Type: No one dies today
Synopsis: Despite the name, no actual assassination takes place. The gist is that a weird yellow tentacles monster threatens to destroy the world in six months. But being a sporting man, he gives the planet a chance if he is allowed to teach a group of middle school losers how to kill him/pass their algebra tests. Surprisingly, he becomes the best teacher the kids ever had, even though their ultimate goal is to kill him and collect the bounty on his head. Ah, middle school…
Pros: The premise of the story is pretty great. A story about a classroom full of middle school aged assassins is brilliant! Their target, Koro-Sensei (a play on the Japanese word for unkillable), is no slouch either. Much of the humor comes from his overwhelming speed and weird abilities and pop-up every know and then. His ability to multitask is truly something to behold. The best parts are when he is able to incorporate his freaky abilities into his teaching. It was also fun when the students noted Koro-Sensei’s weird habits in an attempt to kill him. The best part of the story is when it highlights the premise of the story itself.
Cons: The main premise is great, but it unfortunately gets bogged down by unnecessary detail and plot elements. First off is the inclusion of two other teachers, Karasuma and Irina, who don’t really do much other than give Kuro-Sensei other adults to bounce comments off. Their also the inclusion of “mysterious” antagonists that hint at Kuro-Sensei’s past, but again, they were unnecessary. The anime is better when it just focused on Kuro-Sensei and 3-E’s relationship with each other and the school at large. Since this anime is about a teacher and student, you will get sugar coated messaged about believing in students and helping them grow, which sadly makes the show mildly generic. Its like Stand and Deliver, but with killing. Speaking of which, the show doesn’t really have a “main character,” as it were. The character Nagisa acts more like a narrator than lead, and the only other characters that get as much attention are Ritsu and Terasaka. The show is an ensemble, meaning that many of the students get superficial spotlights.
Watch it?: Yeah, but feel free to skip parts you don’t like (3/5)
Tentacle monster, the true hero of Anime
Best Episode: Ep.1 “Assassination Time” (Let’s Kill Teacher!)