In Martian colony Fourth Tokyo lies a classroom of Kirishina Corporation's brightest minds spearheading aerospace development: A-TEC, led by genius engineer Kaito Sera, eagerly anticipating the arrival of their newest member. It soon becomes clear, however, that the transfer student is hardly ordinary—Nagisa Kiryuu, newly appointed chief of A-TEC and the younger brother of the corporation's CEO, is sent to shut the program down. To keep the classroom alive, Kaito and his students desperately work to develop a successor to their most powerful rocket, the X-2; meanwhile, Nagisa climbs the corporate ladder in pursuit of his own mission. In spite of this, their separate battles soon reveal that much more is going on in Kirishina Corporation than meets the eye.
Classroom☆Crisis follows Kaito and Nagisa, as well as Kaito's younger sister Mizuki and A-TEC's test pilot Iris Shirasaki, in a story of intrigue, political warfare, and, against all odds, romance. As Nagisa and A-TEC are dragged further and further into Kirishina Corporation's conspiracies, friendships grow and pasts are unveiled as they fight to avert their classroom crisis.
Nice watch. Dependable male lead. Intriguing plot twists and action. Interesting space-age setting with heavy political overtones.
There were just a few hiccups for me:
The romance was contrived and devalued some of the characters, though perhaps it's just personal preference.
The story could have been more detailed overall; perhaps more worldbuilding, character backgrounds and development, and more explanation for each of the happenings. It may have made the romance worthwhile.
Wish it had a mature feeling, but at least you get the feeling that the young adults/children are young adults/children.
I don't normally write reviews, but I feel like I have to for this one.
THIS SHOW IS WORTH WATCHING. YES IT STARTS SLOW, DEAL WITH IT. GIVE IT A FAIR CHANCE.
DO NOT JUDGE THE SHOW UNTIL YOU'VE FINISHED IT. Seriously, so many people dropped it early and missed out on arguably one of the better shows of the 2015 Fall season.
STORY (9): It starts off slow and kinda generic. You've seen it before, the big bad greedy corporation wants to cut funding for the hardworking dedicated student team finishes their big project. Corporate representative is sent to be evil and shut them down. Snore.
now what the story is about. The classroom is just a single plot point to carry the show onto the next event, as it starts to pull the camera back to show what's going on with the behind the scenes. It evolves into a corporate and political drama where alliances are formed behind closed doors and plans are carefully laid to move everyone into positions. The story may be about kids building rocketships, but the show is a much more grand scale.
Then you get gut punched by the intense moments, when the trap cards are activated or the action kicks off. It's just at the right level that you stay intrigued during the "slower" parts.
Art/Sound (8): It looks and sounds good. I'm not really going to go in depth on it because I don't know what else to say. The animation is smooth, the art is well done, the backgrounds are gorgeous, and the effects are nice. There aren't any out of place sounds and the OP/ED are nice.
Character (8): This is where a lot of people get confused. "Why are there so many characters, who's the main character, why aren't these people getting more attention?" Whoa there speedy, calm yourself down. There isn't what I consider a single "main" character, it's more like two primary characters, two secondary, and the supporting characters.
Kaito is the MC of the classroom side, while Nagisa is the MC of the corporate side. Both are important, and there's a solid overlap between them to where it never feels like one is taking the spotlight from the other. Iris and Mizuki both get good development and fill their rolls nicely. I'll warn that if you hate amnesiac characters with a burning passion it might take a little away, but it's not a critical plot point to the overall story. The other students do what they need to and don't get in the way.
Romance is implied (and shown) but not plot critical, just enough to get you intrigued but not so much that it detracts from the story.
Enjoyment (9): Honestly, it's one of the better shows this season. Once the plot got underway I was addicted. The pacing was excellent, the excitement was real, and it ends almost perfectly. All important plot points are wrapped up nicely, though there's just enough hooks that a second season can latch on to.
Overall (9): I'll admit I'm rating it a point higher than it probably deserves, but I really wanted to counter all the negative reviews. Classroom Crisis is a very well done original work that absolutely needs more attention that it got. The slow start really hurt viewership and I feel it's unfair considering just how good the show ended up being. Seriously, you won't regret it, I promise.
