What They Say:
Get ready for a strange but fun-filled adventure with your favorite group of assassins. The killer class is back but this time they’ve got…magic?! In this brand new spin-off series, follow the chibis of class 3-E as they learn swordsmanship and sorcery at Kunugigaoka Magic School. Their mission? Defeat the evil Demon King Koro Sensei and face the trials and perils of their magical school!
The audio presentation for this release brings us the original Japanese language track in stereo while the English language track gets a 5.1 bump, both of which are encoded using the Dolby TrueHD lossless codec. The project is one that plays to simple concepts so it has a fairly straightforward design for the sound where the 5.1 mix doesn’t add much on the English side. It’s largely center channel based with some wacky moments thrown to the sides here and there to accentuate the action. It’s not a big or immersive piece but it moves as needed across the soundstage. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we didn’t have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally airing in 2016, the transfer for this net animation series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. The twelve episodes are about ten minutes each so they all fit easily on one disc. Animated by Lerche, it has the right kind of playfulness about it with what it does as it has bright and vibrant colors, surprisingly good designs for a comedy series, and some very fluid moments at times. The encoding captures this very well with the vibrancy working well without being oversaturated, everything coming together in a solid way, and no noise or breakup in fine line detail. The character designs have some good detail to them as do some of the backgrounds and it comes across in a smooth and problem-free way that makes for an engaging experience.
The packaging for this release comes in a standard sized Blu-ray case that holds both formats without a hinge and also comes with an o-card that replicates the case artwork. The o-card is a bit more vibrant, particularly with the yellows, as we get the key visual with Koro in the background and our lead students in the foreground that are just adorable. The yellow and black framing is something that works really well to give it a bit more weight, especially the little Koro faces in the corners. The back cover has a lot of yellow space with about five colorful shots from the show while the summary of the premise lays things out smoothly. The extras are clearly listed and we get a good technical grid that breaks both formats down accurately and easily. While there are no show related inserts included we do get a reversible cover that uses the same back but has a different action pose key visual for the characters.
The extras for this release are all about the dub fans as they get two episode commentaries talking about the sixth and eighth episodes.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the series two-season series out there, a cute comedy manga was put into production in 2015 with Koro Sensei Quest, which was written by Kizuku Watanabe and illustrated by Jo Aoto. It tied into a feature film that came out in the fall of 2016 that had some of this and lead into a twelve episode net animation series where episodes clocked in at about ten minutes all told as animated by Lerche. A lot of shows over the years know to have fun with itself in this form by being silly and goofy, which may not appeal to a lot of the audience but just enough to be a worthwhile project. I enjoyed Assassination Classroom overall, though it felt like it went on just a bit too long, and Koro Sensei Quest hits a lot of good little sweet spots – particularly since it’s done and over with pretty quickly, keeping it from overstaying its welcome.
The premise for this is largely the same as the main series in that a group of students find themselves with a new teacher, Koro Sensei, and they have to defeat him. The gimmick with this one is that it takes place in an RPG style world with the class getting some of those elements. While they all look like cuter/simpler versions of themselves, they wear the same uniforms but get cloaks and some fantasy style weapons – or worse. Koro’s intent on teaching them how to defeat him but it’s all because, just like Goku from Dragon Ball, he just wants someone more powerful to fight. That’s at least an early gag, one of a few that relates to other shows as we get a few things here such as One Piece being visually mentioned and the like. It’s not a big referential series or anything but it’s rare to see such things so it’s definitely amusing and adds the right tone to the show.
That said, this is not a series that requires deep exploration. Those that are highly invested in the main series will likely get more out of it than I as I could barely remember most of the students’ names other than the main one or two of them. I know them more by their quirk than anything else as few had any real personality beyond their quirk. What this property does is just have fun with it all as the kids realize they have to get stronger to take him down and generally apply themselves well to figuring out exactly how to do it by gaining experience and leveling up. That all makes Koro happy and it’s amusing seeing some of his signature aspects from the main series employed here in cute form. Particularly when it involves Karasuma in his worn down mode here as he once again has to deal with a difficult situation.
The series works well with the humor, though most of it is in the moment kind of gag material, as we see them dealing with different threats and the kinds of obstacles that Koro places in front of them. Naturally, they all grow a little closer in a limited way but it’s basically a tight little comedy version of the original series. I really liked the animation style for it as Lerche knew what defined the characters in their regular form and presented that here somewhat simpler, brighter, and with lots of smiles and silliness. The end result is a show that definitely, in my opinion, needed to be separated by some time from the main series to enjoy. It’s a solid looking presentation with a fun dub and a good looking package. Definitely an easy recommendation for the fans.
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Language, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Episode 6 Commentary, Episode 8 Commentary
Content Grade: B
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B
Released By: Funimation
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Running Time: 120 Minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.