- Series: Assassination Classroom (Book 1)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; thai edition (December 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421576074
- ISBN-13: 978-1421576077
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Welcome to Classroom 3-E. Full of all the "rejects" and losers from the main school building. If your grades were failing or your conduct was poor you were transferred to this room.
An alien has come to earth and upon destroying the moon to a permanent crest has decided to become a teacher. He wants to help polish the students in Classroom 3-E. Oh and upon graduation the students must assissinate him or else he destroys Earth. Isn't that lovely?
This alien is a tricky one at that, he also has more tentacles than an octopus and could be compared to one. The normal things that would kill a human, doesn't affect him. The students are asssigned weapons and BB's to help take this creature down. They may try to kill him at anytime as long as it doesn't interfere with their studies.
Nagisa's the main character of the group who's a guy. Now from the drawings and little pigtails in his hair. . .I confess I thought he was a she. Strange, misleading hairstyles. . . Anyways, he calmly collects information about Koro Sensei, the students gave the alien this nickname since he didn't have a true name.
Karma's a cool, sneak attack assissian who's been suspended but upon returning he seems to be a bit of a true match for our teacher. Still needs to be polished and I'll tell you this he really does get polished by Koro Sensei. Tee hee.
I love this book in how there's an intense mixture of comedy and impending doom upon the students. Koro Sensei's not allowed to harm any of the students in his classroom until after graduation. He also doesn't take them seriously because they're children. I really loved this book and I had a constant smile on my face as I read.
I didn't catch any foul language but I think they're may have been a little. Nothing compared to my loud neighbors that drop the f bomb every three words. No sexual stuff, until the very end, but there's no step by step or anything. Just a female assassian eliminating a male target. This is going to be a great series I just know it. I hope to read more about this interesting teacher who wishes to destroy earth and yet he acts like a normal, caring teacher with his students.
Kuro-Sensei has a lot of bizarre powers, making it impossible for the students to kill. He can travel at Mach 20, regenerate his tentacles from the specialized weaponry designed to destroy him, and a friendly attitude that's dedicated to teaching and fixing students problems, even though he says he will destroy the earth.
This truly a fun yet weird title! This is surely going to be a great title for the discriminating comic fan. It's not a typical Shonen manga, and that's why I like it! And I hope you like it too!
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...
PS: There's a lot of wordplay in this series, I'm not sure how Viz is translating it since I buy the book for collecting purpose. I hope they don't try to localized it, and end up killing the joke.