Assassination Classroom Volume 1 Cover.
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  • Story: Yusei Matsui.
  • Art: Yusei Matsui.
  • Released: December 2nd, 2014.
  • Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
  • Pages: 192.

Seventy percent of the moon is destroyed and the culprit? An octopus, not just any octopus, the new teacher of Class 3-E at Kunugigaoka junior high school. The students have until graduation to assassinate their new teacher, if they are unsuccessful he will do to the Earth what he did to the moon. Can the students of 3-E become the assassins needed to complete their task and save the world?

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. But he is a complete mystery. A large, yellow, sentient octopus that wanted to be a teacher and have his students assassinate him. That is all we know. 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 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. The art is also brilliant. The students come up with some very creative ways to assassinate their target. All the 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. I have a lot of respect for Yusei Matsui as he not only writes the story but also handles all the art. That is a vast undertaking, in my opinion.

This was a decent first volume and introduction to the series. I’d have only liked to have had more information on Koro Sensei but the mystery will add allure to the series overall. The art and story meld together in a perfect fashion. The overall undertaking of the students in this series is interesting enough. A series like this is unheard of as far as I know and for that I am excited to read the following volumes in this series.