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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Anime Challenge Day 9

Anime Challenge Day 9

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Missed a few days, but I’m back with Day 9 of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. Today’s venture? Saddest anime scene! This one was tough, because there aren’t many scenes in anime that get me close to tears, but there’s just something about today’s entry that had me riding the feels train!

Korosensei’s Death

For the uninitiated, Korosensei is the monstrous main antagonist(?) of the anime Assassination Classroom. I don’t want to spoil anything by…who am I kidding, talking about the ending spoils the entire show. So, Assassination Classroom is a 2015 anime that ran for two seasons. It was about Korosensei threatening to blow up the planet if he isn’t killed by a certain time. Prior to making this announcement, he destroyed most of the moon, so his threat (promise really) isn’t to be taken lightly. And it isn’t.

A classroom of bottom of the barrel students at a prestigious school are tasked with killing Korosensei before graduation in a year’s time, effectively saving the world (and collecting a sizeable amount of money to boot). Sounds like a ludicrous set up doesn’t it? Weird thing is, it works! Maybe it's how most, if not all of the students in the large ensemble cast get a chance to shine, or maybe it’s the perfect balance between comedy, drama, and tension the show has, or it could be how Korosensei seems more worried about actually teaching the kids instead of destroying the world that gets me so invested. I don't know, but whatever it was had me coming back for more and more up until the end.

Even with the aforementioned comedy, and character-driven stories throughout, the promise of the destruction of the world is always there, and it spurs the students to come up with various ways to try (and fail) to kill their teacher. You see them grow as killers, classmates and ultimately, characters. You see the highs and lows of quite a few characters when you learn more about them; we even get to see the brutal, yet touching backstory of Korosensei, and learn why he’s doing what he’s doing. And when the titular classroom finally ends up doing what they were tasked to do, it’s done in such a way that you can’t help but tear up. It was one of the most touching finales you’ll see, even if it’s an anime about killing a monster teacher to save the world.

The students getting ready to kill Korosensei

The students getting ready to kill Korosensei

I know, Nagisa. I feel your pain bro!

Anime Challenge Day 10

Anime Challenge Day 10

Alexandra Engllemann's "Sky Ghost" Series

Alexandra Engllemann's "Sky Ghost" Series