When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. However, the monster, dubbed Koro-sensei (the indestructible teacher), is able to fly at speeds of up to Mach 20, which he demonstrates freely, leaving any attempt to subdue him in his extraterrestrial dust. Furthermore, the misfits of 3-E soon find that the strange, tentacled beast is more than just indomitable—he is the best teacher they have ever had!
Adapted from the humorous hit manga by Yuusei Matsui, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu tells the story of these junior high pupils as they polish their assassination skills and grow in order to stand strong against the oppressive school system, their own life problems, and one day, Koro-sensei.
I’ve had this mixed reaction with school throughout my life. There were times when professors I’ve faced just tries to get on your nerves to make life a living hell. Then, there were times where I come across the best teacher in the world where it’s worth every minute attending the course. Ansatsu Kyoushitu (Assassination Classroom) isn’t just about learning something from the teacher though. If you take a knife, gun, or whatever that can be considered a killing tool to school, you’d get expelled. But in this series, that takes on a rather different direction. And I have to say, it’s peculiarly interesting at heart.
Based on the manga of the same name, the series is financially successful so why not an anime adaptation? This didn’t came as a surprise as a special episode titled ‘Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV) Episode 0: Deai no Jikan’ already debuted prior to its television premiere. With a peculiar premise about a class of students trying to literally kill their teacher, you’ll probably ask yourself if this is a suitable series for you.
A primary introduction into the series will easily set your eyes feasted into the story. The premise of the series involves a classroom of ordinary students known as Kunugigaoka Middle School's Class 3-E. Every morning involves them greeting their not-so-ordinary teacher. Known by many as “Koro-sensei”, he has a big smiley face, a body full of tentacles, and the personality of an easygoing guy. A main objective involves the students actually trying to kill him because in about a year, he will blow up the Earth. Now hold on. You’re probably asking yourself ‘what’? It’s not as twisted as it sounds though because the series is actually quite lighthearted. When molding the term “assassination” into any title, you would expect bloodthirsty violence or gore shoved down our throats. However, this series takes a satirical stab at the genre and transform it into a rather amusing series action-packed comedy of every day school life.
The main attraction that can draw any viewer into this series is the comedy. And this is because the series itself has a personality. It’s especially true for Koro-sensei as he teaches more than just academics in class. He teaches about everyday life lessons and even connects individually with characters on a personal level at times. At certain points of the story, you’ll find him quite likeable and even relatable by the topics he covers in class. And of course, his expressive face is always amusing and delightful to watch. In essence, the comedy is refreshing and takes assassination to a level that can be considered more of a parody. The theme of assassination is actually deconstructed on a multitude of levels when it comes to story execution. It also crafts a bit of slice of life as some episodes feels like an adventure that takes the students to places they’ve never been before.
While the comedy aspect of the show can be appealing, a large part of the series involves the characters. There’s actually a double edged sword to this series when it comes to characters, although for the most part, it should be considered a positive. The plus side is that there is a very diverse category of students attending 3-E. Almost all the characters have a unique personality and their involvement in the story. The downside is that not every character/student in the class gets a prominent spotlight. Being a 2 cour show (22 episodes) lacks the necessity to draw this out so the series does what’s best to get what’s needed on-screen. Nagisa Shiota is the main male protagonist although he has a rather androgynous appearance. The way the series operates includes him and other students trying to kill their teacher, Koro-sensei but fails to do so every time. So in other words, the students all gets chances in some shape or form throughout the story. What I find most appealing about this is how Koro-sensei is consciously aware of their motivations but also gives encouragements to these students for trying while teaching them life lessons. Most of the characters also build relationships that are meaningful despite some obvious differences with their personalities. This is especially true for Nagisa and Karma Akabane, a notoriously troublesome boy. And on an individual level, there’s also distinctive amount of characterization focused on specific characters. Yukiko, Rio, and Ritsu are just a few to name as the series expands on their roles as the story progresses. Even teachers such as Tadaomi Karasuma and Irina Jelavic has a fluid characterization with their involvement in the main story.
