Ranking The Students of Class E in Assassination Classroom From Worst to Best

Class E Ranking from Worst to Best
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Alright, the title is probably a slight over-statement because lets be honest, Class E in Assassination Classroom has a lot of students and we’d be here all day if I actually wanted to talk about each and every one of them. With that in mind, the rankings are entirely my own opinion based on how much I enjoyed the character and watching their growth throughout the series.

As this is a list of the students though, Koro-Sensei, Irina and Karasuma will not be included. Which is a shame because Karasuma could top the list if he was included really (I think its his voice).

Assassination Classroom - the teachers and students of Class E

So how many characters have we met that have been remembered for me to rank? Well way too many to do them all individually. So a few characters will be grouped together to make life a bit easier in the earlier stages of the list.

That said there will be spoilers below for some of the members of Class E and their arcs within Assassination classroom so you have been warned.

The characters of class e

The Worst Character from Class E – Seat 28, Itona Horibe

Maybe this isn’t fair to poor Itona as he joined the group late and was originally a fairly antagonistic character but honestly I just never clicked with him.

It was kind of cool having another character burst into the story with tentacles that could kind of fight on level with Koro-Sensei (kind of). However his flat personality and with him being easily manipulated, Itona never really made much impression other than being a plot device or tool of other forces.

Even after he officially joined the class, he more or less fit in with a pre-existing group and then more or less blended into the background making anything interesting about his character quickly fade away.

Of course, some people would disagree so be sure to judge for yourself.

The Most Forgettable Characters From Class E – Let’s List Them

As I said before, there’s too many characters in Assassination Classroom to really give them all much time and attention. So once the anime is done, which characters in Class E leave little impression and may even leave you scratching your head and wondering who they were or what they did in the story?

  • Seat 3, Taiga Okajima
  • Seat 4, Hinata Okano
  • Seat 6, Meg Kataoka
  • Seat 8, Yukiko Kanzaki
  • Seat 9, Justice Kimura
  • Seat 10, Hinano Kurahashi
  • Seat 12, Sugaya Sosuke
  • Seat 14, Kotao Takebayashi
  • Seat 15, Ryunosuke Chiba
  • Seat 18, Kirara Hazama
  • Seat 19, Rinka Hayami
  • Seat 20, Sumire Hara
  • Seat 21, Yuzuki Fawa
  • Seat 22, Hiroto Maehara
  • Seat 23, Koki Mimura
  • Seat 24, Takuya Murumatsu
  • Seat 25, Toka Yada
  • Seat 26, Taisei Yoshida
The students of Class E in Assassination Classroom.

Sorry guys, some of you had a great moment or two but with such a huge cast ultimately unless I’m looking at a picture of you, I probably couldn’t confidently remember you.

A couple of these characters I’m struggling to remember even with the picture.

As a cast you work and Class E is highly entertaining to spend time with; however, individually you just aren’t that memorable.

Ultimately Pretty Bland Character in Class E- Seat 2, Yuma Isogai

Yuma Class E Assassination Classroom

As the male class rep and a character who actually gets some backstory and more than one episode where he features as more or less the lead character, Isogai doesn’t leave much of an impression.

Sure he’s nice and hardworking and one of the more reasonable characters in the cast, but that kind of works against him as he ends up just being overwhelmed by the bigger personalities.

That said, if you were going to assemble a team to take on a giant yellow octopus, you could do worse than including an Isogai in your group. He’s good at reading the mood and doesn’t insist on having things his way. A natural peace maker and someone focused on results.

Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with this character except he doesn’t really leave a huge impression.

Good Support Character From Class E With A Not So Great Twist – Seat 7, Kaede Kayano

Kaede Class E Assassination Classroom

I really loved Kaede early on. She was a great support character for Nagisa and just kind of cute and bubbly. Her Pudding Assassination Plot does need to go down as one of the more bonkers anime plans I’ve ever scene and really if they’d left her character there she may have even ended up in my top 3 for characters in Class E.

Unfortunately, Kaede ends up being a victim of one of the worst plot twists Assassination Classroom pulls out and essentially ret-cons our entire impression of Kaede and her motives from before the series even began in order to pull out another fight sequence and stretch the story.

It seriously soured my impression of Kaede and that’s a shame because season 1 Kaede is pretty cool and if you ignore that particular character development she could have been one of the best in the cast.

