Assassination Classroom, cutely shortened as AssClass (or Ansatsu Kyoushitsu if you want to be a prick about it) is yet another series about an unlikely teacher teaching a class of misfits about life, the difference? the students have to kill him before he kills them and the rest of the world. So is this a Great Teacher Onizuka, or more of a Danganronpa? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu tells the story of an otherwordly alien octupuss who´s not only a threat to the world who destroyed half the moon, but also the teacher of Class E, also known as the Dead End Class of outcasts shunned by their peers. In order to save the world, the class has been given the task to kill this teacher before it´s too late, but what are you supposed to do when he´s also the best teacher you´ve ever had?
Man, I suck at story synopsis, but you get the gist of it, right? a class of outcasts and unlikely teacher, characters get the time of day (or episode per week) and by the end of every episode we learn a thing or two not about maths, but about ourselves (by that I mean the anime characters). It has been done before, probably better, but it hasn´t been done like AssClass has done it.
This show, with a second season confirmed to air in 2016 is an unlikely beast – I didn´t expect to love it, I actually expected this to be the second coming of Danganronpa, and I really, really didn´t like that show – but this surprised me, this surprised me a lot, it surprised me so much it grabbed me by the collar in its first episode and indulged me to feel things over all the characters. AssClass is a love letter to just that; the people sitting in the back of the class, the “dumb” ones, the nerdy ones, the problematic ones, the kids who colour out of the lines, the ones shunned by their robot peers, the ones that´ll eventually save their sorry asses from world destruction.
Regardless of that, I don´t think AssClass is for everybody, period. It´s pure anime humor, meaning it´s inmature, a bit sexual, a bit nerdy and references a shit ton of other anime in its run, basically, the relationship between you and this show depends on the relationship between you and its characters, which is exactly why I don´t like Danganronpa, but really like Assassination Classroom.
So, would I recommend it? If “a good show about misfits bonding with strange but cute octopuss” sounds like something you´re interested in, I´d say you give it a shot, for me, I liked it a lot, and I will definitely, definitely watch the second season, congratulations Brains Base, you´ve got me involved in a neverending shonen anime.
Final Verdict: Strong 7. Energetic, fun and a song of victory to the underdogs, the next person who tells me to watch Danganronpa over this will get a punch in the face. Season 2 hype.