Assassination Time 「暗殺の時間」
I’m sure everyone’s thought of killing their teacher or plotting to do so at some point in your life so what if you’re allowed to do so while in the middle of class? Take a common slice-of-life genre following a winning teacher-helps-students-in-worst-class theme, add a twist and a tentacled tako-like creature and you get one of Winter 2015’s most anticipated anime: Ansatsu Kyoushitsu.
“Seishun Satsubatsuron” (青春サツバツ論 Youth Savage Theory) by 3-E Utatan (3-E Singing group) [OP]
More dancing OPs this Winter 2015! It’s cute and quite fitting for a middle school class don’t you think?
I’ve not read the manga source material but it’s been ongoing long enough for me to know that it’s a popular one and judging by this first episode, rightfully so. The students in 3-E of Kunigigaoka Middle School are tasked with legally assassinating their teacher, a creature though alien, was born and raised on earth and takes offence to being referred to as an extraterrestrial life form in spite of all the facts that point towards it. This creature exploded the moon one fine day, leaving it in a perpetual crescent-moon shape. What it does to gravity and tidal waves on earth is secondary. What matters most is his threat that he’d destroy the world in similar fashion in March next year. So the survival of humankind and the fate of the world rests in the hands of the students in the “end” worst class of an elite prep middle school. Good thing they have the defence force (Sugita Tomokazu‘s deadpan comedic acting is so so missed since Gintama) providing them special weapons that can hurt this creature and the prize money of 10 billion yen for doing so – where else is anyone going to get such a good deal? Bad thing though is that the creature moves at the speed of Mach 20 so it’s safe to say it’s impossible to hit him face on and proper strategising is needed. At least he’d trim your eyebrows while dodging your attacks lol.
Why the creature is teaching at this particular school is a mystery we got a sneak little peak at already in episode 01 so that bodes well in terms of unfolding his back story along the way. I guess the love of his life, the only person who ever treated him like an equal human being, was a teacher who previously taught 3-E. As a dying wish she asked that he take over and teach them, which he does most responsibly I have to say. The lunar explosion was probably his emotional outburst at losing her, which is kinda romantic even though the cost of such destruction was albeit beyond great.
I had to pick between Aldnoah 2nd season and this show to complete my “A-Z” challenge and ultimately chose Ansatsu because Fukuyama Jun as the assassination target just sounded like he had SO MUCH FUN voicing the creature. It’s his crazy voice we last heard distinctively in the Kuroshitsuji series as Grell, another role he seemed to have really enjoyed voicing. I’ve always appreciated his range of emotions and accompanying vocal tone so it’s great to see and hear him go from lighthearted teacher (yellow) to very angry and deadly sounding (black) educator. With him in-charge, there’s no doubt the real-life voice acting sensei will do a great job leading the rest of the cast through this show. That’s not to say that Seki Tomokazu and Onosaka Masaya weren’t good enough voicing Korosensei in the OVA and VOMIC respectively. I think Junjun’s just more suited as the anime’s version of a lighthearted > perverted Korosensei. This exercise of having 3 seiyuus voicing the same character does give you an idea of how important a seiyuu’s acting is – all 3 of them have different interpretations! As was the case for Ministry of Defence agent Karasuma which featured Toriumi Kousuke (VOMIC), Suwabe Junichi (OVA) then finally Sugita Tomokazu. As much as I like Toriumi and Suwabe, I do think Sugita does a much better job because he’s just naturally associated with funny roles after Gintama.
This is also a very funny show by the way, in case anyone thought assassination was serious business. I mean it is but at the same time, the tsukomi digs some of the students make is just rofl hilarious! We’ve got Oosaka Ryouta, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Satou Satomi, Asanuma Shintarou as students, to name but a few of an entire class of some 30 students so it’s going to be a challenge listing out all the seiyuus! The actors had great comedic timing subtly delivering those tsukomis. Shiota Nagisa is the main student whom the story is told through. I’ve not heard of Fuchigami Mai or her works but she’s made an impressionable Nagisa, comparable to Minagawa Junko (most recently as Akatsuki no Yona‘s Yun) though it’s still too early to decide if she can pull her weight here. In the first episode we’ve got him bullied into carrying out the role of suicide bomber. Thankfully he survives although he did make the creature very very mad, not because the students prioritised killing him over actual studying but because the student was willing to be sacrificed for it. Ansatsu’s probably going along the same vein as other school teacher-worst class animes GTO and Gokusen but with the twist of a creature and legitimately allowed assassination, this promises to be a stand-out anime for Winter 2015! Where else would you have a nuclear missile brought back after lunch break as a souvenir?! It’s going to be a heartwarming show premised on a lot of laughs so stick around especially to find out if the students can bring themselves to assassinate the one person who truly cared for them.
“Hello, shooting-star” by moumoon
The ED looks so simple (but surely very difficult to animate) with a continuous chalkboard drawing sequence of the students in their daily lives as student assassins. Moumoon’s ED is quiet and soft, working well to balance out the brash humour and violence of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu to help you the viewer, calm down~