Character from Class E We Love To Hate – Seat 16, Ryoma Terasaka

Terasaka Class E Assassination Classroom

Every class has to have a character who thinks they are all that, a leader that others should follow, and in honesty they are just kind of lame. Class E has Terasaka who is the king of his own little mind and looked down upon by pretty much everyone in the class. Even his own little group of friends mock him, even if it is more good-humoured.

As the story progresses, Terasaka is responsible for a number of incidents that largely push the audience to dislike him. His manipulation of Nagisa to risk himself, his betrayal of the class to work with Itona, coupled with his generally brash and loud personality all position him as a character the audience are not supposed to like.

However, there are also more than enough moments where Terasaka somehow or another pulls through or does something pretty decent making him more of a lovable oaf than an irredeemable bully and by and large, the Class E dynamic wouldn’t work without a Terasaka so we have to celebrate that he’s a part of the group.

Great Moments Early on But Soon Overshadowed Character From Class E – Seat 13, Tomohito Sugino

Tomohito Class E Assassination Classroom

As the heading says, Sugino had a few early moments of brilliance. The baseball kid from Class E comes up with a number of plans to take on Koro-Sensei and also gets to be the focus of the episode on a number of occasions as we see him dealing with his old team-mates from the baseball team he is no longer a part of.

That said, Sugino quickly vanishes from the limelight and remains an active participant in a range of assassination attempts and a voice in the crowd but his own character growth is more or less ended by the mid-point of season 1.

Still, he’s a fun guy and despite so little presence in later episodes he isn’t forgotten once Assassination Classroom draws to a close.

Not Just a Pretty Face Character From Class E – Seat 17, Rio Nakamura

Rio Class E Assassination Classroom

A character like Rio could have just been used as fan-service by Assassination Classroom. Or the foreign blonde student cliché. Or any number of other tropes that we’ve seen before.

Instead, Rio is a member of Class E who is rarely the central character but has ongoing regular contributions to the story and a strong enough personality to stand out.

She’s got some confidence and sass but she’s also aware of her own limitations and weaknesses. She’s one of the few in the class who we see early on has some genuine ambition but Rio is also pretty playful and at times pushes other characters well out of their comfort zone.

By the end of Assassination Classroom, Rio stands out from the crowd even if her specific contributions have blended in with the rest of Class E.

The Great Behind The Scenes Contributor in Class E – Seat 27, Ritsu

Ritsu Class E Assassination Classroom

Another character introduced to the class late, Ritsu is actually an AI but she most definitely has her own personality. While at first it is pretty much entirely built around killing Koro-Sensei, after he gives her a bit of a tune-up she becomes very much a team player.

The other students of Class E also take to Ritsu as she adds herself as a mobile-app on their phones and assists with planning and communications during most of their missions.

With her cheery personality, her ability to learn from prior attempts, as well as her overall contributions to each mission, Ritsu is an invaluable cast member and one I kind of loved getting to know by the end of the series.

Any Moment Featuring This Character in Class E is Pretty Solid – Seat 5, Manami Okuda

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This chemistry loving, glasses wearing cutie is a quiet gem in the class and responsible for some great visual gags throughout Assassination Classroom as she attempts to kill the teacher with various concoctions.

While Okuda’s character rarely gets the spot-light, she’s actually got an interesting personality and I loved her single-minded focus on science. But it was her growth in realising she needed to work with others and learn some people skills to succeed that really elevated her in amongst the students of Class E.

That said, the idea of Okuda and Karma ending up together was pretty terrifying given the damage Karma could cause with Okuda’s chemistry to back him up.

Appearances of Okuda may not be frequent but when she does get centre-stage expect great (or explosive) results.

Almost the Best Character in Class E – Seat 11, Nagisa Shiota

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Nagisa is as close to a main protagonist as Assassination Classroom is going to get with a lot of the episodes related through his perspective or with added narration by his character. He’s also central in most plots either being part of carrying them out or being grilled by the other members of Class E for his list of Koro-Sensei facts and weaknesses that they might exploit.

However, as much as Nagisa originally comes off as a pretty bland, nice protagonist, his character has been written with some surprising depth and there are some interesting personality traits and traumas that come out as the story progresses.

What makes Nagisa such a fantastic character, and the character who probably would have been my pick for best character were it not for a certain red-head, is the growth he undertakes throughout the series as he comes to learn about himself, overcome some of his weaknesses, and accepts those parts of himself he cannot change.

That and his seriously scary abilities as an assassin have definitely earned him the second top spot for me.

