I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing the manga”Assassination Classroom, Volume 1″ by Yusei Matsui! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series, so I thought it was about time to pick up the first volume and read it. Here is a quick summary so we know what it’s about:
“The students of class 3-E have a mission: kill their teacher before graduation. He has already destroyed the moon, and has promised to destroy the Earth if he can not be killed within a year. But how can this class of misfits kill a tentacled monster, capable of reaching Mach 20 speed, who may be the best teacher any of them have ever had?”
There are many attempted murder schemes throughout the entire story. If you’re not comfortable with reading excessive violence and/or murder attempts and seeing somewhat graphic imagery of injuries, you might want to avoid reading this one.
Plot Development: 4 out of 5 stars
The concept of the story is hilarious. The plotline of this series somewhat falls into the slice-of-life genre with Koro-sensei learning to teach students properly while the students try devising ways to kill him. However, there is an actual main plotline in the midst of this. This volume ended on a cliffhanger, with government agents starting to send in other assassins outside of the class to try to take out Koro. I can’t write much else about how fun it was to read the story, as I would risk giving major spoilers for the many assassination attempts otherwise. However, it is very entertaining to read so far.
Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading Koro-Sensei (the name the students gave the alien?/creature they must assassinate by the end of the year). Even though he is virtually unkillable right now (though some students had close attempts), he is also an incredibly supportive teacher. He opposes the Class E students being unable to access extracurriculars, he’s observant enough to know his student’s strengths and weaknesses, and he is particularly encouraging to his students with both their education and their murder attempts.
I also enjoyed reading the students including Nagisa, as well as their constant attempts to kill Koro. From trying to stab him at roll call to blatantly gifting him poison to eat, it’s fun to watch them attempt to kill Koro. It is also just as entertaining to read their developing sentiments about him threatening the world and also being their teacher.
I noticed that this volume introduced many characters at once. Will this series eventually narrow its focus on particular students as the main characters? Or will it continue focusing on the class as a whole? Each student could be further fleshed out in later volumes, but the series will definitely rely on how entertaining their development is, along with Koro’s own development.
Worldbuilding Development: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The concept enough is amusingly well-executed overall, but I want to read more details about Class E and how it is virtually looked down as the class with no future or any hope in contributing to society. I also am curious to learn more about Koro-sensei’s origins. Also, why does he wants to destroy the world by the end of the class’ graduation? Those questions likely will be further answered in later volumes, and I look forward to learning more.
Overall, I’m rating this book 4 out of 5 stars!
This first volume is a fun start to the “Assassination Classroom” series. I look forward to reading more of it whenever I get my hands on the next volumes!
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