Thursday, May 17, 2018

Manga Review: Assassination Classroom, Volume 18, by Yusei Matsui

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 2017
Volumes: 21.
Spoilers?: No.
Volumes: 1. 16. 19.

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?!

Two classmates travel to the International Space Station in hopes of learning the secret  to saving Koro Sensei’s life. Meanwhile, Yanagisawa and upstart Grim Reaper II train ever harder to assassinate him. Then, when academic setbacks lower the spirits of his students, Koro Sensei comes up with an ingenious—or perhaps idiotic—way to cheer them up. Next, Valentine’s Day arrives! Will any of the 3-E students or teachers find true love? And will the meddling and teasing of the others help or hinder cupid’s arrow from finding its target…?


The volume opens with a fun scene of Nagisa and Karma threatening some astronauts in space for some secret information. It sounds like a bad idea, but it actually turns out quite fun. And it ends with them finding out some key information about Koro-sensei and his inevitable explosion. There's another reprieve after this, when Koro-sensei wants to experience the holidays over Christmas break with his students, and so they reenact it all.
Amongst all this, graduation is approaching the same as Koro-sensei's possible explosion. The students have to choose what to do after graduation, what career they want to pursue and what school. There are some surprise choices, and some surprise confessions.
This was a fun volume to read. There's a lot of humor mixed in with the serious moments. If I followed this series more, I'm sure I'd enjoy it even more.

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

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