Without giving too much away about my personal life, I work in IT. My job involves tinkering with technology that helps improve people’s lives in ways they didn’t know they were being helped whilst never getting the recognition involved with being involved. Whilst I’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to what’s current or how it’s implemented or how to use Linux for everyday life, I do know that this is a tough career path and even getting started can be a big pain. Interviews suck, especially when you pass many of them only to fail at the final stretch. The learning process is
worse than Dark Soul’s. Multiple failed projects. Corporate decisions screwing you over. The works.
So I guess in a way, there is some merit in Classroom Crisis portraying that part of my life. Doesn’t change the fact that the show can go fuck itself though. You wouldn’t defend the more boring iterations of the Assassin’s Creed series solely based on how much effort was put into accurately portraying the time periods said games take place in. And it doesn’t help that the show’s actual handling of business politics is about as insightful as a Captain Planet episode - although I’m pretty sure Sly Sludge had more smarts than anyone in this mess.
Classroom Crisis is once again another show following the trend started by Jun Maeda in that it’s written by a sort-of-established visual novel writer who had the same stupid “how hard can it be?” thought all of his predecessors had before proceeding to spontaneously combust himself due to his inability to escape the trappings of his preferred medium, ironically at the same time as Maeda’s own second combustion. But say what you like about Charlotte - I certainly have - at least stuff happens in it! Guy finds he has power, proceeds to abuse it, gets punished, is roped into a strange place, finds out he's part of something bigger, deals with tragedies, reverses a few only to run into something irreversible, sacrifices himself, and ultimately grows as a result even if his brain is too damaged to remember said growth. On the other hand, after three anime, Fumiaki Maruto still hasn’t seemed to grasp the definition of the word “story” at all. And with this show he seems to have forgotten the definition of the word “character” as well.
Maruto’s last anime, Saekano: How To Be A Boring Heroine, shot itself in the foot before it left the starting gate with its intentions to focus on “character” at the expense of “story”, but at least the characters had identity. This time around, ninety percent of the cast don’t even get so much as a description worthy of a gaming instruction manual. They’re just a bunch of faceless gimmicky extras, led by a teacher who couldn’t be any more obnoxious unless he suddenly turned into a racoon who’d give you rabies every time you answered a question wrong. Actually I don’t recall the teacher doing anything in the show at all - let alone teach - unless you thinking talking big counts as doing something (it doesn't). The ratio of things that happen to him as opposed to things that happen by him is so one-sided I don’t think there’s a scale big enough to represent the number on the former side.
The only character who actually has some semblance of characterization that doesn’t make me want to blow my brains out is the transfer student and arrogant rich boy, Nagisa Kiryuu. And I’m being very generous here, because his characterization is pretty much Chazz Princeton’s from Yu-Gi-Oh GX without the unintentional humor in that he’s a brat from a respected family who gets beaten down by his older brothers because being rich equals being a Lex Luthor wannabe who doesn’t get that the guy was articulate in his evilness. Oh, and he eventually becomes nicer after being forced to work alongside the idiots surrounding him and discovering they’re not all that bad. Fan-fucking-tastic character writing. Next we’ll be showering critical accolades on a character story about a young boy who has his innocence shattered when he discovers that people die in war.
There’s this girl named Iris aka Rei Clone #4395714, and the show beats you over the head that she knew Nagisa in the past so ham-handedly that it might as well have had a neon sign pointing that shit out over her head every time she so much as appeared. But apart from that, she has absolutely no identity whatsoever and barely interacts with Nagisa or do really anything of significant importance whenever said neon sign isn’t turned on. She’s less of a character and more of “plot mcguffin with tits”. Not that being an emotional girl is any better, as Mizuki (had to look up her name because she’s that forgettable and unimportant to anything going on) discovered the hard way with her “I’m nice and maybe have a crush on this bad boy” routine. Maybe if you didn’t devote large sections of your show to explaining a bunch of political business stuff that I couldn’t give two shits for, I’d actually see these characters as someone worth giving a damn to get invested in.
