Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Manga Review: Assassination Classroom, Volume 14, by Yusei Matsui

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5 
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: February 2017
Volumes: 21.
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 13. 15.

Goodreads Synopsis:

What does a pathetic class of misfits have in their arsenal to combat their schoolteacher’s alien technology, bizarre powers and...tentacles?!

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?!

Lowly Class E and elite Class A compete for the most customers at their school festival booths. So far, the students of Class E are holding their own, despite their location on the mountaintop. Then a parade of familiar faces, some welcome and some…not so much…drop by with surprising consequences. Will Principal Asano’s son Gakushu be able to maintain his position as the illustrious leader of Class A? Who could possibly replace him in hopes of leading the students to victory and subjugating the weak…?


I haven't read any of this series, and honestly barely even knew what it was about. So this was a surprising volume for me.
Koro Sensei is such a weird character. He's an octopus-like thing, who seems to be challenging people to kill him, and yet also a little worried about that?
Class 3-E is competing against class A to win at the festival, and I'm actually surprised when Koro sensei tells them to stop and not push themselves. His point in teaching them doesn't seem to be winning against other people, so much as winning for themselves in what they can do.
Next there's an exam coming up, and everyone in class E needs to be in the top 50. It's difficult and takes a lot of studying, and the principal has made the exam near impossible for anyone. And yet they still win at it.
This was a surprisingly enjoyable volume, and even the exam questions were shown in a unique battle style as the students worked through them. The principal seems to be a particular evil, just mindlessly trying to tear people down and brainwash them.
This volume was interesting, and I don't think I'll mind reading more.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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