Assassination Classroom vol. 8 by Yusei Matsui (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
March 1, 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. 8
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 February 2, 2016
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?! Maybe you can find out how in volume 8 of Assassination Classroom!
The 3-E students head for the lair of the enemy to stop a deadly biological attack. But blocking their path are three master assassins: Smog, Grip and Gastro, who excel, respectively, in the use of poison, brute strength and guns. With their teacher Karasuma down, Karma and his friends face terrible odds. And even if they defeat their foes, how will they wrest the antidote from them? Worse, it turns out the mastermind behind the attack is someone they know…
Summer vacation has been a hellish nightmare as Class 3-E students have been inflicted with a terrible virus and the only way to get the antidote is to follow the rules of the person responsible and that is to bring Koro-sensei’s head in exchange for the antidote.
But they must survive the ordeal by getting inside a hotel where many deadly assassins are waiting for them.
Find out what happens to Class 3-E in volume 8 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?
In volume 8, continuing the story of Class 3-E going on a trip to a resort in Fukuma Island. But many of the students were inflicted with a deadly virus and the person responsible for the virus is demanding that Koro-sensei’s head be delivered to him at the Fukuma Denjo Hotel, in exchange for an antidote.
But Class 3-E must use their skills which they have learned to go against high-level assassins waiting for them.
Will they survive the ordeal?
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. And through failure, the class have grown adept in their ways of assassination.
But now they must put their skills to use as classmates have been inflicted with a deadly virus and now they need to obtain the antidote from the person responsible.
But as students of Class 3-E along with Koro-sensei, Ministory of Defense teacher Tadaomi Karasuma and Ms. Irina Jelavich must infiltrate Fukuma Denjo Hotel, where the person who was responsible is staying. But not only is he waiting for them, so are many high level assassins.
Can Class 3-E survive?
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 eighth volume is quite exciting as we can see how far these students have come since the first day they were taught by Koro-sensei. Have these students learned a lot through their failures from trying to kill Koro-sensei? Their assassination skills will be put through the ultimate test!
An exciting eighth volume, “Assassination Classroom” vol. 8 is recommended!
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