A teacher named Seiji Hasumi is loved by his students and respected by his peers. However, his outward charm masks his true nature. In reality, Hasumi is a psychopath who is unable to feel empathy for other human beings. Specifically, he has a severe antisocial personality disorder. Because of his mental condition, Hasumi chooses to deal with problems like bullying and overbearing "monster parents" the easy way, by systematically murdering his students/parents.
Lesson of the Evil had everything to please the seinen fans with a dark and bloody story and yet…
A promising start
The manga starts well even very well. The main character - Seiji Hasumi - is a competent English teacher. He takes care of a difficult class like in GTO but do not be fooled! Hasumi has nothing to do with the famous Onizuka.
Annihilate whatever the method is!
Behind his appearance as a kind, talented and attentive teacher hides a real psychopath. Thus in the first volumes, we witness a strategic fight to bring down all those who would stand in his
way. Its goal: annihilate each individual and for that all means are good: manipulation, treason, murder...
Killing for pleasure and only for pleasure
The strategic aspect was the strength of the manga but, unfortunately, this aspect was diminished with each volume. The rhythm accelerated during the last volumes illustrating perhaps the madness of the character but I think it made lose the thread and the interest of the manga: the strategy and the manipulation.
Not convinced... Watch the movie!
Adapted from Yusuke Kishi's novel which strongly inspired the manga, the film was released in Japan in 2012. You certainly tell yourself that this film is not worth watching like most adaptations and yet... The film sums up the manga well. If the story quickly turns into a massacre, the performance of the main actor - Hideaki Ito - is worth to watch. His dark humor and charisma make him the perfect psychopath.
Lesson of the Evil is a short manga since it includes a total of 9 volumes. If the potential was here thanks to the beautiful drawings, the dark universe and the charismatic and detestable main character, the manga changes it dynamics towards half of the story. As a result: manipulation is replaced by massacre, there are no other words... Too bad.
So basically this story is about a homicidal sociopath who has somehow managed to become a teacher. Interesting.
The story itself is handled well, it isn't outstanding or anything though. There's no intense psychological aspect to it as of yet and I think since we're about a third of the way through the story at this point there won't be any of that in the future. This story is your average Japanese crime thriller, the kind you would find on Netflix or whatever else streaming services you use. In fact, It has a movie and I'm pretty sure the movie is what spawned the manga
rather than the usual case of the manga spawning a movie.
This manga so far has only one flaw that I find extremely weird. It doesn't completely ruin the story for me in any way but I just find it dumb, there is no reason for it to have happened. The author just needed to push the plot along. This is where we get into spoiler territory. So be warned
So after our beloved MC does his thing and kills school staff and students, The students all of a sudden get this sneaking suspicion that the MC is the one who is behind all of this. Now, this is weird to me. The MC up to this point has actually been nice and even lenient towards students who are disrespectful to him.
I really don't want to get into all of this because it would take me ages since I am illiterate and incapable of weaving my reviews together in a way that doesn't sound like the most long-winded rant ever so I will do my best to do a condensed recap
Student 1 who is basically the class ass and delinquent is cheating on tests
MC finds a way to jam the phones in his classroom during tests to stop the cheating
Delinquent dude now hates the MCs guts and is paranoid about this despite having no reason at all to be other than the fact that he hates MC for petty reasons
now fast forward a bit and this entire thing evolves into the delinquent thinking that just because the MC stopped him from cheating that he must also be the murderer and things just get even more nonsensical from there after managing to convince a bunch of other students of the mc being the killer
I don't find this too bothersome and it doesn't ruin the story for me or anything, but I think it's a rather big flaw that should be addressed. It just seems very, abrupt, for the lack of a better term.
Other than that, I love this manga. It's great, there's not much to it other than the MC trying to murder people. It is what it is and you shouldn't expect any more from it than that honestly. It's nothing more than a short thriller and it doesn't try to be anything else, which I think helps it in the long run.