So the characters are boring with no relatable or interesting flaws whatsoever, but that doesn’t mean...well actually yes it does mean your show is doomed from the start, especially when your story leans so heavily on them. But even if you had gotten the cast of The Breakfast Club to star in this thing, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen such an awful case of “story driving characters” rather than “characters driving story”. Again, like Saekano - and White Album 2 to a lesser extent - there doesn’t seem to be much of a driving element to Classroom Crisis’s plot at all. As such, I don’t know what I’m supposed to care about or even who’s supposed to be the main hero that holds everything together.
After the anime starts with the world’s most boring and throwaway terrorist scenario, Nagisa informs A-Tec upon his rescue that their group is dissolving and they’ll have to go their separate ways, but that’s literally all there is. Why should I care if they dissolve? Will they lose their homes if they do so? What dreams do they want to accomplish by being in A-Tec? What is the importance of building these machines? Well we never know, because the situation is resolved due to some legal loopholes without much of a struggle on the characters’ end and there’s still two-thirds of the anime to go. It’s like watching an episodic family sitcom scenario except stretched to four times the length and without any laughs in it.
We then spend the next third having the characters live their lives. No seriously, that’s it. They just live their lives with the only central mechanic being Nagisa warming up to them - which as I’ve stated earlier doesn’t count as a story at all and certainly doesn’t have anything challenging about it - whilst dealing with their projects in the most saccharine way possible. They spend graduation by going to a beach, Nagisa has to pass a test, the characters resolve another random hostage situation that to be fair is better executed than the first one, the characters attend a school festival, and all I can think about whilst watching that shit was “wow, I am really bored. Hey, wasn’t there a plot point about the company stealing money for their own personal reasons? Are we ever going to get back to that? I feel like I’m watching Dragon Age: Origins’ ‘epic elements with no central narrative’ plot if it was channeling Dragon Age II’s ‘daily life of some random jackass without making anything actually happen’ snorefest”.
What is up with visual novel writers and wanting to assemble all the pieces first before putting them altogether at once anyways? Not only do I not see why you can’t just put them together as you introduce said pieces, but you can still make mistakes when going all in at once when said assembly is complete. This becomes particularly true when Nagisa is forced to make a sacrifice in order to save his friends by involving himself into the company’s inner-workings in the final third of the show, putting him in a position of betrayals and internal danger. Sure it makes no sense why he couldn’t explain his plan to the others or why it took so long to get to some conflict that actually might go somewhere, but I’ll take it if it means we can finally have some actual driving tension to what’s going on.
Unfortunately, even that is badly handled, because the show still won’t install any sense of importance to the proceedings to the point that everything feels padded. We have to sit through long long long scenes where Nagisa has to talk about business politics with characters we don’t know, and they barely affect the plot or involve the characters he’s supposed to be saving, making them incredibly tedious. The only part that resembles an actual driving conflict where stuff actually happens comes right near the end when the show reveals why A-Tec’s money has been withheld from them, along with some more plot twists that were sort of hinted at earlier on involving characters that barely contributed anything before now. Not going to spoil them, but let’s just say I didn’t throw out that Captain Planet reference in the beginning of this review lightly.
So you want to know what said conflict leads to? What actual character struggles result from their new discoveries? What these sudden plot developments actually lend to the narrative? So the fuck would I. Because Classroom Crisis thinks the best way to conclude itself would be to get sidetracked again with a kidnapping scheme caused by a boring asshole that exists solely to have a convenient excuse to have the characters utilize their individual skills for an agonizingly bad happy ending that was as soulless and token as they come. Mild spoilers: there's literally nothing to that ending but the good guys triumphing over the bad guys with no meaningful sacrifice or journey whatsoever, the shallowly naive message that dreams beat corporate, tons of loose ends that never added to anything, an incredibly tensionless rescue scene capped off with a nauseating and crowbarred-in love triangle element that made me want to hurl vomit all over my computer screen (seriously, what is up with Maruto and his fetish for love triangles?), and LOTS. OF. TALKING. The show literally just assembled the pieces, let them do the work, and then went off to have a milkshake without realizing that the autopilot navigation system has been faulty for months.