For more or less, the story flows like a slice of life with direction pointing at various locations. It expands beyond just the classroom as the students does go occasionally on field trips. And often times, their trips takes them to places that associates with different culture. It explores a realistic side that almost blurs between the lines of fiction and reality. Furthermore, there’s an interesting degree of life lesson morality with certain aspects of the show. It even discusses certain sensible topics at times that people like you and me may be aware of. Of course, we also can’t forget about the academics part. As a show taking place in school life environment, there’s all sorts of subjects explored such as Math, Science, Social Studies, and even Physical Education. It’s like living the old days at high school again.
I will say this series is not for everyone though. As a show about deconstructing the assassination trope, the humor can be a hit or miss for some. Rather, there’s a diehard attempt to illustrate a colorful side of killing. Assassination itself is a sensible topic but when it takes place in the classroom, it can sometimes be controversial. Luckily, most of the show is lighthearted and doesn’t ever venture into shock value. However, as lighthearted as it can be, the comedy will sometimes feel blend and repetitive. Also do note that this adaptation is rearranged a bit so some chapters are omitted to make the overall story feel smoother.
Adapted from Lerche, Ansatsu Kyoushitu’s artwork succeeds in capturing the fitting art style of the series. It feels like the comedic tone and lighthearted atmosphere the creators are trying to bring out. Furthermore, the character designs matches their persona in terms of adaptation. Perhaps the most prominent design features Koro-sensei. I will say that this peculiar creature never ceases to amuse me whether he is teaching in class, his facial expressive reactions, or when he attempts to dodge his death. There’s also a good stylized way to coordinate the action with assassination that involves tools and strategies. Guns, swords, knives, bombs…you name it. They are there in the show and used in some very creative ways. The series puts the fun into their usage as we see how clever they can be used. Oh and did I mention Irina? The students may call her bitch sensei all the time but she has the figure of a femme fatale.
Perhaps the lesser well addressed feature of the show is the soundtrack. Make no mistake though, the show doesn’t neglect that. The catchy OP/ED songs has a goofy yet effective style to give viewers an insight on what they can expect. Character voice mannerism are fitting for their roles. Koro-sensei himself has a very laid-back personality along with a voice that equally matches his character. I give praise to Jun Fukuyama for stepping into the shoes of this creature as it’s never easy to voice someone that is so otherworldly. OST on most parts is familiar although not the thing that stands out the most. Overall, the style is still an eerie beauty though.
I know what you’re thinking. It’s probably something along the lines of “this show seems way too crazy”. And to be honest, you’re not wrong. But as crazy as it seems, it’s a lot of fun with assassination, school life, and a cast of characters with how they spend their daily lives. Rather than adapting romance angles or diehard drama, we get this classic shounen comedy with a very stylish way of storytelling. Each episode offers something new thanks to its themes and performances of the characters. The comedy is fresh and doesn’t rely on cheap cardboard fan service to get to its point. I highly recommend giving this series a try regardless of how unorthodox the premise may seem to sound. There’s a chance it could surprise you. After all, isn’t life just full of surprises? read more
If I were to tell you that an anime called "AssClass" was about a tentacle monster that shows up to a middle school and... stopped right there- you'd think that this was some nasty hentai, right?
Well, let me be the first to say that this show surprised me in several ways.
No, it doesn't have surprise sex scenes.
Assassination Classroom, where a group of misfit students band together to try and take down their anthropomorphic, superpowered octopus teacher. The only problem is that while he can break all the rules of physics, they can't. How do you kill a monster who threatens to destroy the Earth, and backs his promise up by obliterating the moon, Death Star style?
Artwork and Animation: 7
AssClass, as a comedy, has a fairly typical 'cutesy' exaggerated feel to the artwork. Everything is a little larger than life, and some characters are little more than animated caricatures, but it goes along well with the overall tone of the series. It's not made to look hyper-realistic, and it plays around a lot with sight gags and some fun oversaturated/negative color asides in the vein of Jojo.
It's a very colorful and vibrant looking show, with some exotic locales and a seeming obsession with using every crayon in the box to make it look lush. For a new studio like Lerche, I'll give them the thumbs up. It never got sloppy or lazily drawn (Looking at you, Pierrot.) and stayed consistent from start to finish.
