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Talent Time
Episode 13
Episode Information
Kanji 才能の時間
Romaji Sainō no Jikan
Manga Chapters Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Episode Guide
Previous Episode Episode 12
Next Episode Episode 14
Air Date
Japanese April 17, 2015
English May 20, 2015 (Broadcast Dub)
December 5, 2020 (Toonami)
Theme Music
Opening Jiriki Hongan Revolution
Ending Hello, shooting-star

Talent Time (才能の時間 Sainō no Jikan) is the thirteenth episode of the Assassination Classroom anime series. The episode first aired on April 17, 2015.


A new instructor named Akira Takaoka comes to Class E, and the students instantly like him. He presents himself as a father figure. However, his true nature steadily begins to reveal itself as he increases the severity of the assassin's training.


Three months into the assassination training, Karasuma notices how everyone has improved their knifing skills. He takes particular attention to Isogai and Maehara for their quick reflexes, especially when paired together, Karma for his secretive but mischievous nature and Okano and Kataoka for their unpredictable athletic abilities.

For a moment, he senses a snake rearing behind him and parries the attack, only for the snake to be Nagisa. Karasuma cannot help but feel an ominous presence despite Nagisa's weak profile. Korosensei also observes this. After training ends, Karasuma declines Kurahashi's offer to join them for a social time but meets up with an old acquaintance outside the classroom. He introduces himself to Akira Takaoka to the entire class. He will take over the PE class starting the next day while Karasuma focuses on office work. The students take an instant liking to him due to his light-hearted personality and bringing a sackful of sweets.

The next day, Karasuma briefs Irina and Korosensei about Takaoka. Both were in the same elite corps of the Ministry of Defense and has been military instructor to new recruits. While Karasuma considers whether his teaching methods were wrong, he looks at photos of Takaoka posing with his recruits. But he notices something odd in one image that reveals the recruits having their hands tied and bruises on their backs, leaving Karasuma horrified.

Outside, Takaoka announces a new schedule to the class. Revealing a rigorous regimen of assassin training from noon to 9pm every weekday leaves little time for schooling and no time for socializing. Maehara protests at this, which earns him a knee to the chest from Takaoka. Instantly the class is horrified at this when Takaoka demands absolute cooperation while still forcing himself on them as a father figure. When he turns to ask Kanzaki for agreement, she instead smiles and does not, stating she prefers Karasuma's teachings. Licking his lips, Takaoka slaps Kanzaki in the face with enough force to make her fall to the ground.

At this moment, Karasuma and Korosensei step in, concerned for Kanzaki and Maehara's well-being and angry at their new colleague's methods but unable to overrule Takaoka. Instead, they are forced to watch the lesson continue. Korosensei tells Karasuma that he's counting on him to take Takaoka down since they go back. Meanwhile, Takaoka thinks about how much he hates Karasuma for always being the top dog, which will be his way of getting back at him.

The class proceeds to do 300 squats though they soon begin to feel exhausted if this continues. Kurahashi pleads for Karasuma, which Takaoka hears. Stating that Karasuma is not their teacher anymore, he starts to punish her until Karasuma blocks his punch. Takaoka uses this interference as a challenge to determine who will be Class E's PE teacher. He proposes that Karasuma choose a student to fight Takaoka with a real knife while he is unarmed.

If that student wins by at least stopping short of making a hit Takaoka will leave. Otherwise, his authority will not be rechallenged. Takaoka thinks about how this trick works in the big league as when he pummels a fresh-faced recruit wielding a knife within an inch of his life, all while unarmed, he gains alpha dog status. Despite his misgivings, Karasuma chooses Nagisa due to the earlier presence he felt last time and advises him on how best to defeat Takaoka. Takaoka and Irina question this choice though Korosensei assures Irina to watch. Nagisa accepts, partly because he trusts Karasuma and also to pay Takaoka back for injuring Kanzaki and Maehara.

Taking their stances, Takaoka believes that anyone holding a real knife will make the user unable to follow through with their strike in fear of killing him so that he will win. However, Nagisa reasons that killing Takaoka is enough to win. He smiles and calmly walks up to Takaoka "as though he was walking to school." Stopping in front of his outstretched left arm, he quickly moves behind and aims a slash to the neck.

Realizing that he is about to be killed, Takaoka moves back but is still in shock from the surprise move, allowing Nagisa to grab the back of his shirt and, pin him to the ground, then hold the knife to his throat. Everyone, including Karasuma, is surprised by this. Karasuma notes that Nagisa is a natural-born assassin and wonders if he should nurture his talent to shut it down. Nagisa sheepishly questions whether he should've used the back of the knife. Korosensei calls the match over but admonishes Karasuma that someone could have gotten hurt with the real knife. Karasuma knows that Korosensei would be fast enough to prevent that from happening. Nagisa's classmates congratulate him. Maehara slaps Nagisa, making sure it is truly him, then congratulates him.

As the class congratulates Nagisa, Takaoka is angry, wanting a rematch. Nagisa calmly states that although the class is grateful for what Takaoka is trying to teach them, they still prefer Karasuma's professionalism and Korosensei's teachings over Takaoka's forceful approach. Takaoka attempts to strike Nagisa down, only for Karasuma to block the punch once again. He vows to the class to petition the Ministry of Defense for Takaoka's sacking. However, Chairman Asano announces it will not be necessary.

Having watched the spectacle behind the scenes, Asano approaches Takaoka and berates him for using violence to instill fear in the students. Asano puts a letter of dismissal to Takaoka's mouth and walks away, telling him that the Ministry of Defense does not call the shots as it is his school, with the latter quickly packing his bags as he runs from the scene. Happy that Karasuma is now their PE teacher, the class again asks for a reward since they got him his job back. Karasuma relents and pulls out his wallet, swiped by Irena, who joins the class. Korosensei asks to join in on the sweets but is admonished by the class for simply standing on the sidelines. As Karasuma is led by the class, he admits that he has grown attached to them. The episode ends with Korosensei begging to join them for a sweets trip, even crawling on his tentacles while bowing to them.


Episode Notes[]

  • In the original, as Takaoka was leaving, he screamed the last "Kuso" out of anger. But, as he was leaving, he was crying in the dub.

Differences between the Manga[]

  • The manga depicted Takaoka's vision of a muscled version of Nagisa and Kayano as a result of his training and Korosensei and Irina's comical ulterior motives for objecting to Takaoka's rigorous schedule. These have been cut from the episode.
  • Irina's reaction to Kotaro Takebayashi's answer, "You're our bitch" is added, which is not present in the manga.



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