- Story: Yusei Matsui.
- Art: Yusei Matsui.
- Released: December 2nd, 2014.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 192.
It was just another ordinary day when all of the sudden seventy percent of the moon was destroyed and the culprit? An octopus, but not just any octopus, the new teacher of class 3-E at Kunugigaoka junior high school. Where did he come from? How did he become an octopus? And what’s with that smile of his? The octopus named Koro Sensei has given the students an insurmountable task. The students have until graduation to assassinate him, if they are unsuccessful he will destroy the Earth. Can the students of 3-E become the assassins needed to complete their task and save the world? Class is now in session.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding Koro Sensei, not a lot of information was given about him in this volume as to be expected, he is a complete mystery. A large, yellow, sentient octopus that wanted to be a teacher and have his students assassinate him. That certainly sets the stage for an interesting story. I am certain that we will learn more about him as time comes. Not entirely bad but we are met with a ten-foot-tall octopus and know literally nothing about him. The biggest question I have is why would he choose to be assassinated by the outcasts of the school? The students of class 3-E are the lowest of the low and have been completely cast aside by the rest of the students and faculty. I can’t wait to see the students grow and develop their skills.
The story is interesting and the characters are relatable. A bunch of junior high school students that I’m sure any of us could relate to. At several points in this volume the art is superb. The students come up with some creative ways to assassinate their target. All of the assassination attempts are shown in very fine art. Everything is highly detailed and depicted just as it should be or would be in an actual school setting. I have a lot of respect for Yusei Matsui as he not only writes the story but also handles all the art. Though I have never seen a ten-foot-tall octopus I am certain that Yusei captured him perfectly. In my opinion, the ability to write a great story and draw such exceptional art is a vast undertaking.
The characters are unique and each student has their own personality. When all is said, and done the students are just that, students. As they are students they all have their own personality, hopes, and dreams. The characters are one of the best aspects of this story so far. Not a single character is “filler”, every character has their own story, and that is part of what makes this story interesting. So far all we know about Koro Sensei is that he can fly at Mach 20 speeds, he has an affinity for cleaning, and despite popular belief he is from Earth. Koro Sensei is unlike any character that you have ever seen before.
As far as first impressions go Assassination Classroom volume 1 was an excellent volume and great introduction to the series. I’d have liked to have had more information on Koro Sensei but the mystery will add more allure to the series overall. The students and Koro Sensei provide an interesting dynamic and I enjoy their interactions. The art and story meld together in a perfect fashion, and paint a perfect picture. The overall undertaking of the students in this series is interesting enough and I’m sure that this series will deliver. A series like this is rare and a sight to behold. I have high hopes for this series and its future. I look forward to continuing this series and reading the next volume. Assassination Classroom volume 1 was an excellent read.