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Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #25 Anime Review (Series Finale)

So after two seasons worth of hi-jinks and absurdity, this episode marks the end of Assassination Classroom. Although with last week’s episode having arguably been the real finale of the show, it was kind of hard to imagine how this one could top it. Suffice to say it actually doesn’t, but it does serve as a solid epilogue to the show, as it highlights both the show’s themes and it’s incredible sense of charm. After grieving over the loss of Korosensei, the Class E kids decide to move forward with their graduation in order to help honor his memory. Things don’t go quite so smoothly though as the media’s still determined to milk them for all their worth, and while they manage to fend them off with some help from Class A, the aftermath leads to the school’s hierarchy system being exposed as problematic and the Class E building gets shut down. This also ends up putting the principal out a job, though there’s the implication that he’ll be able to start over again before too long. I have to admit that even with his earlier bit of redemption, I’m not sure if I like the idea of him having the opportunity to continue being in education since his methods are still way too extreme, but it’s mostly a minor gripe. The kids, on the other hand, try to make do with their situation, and even after receiving the reward money for killing Korosensei, they’re determined to live life by their own efforts. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #24 Anime Review

So first a bit of a correction here. I came into this assuming this episode was supposed to be the last one, but it turns out the finale is actually next week and that changes my perspective on things quite a bit. I’d thought the ending to last week’s showdown between Korosensei and the Reaper was supposed to be the show’s big climax (and that made it’s somewhat anti-climatic conclusion a bit harder to swallow at the time) but the real one is here, and it’s certainly a lot stronger as it makes for the show’s single most heartfelt episode to date. With Yanagisawa and the Reaper now out of the picture it seems like everything’s been resolved, but that battle ended up taking a lot out of Korosensei (which seems weird given he looked okay last week but I guess I’m willing to handwave it) and now he’s on death’s door. Between his injuries and the space laser still aimed at him, Korosensei’s fate is pretty much sealed and he decides to let his students be the ones to finish him off. Of course while that sounds pretty cut and dry, it’s a lot easier said than done for Class E. For all their assassination attempts over the show’s run, none of the kids really want to go through with actually killing him, but at the same time they know there’s no real choice here and that if they want to end things on their own terms, this the only decision they can make. In the end it falls to Nagisa to do the deed, but not before Korosensei does one last bit of roll call for all the students, as he reflects on how much they’ve grown and how proud he was to have been their teacher. When it finally comes time for Nagisa to kill him though, it’s too painful to bear and he can’t bring himself to do it. However as Korosensei stops him from having a complete breakdown, Nagisa realizes that finishing him off in such a state of uncertainty wouldn’t be honoring Korosensei’s memory, and he decides to respect the bond they’ve forged together by finally taking his life. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #23 Anime Review

We’re just one episode away from the grand finale of Assassination Classroom, and the show’s continuing to pull out all the stops in making this last arc its most intense yet. In keeping with the show’s fondness for occasional video game metaphors, this week’s episode is given the title of "Final Boss Time" and it’s pretty appropriate as Korosensei continues to square off against his greatest opponent. There’s a lot riding on this fight’s conclusion in terms of both suspense and thematic impact, but for everything that’s on the line here, the end result is sadly a bit underwhelming. We last saw Korosensei caught in a bit of a pinch, as he’s stuck trying to fend off the combined efforts of Yanagisawa and the Reaper on his own. As always, Korosensei tries to use his wits to make up for his disadvantage, but when Yanagisawa decides to start targeting the kids instead, he’s left with no choice but to take the attacks in order to protect them. As he covers for the kids, they begin to feel that they’ve been something of a hindrance to Korosensei this whole time, but Korosensei obviously doesn’t share that sentiment and instead takes enough pride in them that he’s willing to put everything on the line to protect them. With Korosensei’s situation getting worse, Kayano tries to hold off Yanagisawa and the Reaper to buy him some time, only to get fatally wounded in the process. This sacrifice seems to finally set Korosensei over the edge…and it’s also where things get a little weird. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #22 Anime Review

The race to save Korosensei begins, as the kids start battling their way to a reunion with him. Everything they’ve worked for over the past year is on the line, and, they’re willing to overcome any obstacle in order to protect it. But as the situation escalates, and the kids are forced to come face to face with reality, it’s starting to look like the wall they’re facing now might not be one they can overcome. With only three hour remaining till Korosensei’s demise, the kids start working their way up the mountain in order to make it to the Class E building. In their way stands a group of government soldiers, and the class makes use of their home-field advantage in order to one up them. Much like with the "Assassination Classroom in space" thing a few weeks ago, the idea of a group of middle schoolers taking on trained soldiers is a bit of a stretch, but they’ve certainly dealt with bigger threats, and while it’s not quite as flashy as Class E’s civil war scenario, it still makes for a solid action sequence. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #21 Anime Review

So after some minor romantic detours, it’s crunch time for Assassination Classroom as we head into the final arc. The deadline for Korosensei’s assassination is fast approaching and the government is finally ready to unveil their big master plan to take him out. This makes for the class’s most dangerous situation and one whose outcome could leave a lasting impact on them. Things start off on a fairly light note as Nagisa and the others have all been accepted into their chosen high schools and Nagisa tells Korosensei about his newfound desire to be a teacher. With the year winding down, Korosensei decides that now would be a good time to make a special yearbook with the kids and commemorate their time together. Like always, this is all mostly played for laughs, (with the best gag being Karasuma’s reaction to seeing how much Irina can’t wait to move in with him) but it’s also pretty nice to see them so relaxed after how much has happened to them lately. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #20 Anime Review

