Classroom☆ Crisis is an anime that started airing this season that focuses on a class of genius high schoolers who build spaceships that costs hundreds of millions of dollars. From that premise alone, you might be able to guess what the primary complaint about the series has been: Boring. Stereotypical. Unoriginal. That’s an opinion that I agreed with for a while, but the past few weeks of Classroom☆ Crisis have led me to change my mind slightly.
It’s important to go into detail about the setting of the series to fully get an idea of why the show has become so appealing for me. The class that the high schoolers are a part of is actually technically a department (known as A-TEC) of a very powerful company called the Kirishima Corporation, and technically they are engineers at a company that seems to have reached an unholy amount of size and power. Some of the executives have identified A-TEC as a money-sink, and thus one of the lesser members of the family that runs the corporation, Nagisa Kiryu, is sent to become the chief of the department and ultimately shut it down. The job is hardly a glamorous one for such a high-ranking executive, and this is because Nagisa’s brother/boss despises him and wants him out of the way.
There are essentially two broad routes of storytelling that Classroom☆ Crisis can embark on from this: one that focuses on the class, and one that focuses on the corporate strife. The problem the series had in the beginning is that it leaned on directing focus towards the class of students, but the writing really wasn’t at a level of high quality. I couldn’t tell you hardly any of the characters’ names, much less their personalities, and that’s because the show never made me care about the individuals in the class. It was just a classic anime setup of ‘super smart kids are about to inevitably overcome dire circumstances’, and although the futuristic setting was slightly interesting, very little else was.
However, in the beginning the series hinted at potential greatness with Nagisa Kiryu, both because of the interesting character dynamic he had with the class and because of the political implications his background created. The general consensus at the time was that while the show seemed boring in the first episode (outside of the outstanding soundtrack), Nagisa seemed potentially interesting. Thankfully, this is why the series has become entertaining; instead of focusing on the class overcoming a trial to continue existence as a department of the company, the focus is instead on the politics that have put them in the unfortunate position. Nagisa is in conflict with his brothers, who both hold superior positions in the company but are involved with shady political dealings to insure that laws and regulations are favorable towards Kirishima. The brothers also seem to be a bit unscrupulous in other mysterious ways that surround the past of Nagisa and one of the students, Iris Shirasaki, which adds to the potential intrigue and helps make at least one member of the ‘normal’ students in the class interesting. Political maneuverings both in and out of the company are the highlight of the series, and help not only flesh out the character of Nagisa and others interestingly but also just plain make the show interesting to watch.
Classroom☆ Crisis is a misleading title. While there is a classroom, and it is in crisis, the show is at its best when the focus is on matters outside of the classroom that are influencing it, and the characters are more interesting when you consider the classroom as a unit and focus mostly on the female leads Iris and Mizuki and the characters ostensibly outside of the group such as Nagisa. Between an outstanding soundtrack and an intriguing political affair, I would surprisingly recommend giving Classroom☆ Crisis another chance, even if you dropped it after the boring initial episodes.
Classroom☆ Crisis is currently available for free and legal streaming on Crunchyroll, with a new episode airing every Friday.
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