Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu) Season 1 Part 2 (Blu-ray) (2015)

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Released 5-Oct-2016

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General Extras
Category Anime Audio Commentary-x 2
Featurette-Top 10 Moments (11:17)
More…-Textless Opening Song - Version 1
More…-Textless Opening Song - Version 2
More…-Textless Closing Song
More…-Previews
Trailer-US Trailer
Trailer-x 8 for other anime
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 253:43 (Case: 275)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Seiji Kishi
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Jun Fuchigama / Sonny Strait
Mai Fuchigama / Lindsay Seidel
Aya Suzaki / Monica Rial
Nobuhiko Okamoto / Austin Tindle
Tomokazu Sugita / Chris Ryan
Shizuka Itoh / Martha Harms
Case ?
RPI ? Music Naoki Sato


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English (Burned In) Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu) is based on the manga by Yusei Matsui; Part 2 of Season 1 continues with the misfits and failures of Class 3-E of Kununigaoka Junior High School again being humiliated and bullied by the rest of the school. But the students of 3-E, especially Nagisa (Mai Fuchigama / Lindsay Seidel), Karma (Nobuhiko Okamoto / Austin Tindle) and once bully himself Terasaka (Subaru Kimura / Marcus D. Stimac), are becoming aware of their potential and their abilities under the guidance of their teacher Koro Sensei (voiced by Jun Fuchigama / Sonny Strait), a yellow three metre tall octopod who can move at a speed of Mach 20, has a myriad of skills within his tentacles and is impervious to normal weapons. Koro has destroyed 70% of the moon, leaving only a crescent in the night sky, and in a year he will destroy the Earth as well unless Class 3-E can assassinate him.

     Assassination Classroom is really about normal high school dilemmas; growing up, dealing with humiliation, discrimination, working as a team and realising your potential. Koro Sensei is an excellent teacher, caring, positive and sensitive. He cares about his class and is assisted by government agent Karasuma (Tomokazu Sugita / Chris Ryan), who doubles as a PE teacher teaching the students how to use knives and guns and other assassination techniques, and the professional assassin with big boobs and many talents Irina Jelavich (Shizuka Itoh / Martha Harms). This committed trio of teachers have given the students purpose and confidence to challenge the elite of the school both academically and sporting wise, which does not go down well with the school principal Asano (Sho Hayami / Micah Solusod). He needs Class 3-E to be the scapegoats who will encourage the other students to work hard so he engages in a number of underhanded tricks to keep them as failures. Another challenge to Class 3E comes from the principal’s son Gakuho (Show Hayami / Chris Rager), the best student in the school, while we learn that Koro has a brother, Itona (Megumi Ogata / Ricco Fajardo), who may just be a match for Koro.

     Koro remains a manic and wacky creation. He wants to be a good teacher but he is also wants to be liked. He cannot be killed by normal weapons but rubber knives and special BB pellets, while harmless to the students, can injure Koro, such as cutting off a tentacle, although it regenerates very quickly. Because of his speed he can be almost everywhere at once, which makes the problem of eliminating him almost impossible. But that does not mean that he does not want to help his class to do it better and in this set of episodes the attempts get very elaborate. Part 2 is also darker as during the second half of these episodes, on their summer vacation, the students face an adversary from outside the school and need to put their new skills to use.

     Assassination Classroom has completed a second season. This Blu-ray release contains Season 1, Part 2 of 11 episodes on two discs.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Assassination Classroom is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the original broadcast ratio, in 1080p using the MPEG-4 AVC code.

     The print is not super realistic but detail is firm. Colours are nice a muted although vibrant blues and greens also appear; the colours on the head of Koro, which show his moods include yellow, green, purple, red or pink, are deep and rich. Blacks are firm and shadow detail is fine. I noticed no marks or artefacts.

     The American English subtitles are in a clear white font. The subtitles are burnt in when the Japanese dub is selected so they cannot be removed for Japanese speakers. I noticed no errors, but sometimes when two people are talking, or when the subs also translate Japanese text on the screen, they flash by quickly making them difficult to read.

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Audio

    Like many Funimation releases, audio is a choice of the original Japanese in Dolby TrueHD 2.0 or the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 dub. The audio selection can only be changed through the menu, not on the go.

     I did listen to a couple of episodes in English. There is nothing wrong with this dub but it was not particularly enveloping and I really do prefer the original Japanese voice acting, especially Jun Fuchigama who makes Koro one of the most funny and endearing monsters in anime for some time! The Japanese audio track is surround encoded and the surrounds featured music and ambient sounds, such as waves. Dialogue is clear and the sub-woofer supported the music, assassination attempts and running water.

     The score by Naoki Sato is fine and varied, supporting the tone of the series. The closing song Hello, shooting-star is very catchy.

     It is anime so lip synchronisation is approximate in either audio track.

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Extras

Disc 3

Start-up Ad (1:01)

     An advertisement for the Funimation Now streaming service plays on startup.

Commentary – Episode 14

     Lindsay Seidel and Sonny Strait (the voices of Nagisa and Koro) sit together and chat. Strait reveals that this is his first commentary and there is far less silly jokes and laughing than is usual in Funimation commentaries. While they do talk about their characters they mostly chat about themselves, their careers and personal lives.

Commentary – Episode 17

     Martha Harms and Chris Ryan (the voices of Irina and Karasuma) sit and watch the episode. Ryan also admits this is his first commentary. This commentary is a bit stilted as there are silences and, while there is less joking around, they chat about themselves mostly rather than the series.

Disc 4

Start-up Trailer (1:30)

     On start-up is a trailer for Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. It cannot be selected from the menu.

Top 10 Moments (11:17)

     Apphia Yu (ADR director and voice of Rio), Sonny Strait, Lindsay Seidel, Monica Rial, Chris Ryan and Micah Solusod (the voices of Koro, Nagisa, Kayano, Karasuma and Asano) chat about their 10 favourite moments of Season 1 Part 2.

Textless Opening Song - “Jiriki Hongan Revolution” Version 1 (1:32)

     A version of the opening song without the credits.

Textless Opening Song - “Jiriki Hongan Revolution” Version 2 (1:32)

     Another version of the opening song without the credits.

Textless Closing Song “Hello, shooting-star” (1:32)

     The great closing song without the credits.

Previews (3:07)

     These previews are usually at the end of each episode. They can be selected individually or there is a play all option.

US Trailer (1:02)

     The US trailer for the Blu-ray and DVD release.

Trailers

     Trailers for Blood Blockade Battlefront (1:50), World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman (0:48), The Heroic Legend of Arslan (1:05), Project Itoh: Harmony (1:52), Garo the Animation (1:05), The Rolling Girls (1:08), Doamygar-D (1:09) and Fairy Tail (1:07).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     Our release is identical to the Region A US Blu-ray including the FBI anti-piracy warning.

Summary

     Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2 is darker than Part 1 but continues wry and funny, looking at the high school experience, bullying, alienation, discrimination, growing up and working as a team in a different way.

     The video and audio are fine. The extras are the same as available in the US.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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