The anime adaptation of Assassination Classroom hit its 18th episode today in Japan and its simulcast here, and the official site updated in Japan with a new large cast key visual that’s definitely a treat. For those that watch the show, the series also got a refresh with a new opening animation sequence that we hope we’ll see come along soon through official sources. FUNimation simulcasts the series with new episodes every Friday.
The manga began its release in North America earlier this year from Viz Media. There was a previous OVA adaptation but this series is starting fresh and will be handled at studio Lerche with Seiji Kishi directing it. Makoto Uezeu is handling the scripts while Kazuaki Morita will be tackling the character designs. Kishi is certainly a good choice for a project like this as he’s coming off of his work on some other high profile adaptations such as Persona 4 and Danganronpa while Uezu was involved in the latter as well as Apreggio of Blue Steel and School Days among others.
The show stars Jun Fukuyama as Koro-sensei, Tomokazu sugita as Tadaomi Karasuma and Shizuka Itou as Irina Jelavic. Also starring are Nobuhiko Okamoto as Karuma Akabane, Miho Hino as Sumire Hara, Subaru Kimura as Ryōma Terasaka, Ryota Ohsaka as Yūma Isogai, Eiji Miyashita as Sōsuke Sugaya, Ayaka Suwa as Tōka Yada, Shintarō Asanuma as Hiroto Maehara, Ryo Naitou as Taiga Okajima, Manami Numakura as Rio Nakamura, Kana Ueda as Yuzuki Fuwa, Fuko Saito as Kirara Hazama, Satomi Satou as Yukiko Kanzaki, Chie Matsuura as Megu Kataoka, Takahiro Mizushima as Kōtarō Takebayashi, Shinya Takahashi as Kōki Mimura, Sayuri Yahagi as Manami Okuda, Kouki Harasawa as Takuya Muramatsu, Aya Suzaki as Kaede Kayano, Shunsuke Kawabe as Masayoshi Kimura, Yoshitaka Yamaya as Tomohito Sugino, Yoshiyuki Shimozuma as Taisei Yoshida, Hisako Kanemoto as Hinano Kurahashi, Minami Tanaka as Hinata Okano, Junji Majima as Ryūnosuke Chiba, Shiho Kawaragi as Rinka Hayami and Mai Fuchigami as Nagisa Shiota.
Plot concept: Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!