Best Character in Class E – Seat 1, Karma Akabane

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Okay, anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time, or read my review of Assassination Classroom, is not surprised by this pick. Karma is the undisputed legend of Class E having brains, a cool personality, some impressive abilities as an assassin, and generally having enough charisma to pull off the bad-boy routine most of the time.

That he also gets knocked down a peg early on in the series after a series of failed attempts to solo-kill Koro-Sensei helps a lot as honestly he really did have a pretty huge ego. Further set-backs in season one force Karma to re-evaluate and he ends up a much stronger person and perhaps a ‘nicer’ character for it.

Though nicer or not, he’ll still tell you straight to your face what he thinks of you and he doesn’t mince words.

Yep, Karma is undoubtably my pick for best character from Class E in Assassination classroom.

Do you agree with my rankings?

That’s my ranking of the students of Class E after rewatching Assassination Classroom on more than one occasion. That said, it is entirely based on my own opinion and I’d love to know who you would have picked as the best or the worst character so leave me a comment below and get the conversation started.

Images from: Assassination Classroom. Dir. S Kishi. Lerche. 2015


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Ranking The Characters of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime From Worst to Best

Ranking the Characters from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

There are so many characters in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and so many of them have struggled with screen time over the second season. Still, as season 2, part 2, of our isekai adventure comedy about a bouncing blue slime comes to a close I’m going to look at the best and worst of these characters.

Keep in mind, this is entirely my own opinion based only on watching the anime. Feel free to share your favourites or least favourites in the comments below.

Characters who I don’t really know much about (such as Diablo) ended up being left of the list and equally characters who have left so little impact on me that I just forgot about them entirely. I also left Yuuki Kaguarazaka off the list because I’m finding him interesting but he really hasn’t had enough time for me to really decide where he fits in on the list yet. Also, I decided not to rank Rimuru because as the protagonist he has way more screen time than anyone else. That said, he wouldn’t have been my favourite anyway.

Not the worst but most forgettable of the cast of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

most forgettable characters from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Sometimes it is worse to be forgettable rather than actually being a bad character. Poorly written characters may be laughable or distracting, but at least they are memorable and have an impact. What is kind of sad about the characters in this part of the list from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, is that they all started out quite interesting with great potential but then through character bloat ended up fading into the background until they were all but forgotten.

So who did I put in this section for forgettable characters?

Sadly Geld, Kaijin, Rigurd, and Gabiru all end up here.

There’s nothing wrong with any of these characters (okay Gabiru started out seriously annoying) but realistically during season two they’ve all just kind of faded out. Gabiru and Geld both got to at least join in with Benimaru’s branch of the fight but even then they didn’t get much screen time. Sadly, they go down as characters who aren’t bad but just don’t stick with me.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 11 Lizardman

Worst Character from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime?

Hands down I have to give Clayman the prize for being the worst character in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. This isn’t because he’s a villain. It’s that he is a terrible villain and just a really dull character who seems to think he’s amazing.

That facing off against Clayman has been Rimuru’s driving force for the entire second part of season 2 is part of the reason I’ve found it so dull. Clayman isn’t worth this many episodes of build-up. He’s a bug. Squish him and move on.

Tensura 2 - Clayman

These Characters Have A Lot More Potential

Tragically we then have three female characters who all seem like they could be really interesting and fun if only they were given more time and more opportunities.

Firstly, Ramiris, who is a demon-lord and a fairy and yet is used for increasingly lame jokes and other than showing up and exposition dumping gets very little opportunity to do anything of interest in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

Here’s a character who could be used amazingly well, has power enough to keep up with the main characters and a whole raft of life experience, and she’s pretty much just comic relief and convenient exposition girl.

Tensura 2 Episode 39 - Ramiri

Equally Mjurran who played a pivotal role in the events of part 1 of season 2 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has some pretty cool power and while she was previously working under Clayman it wasn’t voluntarily.

Let’s be real, a double agent character should be interesting and someone with that much power should feel like a real asset to the story. Instead, Mjurran kind of felt like a damsel in distress trope that was in the wrong plot and since being ‘rescued’ she’s become background character and almost entirely silent. What a waste of a potentially interesting and different character.

I’ll hope she gets more to do in the future.

Mjurran - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Likewise, we finally got to see a little bit of what Shuna can do in episode 45 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. And she is amazing.

But most of the time she is fixing clothing, cooking, or standing quietly in the background. Considering she was one of the ogres who originally joined with Rimuru, it seems Shuna has really done the least for the plot. If we could get more opportunities for her to show off her actual strength or even just participate more in the conversations she could be an amazing character.

Just not there yet.

