Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu) is truly something else. This shounen action-comedy anime, based on a manga of the same name, delivers laughs, frenetic action sequences, and mystery throughout. Based around a completely bizarre premise, this opening installment of Assassination Classroom leaves you wanting to know more.
Assassination Classroom is the story of a being of unknown origin that destroys most of the moon in moments and then promises to destroy Earth the following spring. That being offers Earth a reprieve by allowing the people of Earth to attempt to kill him before the end of spring. He promises not to accelerate his plan for earthly destruction on the condition that he is allowed to be schoolteacher to a classroom of outcast junior high students. The being, a yellow tentacled fellow with a spherical head (see cover art above), teaches his students the standard school subjects as well as the art of assassination. He is both teacher and target. He is Koro-sensei.
Assassination Classroom plays out from the point-of-view of Nagisa Shiota, a rather small, studious boy who is picked on frequently. He is an extremely observant character, making him an excellent conduit for viewing the most central character of the series, Koro-sensei. Joining Nagisa is a vibrant cast of students, a stoic Ministry of Defense Agent P.E. teacher, and a seductive assassin turned foreign language instructor. All are intent on eliminating Koro-sensei.
This first installment of Assassination Classroom is rife with exposition, but not to the point of being cumbersome. Nearly every episode in this first half of season on focuses on a character and their relationship with the enigmatic Koro-sensei. Through these character vignettes, viewers are slowly given more information about how the outcast class was treated by their parent junior high, Koro-sensei’s origin, and Koro-sensei’s motives. Each episode feels fresh, with new comedic gags, unexplored characters, and new assassination tactics.
Assassination Classroom doesn’t have a ton of depth, but it certainly is fun. The premise of a character that has promised to destroy the earth, but shows great care for his students is strange and intriguing. The strange humor and the wonderful voice work done by the Funimation cast pulled me in, especially once some of the principal characters were established.
If you’re looking for a bizarre action-comedy series, Assassination Classroom could very well be what you’re looking for. With its occasional fourth-wall breaks and completely odd main character, this series is certain to get some laughs. This Blueray set is great way to jump into the series.