Name: Classroom Crisis
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, Comedy, Drama
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
Original Airtime: July 3, 2015 – September 25, 2015
The plot of Classroom Crisis is set in a future where interplanetary space travel has become possible. A space aeronautics mega-corporation named Kirishina Corp. has opened an academy on Mars, and a specialized class in that academy, named A-TEC (Advanced Technological Development Department, Educational Development Class). This class contains especially talented students, spending part of their time in class, and the other part of their time working to develop rocket engines. The story follows the members of the A-TEC class, and their progress on developing a new engine, called the X-2, while dealing with issues related to both being in high school, and being company employees engineering rockets. The issues they will face include those stemmed from adolescence and those brought onto them from higher management.
The story of Classroom Crisis has a lot to offer. Right off the bat we are told that a transfer student is to join the class of geniuses at A-TEC. But we later find out that he is kidnapped and being held hostage in a meteor mine for some reason. Hearing this, the group decides to rescue this new student using their new prototype space vehicle worth 15 billion. The reckless test pilot ends up destroying it in the process and upon reaching the rescue destination they find out that the hostage had already brought the situation under control through his negotiation skills. At the end of the episode they find out that he is the 3rd brother of the CEO of the company and a business genius and A-TEC’s new chief who is sent to A-TEC in order to downsize and ultimately dismantle the wing.
While the story of Classroom Crisis seems very simple at first, soon we get to see it dealing with more serious topics such as corporate propaganda, politics, vendetta, boardroom battles and of course romance. We get to see it through the eyes of some people who are least related to it, a bunch of high-school students who only know how to build rocket engines. The story depicts their struggles as corporate policies and politics try to cripple them with the ulterior motives of something even bigger it also shows how a young genius takes on a whole mega corporation and tries to bring it to its knees. The shows tries to tread some new areas that very few anime have tried to tread, for example: corporate politics and boardroom battles which is refreshing to see.
Classroom Crisis has a good set of characters who all play a role in the progression of the story. All the characters have little quirks that make them enjoyable. But on the downside, most of these characters are stereotypes and hardly have anything unique to offer. One of the two male leads, Kaito Sera, is your simple minded always hyper and noisy mechanical genius, who is said to be the best mind of his generation. But his genius side barely got to shine due to him most of the time being one of comic reliefs of the show. The other male lead, Nagisa Kiryu, is far more enjoyable and the true genius of the show. A young business prodigy who is set out for revenge against his two brothers due to family history. He reminded me of Lelouch from Code Geass but not really comparable. We get to see some development in his character as he truly ends up caring for the bunch of weirdos and even falls in love and changes his ways of thinking.
Then we have the female leads. The female leads in Classroom Crisis are even more stereotype than the males. First we have Mizuki Sera, the sister of Kaito Sera, who is your happy go lucky, kind hearted, jolly and caring class president. She’s beautiful too. Nothing more to say about her. Then we have Iris Shirasaki, Mizuki’s best friend, who is quiet, reckless, athletic and obsessed with Mizuki. She kind of reminded me of Koneko from High School DxD. She is amnesic and doesn’t remember anything from her past. Finally we have our second comic relief of Classroom Crisis, Hanako Hattori aka Angelina. She is a middle aged pro accountant, a ninja and infatuated with Nagisa. She is a loyal subordinate of Nagisa and Nagisa tends to depend on her a lot regarding business.
The show revolves around these characters. These characters show very little if not zero character development. But nonetheless the whole set of characters in Classroom Crisis was enjoyable.
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
The art and animation of Classroom Crisis is really top class. I mean it’s really good. The colors were really nice and vibrant and the art was really clear. The animation was really enjoyable for the eyes. Studio Lay-Duce did a fantastic job.
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
The music in this show was average. The background scores were appropriate but not that memorable. The only piece of memorable music of the show was the opening theme “Cobalt” by TrySail.
Yes, Classroom Crisis quite enjoyable show. Probably one of the factors that added to the enjoyment was that I was not expecting much from it. I knew that it had romance and comedy tags and it was set up in high school. So, I went in with the assumption that it was one of your average school life romantic comedies. But I was soon proved wrong as I discovered that underneath the guise of a romantic comedy, Classroom Crisis had much more to offer.
The most enjoyable aspect of the show was Nagisa Kiryu and his quest for revenge. On top of that the politics and the corporate propagandas gave the show another layer of depth. I greatly enjoyed the strategies and politics that Nagisa plays in order to overwhelm his enemies. The boardroom battles were enjoyable too. But the ending few episodes were the most enjoyable ones when everything began to unfold. Overall I really enjoyed Classroom Crisis and I’m glad that I decided to watch the show.
I was not sure whether I would actually watch Classroom Crisis or not. But I watched it as many people had this show in their top 10 shows of 2015. Now that I have watched it, I know that it was rightly so. Classroom Crisis in in many way typical, yet in many ways it is unique and has something new to offer. I greatly enjoyed the show and I urge you guys to watch it too. I’m sure you will enjoy Classroom Crisis as much as I did.