- Story: Yusei Matsui.
- Art: Yusei Matsui.
- Released: February 2, 2016.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 192.
The students infiltrate Fukuma Denjo hotel in hopes of quietly reaching their destination and acquiring the antidote for their classmates. What they find however are 3 highly trained assassins: Smog specializes in poison, Grip specializes in fighting, and Gastro specializes in guns. The students quickly find that they are out of their depth against these highly trained and deadly assassins. Without assistance from Karasuma or Koro Sensei the students must rise to the challenge and meet their adversaries head-on. With a little luck the students manage to make it to the top floor of the hotel and find that the person behind all of this is someone from their past. It is now up to Nagisa to meet this foe in combat, the survival of his classmates resting on his shoulders.
This volume had multiple character and story developments. With each assassin encounter the students showcased their individual skills and managed to incapacitate their aggressor. Fuwa, Karma, Chiba, and Hayami each went above and beyond to protect their classmates and deal with the issues at hand. It was nice to see more of each student’s skills as it gives the students more depth. It is quite an amazing feat that mere students could best trained professionals. The training the students are receiving is clearly second to none. The students are truly shaping up to be something special. The story is moving on at an acceptable rate. The students are nearing the end of their trip and are closing in on hopefully saving their classmates.
This was the first volume that the students had to fend for themselves. Smog managed to poison Karasuma and Koro Sensei is still in his absolute defense form. Even without the help of their teachers the students still performed better than my expectations. I had thought they would all be captured and then someone would have to save them. I was wrong in that regard and to be honest I’m happy about that. I still can’t believe how far the students have come in such little time.
As the students neared the top of the hotel, Karasuma regained his fighting ability and not a moment too soon. The adversary they face is one they had seen before and he is extremely dangerous. I will not spoil the ending of this volume but I do look forward to the next volume and the conclusion. In the end, it’s all up to Nagisa and his ability to adapt and overcome. Personally, I am not certain if Nagisa is up to the task but I hope he is, as failure would lead to the deaths of his classmates.
All things considered this volume was one of the best volumes yet. As I had mentioned above it was nice to see the student’s skills and see what they are capable of. Even when facing those three assassins, the students didn’t flinch one bit. The students truly know no fear when it comes to facing any type of adversity. With the incapacitation of Karasuma the “trial by fire” element was thrown into the mix for the students and the situation became sink or swim. They had no choice but to succeed or die trying. The story is moving in the right direction and has brought a new direction to the story by revisiting a character from the students past. This volume was thrilling and I cannot wait for the next volume. Assassination Classroom volume 8 was a great read.