Gakkougurashi! Episode 3 – That Time

Overview:

This episode focuses on Sakura Megumi, the Japanese teacher, as she prepares a journal and recounts how the zombie outbreak began.

She’s a young teacher and her mother is worried that she’s too meek and not cut out for her chosen career. Even the vice principal warns her to maintain an adequate distance from her students, which she seems to fail at since they call her Megu-nee rather than Sakura-sensei. On the fateful day, she has Yuki stay back after a test for extra studies. Yuki says she hates the test but likes being with Megumi.

After a bit, Kurumi peeps in and goes away after Megumi notices her. Megumi follows and they have a talk where Kurumi confesses her feelings for her senpai and seeks romantic advice. Like Yuki, Kurumi also says she’s comfortable with Megumi unlike with the other teachers.

Megumi returns to Yuki and while talking to her, checks her phone and finds many more messages from her mother, most of which are urgent requests to call her. There’s also a video about random outbreaks of violence throughout the city. Just then, Yuki prepares to leave for home but Megumi stops her, saying that the trains are not running. At Yuki’s suggestion, they go up to the roof to pilfer food from the tomato garden up there.

That’s when they run into Wakasa Yuuri (Rii-san) who maintains the garden. She has them lock the door and also lets Yuki try the tomatoes and help out. Megumi uses that time to call her mum but gets no answer. She calls another teacher, probably the one that Yuki imagined teaching her in the first episode, who warns her to stay up on the roof and not open the door for anyone since everywhere else is too dangerous. The call abruptly ends with a ruckus that we all know as being indicative of something going wrong.

Just then, someone bangs on the door and Yuki rushes to open it but is stopped by Megumi. But the person on the other end turns out to be another person so Megumi opens the door and finds Kurumi dragging her injured senpai. Yuki looks down from the roof and is confused by the chaos below. Megumi joins her and sees people being attacked everywhere.

And there’s more banging on the roof door, this time from your neighborhood unfriendly zombies, and Yuki starts to panic. Megumi pushes a locker in front of the door and Yuuri goes to help but this is when Kurumi’s senpai rises as a zombie and attacks her. We’ve already seen this play out last episode. Kurumi grabs the shovel and kills him. She keeps hitting him after that too but Yuki stops her by hugging her around the middle while wailing which seems to snap Kurumi out of her shocked frenzy.

And that’s the story of how everything went to hell.

Afterwards, we’re back with the club having breakfast. Yuki suggests a camp and so they put up a tent in the classroom while Megumi stands watch. Most of this is about the girls expressing their appreciation for Megumi and Megumi resolving to protect them for as long as she lives.

 

Thoughts:

We still don’t have all the answers but this episode does show us how four of the five main characters came together. It’s a familiar formula common to most zombie stories. The characters are going about their daily lives and then boom! undead bastards everywhere. Most die and those who’re lucky or competent enough to survive band together.

Of course, Gakkouguashi has its own wonderful twist on the deal thanks to Yuki’s delusions. They have to constantly act like they’re a fun school club rather than survivors desperate for help. But they seem to be making the best of it.

It was nice to see more of Megumi this episode. It’s curious to see the way she had so many doubts – most of which were implanted in her from external sources – about whether she would be a good teacher and then ended up affirming that by watching over her students during the outbreak. She may not have been the ideal, ‘distant’ teacher during actual schooling but I’d say she’s doing damn well right now.

Now we need to know how Miki came to join them and it seems like the next episode will show us that.

 

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8 Responses to Gakkougurashi! Episode 3 – That Time

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Loved this episode. It was chilling to see those ambulances pass by for instance, seeing that you know the background for where they are rushing towards. It’s true it is familiair territory for every zombielover out there, but still it was done quite well. Like the backstory of Megumi too. She is definitely becoming one of my favorite characters of the show. It keeps being fun to see how this series keeps combining those stark contrasts. I also wonder where the series will head off to now. We have seen some of the background, but what’s next. I imagine they can’t stay at the school forever. What if they do have to leave, where would they go. This is a real fun ride so far, that’s for sure. Well… I will have to wait and see fir a bit longer as I am off to Animecon tomorrow, but I luckily have the chance to catch up with things on monday and tuesday 😀

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    • D says:

      Yes! I loved the little details like that and the incessant messages Megumi got.at school. When you think about it, it’s sheer luck that all four of them survived and thank all for Kurumi’s shovel. Megumi is indeed pretty cool 😀 I really want to see how they found Miki though. I think they mentioned something about a mall in the second episode.

      Enjoy the con! That’ll be a fun ride too, I bet.

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  2. Karandi says:

    I’m only one episode ahead at the moment but I’m seriously questioning whether Megumi is actually a character or just another delusion that Yuki is having. She was definitely alive when the girls came together on the roof but some of the interactions in the ‘present’ time are just a bit off if she’s actually there. Maybe I’m just overly reading into things given the creepy vibe of the show.

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    • D says:

      I won’t deny that there’s something off there but I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is. Is she really just another delusion ’cause that would be one hell of a twist. Now I’m trying to figure out if anyone other than Yuki initiates contact with Megumi in the present time.

      Ok I went back and skimmed the last two episodes and yep, it’s Yuki that initiates contact with her or mentions her and the others just followher lead. Kurumi doesn’t even consider her when she brings up the tent. You might be onto something. If Megumi is a delusion of Yuki’s, then it’s a delusion that’s aware of the apocalypse if the library incident is any indication.

      This is a confounding show…

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      • Karandi says:

        Yeah, every single interaction is begun by Yuki and the other girls always send Yuki to check with her. It’s really bizarre. I’m going to give in to temptation and binge the rest of this either tonight or tomorrow so hopefully I’ll know but I’ll keep it to myself.

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      • D says:

        I think I may be jealous. I want to just sit down and watch both this and Another in one go but then these reviews would never get done. Have fun.

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  3. Remy Fool says:

    Despite her insecurities I think Megumi makes for a good teacher. teacher. I’m rather glad that the series isn’t just showing the show from Yuki’s POV.

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    • D says:

      I’d love to have her as a teacher. I mean, most of my favorite teachers were friendly af and we got along great. Yeah, same. This is more fun.

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