Assassination Classroom Review – Assassinate Teacher From Space Before Doomsday

Assassination Manga Vol 1

Cover of the first volume of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, as published in Japan by Shueisha

Assassination Classroom can be a really unusual anime and that is saying quite a lot. I’ve watched anime with food as the main protagonist, and I have watched an anime that is “food-gasm”, and also I have watched an anime about a detective that was shrank down to a child’s age. But the most interesting concept here is an anime that is about a classroom containing assassins and their target – the teacher who planned to destroy the earth. If you still unfamiliar with this series, you have to read this Assassination Classroom review before you watch it.

Yeah, the students making the effort to assassinate their teacher but that won’t be simple with the unkillable Koro-sensei that move at mach speeds. Koro-sensei is an octopus seemingly bent on destroying the world after he destroyed the moon. Before destroying the world, he wants to teach at a top school, but it s a special class who were tossed out from the main campus as a consequence of low grades and other reasons. The 3-E class is mercilessly harassed by the other ranking students and even by the principal.

The most crucial attraction that can draw any audience into this anime is the comedy. And the reason is the anime itself contains a personality. It is very true for Koro-sensei as he teaches more than just academics in class. He also teaches about everyday life lessons and even connects in person with characters on a personal level from time to time. At several points of the story, you will find him really likeable and even relatable by the topics he covers in class. And lastly, his expressive face can be comical and pleasant to watch.

By the way, this Assassination Classroom review will include:

  • What is Assassination Classroom Anime?
  • Assassination Classroom Anime Review
  • Assassination Classroom Second Season Anime Review
  • Assassination Classroom Manga Review

Basically, the humor is refreshing and will take assassination to a level that can be viewed as more of a parody. The theme of killing is actually deconstructed on numerous levels when it comes to story execution. This also designs a certain amount of slice of life as some episodes seems like an adventure that takes the students to places they have never been before.

Assassination Classroom Anime


Assassination Classroom Review

Assassination Classroom, or known as Ansatsu Kyoushitsu in Japan is the Japanese action, sci-fi, and comedy anime TV series produced by studio Lerche and directed by Seiji Kishi. The anime has 2 seasons so far which the first season was broadcast on Fuji TV starting from January 9 to June 19, 2015, while the second season was broadcast on the same network between January 7 and June 30, 2016.

The anime is based on the Japanese sci-fi manga series written and illustrated by Yuusei Matsui. The series started serialization on Weekly Shounen Jump magazine from July 2012 to March 2016. And then Viz Media licensed the manga in English.

Before the TV anime was released, there is an OVA version released on October 6, 2013 which produced by Brain’s Base and directed by the same director, Seiji Kishi. The anime film titled Assassination Classroom the Movie: 365 Days was also released in Japan on November 19, 2016.

Apart from anime and manga, you can also play the game based on the series titled Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei’s Great Besiegement!! developed by Bandai Namco Games and released on Nintendo 3DS on March 12, 2015 in Japan.

Funimation licensed the TV anime for release in North America. The anime has been released on several Blu-ray and the latest one is Assassination Classroom: Season Two, Part One released on February 21, 2017.

Assassination Classroom Anime Review


Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 1

Asssassination Classroom: Season 1, Part One
Blu-ray/DVD Combo cover

Synopsis

Kunugigaoka Junior High school, class 3-E is the lowest of the low. With abysmal test scores with zero future prospects, they have been abandoned and hidden away from the main campus at the top of a deserted mountain. However, when a super-powered tentacled alien with a hunger for destruction gets to be their new teacher, they have got a new task to get them inspired about school – take him out.

Apart from reading, writing, and math, the murderous creature behind the lectern can teach his students everything he knows about the assassination. Should some excited beaver prove to be a Grade-A assassin, he or she will save Earth from extinction, and also get a huge reward. But, they had better stude up, since their saboteur sensei has already taken out most of the moon, and our planet is next on his list.

