Assassination Classroom

Alt title: Ansatsu Kyoushitsu

Vol: 21; Ch: 180
2012 - 2016
4.556 out of 5 from 4,309 votes
Rank #392
Assassination Classroom

The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who’s just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth—unless they can kill him first! Meet the would-be assassins of class 3-E: Sugino, who let his grades slip and got kicked off the baseball team. Karma, who's doing well in his classes but keeps getting suspended for fighting. And Okuda, who lacks both academic and social skills, yet excels at one subject: chemistry. Who has the best chance of winning that reward? Will the deed be accomplished through pity, brute force or poison...? And what chance does their teacher have of repairing his students' tattered self-esteem?

Source: Viz

Extra story: Tokyo Depato Sensou Taikenki (volume 21)

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It should be mentioned that the fundamental concept of this manga--of an assassination target meticulously training feir would-be assassins to better kill fem--is inherently ridiculous and thus creates some unique forms of tension and drama that couldn't exist in stories with more normal dynamics. Koro is loved and respected by the students, but the students are also determined to kill Koro. Koro tries to avoid being killed, but also gives the students pointers on how they can better kill fem in their next attempts. For the first two-thirds of this manga, we get some short assassination attempts (often from a new assassin showing up, but sometimes from a student that just hadn't been "featured" yet) mixed in with some regular(-ish) school events and training-type stuff. The clashes against Class A and against the principal are hit and miss. Some of them are kinda funny or engaging, but many of them (including the final exam) are corny and uninspired. I appreciate a lot of the character building that occurs during the training and school event stuff. As for the early assassination attempts, quite a few of them are pretty clever and well thought-out--especially the attempt on the island--which just makes what happened in the finale all the more underwhelming. The entire wrap-up section of the story was drawn-out and included a lot of cheeseball and nostalgia moments, though I honestly would've been willing to forgive all of that if the finale actually involved the students cleverly outwitting or otherwise outplaying Koro. As is, it's nothing less than a disappointment. The biggest strength of this series is the characters. Or, more specifically, the one character that truly matters--Koro. I do like Nagisa and I can appreciate how most of the students and teachers have segments fleshing out their personalities and interests (though, it's often more that they become the focus briefly and then largely fade into the crowd). But Koro is the only character that captured my heart. I had an almost immediate love of Koro and that love lasted throughout the entire series. The backstory (ch. 134-140) didn't make me love Koro any more, but it did satisfy a yearning for answers to feir mysteries that I had been feeling (so I'm grateful for it). Overall, I think that I'd still recommend this manga, but I'd just warn potential readers to be prepared for quite a few dull and lackluster storylines mixed in with the entertaining parts. Even in the early chapters, it's imperfect and can be cheesy and lame and boring at times, but even then it's still worth the read. At least up until chapter 140. After that, it's just wrap-up and pure mediocrity.

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