Tensura 2 Episode 45 - Shuna

Solid Supporting Cast

The three beastketeers came in to the story after Clayman destroyed their kingdom and honestly, they aren’t amazing characters but they are at least doing their job solidly as supporting characters.

Their motives are clear and they’ve made a decent contribution to the war effort even if their power is nowhere on the same level as the majority of Rimuru’s team.

All three have been given enough personality to stand out, visually they each have their own look, and it was satisfying seeing That Time I Reincarnated as a Slime giving the Beastketeers a chance for a little payback even if ultimately they didn’t get to save the day.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - Beastketeers

Familiar Favourites from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

The characters here are all entertaining in their own way and honestly any one of them could be a really great character if they were given more screen time. But each of these guys makes a solid contribution to the team and has had at least a couple of moments of glory along the way so I’d have to say they are all pretty likeable.

Let’s start with the old ogre who terrifies his subordinates with his training techniques, Hakurou. While he might be sending tremors down the spines of those who train with him, he’s frequently underestimated by his enemies in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which mostly proves there is no anime in this world. Let’s be real, anime watchers know there is nothing scarier than an old guy with a sword.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Equally noteworthy is Shion with her hot temper and ability to kill with her cooking. She’s also one of a very small number of female characters who actually gets to go full-on in combat and with her distinctive wardrobe she certainly leaves an impression.

Veldora and Shion have kind of instantly developed an odd couple kind of pairing but what they both have in common is there ability to go from 0 to full on explosive rage in about a second which makes them both pretty fun at times.

Speaking of Veldora, he’s also in this section. The terrifying dragon is now a manga addicted guy who likes to laugh a lot but is still amazingly powerful. I’m not quite sure That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime knows exactly what to do with Veldora outside of jokes and the occasional fight so he largely ends up just off to the side.

Tensura 2 - Shion and Veldora get angry

I’m also placing Ranga in this section because I love Ranga but honestly he’s just become Rimuru’s transportation who gets a very occasional line of dialogue. I’d like Ranga to get to do more but for now I’m just going to be happy that he’s still in the story and hasn’t been squeezed out entirely.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Finally, Gobuta. He gets some solid comedic moments and even finally got an amazingly cool moment in one of the fights during season 2 part 2. He’s not main character material but as a supporting cast member he’s one of the best.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 19 Gobta

Can These Characters from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Get Their Own Show?

Let’s hear it for these characters that even in an overcrowded cast manages to stand out and leave a strong impression.

Starting with the incredibly overpowered Benimaru. In any other anime, this guy would be the protagonist. He’s a solid leader, he’s confident bordering on cocky, and he can back it up with some really incredible power.

Seriously, give him his own spin-off and Benimaru could really do an amazing job. In That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime he often gets overlooked because he’s letting other characters have their moment or he’s passed over so Rimuru can stand out, but we should never forget that Benimaru is practically a force of nature in his own right.

Tensura 2 Episode 44

Then we have Milim, demon lord with a terrible fashion sense (you won’t convince me there’s any practical reason for that outfit) but who is super fun when she’s around. She’s Rimuru’s self-proclaimed bestie and you can tell she loves having a friend like Rimuru.

Still, don’t ever forget she’s one of the older and more powerful demon lords because when she means business she can reconfigure the geography of a kingdom without really trying. This makes her one awesome character to watch as she goes from wide-eyes and adorable anime girl to city destroying monster without much of a pause between.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 19 Rimuru and Milim

Another character who left a huge impression though her appearance was limited to season one of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Shizue. Her death has remained a major motivator for so much of the story that followed and was still one of the most solid emotional moments that the series has pulled off.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 6

And lastly, I’d like to give a shout-out to the Great Sage who seriously is an amazing character despite being a disembodied voice illustrated usually only through text on the screen.

My Personal Favourite and Pick for Best Character?

I have to give this to Souei.

I’ll admit, not the strongest or flashest of the ogre characters, Souei is one of those characters I just liked from the beginning. His character design is very cool and I love that he’s dashing about the place gathering intelligence and always where he’s needed. While he never gets to be front and centre, not really the type of character he is, I’ve enjoyed him every time he’s appeared.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 17 Rimuru

I was also kind of happy he got to go with Shuna on her recent expedition because it gave him a few moments to shine as well, even if he was once again overshadowed by another character.

If I could have any wish for the next season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime it would definitely be more Souei.

Disagree with my list? How do you rank these characters?

Images from: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2. Dir. Y Kikuchi. 8bit. 2021.


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