Story

Although the anime focuses really heavily on the part of killing an alien creature, most of the anime also talks about the idea of teaching and comparing that to the idea of assassination. Since the anime is centered around these academically challenged students, the show also highlights on their growth as students and a person’s learning potential, which really puts in some excellent themes.

Comedy also is done well for the show. Much of it is executed in this style where you get immediate comebacks from several characters as well as the brief, awkward moment to take in what just occurred, which I guess makes the anime fairly fresh and never boring to watch.

Artwork

The art-style for this anime is a very brightly done style using a really light gradient. Together with doing some standard comedic facial expression for characters and fantastic animation fluidity, the art is rather consistent. But precisely what truly stood out for the art for me is being able to pull off the more dark and threatening scenes in the same style. It brought a sense of eerie sensation when things go dark for a couple of second which I think is a nice design flourish.

Assassination Classroom Artwork

Characters

Whenever you are producing any comedy anime, the most crucial component of making memorable comedy is to have memorable characters that you could remember the personalities of to deliver those wonderful, sweet jokes that make humor so good. The good thing is, Assassination Classroom manages in doing this well.

Sounds

I don’t truly find the OST to be all that memorable. I will describe it as excitement above all else, not really a masterpiece.

Overall (65/100):

I guess this anime is a superb adaptation of the manga. There are no shortcuts aside from the student chapters, and everything is told just how it was without excessive changes.

Assassination Classroom Second Season Review


Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 1 Blu-ray

Assassination Classroom: Season Two, Part One Blu-ray
Released on February 21, 2017

Synopsis

It’s time for second term, and the assassination classroom is in a position for a semester loaded with intense training, studying and new ways to eliminate their teacher. But even their most innovative plans are falling flatter than a two-ton pudding. That’s until a strong student decides to return to class! Koro-sensei’s days may lastly be numbered. As their abilities grows, so does their confidence. But will this end u pin a successful assassination or reckless missteps that land them in hardship?

Story

Several parts of the story in this season feel slightly rushed but it is surely never boring! it given many characters development for each character in this season, even most of the ones that started out unlikable. Anyway, Koro-sensei’s backstory is ultimately revealed in this season.

Artwork

The animation and art in season two is really much the same as in the first season. Simply because it is still Lerche animating it, so there truly is not much for me to talk about here.

Characters

The characters are the most crucial component of Assassination Classroom. The main focus for all characters in Assassination Classroom is development and growth. These two elements are honestly the key in what makes this series work out so excellent.

Sounds

The sound isn’t anything to special, I don’t want to say bad however almost all the times I’d be watching an action scenes, I don’t feel like the music playing increased the occurring on screen. But seiyuu are consistently fantastic in this show.

Overall (85/100)

While I enjoyed the first season, the second season is even better. If you have watched season one and wishes to know how it ends, you’d better watch this.

Assassination Classroom Manga Review


This review based on the several volume of Assassination Classroom manga written and illustrated by Yuusei Matsui. The first volume was published by Shueisha on November 2, 2012 in Japan, while the English language was licensed by Viz Media for North America and released it on December 2, 2014 in both digital and prints format (according to ANN).

Assassination Manga Vol 1

Assassination Classroom Manga
Volume 1 cover

Synopsis

The student in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher – an octopus creature with outrageous powers and unlimited strength, who’s just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth unless they can kill him first.

Story

The story can be wonderful. It may seem out of this world in the beginning, with the concept assassination within a classroom setting preposterous. However, the assassination doesn’t get in the way of the values that lie therein, which strike me greater than some other manga I’ve read.

Artwork

I personally think that the art fits perfectly to the joyful times of school, and so it’s still really entertaining. Moreover, I’m sure that the art is adequate for its time period. Characters are drawn good enough and the action scenes are attractively created.

Characters

Exciting character developments as you get to know the characters even more, along with current position that they are dealing with. Throughout the manga, you will find that there is even more to it than just killing, but the bond created and good relationship between them.

Overall (88/100)

I’m sure Assassination Classroom can be a decent manga which truly covers the pace as it moves along. It starts off slowly because of having to introduce a lot of characters and little by little builds their development into something wonderful.