Backlog Bash: Assassination Classroom

[Repost, still busy with other stuff]

I recently just finished Assassination Classroom, and yes, I am super dang late to the party.

I was always under the impression it would be generic school battle anime, and fully expected mediocrity coming in to the show.

Instead, I ended up falling in love with the main cast. This is a show wherein the entire cast (barring the villains) feels fleshed out and interesting, even from the little snippets that they each got. The Class of 3-E genuinely feels like an actual class of people, and not just MC and filler characters.

Everybody has motivations, personalities, and while they do tend to adjust to a stereotype, every stereotype is explored in rather interesting ways. It’s similar to Class 1-A from My Hero Academia, though obviously, this is way better fleshed out. The core difference between 1-A and 3-E is that in Assassination Classroom, it’s not just one or two main characters, it’s the entire CLASS that is the main character. Quite literally everything they face on their journey is done as a class, and by helping each other out in their own little ways, even in episodes that are specific to one character.

Koro-Sensei himself is literally the BEST teacher in any anime ever, period. He may be a perverted weirdo with volatile emotions, but he’s also wise beyond his years, and incredibly kind and helpful to his students, in over-the-top ways. The fact that he’s a moon-destroying yellow octopus monster is no hindrance to his ability to teach his students.

The other two adult teachers, the ever-stoic Karasuma and the seductive Irina, are developed wonderfully as well throughout, and they learn from the students that they teach just as much as the students learn from them, exactly as a teacher-student dynamic should be. It’s just the right length and ratio of character-specific episodes and plot episodes with character moments that made these guys such fun to watch, and by the end, I can really say that I did not want this series to end so soon, but it did end exactly where it needed to.

My only real problem was the incredibly weak villains. They were revealed as a twist, but honestly, I find myself not giving a crap about them, because I saw it coming from a mile way, and they are way too evil for the lulz for me to even care about them. They are honestly a detriment to an otherwise great show.

Besides that, I love the core messages of determination and hard work that I can genuinely use and apply to my job and school from now on. For a show with such a goofy premise about killing your octopus teacher, it is surprisingly heartwarming and genuine!

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Koro-Sensei may be one of the biggest jump of a character’s looks and personality I have seen in a show. The fact that a suave, stone-cold killer willed himself into a friendly being riddled with weaknesses is an amazing backstory. I loved his relationship with Aguri, and it was a very good message about how the only reason some cold people stay cold is because they have never been shown warmth in their life.

All of this leads up to the ending of this show, which wrecked me emotionally. I was crying, my brothers were crying, and our cat doesn’t even comprehend what’s happening but he’s crying too. It’s amazing how even though I called almost every twist and plot point, and knew that Koro-Sensei had to die by the end of it all, I was still so emotionally invested in this class of 28 people I watched grow throughout the series. When he started roll-calling them each, I realized how much shit I’ve seen this guys go through together, and what kind of people they are. Most anime have enough trouble trying to make me feel for more than 10 characters, this made me feel for triple that amount.

Sure, in the near future, I might end up forgetting all but one or two characters but honestly, that makes sense. I can barely remember my old classmates, all I do remember about them is the traits that stick out. The things that made them memorable in the life I’ve had so far.

However, I will always remember that the real MC of this series wasn’t Nagisa, Karma, or Koro-Sensei. The real protagonist was the Class of 3-E, the assassination classroom, and I’m honored to have seen their graduation.

Final Verdict:

I give Assassination Classroom an 8/10!

Despite having some plot inconsistencies and incredibly weak “evil for the lulz” villains, the overall strength of Assassination Classroom was in the main characters, and its core messages of determination and hard work make for a great show.

Thank you for reading my review, and see you guys next time, peace out.

6 thoughts on “Backlog Bash: Assassination Classroom

  1. I feel bad for not seeing this earlier. This is a really great review that captures Assassination Classroom very well! I had the show rated at a 9/10 in part because that second season really wraps things up super well, but this is my go-to example show now for how to do an ensemble cast well- because as you said, the narrative investment is in Class 3-E, and you really feel like you’re with them through it all, leading to an emotional punch and an unforgettable experience in some ways. This is a series I doubt I’ll ever grow tired of revisiting because there’s plenty to talk about here, in the most pleasant of ways, starting with “who knew this premise would lead to something so good?”

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