- Story: Yusei Matsui.
- Art: Yusei Matsui.
- Released: October 4, 2016.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 200.
The Grim Reaper is eliminating all of the assassins that were trained by Lovro. He now has his sights set on Irina and 3-E. The students are trying to come up with a present for Irina’s birthday, but that doesn’t exactly go as planned for the students and Irina leaves. The Grim Reaper abducts Irina and orders the students to arrive at the designated location to rescue her. Once the students arrive they are immediately captured. The Grim Reaper plans to use them as bait to lure Koro Sensei into his trap. The students escape their cell, and separate to cover more ground and find Irina.
So much was crammed into this volume. I didn’t think that we would see The Grim Reaper so soon to be honest, but looking back he made an appearance in volume 11. The Grim Reaper’s skills are unparalleled in several regards, he was even able to capture Koro Sensei with ease. I like the Grim Reaper except for the fact he was able to sway Irina to join him. Irina has completely turned on the students and her future with class 3-E is now uncertain. If only Karasuma could have possibly gotten there sooner.
There wasn’t much in the development of the individual characters, however the story has developed nicely. I would have never thought that Irina would betray her students in this fashion. She has a rocky past with the students, but nothing that would deem this to be a viable option or possibility. Though I hope she isn’t gone for good, I cannot foresee her being able to come back after leading her students to literal doom. I do hope that somehow the students can see it in themselves to forgive her.
This volume has introduced a new point of view of the characters for me. The students, and Koro Sensei looked helpless, and were easily captured. I had once thought that Koro Sensei and the students of 3-E were infallible, however the Grim Reaper proved otherwise. The Grim Reaper has outsmarted everyone except for Karasuma. Karasuma truly shines in this volume, and exhibits his skills flawlessly. Without question the only person to be able to go toe to toe with the Grim Reaper would have to be Karasuma. I can’t wait to see the conclusion to this grand battle.
Karasuma is a character that I don’t talk enough about. He is one of the main people standing behind the students and guiding them to victory. Karasuma is training the students to be strong and capable of assassinating Koro Sensei before their given deadline. Karasuma is probably one of the more underrated characters, but when you get right down to it he is the one holding it all together. If it weren’t for Karasuma the students wouldn’t receive the needed training, nor would the students have been saved from the Grim Reaper. Karasuma has never lost his professional demeanor, or lost control. He has always operated to the highest of his ability, and that is evident in his fight against the Grim Reaper.
This volume wasn’t the least bit progressive in the character department, but amazing as far as the story is concerned. It was nice to see more from Karasuma, and it’s always nice to see how far the teachers will always go for their students. Though this was one of the weaker volumes in the series as the characters who have developed so much throughout the series were made useless, this volume is still worth a read. Assassination Classroom volume 12 was an interesting read.