There are a lot of unique elements that are staples within the anime genre. Assassination Classroom hones in on two of my favorites:
1. Having a story built on an extreme, ridiculous premise;
2. Giving me all the feels.
If you’ve traveled the anime side of the internet for a moderate length of time, you’ve probably at least seen a picture or meme of Koro Sensei floating around. That’s this dude, the yellow octopus with a creepy smile and beedy eyes.
You’ve probably even seen this clip here or there.
And you’ve probably thought to yourself, “What is this mess? That anime is crazy!”
I’m here to tell you that you are not wrong. This show is absolutely nuts, and it’s one of my go-tos. It’s like a wacky version of “To Sir, With Love.” (Youngsters, please go look up that reference and watch that movie. It’s a classic for a reason.)
There aren’t many shows that I can re-watch, but I’ve watched Assassination Classroom three times now and – full disclosure – after I’ve finished writing this article I’m gonna give it another watch.
But what exactly is so great about it?
The comedy and the characters’ heartfelt stories rolled into one fill your belly with laughter and your heart with love simultaneously.
Though its fan-base is a bit obscure as it’s not one of the more mainstream shows, Assassination Classroom garnered enough attention to get a live-action remake.
The cast is huge and all the characters get a turn in the spotlight, so I won’t go into detail on all of them. But let’s talk a little bit about some of the primary faces you’ll see.
The show centers around this strange, yellow, color-changing being who walks into a school and demands to take over a classroom of flunking students.
That was after the super being blew up half the moon and announced he would destroy the earth by spring next year.
He and the government then task the students with assassinating him before he can carry out his threat. Thus the name of the show, Assassination Classroom.
He is impervious to normal weapons which earned him the nickname Koro Sensei with his students. It’s a clever pun of the Japanese word “korosenai” which roughly translates to “unkillable.” “-senai” is changed to “sensei” which means “teacher.”
Koro Sensei is an interesting character to say the least. He’s goofy, cocky, slightly perverted, and overprotective of his flunkies.
He makes it his mission to be the teacher these misguided souls need.
A hard-nosed, by-the-book kinda guy. Karasuma is the man who introduces Koro Sensei to the class. He’s an assassin himself and the visual representation of the government in the show.
As the deadline draws near and the students struggle to execute Koro Sensei, government officials send in one of their best agents: Irina.
Irina is a honeypot assassin. That means she’s a super hot lady who lures men in with her looks and kills them when they think they’ve, ahem, sealed the deal.
She is fluent in 10 languages so she joins the class under the guise of their English teacher.
When Irina is introduced she’s rude, spoiled, and vain. Her last name is pronounced similar to the word B**** so the students don’t miss the chance to nickname her B**** Sensei. Of course, she doesn’t enjoy that.
After a while, she develops a thing for Karasuma and things get steamy.
Nagisa is the main narrator of the story though he’s a slightly different choice for a protagonist.
He’s reserved and passive. He’s petite and constantly mistaken for a girl (the series will explain this, too in the second season). But, after a little while, it becomes apparent that his quiet nature makes him perfectly suited to the assassination lifestyle.
He’s the chaotic neutral character that every good anime needs. He’s not afraid of a good fight and will challenge everyone.
Karma ended up in Class E (the class for all the flunkies) because he won’t apply himself. But don’t let that fool you, the boys actually quite smart.
Principal Asano is the main antagonist of the show.
He designs the prep school to be a harsh one where students are encouraged to ostracize those at the bottom.
He is unhappy with Koro Sensei encouraging the E-Class students as he wants them to do horrible and suffer as an example to the other students.
So if you’re looking for a show that’s a little quirky, a lot of laughs, and a roller coaster of feels, then you should check out Assassination Classroom.
PS: I’d advise watching both seasons of the anime. The first one can leave you with a lot of questions. The second one answers them all.Subscribe to Get Anime Reviews