At First Glance – Assassination Classroom

Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.

Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the concept of these “At First Glance” articles is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it.
Simple, right? With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

Assassination Classroom

Unlike last week, this time we have an anime where the title only kind of threw me off to the actual premise. In that I assumed this was just an anime about a school for assassins but we’re just following one class. Nope. There is actually more to it than that. Long story short, a tentacle creature they come to refer to as “Koro-Sensei” has destroyed 70% of the moon, leaving it as a permanent crescent moon.

I’d be more impressed if Piccolo hadn’t destroyed the whole thing that one time

In an odd move, Koro-Sensei demanded to teach Class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, acting as their normal teacher as well as teaching them assassination techniques. The whole thing is kept under wraps, and the 30 students are offered a ¥10 billion reward to kill Koro-Sensei within a year’s time. If they fail, Koro-Sensei claims he will destroy Earth. So, yeah. Not quite what I was expecting plot wise, but a decidedly less generic set up than I thought up on my own, so that’s good.

Ultimately not a hell of a lot to talk about compared to last week, but I must say, Koro-Sensei looks like he’s gonna be fun to watch. A very charismatic and generally well animated villain with an interesting design. On the other hand, I’ll admit that I was completely unaware that our main character/narrator for this show was a boy until they specifically referred to him by male pronouns.

I mean sure he’s wearing pants, but the feminine face, tiny pigtails and such threw me the hell off. Not that I mind, and going by what I’ve read there is a reason for this aside from Japan just loving androgynous men, but yeah. I honestly thought Nagisa was a girl until they pointed out he’s a dude. So, my bad I guess.

Kinda bugs me that Nagisa is angsty and all, but at least his angst contrasts nicely with his cutesy appearance, rather than him looking like a complete edge lord, as some other anime are want to do. Though the general concept of the cast seems to be people society has tossed aside, so I guess there’s probably a lot of angst in that room. Just it’ll present itself in different ways.

That’s about all I have to say without reaching, really, so I’ll just start the wrap up. Will I continue to watch Assassination Classroom? Definitely. The concept, on top of Koro-Sensei, are more than enough to keep me interested. The first episode gives you just enough plot to allow you to determine whether you want to continue or not, and I for one am intrigued as to how the events of the series will play out.

For those who are interested, Assassination Classroom consists of 47 episodes across two seasons (22 in season one, and 25 in season two respectively) and is available in both dubbed and subbed format. Along with the show there are two OVAs, a “recap” style anime film and two live-action movies (“Assassination Classroom” & “Assassination Classroom: Graduation”). Lastly, there is a spin-off “web anime” called Koro-sensei Q! (or Koro Teacher Quest), which consists of 12 episodes available in both dubbed and subbed formats. Koro-Sensei Q! has also received its own animated film adaptation.

Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However, if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.

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