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Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 2, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—An alien who has the power to destroy the earth makes a couple of unusual decisions. First, he eradicates most of the moon (what's left of it is in a permanent crescent shape). Then he says that he will destroy the earth later that year unless class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High can figure out how to kill him. Several factors make this seem like an impossible task—class 3-E is academically the worst class in the school, and the alien can move at Mach 20 speed, escaping every assassination attempt so far. The alien, nicknamed Koro Sensei ("teacher who can't be killed") by his students, is by turns hilarious, deadly, and an excellent teacher at the middle school. This book begins as a simple adventure story, but the further teens get into the story, the more they will see the subtext of "bad" students becoming empowered to find their real talents. Matsui's artwork is filled with action and humor, capturing the realistic aspects of the human characters and the smiley face and tentacles of the alien. VERDICT An entertaining adventure story ranging from darkest to lightest comedy that will leave readers clamoring for the next books in the series.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
About the Author
Yusei Matsui is the creator of Assassination Classroom and Neuro: Supernatural Detective, which was adapted into an animated television series.
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The classroom setting is a setting that has been done many times before in media and in manga. However, with the touch of assassinations on it as well as a nice message on quality education and helping the kids rise to their best in adverse conditions, it feels fresh and new. It is fresh and new twoo with its mix of characters. I enjoy how their class also doesnt have the usual suspects, like a jokster or a bully, but instead offers one of cohesiveness and camaraderie. Everyone is working together.
The volume features 7 chapters. There is an extra two page omake of sorts. In between chapters there are character profile pages, and some other little drawings too. There is no color insert like what is offered with some of their other Shonen Jump Advanced manga.
In terms of names, everyone seems to be kept the same as they were in the JPN version, honorifics arent there (so no more Karma kun), however they do call the teacher Koro sensei (which is a pun), and one that Im glad for. Volume 2 will introduce another challenge for the translators and a western version, what will they call Irina...
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