Assassination Classroom vol. 7 by Yusei Matsui (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
January 13, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and action-packed manga series thus far. The seventh volume features another attempt by Class 3-E to assassinate Koro-sensei, but how much have they improved since they last tried to assassinate him? Recommended!
Image courtesy of © Ansatsu Kyoshitsu 2012 by Yusei Matsui. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: Assassination Classroom vol. 7
STORY AND ART BY: Yusei Matsui (松井優征)
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC
RATED: T for Older Teen
Available on December 8, 2015
Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? Giving you an “F” on a quiz? Mispronouncing your name during roll call…again? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first?! Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense! Okay, now that you’re committed… How are you going to pull this off? What does your pathetic class of misfits have in their arsenal to combat Teach’s alien technology, bizarre powers and…tentacles?!
The 3-E students hope to kill on their final exams to win not only respect but a special reward. Over summer break, Nagisa, Sugino, and Maehara play amateur entomologist with…a girl? After rigorous training with the greatest assassin of all, the class launches their best assassination plan yet! Now who will save our would-be assassins from a mysterious biological weapon…?
Summer vacation is quickly approaching and Koro-sensei gives Class 3-E an incentive, beat Class A in grades and those who do well, get an opportunity to destroy a tentacle of his, thus exposing a vulnerability and giving the class a chance to assassinate him. But can the 3-E students defeat Class-A?
Find out in volume 7 of Yusei Matsui’s hit manga series, “Assassination Classroom”!
What is “Assassination Classroom” all about?
In 2012, mangaka Yusei Matsui created the manga series “Assassination Classroom” (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu).
Matsui, who was known for the manga series “Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro” and also was a former assistant of mangaka, Yoshio Sawai, would eventually create one of the best selling manga series in the past few years.
Serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”, a total of 12 volumes have been collected into Tankobon format and the first volume has had over one million copies printed and was on the list for best-selling manga in 2013. Came second in Media Factory’s “Book of the Year” and won the #1 position for “2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” voted by male readers for Takarajimasha.
With an anime adaptation in Japan to debut in 2015, the English translated version was released in the United States in Dec. 2014
The series begins by introducing us to a powerful alien creature that destroyed 70% of the moon, making it a crescent moon forever. The alien has said that within a year, he will destroy the Earth but he does give mankind a chance to prevent it.
Having special speed and quick reflexes, with a number of tentacles like an octopus, the alien known as Koro-sensei, becomes a teacher for the lowly class 3-E at the prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School.
Government worker Tadaomi Karasuma tells the entire class 3-E what problems they are facing and how Koro-sensei will destroy the Earth. But the deal the alien made with the government and military is that if he is assassinated before the end of the year, he will spare Earth. So, Tadaomi Karasuma announces that the focus of class 3-E is to kill their homeroom teacher.
And Koro-sensei is hoping the students can do it..but can they?
In volume 7, having learned and studied so much, Class 3-E has been given a chance to defeat Koro-sensei by taking out his tentacles. But that is if they can defeat the other classes, especially Class A in their school grades.
Can the class do it?
We have seen the students within Class 3-E grow. Grow as friends, grow as assassins, even seeing their own respect for their alien teacher. And each time they have tried to assassinate Koro-sensei, they would lose, thanks to Koro-sensei’s super speed.
But part of what makes Koro-sensei so quick and powerful is the use of his tentacles. But giving the students and incentive, they get a chance to destroy a tentacle of his if they defeat Class A and other top students in getting the best grades in various departments.
Meanwhile, a top assassin named Mr. Lovro has come to check things out at the school but to observe Koro-sensei and find a way to defeat him.
But how much has Class 3-E advanced since Koro-sensei first came to their school? Has their academics and assassination techniques improved?
As for the artwork, Yusei Matsui does a good shop with character designs, as well as creating detailed backgrounds during the more action-driven scenes.
Overall, “Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and action-packed manga series thus far. The seventh volume features another attempt by Class 3-E to assassinate Koro-sensei, but how much have they improved since they last tried to assassinate him?
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