Assassination Classroom, Season 1, Part 2 (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
September 18, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and exciting action-packed anime series. And with the second part of season one, the series just gets better and better! I can’t wait for season two!
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TITLE: Assassination Classroom, Season 1, Part 2
DURATION: Episodes 12-22 (275 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0, English Subtitles
RATED: TV 14
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Originally Created by Yusei Matsu
Directed by Seiji Kishi
Screenplay by Makoto Uezu
Music by Naoki Sato
Character Design by Kazuaki Morita
Art Direction by Ayumu Miyakoshi, Kazuto Shimoyama
Mechanical Design by Tomohito Hirose
Production by Lerche
Featuring the following voice talent:
Aya Suzaki/Monica Rial as Kaede Kayano
Jun Fukuyama/Sonny Strait as Koro-sensei
Mai Fuchigami/Lindsay Seidel as Nagisa Shiota
Nobuhiko Okamoto/Apphia Yu as Karma Akabane
Ayaka Suwa/Michelle Rojas as Tōka Yada
Chie Matsuura/Morgan Garrett as Megu Kataoka
Eiji Miyashita/Kyle Phillips as Sōsuke Sugaya
Fuko Saito/Terry Doty as Kirara Hazama
Hisako Kanemoto as Hinano Kurahashi
Junji Majima as Ryūnosuke Chiba
Kana Ueda as Yuzuki Fuwa
Kenta Miyake as Akira Takaoka
Kouki Harasawa as Takuya Muramatsu
Mamoru Miyano as Gakushū Asano
Manami Numakura as Rio Nakamura
Megumi Ogata as Itona Horibe
Miho Hino as Sumire Hara
Minami Tanaka as Hinata Okano
Ryo Naitou as Taiga Okajima
Ryota Ohsaka as Yūma Isogai
Saki Fujita as Jiritsu “Ritsu” Shikō Kotei Hōdai
Satomi Satou as Yukiko Kanzaki
Sayuri Yahagi as Manami Okuda
Shiho Kawaragi as Rinka Hayami
Shintarō Asanuma as Hiroto Maehara
Shinya Takahashi as Kōki Mimura
Shizuka Itou as Irina Jelavic
Sho Hayami as Gakuhō Asano
Shunsuke Kawabe as Masayoshi Kimura
Subaru Kimura as Ryōma Terasaka
Takahiro Mizushima as Kōtarō Takebayashi
Takehito Koyasu as Gastro
Tomokazu Sugita as Tadaomi Karasuma
Yoshitaka Yamaya as Tomohito Sugino
Yoshiyuki Shimozuma as Taisei Yoshida
From the studio behind Danganronpa and Monster Musume comes Assassination Classroom! After the battle with Itona, the students of Class 3-E settle back into a normal routine. Well, normal for a class filled with would-be assassins! As the weather turns warm, the class can’t afford to laze about, and up their training under the guidance of Karasuma. But with the semester already half over, the government decides to send a new teacher to take over their training. Are his methods too extreme? Or will it be the push they need to become real killers?
While training is all well and good, they can’t forget about final exams! And if they want to up their chances of taking out Koro Sensei, they’re going to have to do their very best. The stakes are raised even higher when Class A makes a bet that could send Class E on the best summer vacation ever. Could an island retreat help them set up the perfect assassination?
What happens when Class 3-E gets a sadistic instructor as their new P.E. teacher?
Meanwhile, what happens when the students are poisoned by a deadly virus and the remaining students must get the antidote by infiltrating a high-security hotel and taking on their deadliest rivals yet?
All this and more in “Assassination Classroom, Volume 1, Part 2”!
What is “Assassination Classroom” all about?
In 2012, mangaka Yusei Matsui created the manga series “Assassination Classroom” (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu).
Matsui, who was known for the manga series “Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro” and also was a former assistant of mangaka, Yoshio Sawai, would eventually create one of the best selling manga series in the past few years.
Serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”, a total of 12 volumes have been collected into Tankobon format and the first volume has had over one million copies printed and was on the list for best-selling manga in 2013. Came second in Media Factory’s “Book of the Year” and won the #1 position for “2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” voted by male readers for Takarajimasha.
With an anime adaptation in Japan that debuted in 2015, the first part of the first season of “Assassination Classroom” was released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of FUNIMATION.
The anime series is produced by Lerche (“Danganronpa the Animation”, “Persona 4: The Animation”, “Re: Hamatora”) and was directed by Seiji Kishi (“Angel Beats!”, “Persona 4: The Animation”, “Ragnarok the Animation”, “RE: Hamatora”), a screenplay by Makoto Uezu (“Kamisama Dolls”, “Arslan Senki: Fujin Ranbu”, “Quiz Magic Academy”, “Is This a Zombie?”), music by Naoki Sato (“Blood-C”, “Eureka Seven”, “Heroic Age”), character design by Kazuaki Morita (“Kamisama Dolls”, “Tentai Senshi Sunred”, “Persona 4: The Animation”) and art direction by Ayumu Miyakoshi (“Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Noba DC”) and Kazuto Shimuyama (“Daganronpa the Animation”, “Devil Survivor 2: The Animation”).
The series begins by introducing us to a powerful alien creature that destroyed 70% of the moon, making it a crescent moon forever. The alien has said that within a year, he will destroy the Earth but he does give mankind a chance to prevent it.
