Koro Sensei Quest! contains all 12 of the series’ anime shorts and a couple of bonus features.
Koro Sensei Quest!
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Koro Sensei Quest! places the characters from Assassination Classroom in an RPG world. The students of Kunugigoaka Junior High School, which is rebranded in these shorts as a magic school, are heroes in training. The E class is still ostracized, because the students in this class have bugs that make them weaker than other heroes. Just like in the original Assassination Classroom, the students in the E class are tasked with destroying Koro-sensei. In this alternate universe, Koro-sensei is the “big bad” character of the RPG world. A major difference in these shorts is the fact that the characters are depicted as chibi versions of themselves.
The anime shorts are comedic in nature, which is easy to do with the various bugs that the students in Class E have. The shorts also utilize some of the story beats from the original Assassination Classroom series and incorporates the RPG world twists to them. Viewers who are familiar with Assassination Classroom will pick up on these references and appreciate how they were incorporated into this series of shorts. While there’s the potential for viewers who have no familiarity with Assassination Classroom to find humor in these shorts, due the comedy involving being an RPG world, they likely won’t get the full impact of the humor in these shorts.
When it comes to portraying the characters as chibi versions, I think this worked well with the vibe that the series was going for. The humor wouldn’t have worked quite as well if the art style kept the characters in their normal designs from Assassination Classroom.
This Blu-ray release has 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native) video. The audio on the disc includes Dolby TrueHD: English 2.0 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I had no complaints about either the video or audio quality of this release.
The only bonus features included on this release are commentaries for Episode Six and Episode Eight, as well as trailers for other properties that FUNimation Entertainment was promoting at the time Koro Sensei Quest! was released. For the commentaries, they’re done in a way where the director and some voice actors talk over the entirety of the short. Considering that this release is for a series of anime shorts, I wasn’t terribly surprised by the relative lack of bonus features.
As I said in the Anime Spotlight for Koro Sensei Quest!, this isn’t necessarily a “must see” for fans of Assassination Classroom, but it could be worth it for fans who want to see something a little different from the franchise. For this Blu-ray release, I can only truly recommend it to viewers who have seen and enjoyed Koro Sensei Quest! and want to add these shorts to their anime home video library. If you’re curious to see the shorts and don’t want to spend the money on this Blu-ray release, they can be streamed on Crunchyroll if you have a subscription to their service.
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