When Assassination Classroom debuted last year, my review of it concluded with the words, “I’m definitely along for the long ride.” I had no idea that it would only have two seasons (I thought the manga was still ongoing). But that just might as well, since the fast pacing was one of the reasons I got to love this anime.
I also loved its strange, fresh premise – which was what initially intrigued me about it. When I read a synopsis that states it’s about this class in which the students are being trained and challenged by their weird teacher to kill him, I just got to see it. And when I did, I immediately find it an extremely great watch.
Centering on the bizarre, ironic teacher-students dynamic between Koro Sensei and Class 3-E, the anime has an endearing story to tell. The former is sincere in his desire to be a great teacher, to bring the best out of his students, and see them succeed. However, his methods are beyond unconventional: he threatens to destroy the world at the end of the school year, and the only option to stop this from happening is if the students will be able to kill him before that. With this goal forcibly given to the students, he proceeds to teach them the art of assassination, which principles he then uses to help them learn their school lessons. Thus, not only do these students begin improving academically, but also gradually transform into genuine, highly-skilled assassins. Meanwhile, Class 3-E – who are deemed “losers” by others – get to respect and love this teacher who chooses to see their potentials and does his best to develop them. And the only way they can honor and repay him? By succeeding in assassinating him. (It’s truly a quite peculiar setup, even for an anime, and it’s probably impossible to fully make sense out of it without giving major spoilers.)