Anime Club: Assassination Classroom: Season One

Hello again all you crazies! For this week’s anime club, we are enrolling in class 3-E…the Assassination Classroom.

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM

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CREATED BY: Seiji Kishi

NO. OF EPISODES: 22

GENRE: Action, Science fiction, comedy

YEAR: Jan. 9, 2015 – June 19, 2015

COUNTRY: Japan

maxresdefault (8)The Earth is threatened by a powerful creature who destroyed 70% of the Moon with its power, rendering into the shape of a crescent moon forever. The creature claims that within a year, Earth will also be destroyed by him, but he offers mankind a chance to avert this fate. In class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, he starts working as a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students not only regular subjects, but the ways of assassination. The Japanese government promises a reward of ¥10 billion (i.e. 100 million USD) to whomever among the students succeeds in killing the teacher, whom they have named “Koro Sensei”. However, this has proven to be an almost impossible task, as not only does he have several superpowers at his disposal, including the capacity of moving at Mach 20, but he is also the best teacher they’ve ever had, helping them not only to improve their grades, but also their individual skills and perspectives for the future.

Let’s face it, it is quite possible that at least one of you wouldn’t mind being taught by essentially a Japanese tentacle monster.  It would be a blast. First off, Assassination Classroom has a very large cast of likable characters such as Koro Sensei, Nagisa, and Karma. Secondly, the story is rather unique and interesting. Why the hell would a biological life form/alien want to teach? To the lowest class no less? Regardless, this creates a rather innovative scale that the characters have to balance upon. Could you kill your teacher? Lastly the animation quality is solid, with rarely any hiccups at all (at least none that I could catch).

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For the most part, Assassination Classroom is a damn good time. But two major things gripe me. Remember how I spoke about the interesting character roster above? Well here is my problem…there are too many damn characters. It is hard for each of the characters to have enough time to actually be interesting and not just a character tossed to the sidelines. My other problem is that they don’t utilize Koro Sensei’s tentacles properly…I mean…what?

PROS:

  • Interesting characters
  • Innovative storytelling.
  • Intriguing character goal balance.

CONS:

  • Improper utilization of tentacles.
  • Too larger of a character roster.

SCORE: 7.8 / 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMYhMnRxj-0

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