In the blink of an eye, the night sky is forever changed when, with a great explosion, the moon is blasted into a permanent crescent. Confronting the governments of the world, a yellow tentacled monster boasts that it was the one responsible for the catastrophe, and in a year's time, it will do the same to Earth. Zooming around at Mach 20, the creature makes a peculiar demand: a teaching position at the prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School. Desperate to keep the creature in one place, the government agrees, and so the students of Class 3-E find themselves faced with an impossible task—assassinate the creature responsible for destroying the moon.
Although the fate of the world now rests on their shoulders, the class has more personal issues to deal with. Trapped at the bottom of Kunugigaoka's hierarchical education system, they face harsh discrimination from both teachers and students alike. Defeatism abound, they don't believe themselves capable of success in daily life, let alone against a monster that surpasses the abilities of any human. But as the enigmatic creature—whom they dub Koro-sensei—educates them in both assassination and academia, the children slowly find the courage to rise up and take aim at their target: the greatest teacher the world has ever seen.
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 an illustrated English language guidebook 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.
Truly the best manga ever created.This is by far the most enjoyable manga of all time. If you are a school student, this series has got to be the most relatable for your time. If you are not a school student, then you may be able to relive your moments as a school student. The length of the manga is appropriate to the complex storyline that in encompasses. It is really a nice way to enjoy the introduction of characters and see how they are developed before moving on to the core elements of the plot.
The story is amazing. As I have said earlier,
it is about a school, with a slight twist of assassination. The story may seem out of this world initially, with the concept of assassination within a classroom setting preposterous. However, the assassination does not get in the way of the values that lie therein, which strike me deeper than any other manga. Being a student in Singapore, the pressure of school is immense, with the concept of "The Survival Of The Fittest", which is exactly what this series tackles, surprisingly. On top of that, there is an element of strategy; the way you should think in order to outsmart somebody stronger than you. What could be better than all that packed nicely into one comedic comic? Hence, despite the initial plot twist about assassination, which itself is quite appropriate, the plot is nothing more than a school setting with core values that will touch your heart. This is certainly one you will never forget.
I declare myself an expert in art after reading Bakuman and so the following could be accepted fairly well. Personally, I feel that the art matches perfectly to the joyful times of school, and so it is still pretty enjoyable. Also, I am sure that the art is good enough for its time period. Characters are drawn well enough and the action scenes are beautifully created; it is quite clear, and you can feel the actions running through the panels. Hence, the art manages to balance out the serious moments and the hilarious moments.
Interesting character developments as you get to know the characters a lot more, along with the current position that they are facing. Over the course of the manga, you will discover that there is more to it than just assassination, but being a class, united. With the characters in place, the manga tackles issues such as teacher-student relationships, student-peer relationships, and to a lesser extent family relationships. As the class is a big one, it would naturally be true if not all the characters get enough showtime, and that is perfectly fine. By focusing on two of the class members and having the rest as actively supporting them, you can feel that it is exactly like a classroom setting.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this manga, being a student myself. Each chapter covers something new that adds an interesting twist, keeping you engaged with it all the way. With the values taught in this show, as well as the continuously funny scenes which never bore me out, this has got to be the best manga ever created.
As I have said, this is truly a masterpiece, and to all of you students out there, this is something that you have to read. Stunning, just stunning. You have got to read it for yourselves to find out. For those who have read this far, here's a piece of advice: take it slow, you don't want this series to end that quickly.
Assassination Classroom was a manga I didn't really like when I read the first volume. Was it the odd premise? Or the somewhat bland characters? I couldn't tell you, but I decided to come back to it after I heard it would end in five weeks. I'm glad I did, because I found a very well done manga that has a somewhat rough start.
Assassination Classroom's premise is very odd to say the least. Class E3, the worst of the worst, have been given a special assignment: Kill their new teacher, punnily named Korosensei by one of the students, before their graduation in March.
A somewhat odd plot, I know, but there is so much more as the story begins to expand after the first volume. The story, initially, takes a backseat to another component of the manga(more on that later). The story really does start to get interesting around the 7th volume, and only heightens throughout the story. If there is one problem with the story of the manga, it's that it didn't seem to know when to end. Without going into details, I felt it could have ended earlier than it initially did, but then Matsui decides to make 4 other 'side chapters' that, yes, may not be connected to the story, but honestly left an undesirable taste in my mouth. I didn't read them initially, because I felt that they didn't serve a purpose. Despite that, the story is one that I feel everyone should read. (9/10)
I have not read Matsui's previous work(namely Neuro), so I can't comment on how Matsui's art has evolved from his previous endeavors, but when the series first started, the art wasn't particularly great. I felt that it had lacked it's own identity, but was passable. However, as the series went on, it seemed to get it's own identity, and this is expressed most through it's character designs. (9/10)
If this manga did one thing perfectly, it was its characters. We do have a main character, but Matsui takes a route less taken with the initial storytelling: Focusing on the class as a group of characters. Instead of focusing on a only a group of characters, all of the classmates have distinctive characteristics that make them unique. Remember earlier when I said that the story initially takes a backseat in it's first 7 volumes? You rarely notice it because of how wonderful the small stories are that focus on one of the classmates. There aren't any annoying characters in the class. When it comes to antagonists, the series has them covered as well. To a power-mad principal to a master assassin, there are many great antagonists in the series. The great thing about them is that they all have their own justifications for what they are doing. (10/10)
I enjoyed this manga quite a lot. There are many great small arcs that are not only funny, but help develop our favorite class of underdogs, and some of the arcs that have massive revelations can be exciting and heart-wrenching, sometimes both at the same time. I had a great time reading this manga(9/10)
I felt this was a great manga. The characters were great, the story was great, and I found myself reading the entire manga in the span of 5 weeks, something I had only done for Jojo's bizarre adventure before. I feel this is a great manga, and I'd recommend this manga. I can't wait for Matsui's next work. (9/10)
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.
Oh Yūsei Matsui, thanks for the greatness of a manga you bestowed upon thee.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu was a pretty great ride while it lasted, I think this was perhaps one of my least favorites at first, however it really grew on me. To be more specific the characters did. I'll have to say personally I think the story was a bit too ridiculous, however the good thing about it was that it added a great sense of humor along with.
I was always excited to see what was going to happen next each and every chapter. Going back to what I said earlier, I loved the characters.
They were perhaps some of the best, and well thought out characters (In a larger group setting) I've seen in a while. I loved how none, and I mean none of the characters (Ritsu included) had gone to waste. Every character had his or her purpose, each member of class E played an important role. I think it was a great decision to not leave any characters behind.
I cannot say too many bad things about Ansatsu Kyoushitsu because whenever there was something bad, it was like a new, great development in the story or plot would change my negative opinion of it.
The artwork and character designs were okay for the most part. Not too many characters stand out as much as they do in the Anime.
Overall I had to give Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 9/10 because it is excellent by means of characters, story, and occasionally artwork. I am very glad I had the opportunity to read Ansatsu Kyoushitsu through and finish it without forgetting about chapters or dropping it.
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