The worst of high school is when a teacher tries to make your life a living hell. For most people, high school is a bittersweet experience. In contrast, your favorite school days will be those in which you meet a truly remarkable teacher who alters your perspective on a particular subject. A teacher’s students attempt to assassinate him using various lethal weapons in ‘Assassination Classroom,’ which appears on the surface. The show’s main selling point is the way it strikes the perfect balance between comedy and heartfelt drama. Here, the character designs are critical, especially the main character’s. The protagonist, an octopus-like human being, exhibits the most endearing facial expressions.
The fact that this show blurs the line between fiction and reality adds an extra layer of intrigue to it. However, because of its bizarre “assassination trope,” the show’s reception can be hit or miss. However, while it’s a show that I’d recommend to any and all anime fans, its level of hilarity may not be suitable for everyone. After all of that, here are our picks for the best anime that are similar to ‘Assassination Classroom.’ Anime such as ‘Assassination Classroom’ can be found on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
9. Pandora Hearts (2009)
As the title suggests, the protagonist, Oz Vessalius, is a 15-year-old heir to one of the duke houses. He has a lavish lifestyle and is unconcerned about anything except the fact that he lacks a father figure. But his carefree life is abruptly ended when he is thrown into the “Abyss” for no reason and is only saved by a chain known as Alice, a bloodstained black rabbit, much later by a long time. There is a mystery surrounding his imprisonment in the Abyss; no one is sure why he was there or what “Pandora” wants from him. Like ‘Assassination Classroom,’ ‘Pandora Hearts’ begins lightheartedly before taking a darker turn as its intricate plot slowly unfolds. Both shows’ central characters have been through a lot, and that has left them cynical about the rest of the world.
8. Ultimate Otaku Teacher (2015-)
With a title like ‘Ultimate Otaku Teacher,’ you’d expect the story to revolve around an Otaku named Junichiro. He’s a huge fan of manga, anime, and video games. However, he was also a budding genius who published numerous scientific papers at a young age. However, as soon as he finished college, he abandoned the notion of achieving anything significant in his life. Instead of honing his already-impressive intellect, he spends his time as a NEET. As soon as his sister becomes concerned, she forces him to work at the Icho Academy because she cannot bear to see him waste his abilities. The head of the school’s board unanimously agrees to give him the job due to his brilliance. Juchirou, who has no desire to be a teacher, embarks on a journey that ends up teaching him far more than he could have imagined.
It’s no coincidence that both Assassination Classroom and Ultimate Otaku Teacher are about a school teacher’s life. They have a lot in common. Despite their differences in personality, these two characters have a lot in common, such as being funny and likable. In contrast, the tone of ‘Ultimate Otaku Teacher’ is lighter, and the plot is driven solely by the comedy.
6. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (2010-)
Fumizuki Academy’s grading system is unlike any other in Japan, making it a unique place to attend. All students are divided into several groups based on the results of an annual test, with the smartest being placed in section A-class and the rest being placed in the other sections. As a result, Akihisa Yoshii is not only stuck in Section F, but he’s also at the bottom of his class as a whole. Even Yuuji, his best friend, is in the same section as him.. Section F may have the lowest test scores in the school, but even the brilliant girl Mizuki ends up there, to everyone’s surprise. After that, you’ll find out what happened to these poor students. All of them, however, are adamant about proving that they are deserving of a higher position and are willing to go above and beyond what is expected of them.
Baka and Test is not about a high school teacher, but about students who have to deal with a different educational system than what they’re used to. “Baka and Test” combines elements of the high school genre with fantasy in the same way that “Assassination Classroom” did. In addition, it raises issues about the current educational system. Overall, this anime is propelled by its large cast and its silly yet refreshing comedy, which is what really makes it enjoyable.
5. Shinryaku! Ika Musume (2010-)
‘Shinryaku Ira Musume’ is the only show on this list not set in a school and not about a teacher. Like Koro-sensei, its “squid girl” protagonist is determined to invade Earth. However, before she can proceed with her mission, she decides to give humans a chance and embarks on a journey to comprehend them. If she punishes humans for polluting her waters, only time will tell. If not, she’ll simply forget the past and come to understand the true motivations of air-breathers for the first time.
“Shiryaku! Ika Musume” has a few visual gags that are really well-executed and will actually make you laugh. Just remember that comedy is a highly subjective anime genre that necessitates far more emotional investment on your part as the viewer before you give it a shot. You won’t be able to enjoy it unless you’re willing to understand the context of all the jokes that are thrown at you.
4. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei! (2007-)
Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei, on the other hand, centers on an overly pessimistic teacher, rather than an Octopus with superhuman abilities like the previous show. Nozomu Itoshiki is a suicidal person who hates everything about his life. Even the smallest setback sets him off. But even dying isn’t an option for him because every time he attempts suicide, something goes wrong and he survives. In a refreshing departure from traditional comedic fare, “Zetsubou Sensei” tells an intriguing slice-of-life story with a satirical edge.
Unpredictability is what makes this one so interesting to watch. Most stand-up shows have formulas you’re familiar with, so you know what to expect when you watch one. However, in this instance, even the most serious real-life issues can be seen as the funniest moments. In terms of fanservice, the show does it in such a way that it appears to be mocking it. In spite of its flaws, I am confident that those who enjoyed “Assassination Classroom” will also enjoy “Sayonara, Zetsubo Sensei”.
3. One Punch Man (2015-)
‘One Punch Man,’ as one of the most well-known anime series today, is well-known. “One Punch Man” is the story of Saitama, a man who has spent his entire life training to be a superhero. Aside from the nonstop action, ‘One Punch Man’ also features some original and hilarious gags that will appeal to a broad audience. Instead of having an interesting plot, this film has a light and entertaining tone that makes for a pleasurable viewing experience.
2. Danganronpa (2013-)
‘Danganronpa,’ which is based on a video game series, takes place at Hope’s Peak Academy, a prestigious high school. Only the most gifted students are admitted, and each one is given a special title that reflects their level of achievement. “Super High School Level Luck” Makoto Naegi is one of 15 students to make it through the selection process. Naegi is overjoyed to be the luckiest student in his school, but this joy soon fades when he realizes that he has been trapped in the school with all the other students. On behalf of all the students in the school, their bear-like principal announces a game where they must kill each other without anyone noticing and only the last one who survives can eventually flee the building.
“Danganronpa” is a psychological thriller, but it has an overpowered animal-like creature leading the school students, just like “Assassination Classroom.” If you’ve already completed the first game in the series, this anime adaptation will leave you cold. Others, however, will be captivated by this high school mystery and be on the edge of their seats the whole time.
1. My Hero Academia (2016-)
As an optimistic version of ‘Assassination Classroom,’ ‘My Hero Academia’ shows students at an Elite Academy learning how to save the world instead of murdering their homeroom teacher. As in comic books, this anime depicts a group of young superheroes who want to fight evildoers who harm the innocents in their vicinity. It’s the perfect time to give it a try now that the fourth season is just around the corner.