The second season of Assassination Classroom’s beginning to wind down, but there’s still plenty to come with the government’s latest assassination plot against Korosensei on the horizon. So what better time than now for a Valentine’s Day episode and shipping shenanigans. Given how much the show’s been firing on all cylinders lately, it feels kind of weird to be getting a breather episode this late in the game, but it works, and functions as a good transition into upcoming finale. It’s now February in the show, and with the deadline for both graduation and the assassination approaching, the kids are once again considering what they’ll do after they graduate. Nagisa, on the other hand, is still having trouble deciding exactly what it is he wants to do with his unusual talents since he doesn’t have any plans beyond college. He eventually finds his calling when Sakura from a few episodes back suggests that he’d make a good teacher, and while he feels that Korosensei isn’t exactly the best role model, he realizes how much he’s looked up to him all this time and begins to seriously consider the idea. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #19 Anime Review

So yeah this is really happening. The show is seriously going through with Assassination Classroom in space. It’s a pretty leap for the show to take say the least, but despite my suspension of disbelief being pushed harder than it ever has before, a lot of what happens here is actually pretty par-the-course at this point. In that respect, the conclusion reached here could almost be seen as a bit cheap, but it also helps to show just how much the Class E kids have accomplished over the show’s run. After deciding to take Korosensei up on his shuttle stealing plan, the kids volunteer Nagisa and Karma to be the ones to go into space while the rest of them work to secure the space center. With how surprisingly lax the security is it doesn’t take too long for the kids to break in(like seriously, how is no one guarding the command room area?) and after taking over the computer system, Nagisa and Karma are quickly sent on their way to space. Upon reaching the space station, Nagisa and Karma fake a bombing attempt to force the astronauts (who by anime standards speak pretty decent english) into cooperation, but end up getting caught a bit off guard when the threat of an explosion doesn’t seem to bother them. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #18 Anime Review

This week’s Assassination Classroom brings us the second half of the class’s to kill or not to kill debate as things heat up between Nagisa and Karma. With how strange their friendship has been over the course of the show, this fight gives us a good opportunity to dive deep into their dynamic, and the conclusion that’s reached here is a strong one. Strong as it is though, it’s hard to keep all that in mind, as the end of the episode hands us the show’s single most outrageous scenario yet. After taking out a few of the remaining stragglers the fight over Korosensei’s fate comes down to Nagisa and Karma as they decide to settle things with a knife duel. As the two of them go at it, the show peaks into their heads and shows just what lies at the heart of their odd little relationship. Eventually, we’re shown that similar to the present, Nagisa used to admire Karma for his natural talent and after finding they had similar interests managed to become friends with him. As time went on, though, Nagisa began to realize just how much of a gap there was between the two of them in ability, while Karma, on the other hand, could never quite shake the feeling that there was something off about Nagisa. Both of them envied each other for their separate talents, and that sense of frustration really shows in their fight. The visual direction here is once again pretty impressive by Seiji Kishi standards, and even manages to one-up last week’s showing with some effective shots and camera work. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #17 Anime Review

Korosensei’s backstory was a pretty big turning point for the series. and one that was bound to have some serious repercussions on the Class-E kids. We already saw a bit of how that played out last week, but this week’s put their focus on the fallout, as the kids find themselves at a crossroads. The proposed solution is, of course, something you’d expect from the show at this point, and outcome itself is a bit harder to guess, the conflict itself makes for one of the show’s better spectacles. Coming directly from where we left off, Nagisa tells the other kids about his proposal to save Korosensei, and they mostly seem on board with the idea. However that doesn’t mean everyone, as some of the kids want to continue on with the assassination regardless, and Karma in particular is determined to keep going. Thus, the class finds themselves divided between those who treasure Korosensei as a teacher and don’t want to lose him and those who respect him enough to believe that they owe it to him to see things through to the end, feeling that anything less is half-baked. This eventually erupts in a brawl between Nagisa and Karma, but before things escalate any further Korosensei proposes an alternative solution by having the class split between teams for a paintball fight, with the winning side being the one that decides Korosensei’s fate. READ MORE...

Assassination Classroom Season 2 Episode #16 Anime Review

Finding himself unable to save her, Korosensei realizes for the first time just how much of a difference he could have made if he’d channeled his abilities more positively and how much his single-minded focus as a killer limited his ability to act. Just as importantly, he realized that he never managed to view her as an equal and he had been too caught up in his own perception of things all this time. Before dying, Yukimura’s final request is for Korosensei to look after Class E as she feels they are similarly troubled and that by facing them head-on, he would be able to better confront his own weaknesses. Thus, he adopted his current identity, and developed the class’s current assassination system as a way of making use of his remaining time while also learning how to view others as equals. This has all been a long time coming, and it’s nice to see Korosensei’s past deliver on those expectations. It all gives a complete view of the kind of person Korosensei really is, and despite some of the goofy sci-fi involved it ties everything together in addition to showing why he’d go to such lengths to teach Class E. The direction here certainly helps things, and I was actually pretty amazed at how effective it was. To be kind of blunt, series director Seiji Kishi’s track record has been one of strangely perfect mediocrity. His style generally neither elevates nor detracts from most of his projects, and even when it comes to this show, it’s been carried more by the strength of the source material than anything with a few instances (such as the stuff with the over the top portrayal of Nagisa’s mom) stumbling on the execution a bit. That’s certainly not the case here, however, as everything concerning Korosensei’s past is presented with the right sense of atmosphere. and even some of the bits concerning Yanagisawa’s heavy abuse of Yukimura is just restrained enough not to ruin the mood of the flashbacks. The final scene between Korosensei and Yukimura is genuinely touching, and while Assassination Classroom’s never been the kind of show to tug at my heartstrings, this left me feeling a bit somber. READ MORE...