Monday, September 11, 2017

Manga Review: Assassination Classroom, Volume 16, by Yusei Matsui

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 2017
Volumes: 21.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 14. 17.

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?!

Koro Sensei tells all: his former profession, his nickname, the mad scientists responsible for his unique cephalopod physiognomy, the love of his life, and why he wants to teach the 3-E students. New light is shed not only on his character, but on the reason he vowed to destroy the Earth in March. Will these revelations change 3-E’s commitment to assassinating their teacher (and saving the planet)?


Since I haven't read most of this series, this was a perfect volume for me. We jump right into a backstory, and it lasts for most of the volume. We finally get to see what happened to Koro Sensei to get him to this point.
We find out that he was a brilliant assassin who was captured and experimented on. That he controlled most of it, but why his mind changed at the end of these explosions. What happened when he met their previous, sweet and quirky teacher. The ending I saw coming, but it still made me sad. I really liked their relationship, and didn't want it to end.
I do admit that his change in perspective was quite fast—a bit too fast for me. Other than that, the story was good. It was a good backstory. And then we get back to the main story, and the students have to decide what to do about this new information. They now have to take this assassination in a new light, and they have to take it seriously because they have an ending date that could result in destruction if they don't figure out how to stop it.
I really enjoyed this volume. I got sucked into Koro Sensei's back story very easily, and I liked it a lot.

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

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