Having special speed and quick reflexes, with a number of tentacles like an octopus, the alien known as Koro-sensei, becomes a teacher for the lowly class 3-E at the prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School.
Government worker Tadaomi Karasuma tells the entire class 3-E what problems they are facing and how Koro-sensei will destroy the Earth. But the deal the alien made with the government and military is that if he is assassinated before the end of the year, he will spare Earth. So, Tadaomi Karasuma announces that the focus of class 3-E is to kill their homeroom teacher.
And Koro-sensei is hoping the students can do it..but can they?
For volume 1, we are introduced to Nagisa Shiota, a weak student but very observant and smart and studies Koro-sensei’s color-changing moods and tries to find any weakness that he can.
Meanwhile, bad boy Karma Akabane joins class 3-E and was suspended from school prior to Korosensei’s arrival and now, Karma wants to do all he can to kill Koro-sensei.
But each time the students try to kill Koro-sensei, his mach 5 ability makes him difficult to see and kill and all fail. But when they try to kill him, Koro-sensei tries to teach each student on becoming a better person and in someways, making him likeable to a point.
With the destruction of Earth many months away, can these students kill Koro-sensei before it’s too late.
Also, a new English teacher is brought to Kunugigaoka Junior High School. Her name is Irina Jelavich who is very fashionable, sexy and no doubt has her own ways to charm the guys. But in truth, this new teacher is a mercenary and one of the best. But will she be skillful enough to assassinate Koro-sensei?
Meanwhile, we are introduced to Kunugigaoka Private Academy’s principal Gakuho Asano and learn how he views Class E!
In the second part of the first season. Government worker Tadaomi Karasuma’s former teacher in special forces replaces him as teacher for 3E, but his methods are not the most kindest and includes torture. How will the class of Koro Sensei’s 3-E respond to their new teacher?
Many of the students of Class 3-E were inflicted with a deadly virus and the person responsible for the virus is demanding that Koro-sensei’s head be delivered to him at the Fukuma Denjo Hotel, in exchange for an antidote.
But Class 3-E must use their skills which they have learned to go against high-level assassins waiting for them.
Will they survive the ordeal?
“Assassination Classroom” is presented in 1080p High Definition. The anime series is colorful and vibrant.
Backgrounds are well-painted and it was interesting to see the darker character lines for how the main characters are drawn. But for the most part, the animation does compliment the manga series very well! And the overall anime series looks fantastic!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Assassination Classroom” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD stereo. “Assassination Classroom” is a series that features crystal clear dialogue. Both soundtracks are well-acted but I felt the English dialogue had the advantage of the use of the surround channels when it comes to lossless audio utilization.
Subtitles are in English.
“Assassination Classroom” Season 1, Part 2 comes with the following special features:
- Episode 14 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Sonny Strait (voice of Koro-sensei) and Lindsay Seidel (voice of Nagisa)
- Episode 17 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Martha Harms (voice of Irina Jelavich) and Chris Ryan (voice of Tadaomi Karasuma).
- Top 10 Moments – (11:17) Featuring the “Assassination Classroom” voice dub cast (Sonny Straight, Apphia Yu, Chris Ryan, Lindsay Seidel, Monica Rial, Micah Solusud) discussing the top 10 moments from the first season.
- Textless Opening Song – “Jiriki Hongan Revolution” Version 1 and 2
- Textless Closing Song – “Hello, shooting-star”
- U.S. Trailer
“Assassination Classroom” Season 1, Part 2 comes with a Blu-ray and DVD version of the series.
We have seen the students within Class 3-E grow. Grow as friends, grow as assassins, even seeing their own respect for their alien teacher. And each time they have tried to assassinate Koro-sensei, they would lose, thanks to Koro-sensei’s super speed.
But part of what makes Koro-sensei so quick and powerful is the use of his tentacles. And through failure, the class have grown adept in their ways of assassination.
In the second half of the season, we get to see the class work as a team in a baseball challenge, but also see them get a new pool. But the main storyline is the hiring of Akira Takaoka of the Ministry of Defense Special Task Department.
He has been hired to be in charge of the training for the students, while Mr. Karasuma looks for more assassins.
But for Karasuma, leaving the kids with Takaoka freaks him out because he remembers how Takaoka, as a trainer, used torture to get what he wants. Does he follow the chief’s order to let Takaoka teach the kids, or does he actually care for the kids and wants to protect them?
But now they must put their skills to use as classmates have been inflicted with a deadly virus and now they need to obtain the antidote from the person responsible.
Also, as students of Class 3-E were inflicted with a deadly virus, time is in the essence of getting an antidote to save them. So, a few of the students along with Koro-sensei, Ministory of Defense teacher Tadaomi Karasuma and Ms. Irina Jelavich must infiltrate Fukuma Denjo Hotel, where the person who was responsible is staying. But not only is he waiting for them, so are many high level assassins.
Can Class 3-E survive?
With this second part of the first season, the storyline is exciting as class 3-E finally get to use all what they learned and put it to practice, as they take on their greatest challenge yet! And while this is all happening, of course, class 3-E continues to find ways to assassinate Koro-sensei.
As for the Blu-ray release, animation is vibrant and colorful, voice acting for both Japanese and English soundtracks are well-done. You also get a good number of special features included, from two audio commentary, top 10 moments and more.
Overall, “Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and exciting action-packed anime series. And with the second part of season one, the series just gets better and better! I can’t wait for season two!
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