Sound and Voice Acting: 7
There are 26 recurring named and individually voiced students, so prepare for an onslaught of names to remember. Some standouts are: Koro Sensei himself, with Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch, Code Geass) behind the mic, Aya Suzuki (Mako, KLK) as Kaede, and Shizuka Itou (Akeno, HSDxD) lending her sexiness to Irina Jelavich.
Despite the immense amount of voices that are used in the show, they don't all end up in the blender and come out a gray, Japanese sounding paste. I won't say each character is unique, because they're not, but there were several memorable voices in this that set themselves apart from the rest of the class- Koro Sensei leading the pack.
Characters and Story: 7
With 26 different students, an ever growing staff of teachers, a mystery monster, evil principals, some arc-based antagonists, and a cheerfully murderous AI contained in a TV, somehow they manage to wrap all of them up into a single plot and keep the characters relevant. While some of the students get their time in the sun, a group of kids stay at the forefront- and they're who I'll focus on.
Nagisa, the ambiguously gendered main character, Karma the 'bad boy', Terasaka the ruffian, and Kaede the green haired voice of reason round out the most prominent characters. (Man, this sounds like a boy band, hope that Backstreet Boys pun before isn't lost on anyone)
Nagisa is a little blue haired runt who gets picked on a lot, but turns out to be the one with the most potential to whack Koro Sensei due to his ability to think outside the box and react quickly. His growth over the course of the show is rather symbolic of the class as a whole. Unrefined, rejected, and isolated, Nagisa and the other students begin as yet another take on the "ragtag group who grow together to do something awesome" trope, but pass the test for being something a little more.
Supporting them are the teachers; the aforementioned anthropomorphic, mach 20 flying, super genius octopus Koro Sensei, the straight man, government agent, and PE teacher Karasuma, and the beautiful seductress assassin, Bitch-sensei!
While this disparate group sounds like a really cheesy setup for an ensemble comedy, AssClass manages to sidestep the garbage ecchi humor (some lampshaded or shut down gags from Irina aside), overplayed wannabe 4th wall humor, and moé stuff in favor of a generally amusing and overall decent plot, complete with a couple of twists and likable characters. The dynamic between Karasuma and Irina, and watching the group of misfit kids bond together over trying futilely to destroy their teacher while at the same time receiving the best instruction and support of their lives was fun.
While a lot of questions about Koro Sensei go unanswered, and some character's backstories not explored fully- they don't necessarily take away from the show. I never felt like I had to know everything about Koro Sensei to be able to enjoy the struggle going on. It's apparent within the universe of the show that several people know what his story is, so I'm content to wait until it's explained to me.
Often with these ensemble shows, I end up hating the characters and want them to die brutal, painful deaths- and with a name like Assassination Classroom, one would think that it's a violent murderfest- but that couldn't be farther from the truth.
AssClass was definitely a fun watch every Friday, and every episode felt like it had something to offer, even after the novelty of "Will they get him this time??" wore off. How all the formative events from the beginning and middle of the show came together at the end was nice to see, and the show never broke its internal logic- but it does have some Anime Biology ™ going on. Who cares though? It has an octopus that can destroy the moon and fly 15,224 miles per hour.
I'm happy to hand Lerche and AssClass a 7, and looking forward to what they bring with Gakkou Gurashi next season.
Yes- if a light hearted action/comedy about middle school kids trying to kill their teacher while learning life's lessons sounds like fun, you'd be right. It is. read more
Naivety...children are overflown with it. However, naivety is a word with its meaning brought forth from grownups. What if naivety holds a nobility grownups can no longer understand, what if what you sometime used to know was all you actually had to...yes, E-gumi not fully experiencing the harshness of life could be called naive, them naive or those who called them naive, incapable.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is not anime which aims to cultivate one's inner world or lay forth philosophical notions for one to ponder over, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is a fun, comical and extremely enjoyable anime with that bright side of naivety being the only worthy moral to reap from it.
