Anime Blu-ray Review: Assassination Classroom Season Two

Assassination Classroom Season Two includes all 25 episodes of the second season of the anime. Audio options include the original Japanese with English subtitles and the English dub. This is the “Classics” edition of this release, which came out about a year after the first Blu-ray pressing of this set.

Assassination Classroom Season Two
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: August 6, 2019

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 still cried during it, even though I had already seen this episode before when it was streaming as a simulcast. And I appreciate how the final episode served as a kind of epilogue to the story and reveals 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” was done, their lives still went on.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio includes Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I had no complaints about either the video or audio quality of this release.

There are bonus features spread out throughout the series. The first disc includes audio commentary for Episode 3 and Episode 5. The second disc includes a six-minute feature titled, “The Many Faces of Koro sensei,” which is hosted by Sonny Strait (the English dub voice of Koro-sensei). He explains the various faces that Koro-sensei displays throughout the series, and there are occasional comments from other people about some of the faces. There are also textless versions of the openings and endings that appear in the first half of the series, as well as episode previews and trailers for other FUNimation properties.

The third disc includes an audio commentary for Episode 15. The fourth disc includes an audio commentary for Episode 23, a “Top Ten Moments” feature for the second season of Assassination Classroom, textless versions of the opening and ending credits that appear in this half of the season, episode previews, and trailers for other FUNimation properties. It’s interesting to note that the style for the “Top Ten Moments” feature was done differently here when compared to the same feature on the Season One set. Here, all we see are the scenes, and there’s a voice over explaining the scene and why it’s included in the list. To be honest, I preferred how this feature was handled here than how it was done on the Season One set.

Overall, the bonus features are what you’d expect for this kind of release. However, I’m still a little frustrated that the next episode previews were removed from the episodes and are only included in the set as a bonus feature.

I really am glad that I acquired the whole series to add to my anime home video library. I liked being able to see the series again, but this time bigger chunks rather than the one episode a week pace that I had to do while watching it as a simulcast. Being able to see it this way, I could see just how well the series flowed, and how nicely everything fell into place.

One comment

  1. Keni · December 12

    I had to admit. Assassination Classroom was quite an emotional show. It was witty and quite silly initially, but when Korosensei finally died, scenes of him best protecting and truly teaching his students flashed over me and wow. He cared so much for his students. It was truly an overwhelming loss.

    Also, congrats on the addition to your Blu-Ray collection!!

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