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The story is about class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School where every morning they greet their sensei with a massive firing squad. The sensei is a weird combination of an alien and a octopus that moves at speeds of mach-20. It turns out this creature was responsible for the destruction of the moon, rendering it forever in a crescent shape. He has announced that he will destroy the world in one year. The creature will teach class 3-E how to assassinate him before the year is over.
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The concept of an alien instructing a classroom full of kids on assassination is refreshingly original, as mentioned by pretty much every comment before mine. However, while the classroom is as wacko as I'd hoped for, the atmosphere gets annoyingly serious sometimes with oh-so-tragic pasts and life-lessons. Since pretty much everything else about the manga is so over-the-top, it really makes the shift in tone come off as cheap and cheesy instead of emotional and heartening. I know it eventually has to become more emotional and plot-driven because they'll be killing their beloved sensei, but the way it's handled right now is really awkward.
It's interesting though, and, depending on how the ending plays out, could really shine. Definitely worth a look.
... Last updated on February 7th, 2014, 5:26am
Believe Me... It's Really Good!!!
One of the best manga I've read so far... comparable with fullmetal alchemist, gintama, lucifer and biscuit hammer (hoshi no samidare). The plot is original and developed really well. All characters have strong personal trait and no one is dumb enough to become side dish figure. The art blend really well with the theme of the story... Overall, still flawless so far (with standard of error 5%) in my opinion of course. Thanks for the genius author...
I first thought this was going to be a very weird series, and it is, but it really has some depth to it. It really is worth reading. One thing I'm still confused about, is why the whole class is so prideful about wanting to kill their teacher. Sure saving the world and getting a reward is one thing, but they talk about killing their teacher themselves like it is the most innocent thing in the world. I just don't get it.
Why is this marked Tragedy? I mean, I know something happened in Koro sensei's past, but is it because of that? Or is something going to happen after they kill him? Anyway, I really love this, Matsui Yusei is a genius for making it. And I can't wait for the anime adaption!
My favorite WSJ
Don't be put off by the summary, there's more to this series than you might think. While the premise sounds ridiculous, this story does get serious.
After the first chapters it seems to be a solid gag manga (which is one of it's main aspects). It's strongest points are the originality and the comedy without resorting to cliches. While it develops very slowy, there is a deeper plot behind this. The art is good and fitting for a wsj series, as to be expected by Matsui. I picked this series up because it sounds so ridiculous but it's become my favorite wsj series by now. Try a few chapters (they're short anyway) and form your own opinion.
What's up with all those mediocre reviews? What do they expect of a manga with such a story description? Something really deep and moving? Sorry, you should move on. This is a shounen series after all...
What you see here is a perfectly well made gag manga that has a quite slow moving plot. For now read it for the comedy, later on for the actual plot. It will become more serious at some point if my prediction is right.
It is basically Great Teacher Onizuka on acid. Reminds me somewhat of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei in that regard.
Sure the premise is retarded, but ridiculous premises that somehow make great stories is why I read manga
Deeper than what it seems
Assassination Classroom is an excellent manga. I've noticed that its getting good to mediocre reviews due to the whole plot and details, but this manga goes much deeper than the ordinary assassination plots and school life. Assassination Classroom is not only about a bunch of low-ranking students on a mission to kill their teacher before graduation, but also how they learn to work together and explore the weaknesses of their target and teacher with each passing chapter. This manga shows the true nature and relationship of assassin and target, teacher and student. The humor inserted in this story helps keeps things interesting and gives it more of the school-life touch. Assassination Classroom grows and develops, and it will also grow on you.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2012, 1:06pm
Refreshing and zany
Yet, it somehow doesn't seem as funny as it should be. It's quite amusing but not laugh out loud funny, which was what i was expecting from the premise. It kinda sucks how education makes me a little ticked off when the impossible happens in manga/anime (or, rather, the impossible happening with no explanation e.g. there being no catastrophic effects from the moon being mostly destroyed) but it's something I've just got to get used to personally and I suppose it has no place in this comment... <,<
I was kinda surprised by the tentacle rape being used as a joke in WSJ but...*shrugs* Japan, man.
... Last updated on November 11th, 2012, 4:41pm
How could they kill him if they take a liking to him...?
The series in itself is fun, I'm a big fan of Matsui Yuusei's extremely weird humor (though this is not his best work by far) BUT in my opinion, the plot, though not uninteresting, can't work.
The students are obviously fond of their alien teacher and vice versa. In this situation, anyone who's not a psychopath nor a complete retard will realize that there is no way he's gonna kill the target, weird alien or not. So there is a feeling of pretence in the story. Every time the students make a move of the teacher, I get the impression that they're pretending, since the atmosphere makes it impossible in my mind that they'll actually go all the way...
On the other hand, depending on how the story unfolds and how the atmosphere evolves (I've only read 4 chapters so far) this paradox could lead to very interesting psychological situations and dilemmas. *_* So, let's wait and see