I got surprised by how unique and at the same time trite the story was, only to realize afterwards that originality in the story, characters or plot is not where the anime wants to focus, but the manner it will
We have our usual Japanese high school, and a class of misfits handled by an unusual teacher. Much like
Great Teacher Onizuka, or at least sharing the same core. Koro sensei...he is yellow, of unidentified species and flawless from more or less every aspect, but most of all, he is E-class' assassination target.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu doesn't have a strong story, and even though the adventure part is serious, the anime as a whole has more of a comical appeal. It won't be long before the word assassination loses the awe it initially provoked, and at the very least by episode five you will realize that the only thing you won't fully know or expect from the anime-as it doesn't have much unexpected or hidden things-is the reason why Koro sensei involved himself with E-gumi. So, basically, you will have lots of fun as the class trains and at the same time attempts to assassinate its resourceful teacher, bonding stronger in every attempt. And fun is all you will get, in case you want complexity, originality-even though Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is like no other anime I've watched-suspense, hardcore adventure and seriousness, Ansatsu will fail you.
Although, it has its incredibly vivid art to make up for it,its cheerful and rhythmic openings, the amazing ending most people who like Japanese music will end up downloading, and lastly, a limited few of notable
and distinguishable characters. In fact, the range of characters is not exactly wide, and aside the two main and a few supporting, it is highly unlikely that you will remember the names of the rest.
The anime progresses smoothly and pleasantly, only getting dark and heavy at a part or two with minor duration. All in all, it is rare for an anime with assassination as its theme to not be influencing negatively, but lifting your mood instead. Ansatsu will not leave a vivid impact on you, however the memory of watching it will be a happy one as it is from the anime that make you smile while watching.
My personal opinion, is that Ansatsu does not have much room for development, all the more, it should be short and worthwhile. The second season though, will be a thing to look forward to as the one thing it has to reveal has not been revealed yet. read more
Ah, school. The inescapable part of our lives where we spend minimum 12 years of our lives learning a wide array of subjects, facts, and topics that we most likely will never use the majority of in our professional lives. So, with another school anime, what kind of anime would we get from something about a bunch of middle school students? Well...how about one where the middle school students try and kill their teacher?
Story (8.08/10): E class, also known as the end class in the prep school of Kunugigaoka Junior high is a place fabled in the school to be the worst class, housing the worst students in the school, grade-wise. Here, the students of this fabled "failure" are tasked with a rather...unique task, killing this yellow octopus-like...thing who according to him, has turned the moon into a permanent crescent and this coming March, will blow up the earth as well. Oh boy...that's a situation to be in.
Assassination classroom, or AssClass as a shorthanded was of calling the show, follows the story of the end class as they try and kill their teacher during their first semester in 9th grade. With every few episodes or so, one or more people in the classroom attempt to assassinate their teacher known as Koro-sensei (literally unkillable teacher in translation), usually ending in failure because this teacher can fly at Mach 20, is resistant towards conventional weapons, and only a particular set of weaknesses that you learn over time. (Basically the story of "teacher too OP, GG, plz nerf)
While the show focuses pretty heavily on the aspect of killing an alien creature so to say, a lot of the show as well talks about the idea of teaching and comparing that to the idea of assassination. Because the show is centered around these academically challenged students, the show also emphasizes on their growth as students and a person's learning potential, which actually puts in some pretty good themes. But don't worry, this show is plenty about trying to kill an octopus, so you don't have to worry about the actually school learning taking over the story.
Comedy as well is well done for AssClass as well. Much of it is done in this style where you get immediate comebacks from various characters as well as that brief, awkward moment to take in what just happened, which I think makes the show relatively fresh me never boring to watch. Mostly, I think it's in part of Lerche doing the production of this show, but the manga itself is still pretty damn funny, which brings me to my next point.
In terms of differences to the manga, AssClass the anime focuses its runtime on the events that for the most part, don't focus on one character. There're a lot of chapters within AssClass that are devoted solely on one student, chapters that give more life to class E. On account of time constraints, not all of the students that were focused on those chapters are focused in the anime, which is a slight bother that I will bring up later.
Overall though, this adaptation was no bad in the slightest. The manga was perfectly encapsulated in this anime and I found myself to be laughing just as much as I did when I read it. As usual with comedy anime, depending on your taste in comedy, this show may or may not suit your liking.
+ Original story
+ Has some nice themes about learning (using assassination)
+ Good comedy (this can be bad depending on your taste in comedy)
- Not all students got a featured episode
Characters (8.33/10): Whenever you're making any comedy anime, the most important part of making memorable comedy is to have memorable characters that you can remember the personalities of to deliver those sweet, sweet jokes that make comedy so good. Luckily, AssClass succeeds in doing this.
