The students of class 3-E have a mission: kill their teacher before graduation. He has already destroyed the moon, and has promised to destroy the Earth if he can not be killed within a year. But how can this class of misfits kill a tentacled monster, capable of reaching Mach 20 speed, who may be the best teacher any of them have ever had?
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu ranked 1st in the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! ranking in the male readers category, was named by Nippon Shuppan Hanbai as the best work of 2013 on the list "Book of the Year," and was nominated for the 2013 Manga Taishou Award, ranking 6th place, and the 19th Tezuka Osamu Annual Prize in 2015. The series has sold over 20 million copies as of 2016.
A VOMIC version was broadcast in Sakiyomi Jan Bang! from January to June 2013; the series has received a fanbook, databook, spin-off manga, and a two volume illustrated English textbook called Koro-tan; and a live-action film of the series was released in Japan on March 21, 2015, which opened at number 1 on the box office; a second film was released on March 25, 2016.
The series has been published in English as Assassination Classroom by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint since December 2, 2014; in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint since May 10, 2014; in Portuguese since July 2014 by Panini Comics and in Spanish by Panini Comics since October 2014.
Assassination Classroom is possibly the most unique shounen/comedy/action story I have ever seen in either anime or manga. Despite it's somewhat slow start and very peculiar setup, this manga is executed very well with good pacing and astonishing character development despite the large cast.
As for the story, it is about an unfortunate group of third year middle schoolers at a prestigious school. They are "Class E" which is full of the idiots, delinquents, and other people who didn't fit into the other four classes. Their class is used as an example for the other students about what happens if you don't do well in school and is the main reason why their middle school is as famous as it is. One day, something bizarre happens. Class E gets a new teacher, but he is no ordinary teacher. Their new teacher is an extremely intelligent, fast (like "speed of sound" fast), powerful, and overall extremely advanced octopus who intends to destroy the Earth at the end of the school year just like he already destroyed half of the moon. He is soon given the name "Korosensei" and the students begin their new lives training as assassins in order to kill Korosensei (while still being normal, rejected middle school students). The reasons why Korosensei decided to become a middle school teacher for a year and why he wants to destroy the Earth are shrouded in mystery with only tiny glimpses of his past shown to the reader.
This is where I had some initial doubts about the manga, but they are cleared up very quickly. With such a bizarre setup, you would think the relationship between Korosensei and the 20 or so students would be very difficult to keep going. This, as it turns out, is actually the strongest part of the manga. Korosensei is not only incredibly intelligent, but he has every intention of helping each and every single one of his students succeed in every way possible. He is arrogant, perverted, humble, embarrassed, helpful, kind, scary, and many more things throughout the manga. Despite wanting to destroy the world and all of his students with it at the end of the year, he genuinely cares about all of them and teaches them not only in normal school subjects, but he also guides them to becoming great assassins (despite having absolutely no intention of letting them actually kill him). His bond with the students grows so much that they like him as well and even help him at times in return. The character development not only between teacher and students but also throughout the class as a whole is personally my favorite part of this manga. Watching a group of misfits with no purpose in life who are just waiting until high school when they can escape from their hellish lives in middle school grow into successful students and assassins is actually heartwarming in a way.
The art is certainly interesting especially when it comes to Korosensei. His appearance varies all the time depending on his moods, outfits, hiding techniques, etc. Each of his different moods causes a different facial coloration and pattern which leads to some psychological aspects between him and other characters (especially his common "looking down on you" face). As for his outfits and other things, they range from looking like a baseball on a field to a stag beetle outfit to horrible human disguises.
The rest of the characters are less unique. With around 20 students in the class, there are some who are not very recognizable. While the more important ones like Nagisa and Karma stand out, most of the others (often because they won't appear for many chapters) are easily forgettable in both appearance and characteristics. Still, the mangaka does usually reiterate the strong points of each character when they are playing a more important role, so this is not much of a problem.
As for the characters, it is not necessarily their individual personalities that make them enjoyable, but it is instead the way that they develop and grow together as a class. Individually (aside from maybe Nagisa and Karma), the students are not very interesting and tend to be mostly forgettable aside from the short times when they become important. Shiota Nagisa is the only real protagonist of the entire group. He doesn't often take the spotlight and plays more of a role of an onlooker and narrator for the most part. However, he does have some very interesting parts in which his inner "shounen-action-hero" self shows itself in a way fitting for an assassin. Akabane Karma is the second most important student so far. Despite being in the "failure" Class E, he is actually incredibly intelligent. Karma is a delinquent who is ecstatic to find that it is okay for him to kill his new teacher. He is a genius when it comes to strategizing but also has a tendency to be very lazy and overconfident with his abilities. And then there's everyone else which the manga does a better job of introducing than I could do in this review due to the very large cast.
