- Story: Yusei Matsui.
- Art: Yusei Matsui.
- Released: February 7, 2017.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 200.
The Kunugigaoka school festival kicks off and 3-E is pulling out all the stops. Even with their location at the top of the mountain the students manage to use their weakness as their greatest strength. Using ingredients found all over the mountain the students cook up some of the most unique dishes that can’t be found anywhere else. The festival turns into an all-out competition between the classes to see which class can raise the most money. With the final exams around the corner Principal Asano has stepped up as the 3-A teacher. Using his ideal teaching methods, Asano feeds class 3-A’s hate for 3-E, while also teaching them advanced subjects. After the final exams, Principal Asano casts aside his conventional teaching method in favor of a more desperate approach. The school year has been leading up to this, it’s the final battle between 3-A and 3-E.
The story is still presenting new points and possibilities this far into the series. That is a huge feat as normally a series will lose its momentum and become stale, that is not the case here. The characters are still growing and developing. I am as excited to read the next volume as I was when I started the series. Assassination Classroom literally just gets better over time. Words can’t describe how excited I am to continue this series.
This volume had many high points and not a single low point. This volume was more focused on a group effort versus the individual students, though a few students did have developments. Nagisa, and Karma in particular, had strong developments in this volume. Nagisa used his communication skills to help someone better their own life. Karma used his knowledge to teach the other students the subjects they weren’t comfortable with. It is a real treat to be able to watch the students grow, and mature with every volume.
One of the best things about this series is the characters. It is nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite character at this point. If I had to pick a favorite character at this point it would have to be Nagisa. Few characters have done what Nagisa has done in this series. Nagisa has gone from the literal definition of weak to a strong assassin. Nagisa’s transformation is nothing short of spectacular. That is of course not to say that the other characters are bad, rather Nagisa had more opportunities to shine than the other students.
The story developments were quite a surprise as well. I had thought that class 3-E would excel at their final exams, but I didn’t think that Principal Asano would try to do what he did. I didn’t expect class 3-E to do so well at the school festival, but with all the friends that they have made over the course of the series they were bound to have plenty of guests. Though 3-E put up an excellent fight, it wasn’t enough to overcome 3-A. Class 3-A was able to provide their customers with quality food, and entertainment. All things considered 3-E gave it a valiant effort and just fell short. It is also times like this that I kind of enjoy. Class 3–E not winning is yet another sobering example that just because they are the main characters, does not mean that they always come out victorious.
Assassination Classroom truly is a series that gets better as time goes on. There are still several things that I would like to see, but with every volume we are that much closer to learning more about Koro Sensei and the final assassination. I can only hope that each volume from here on out is as great as this one. I am certainly in no hurry to finish the series as I am loving every bit of it. Assassination Classroom volume 14 was a perfect read.