and Mizuki’s relationship. I mean, geez, they even got around to kissing, which was unexpected but definitely not unpleasant.
But then, in the final minutes of the final episode, they introduced a love triangle. And everything went to shit.
In general, there were some weird and random subplots that only made the ending more confusing, like Nagisa and Iris’s true identities. In the end, I’m not really sure what real purpose that conspiracy served. But the love triangle had to take the cake for the most unnecessary plot development. The rationale behind Iris falling for Nagisa was that they were actually childhood friends or something like that. Unfortunately, this reveal came way too late to serve any dramatic purpose. All it did was take away screen time from Nagisa and Mizuki’s burgeoning relationship, making their subtle and down-to-earth romance look more like a tacked-on afterthought.
On balance, I would have to say that I liked the early and middle episodes of Classroom Crisis better than the final arc. I enjoyed the slice of life focus, especially because we get to see a slice of some very extraordinary lives. The futuristic setting, the engineering geekery and the corporate politics added a lot of spice to your average school life story, so none of those typical anime tropes felt tired to me.
I think my favourite episode was the one where the class tries to teach Nagisa all the stuff in their engineering course so that he doesn’t fail the midterms. It perfectly shows the different outlooks of the characters and the way they complement each other’s strengths. Mizuki, as a calculating yet unfailingly cheerful person, acts as the intermediary between her naive brother and the cynical businessman Nagisa. She’s the one who defrosts Nagisa’s cold and elitist attitude. So naturally, I shipped them.
Iris was a good character until her trauma came to surface and she spent all her screentime angsting about events that never really made sense. I always thought she was angry about Nagisa getting chummy with Mizuki because she was protective of Mizuki, so the idea that she wanted to make babies with Nagisa came out of nowhere for me.
It would have been better if she was revealed to be Nagisa’s sister or something, so then they could have had a connection without it devolving into a meaningless love triangle. But then again, this is an anime, so if she was his sister it would have been even more likely that she would want his babies.
Oh well, at least Kaito x Angela is still a good ship.