I think Assassination Classroom is a very good manga which really picks up the pace as it goes along. It starts off slow due to having to introduce many characters and slowly builds their development into something amazing. What seems like just a sad-sack of young teenagers slowly turns into a more intelligent, cooperative, and murderous group of students and assassins. They really do like their new teacher, but they still know that they are doing all of this to kill him. So far at least, they haven't gone soft and decided they like him too much and don't want to kill him. They only have until the end of the school year in March. I'm really looking forward to how this manga will end. As far as shounen/action manga go, this one has kept me the most interested in seeing how it ends. If you enjoy action, comedy, or psychological manga, then I recommend reading this. It has just about everything you could hope for in action manga with a school setting and it keeps getting better and better as the story progresses.read more
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is a very unique shounen/comedy/action manga that has managed to make me reconsider about the combination of the said genres. I never go for such manga since I prefer to read an actual story with an intriguing plot etc. I'd rather watch comedy than read it most of the times. But this manga has definitely captured my attention.
The story is pretty simple to follow, since there's just one crucial plot point you need to remember from the beginning (although, I can assure you that you won't forget it, as it is mentioned more times than I can count as of chapter 30); the students of class E-3 of the elite Kunugigaoka Junior High School are ordered by the government's representatives to eliminate their own homeroom teacher, which is in fact an alien who destroyed more than half of the moon and plans to destroy Earth as well. The students have one year to kill him, meaning before they graduate next March and before he destroys the whole planet. If someone manages to kill him, that person will receive 10 billion yen from the Japanese government. Thus, the students are rather motivated and the multi-methodic assassination attempts begin at once, all while the alien is teaching them their usual lessons. The alien, however, is almost impossible to murder since he possesses many supernatural abilities that make him a hard target, to amateur assassins like those students no less.
What I really want to emphasize about the story is that even though it's dark and it's supposed to be about students trying to take out someone, it successfully manages to switch in a lighthearted school comedy and do well in both a dark and a light atmosphere. You can have countless random moments and funny interactions between the characters, as well as experience scenes where it all gets very serious. And it does it very well. I mean it's not ridiculously funny or too edgy and dark, it has a certain balance that I, personally, am very satisfied with. It also affects certain social issues, like bullying, discrimination, the importance of teamwork etc. It almost excels in this aspect.
There's not much I can say about the art section other than it is very good. At least for this kind of manga, it portrays the whole enviroment in a way that fits it. The character designs are really nice too and I especially like Nagisa's (the main character). It's pretty awesome.
The characters of the manga vary, since we have to do with lots students, teachers, the alien, the assassins, the agents and more.
The main character, Nagisa Shiota, is a smart and calm boy, who has both a humorous side and a side where you can see him thinking through situations in a collective manner, without losing patience. I think he makes a very good protagonist and his views/thoughts are interesting to read.
The alien is a very interesting and funny individual who serves both as a comic relief and is villain-ish enough to take him seriously. His existence is simply entertaining to watch.
The rest of the characters do as much justice, serve their roles very well throughout the story and they are a vital point of its almost flawless entity. I can't really say I dislike someone thus far.
When it comes to the enjoyment part, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoy it and that if you're into stories that are both very funny and serious at the same time, then you're going to enjoy it as much as I do. It certainly lives up to its tags and you should give it a try, at the very least.
[The review may change depending on whether I keep feeling the same things about it or not and if I have more to say. Feedback is very much appreciated! ^^]
Assassination Classroom is somewhat of a unique shounen which blends comedy and action really well.To me this manga is a break from the more mainstream shounen manga and it really is a fun and interesting read.
The story to say the least is really weird.The misfits(Class 3-e) of Kunugigaoka Middle School must kill their new homeroom teacher (an octupus creature of unknown origin or as the students call him Koro-sensei) before he blows up the earth in one year and also become world class assassins in the process .For the most part the stories really focuses on the development of class 3-e developing into assassins and also their development from becoming the class that is always looked down on to becoming a formidable class full of assassins.For the most part the story is very interesting and is really enjoyable.
Good art really loved it.Each character is drawn in a unique way and they all look different.Koro-sensei's facial expression(especially his poker face xD) are all really funny. As for Nagisa the main character, he is a freaking trap.For the first few chapters I thought he was a freaking girl.In all honesty I really loved the art.
