Friday, September 4, 2015

MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Assassination Classroom Season 1

Young Adult
Run Time:
25 minutes
Release Date:
January 9, 2015 – June 19, 2015

Based on the manga series by:
Yūsei Matsui

Directed by:
Seiji Kishi


Produced by:
Dentsu, FUNimation Entertainment, Fuji TV, DAX Production, Lerche

Plot Summary:
The Earth is threatened by a powerful creature who destroyed 70% of the Moon with its power, rendering into the shape of a crescent moon forever. The creature claims that within a year, Earth will also be destroyed by him, but he offers mankind a chance to avert this fate. In class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, he starts working as a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students not only regular subjects, but the ways of assassination. The Japanese government promises a reward of ¥10 billion (i.e. 100 million USD) to whomever among the students succeeds in killing the teacher, whom they have named "Koro Sensei" (殺せんせー Korosensē?, a pun on korosenai (殺せない, unkillable) and sensei (先生, teacher)). However, this has proven to be an almost impossible task, as not only does he have several superpowers at his disposal, including the capacity of moving at Mach 20, but he is also the best teacher they've ever had.

Jun Fukuyama, Michelle Rojas, Lindsay Seidel, Tomokazu Sugita, Nobuhiko Okamoto


*My Thoughts*

An adorably sweet anime atmosphere but with a serious and menacing undertone. Assasssination Classroom made me think of whether the actions I take for the future are right, necessary, or for selfish gain; it’s not only entertaining, it is meaningful. This anime captured my attention within the first ten minutes. The intro song is catchy and happy, something that you’d want to dance to and is easily deceiving. The lyrics themselves tell the tale of determination and pressure required of assassins, while the title is blunt and to the point, the episodes contain meaningful lessons not only needed for middle school killers but also for life and succeeding in general. The story told in Nagisa Shiota’s point of view gives the viewer perspective on what it is like for the class 3-E to survive especially when everyone in their school expects them to fail and the whole world is at stake. From Korosensei’s perspective, however, he is by no means an antagonist despite the fact that he is the assassination target and actually encourages his the 3-E class in all their endeavors. The characters are cheerful, attentive, and lovable; if you’re looking for something mature I discourage Assassination Classroom.

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