Assassination Classroom is a manga that takes place on Earth. In this story, the entire planet and life as we know it has been threatened by an extremely powerful “alien” monster that was somehow mysteriously created on Earth. He has threatened to destroy Earth unless the military gives him the chance to teach a class of students. In exchange, he has allowed them to try to kill him in one year. After this one year is up, he will destroy all life on earth. He has blown up part of the moon in order to demonstrate the amount of power that he has. Despite their best efforts, the government has not been able to destroy him. In fact, he enjoys their attempts and performs different silly tasks during their attempts. For example, while avoiding attacks from highly advanced fighter jets he decided to give them a polish. The government has agreed to let him teach a group of misfit students as long as the alien agrees not to harm them. These students have been shamed by the private academy they attend. Because of this, they go to class near the mountains behind the school. This provides the perfect setting for their assassination attempts. Since the students are the only people able to get close enough to this monster, they are humanity’s last hope.
The students are given weapons that can hurt the monster but cannot hurt another human. The student that is able to assassinate their teacher will be provided with millions of dollars. This is the setting of Assassination Classroom Volume One and this provides the incentive that the students need. However, there’s just one catch: he is more than just a monster. He has quickly become the best teacher the students have ever had. He looks past their exterior in order to see the person that they truly are on the inside. This is more than any of the other teachers have done. He even takes the time to tell them what mistakes they have made regarding their assassination attempts. He gets angry when they use unethical means to do so as well. He works hard to try to teach them morals and give them confidence.
He has been named Koro-Sensei by the students. This roughly translates to “impossible to kill”. While the name might seem like it gives the students absolutely no hope whatsoever, they continue to do the best that they can. Everyone in the manga seems to be enjoying it as well, including Koro-Sensei. He does seem impossible to kill. He can travel at Mach 20 and he is incredibly cunning. So far, his one weakness is the fact that he changes color based on his mood. This gives the students a chance to figure out when they should carry out their assassination attempts. Koro-Sensei is a very likable character, despite the fact that he has threatened their families in order to teach them a lesson about the respectful way to carry out an assassination. He has a constant grin on his face that slightly freaks me out. I love the way he is drawn and I love the way the other main characters of Assassination Classroom are drawn. I especially like the way he looks when he is angry.
The makers of Assassination Classroom have found the perfect way to blend comedy and other various dark elements together seamlessly. In fact, this is one of my favorite things about the manga. However, it might take some readers a while to get over the farfetched storyline. There are still some questions that I hope will be answered in the future. For example, why was Koro-Sensei so desperate to become a teacher? Where did he come from? Why were the students chosen and given a year to assassinate a monster that the government could not even assassinate?
The art is organized and it provides plenty of space for viewers to see and understand what is happening. In addition, there is plenty of action and plenty of drama to keep most readers interested in the manga. Koro-Sensei’s character really grows on you. I found him adorable during certain scenes and quite terrifying during others. He is certainly a tough character to figure out and that is what makes Assassination Classroom so interesting. He has so much fun teaching his students and avoiding the attempts to kill him, but there is still an underlying sense of danger around him. While I am reading, I know that he could do something drastic at any given moment.
Each character has their own little quirks that could help them kill Koro-Sensei. However, Nagisa is still a little plain. Fortunately, our main character has plenty of time to grow as the story progresses and the assassination plans become more intense.
Assassination Classroom is campy and definitely something fun to read. It is not as dark as I expected when I first began reading and now I’m hooked. There is still so much more I would like to understand and I hope that some of the holes in the story will be filled later. Why does he care so much about his students if he plans to destroy Earth a year from now? Why does he go out of his way to help them?