That's got to be the most anticlimactic way to pay off on all your buildup since that godawful Robotics;Notes anime! And speaking of R;N, this show sure seems to take an awful lot from that anime in addition to how it ends, doesn't it? Like the character types, poor pacing, sci-fi setting, saccharine humor, large sections of the plot, and even being written by a visual novel writer who's gone completely downhill after his breakout hit. As the 40-year old virgin's friends said in regards to the only date he's ever had in his life, "fuck that".
I don’t usually spend this long on a review talking about the story, but it’s absolute dreadfulness kind of overshadows everything else. But that doesn’t mean everything else gets a free pass. The animation is really terrible, like something from a bad 90s OVA bar the OreImo designs. And the music is bland across the board, from the opening credits to the actual OST. Out of curiosity, I went to Wikipedia to find out what amateur composed this anime’s piece of air and found it to be none other than...the guy who did the triumphant bombast of Haikyuu and Gundam Build Fighter’s soundtracks? As well as Death Parade’s? I soon saw he also did Robotics;Notes’ blandness and it all made sense. Obviously, this is a guy who realized the same thing I did in that there’s no future for anime written by VN writers and vowed to bring that across in his compositions. And if the music guy thinks your anime is shit, who are you to argue?
We should really start listening to these semi-major anime industry guys more, less we end up with more cartoons like this fucking atrocity.
This is my first review and I'll just write it to incite some more people to watch this show. This anime seems to be underrated which I totally understand, however, it's a great watch once you get into it.
First thing first don't be deterred by the first episodes. It introduce a lot of characters right at the episode 1, and give the setting in the form of a documentary. Honestly, it's quite boring, listening to a off voice telling us about the company, giving a short presentation of every students and other details about the universe. The way everything is introduced is bad and it's
understandable that people would stop at this point. However, once you get past that, you find a captivating anime about corporation war while you may think with the opening that it's about space ships races.
Story : 9
The plot resolves around an elite classroom in space engine development which is about to be downsized since it brings no results for their alloted budget. A student is transferred in the class as a boss in other to do the downsizing but the story turn after a few episodes into political schemes, family conflicts, hidden past and romance. Overall, there are a lot of turnabout and cliffhanger which keeps make you want for more.
Art and Sound : Good
Nothing especially remarkable in the art. The characters designs are ok and the animation isn't bad. The spaceship aren't too flashy. It's agreeable to watch and I don't see bad points.
The soundtrack on the other end is very good. The opening by Lay Duce is catchy and quite enjoyable, and the ending by Claris is also good. The OST fit in the situations and are pleasants to listen. I usually don't remember the OST but this one caught my ear. The studio even let you enjoy it by using it in scenes without dialogues.
Characters : 9
The protagonists are well developed, with some interesting revelations and changes in their attitude and conduct as the story progress. The others students in the classroom don't have this opportunity but aren't bad. The antagonists are quite good, with a raging psychopath who only ask to be hated (he fulfills his role at least) and a calm and calculating one.
Enjoyment : 10
I enjoyed it very much, the numerous turnabout and the character development keep you on your toes. You may need to pay attention to understand some corporates and political schemes but in the end, the episode is over before you know it.
Overall : 9
Yes, this anime is not flawless. Yes, it won't appeal to you if you're not interested in a corporation's interior conflict. I'm probably biased by giving it a 9 when I found the first 2 episodes quite average but this show how much the rest is captivating. It won't fit everyone's taste but I hope that you will give this anime a chance because I loved it.
Worth mentionning : Some people may be turned off right away just by seeing Maruto Fumiaki in the composition, author of the very controversed Saekano. Well, I'm one of those who didn't like Saekano one bit, but I watched this anime without prejudice and it was a good watch in the end.
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About Classroom☆Crisis: Animation studio Lay Duce had a great idea for an anime about a small company branch being hit by severe budget cuts and how they cooperated to turn things around. Then some businessmen told Lay Duce they wouldn't be allowed to make an anime unless it was set in high school.