Up first, is our main protagonist of the story, the hero among heroes, the one who will bust our funny bones, Koro-sensei. You thought it was one of the E class kids?! No, it's the thing that wants to destroy the earth that's the real hero here. (Ok, that was a bit contradictory). As I have stated before, Koro-sensei is for the most part, the pathway for the show's comedy. Being a bit of a silly creature that sometimes makes absolutely no sense, Koro-sensei is the most memorable character of this show not only because the show revolves around trying to kill him but because you won't forget him. Like seriously, it's going to be very hard to forget a yellow, pervy octopus that flies around at Mach 20 speed going Nufufufufu everywhere with a big toothy grin.
And then we have class E. I grouped these characters up together for a few reasons. One, there're 30+ of them. I'm not making 30 paragraphs to talk about them, it's too much work. Two, it's easier to talk about these characters' purpose. Throughout the show, you do get to know more about class E. Their names, personalities, and for a couple, how they got put into the end class. A lot of these characters, namely Nagisa, Kayano, Karma, and a few others are talked about a lot and for the audience, are more well known. Inversely though, many of the class E characters don't get as well as an introduction as others do. As a result, many are otherwise unknown or mentioned for a brief second. Because there're 30+ students, it becomes a challenge to really know the individual characters very well mostly because for the most part, the show treats them all as one unit.
As for side characters, the most noticeable ones are the other teachers of the E class, Karasuma and Irina, or, as everyone loves to call her, "bitch-sensei". (If I was lying, these parentheses would be saying something else.). As far as side characters go, these two are the most used and most recognizable, being blessed with roles that have them appear much more often than a standard side character, which makes them better characters overall. The other side characters for this show serve similar purposes in the memorable department, but mostly only serve to be an obstacle for our class E to overcome.
+ Best teacher. (Nufufufufufu =w=)
+ Great side cast
+ Memorable characters
- Class E was treated as a whole unit rather than 30 some odd characters
Art and sound (8.00/10 and 7.44/10) the art for AssClass was a very brightly done style using a very light gradient that made everything sort of pop. As well as doing some standard comedic faces for characters and good animation fluidity, the art was rather stable and standard fare. But...what really stood out for the art for me was being able to pull off the more dark and menacing scenes in the same style. It gave a sense of eerie feeling when things went dark for a second which I thought was a nice design flourish.
Also, Lerche managed to squeeze in the symbolism for various characters from the manga into the anime itself, so good on you.
In terms of sound, I didn't really find the soundtrack to be all that memorable. I would describe it as fun more than anything else, not really a masterpiece. As a show with 2 OP tracks that had a similar feel to both of them, I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy them, but I didn't think they'd were completely stellar by any stretch of the imagination. Ed song was tranquil but didn't stick in my head. Though I will give props for that creepy track whenever a realization happens. That was a nice touch.
+ Bright art
+ Menacing scenes looked great in the artstyle
+ Decent soundtrack
- Soundtrack to me wasn't memorable
Personal Enjoyment (9.09/10): While I did have some issues with various parts of the show, I'll be honest, it didn't matter, cause this was a fun watch. I was skeptical of the AssClass series when this started airing, but after checking out the manga (and marathon read that for 6 weeks), I can't say I wasn't pleased to read/watch this series.
Did I like this anime?
Yes. I think this anime was a great adaptation of the AssClass manga. There were no shortcuts aside from the student chapters, and everything was told just how it was without any unnecessary changes. It was great to see some of my favorite scenes in animated form.
What didn't I like about this anime?
While the manga itself didn't make note of all the kids by the period of time where the anime ends, there were still some kids that had hi lighted chapters for them, which inversely, wasn't transported to the anime. It made the students more individual and it felt unfair to see only some not all got animated, because some character jokes and gags don't really make much sense unless you actually know the whole character.
Would I recommend this anime?
In terms of comedy, I would say it is one of the better ones to come out in recent times. It has a fun, 22 episode runtime, there're great and memorable characters in there, and there is a method behind the madness. The only major issue I have is that the jokes pertaining to a certain character don't always get translated well, so some things might be hit or miss. But apart from that little bug, I give this show. Solid...B+, for effort
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