Single handedly the best thing about this series the characters.The main character Nagisa is just the average boy and he does develop really well in the past few chapters.As for Koro-sensei he's just a funny character who really cares for class 3e and you will really question whether his true intentions is to really blow up the earth.Karma is a beast thats all I have to say about him.The other two teachers of class 3e (Karasuma and Irina) they are really likable and I loved how their both teachers became fond for the students.Now for the rest of class 3e, they aren't very appealing as the main characters individually, But as a class and how they work together as a unit is where they stand out and really make things interesting.
Couldn't stop reading this.It has comedy,action, drama ,suspense.I caught up to the manga within a day of starting it.
Assassination Classroom is more of a break from your typical shounen manga.Seeing a bunch of misfits transform from being looked down on and isolated from the rest of the school to becoming smart and talented assassins is really just a joy to read.The real lesson this manga really taught is that we should never look down on the weak and hardwork really does pays off. read more
If you are the kind of individual who enjoys tentacles of comedy penetrating your funny bone, then Assassination Classroom is the manga for you. It has everything you could want from a shonen manga: a unique art style, likeable characters, and, most importantly, it manages to maintain an essentially perfect balance between comedy and action. Unlike other comedy manga, which can often come across as being too Japanese, Assassination Classroom’s comedy is generally much more accessible, relying more on character-based comedy than wordplay (although wordplay does feature quite heavily in the beginning).
Assessing the characters in Assassination Classroom is a difficult exercise. It took more than 50 chapters for me to really start caring about any of the characters in great detail besides Nagisa, Koro-sensei and Karasuma. There were simply too many to keep track of. Those who had their backstories even slightly fleshed out were quickly relegated to the background as the character-of-the-week took the spotlight. There are some exceptions to this, but they are few and far between.
That was what I thought before a certain arc. Suddenly, all of the character building of earlier chapters made sense, as every character had a purpose. It’s no exaggeration to say that, simply because of one arc, my entire opinion of the manga changed. It may take a ton of chapters to feel much of anything for the cast, but the investment pays off before you even realise it.
The antagonists are well-fleshed out. It’s hard to say more without spoiling (that, and the fact that little has actually been revealed of their motives), but for the moment they’re intriguing enough to maintain interest.
The character design is not one of the manga’s strong points. There’s nothing particularly wrong with any of the designs, most of them are just completely ordinary, and therefore forgettable. There are of course exceptions: Main characters such as Nagisa and of course Korosensei have distinctive appearances, however I would honestly struggle to match the names to the faces of most characters. At least the characters all have enough personality to differentiate themselves from one another.
I feel like I’m nitpicking with the character designs, but it’s just so hard to find legitimate fault with the manga. The facial expressions more than make up for the lacking character designs, and go a long way to enhance the effect of the comedy. Korosensei’s variety of disguises and… unique ways of expressing emotion were a constant source of amusement (hell, even his standard expression can send me into fits of laughter), while the over-exaggerated expressions of the students help to drive home to often ridiculous nature of the comedy.
The plot of Assassination Classroom is deceptive, to say the least. Judging by the synopsis, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is dark and serious for a shonen manga. That, or some kind of action-packed hentai. While it is dark in some instances (particularly in more recent chapters), for the most part it functions as an episodic lighthearted manga with some serious arcs scattered about. The plot does suffer from a slow start, but once you’re familiarised with the characters the plot becomes much more engaging. I was skeptical as to how well the school side of the plot could hold up against the assassination side, but I quickly found out that my fears were for naught. Once you’ve had some time to get invested in the students of the assassination classroom, you really want them to succeed, to rise above their peers. Most chapters feature an inspiring life lesson, which reminded me of Gintama. If you have any concerns as to how a manga can pull off a plot that takes place within the timespan of a year while maintaining a steady pace, then you should swiftly cast them into the wind and never look back. The pacing of the manga is perfect, with a definitive sense of progress being made by the end of the first semester. The fights never feel like they drag, while the studying side of things, which I initially expected to grow tedious, manages to be both humorous and tense all at once. But hey, if a plot about an octopus intent on destroying the world, who can only be stopped according to the assassination abilities of high school students, doesn’t interest you then maybe you should just stop reading here.
I’ve never struggled so hard to find fault in a manga before. Assassination Classroom has something for everyone. It’s got comedy, drama, and action in equal measure. The characters really grow on you after a time, while the antagonists give away little of their motives, giving a prevalent sense of foreboding. It’s the one manga that I could wholeheartedly recommend to anyone. If you don’t laugh at Korosensei's smiling face, then I guess this is one classroom you’re just not qualified to enter.read more
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