What They Say:
It’s been some time since Nagisa and Karma were a part of the assassination classroom. Like the rest of Class 3-E, they’ve grown and followed their own paths. But no matter how much time has passed, they’ll still remember their time with Koro Sensei and the lessons he taught them. Walking around their old classroom, the two former students reminisce about the time they spent in Class 3-E and the crazy events that went down. From the minute Koro Sensei first stepped into the classroom down to their final moments—this is a look back at the adventures of assassins in training!
The audio presentation for this series is done with the original Japanese language track in 5.1 and the English language adaptation in 5.1, both of which are encoded using the Dolby TrueHD lossless codec. The series is a fairly active one with the size of the cast involved and the antics of the teacher which involves a lot of motion and the opportunity to go outlandish with things. The baseline mix is a solid one that works the forward soundstage in an engaging way when given the opportunity since a lot of the quieter scenes are very basic and minimal. That lets the larger moments with the cast talking across the classroom or the assassination attempts stand out all the more. The wacky moments certainly ramp up well and the 5.1 mix gives it a bit of an extra boost in a pretty good way that makes it even more fun to listen to and engage with. Both mixes are solid with clean and clear presentations throughout as we didn’t have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.
Originally released in late 2016, the transfer for this film series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. Animated by studio Lerche, the show has a great look about it with some very vibrant colors and pop with both character designs and the various action components – including the anti-Koro bullets that are pink. The series works a solid character design that gives it a flavor of distinctive without going too far and the result is something that has really good fluidity in the high action sequences but also look great when standing around talking. The colors are solid throughout and the look of Koro is great with the way he dominates. Backgrounds hold a good bit of detail to them whether it’s the classroom, outdoors, or off-campus material, resulting in a very appealing looking show throughout.
The packaging for the regular edition comes with a standard sized Blu-ray case that has an o-card the has different artwork than the case artwork. The front cover goes with the image of Koro in the center and a nice spring image behind him but it’s all made up of shots/photographs of his from the show in collage form to great effect The back cover goes for an black background with the film key visual of Nagisa and Karma to the right. The premise is easily covered and very easy to read with the white on black text, unlike the case itself that is so busy with the background so as to be unreadable. The discs extras are clearly listed and the technical grid breaks everything down very cleanly in an easy to read way so you know what you’re getting. The reverse side of the case itself is done with the key visual from the back cover in full but sideways as expected, making for a nice mini-poster if you don’t care about the cover too much.
The menu design for this release utilizes the whole clips from the show angle as we get some bright and colorful pieces playing out that sets the tone well enough. The logo is kept through the center-top while the navigation strip along the bottom, done in the same yellow as previous TV releases, has the headshot of Koro on the left that’s cute when used as a pop-up menu during playback .The navigation itself is simple and straightforward with black on the yellow making it easy to read and move about with.
With some trailers included, the main extra here is a video commentary with three of the actors as they talk about key scenes from the film. It runs about twenty-five minutes so it’s kind of unfortunate that it’s not a full-length one that could reminisce about the series as well but it is fun just to see them for this long talking about it all more.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the popularity of Assassination Classroom between its two seasons and the second one coming as the manga wrapped up and had live-action material ahead, one anime feature film was put into place with 365 Days’ Time. It wasn’t one that I had focused on too much at the time because I was still working through the home video releases of the first season, never mind the second, and didn’t want to spoil myself outside of checking out the key visual or two that was produced for it. So with it a year since I had finished off the second season, coming back for a bit more with the film had me interested since a post-Koro world could have a lot of avenues to explore.
Little did I know, innocent was I.
What we get here for the 90 minutes that it runs is essentially a compilation film of sorts. It has a bunch of new animation mixed into it at the beginning and end and sprinkling in-between that focuses on Karma and Nagisa coming back to the school some time later and just talking about things. There are some nice moments about how both have grown, which resonates more as the recap elements remind you of their past and how they’ve been with each other over the years, but it has that kind of lazy summer element to it where graduates come back, feel a bit of nostalgia, but also put things to rest with the past. What makes up the bulk of it is the recap of how it all came together, some training/fighting montages as they tried to figure out how to take down Koro as a class, and then it spends the bulk of its time with their final encounter with Koro himself once trapped.
But, in the end, a recap/compilation film it is. .
Compilation films like this are difficult for me since I know the show pretty well and my mind can fill in the blanks on what’s missed and what I think it should have shown. I have no idea how well this would work for someone coming into it fresh and whether it would make sense or just be a disjointed piece. With its heavy focus on the final act of the overall work, it does connect well because there’s a lot of good honest emotion to it. But at the same time I would have liked to have seen a lot more of something new. If the video commentary by the English production side was full length I think it would have been a much better selling point to draw people in with but projects like these always just feel a little dicey on how much to invest in. Funimation put together a good release but it’s likely just for the die-hards.
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Language, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Video Commentary, Promo Videos, Trailers
Content Grade: C+
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Menu Grade: B+
Extras Grade: B
Released By: Funimation
Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Running Time: 92 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.