Adapted from the “暗殺教室” manga by Matsui Yuusei, the “Assassination Classroom” anime has been an excellent mix of action and comedy, with an absolutely ridiculous but nonetheless terrific core plot and main character.
Having written off “Miritari!” from my weekly anime watch list, felt I could add another show in its stead so picked “Ansatsu Kyoushitsu”, intrigued by its synopsis of an incredulously fast and powerful octopus-like creature becoming a teacher to a class of students who have to try and assassinate him before he destroys the earth a year from now.
While plenty of characters and events in “Ansatsu Kyoushitsu” are the standard fare of most action anime with a high school aged cast, the series has pleasantly surprised me by having interesting themes like bullying, class separation that are near as prominent as the core plot.
Something I also appreciate in “Assassination Classroom” is the excellent balance between its serious drama and action scenes, some of which are unexpectedly dark and brooding, offset against the comic relief and humorous shenanigans that surround Koro-sensei and his students.
This makes “Ansatsu Kyoushitsu” neither too much of a silly comedy, nor a a depressing bloody action drama, but a bit of both, alternating with quite good pacing between serious scenes and comedy scenes.