Anime Spotlight: Assassination Classroom Second Season

So I finished the simulcast of the second season of Assassination Classroom yesterday, and today I have some free time to share my impressions of the season. If you haven’t seen all of the second season, you may want to avoid reading this post for now, since I may potentially provide spoilers.

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Season One ended with the most serious storyline the series had to date up to that point, and the second season opened with a light-hearted episode that finished off the summer trip arc. I thought this was a nice way to get the audience back into the series again and feel as if they were reuniting with an old friend.

While the humor the audience had come to expect from Assassination Classroom appeared in the second season, the tone of the series started becoming more serious as the season progressed. The second season included several important backstory episodes, as well as some surprise revelations. As a viewer, I appreciated getting the backstory for both Koro-sensei and Principal Asano. The backstory for the principal helped me to see him a new light, and he almost becomes a sympathetic character afterward.

One the biggest revelations and surprises concerns one of the students in Class 3-E, and it threw me for a loop. I never imagined that this character harbored such a secret in their background. But this secret serves as an important puzzle piece for fitting together some of the information we had learned earlier in the series regarding Koro-sensei, and it ultimately helps to progress the remainder of the story.

As Koro-sensei’s deadline loomed ever closer, the tone of the series became more and more serious. While the occasional bit of humor or joke would appear in these later episodes, the series focused more on reaching the climax and conclusion of the story. I have to say that I really liked seeing the countdown to Koro-sensei’s deadline on the chalkboard during the opening credits, and how that shot would always change every week to reflect the countdown. The message that appears on the blackboard in the opening for the final episode is rather bittersweet, though.

The second-to-last episode of this season of Assassination Classroom was highly emotional, and I admit that I cried throughout most of that episode. And the final episode served as a kind of epilogue to the story, and I was glad to find out what happened to most of the characters in the future. It was a nice way to end the series, and it shows that even though their time in the “assassination classroom” is done, their lives still went on.

Now that I’ve seen both seasons of Assassination Classroom, I have to say that this is one of the best anime I’ve watched as a simulcast over the past couple of years. This is one of those series that I want to acquire a home video release for and add it to my anime home video collection. Assassination Classroom is a series I’d be willing to watch again in the future.

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