Of course I bought this manga because of the grin. Look how happy that face is! Hey, if you were a genocidal maniac with tentacles every which way, teaching a class full of students trying to kill you, wouldn’t you be happy?
I guess the back cover’s description also drew me in.
Koro-Sensei teaches the worst class of Junior High students in school, Class 3-E. The students are skeptical about his teaching abilities, but over time, Koro-Sensei teaches the students the joy of education, about life and platonic love, and the value of a person, regardless of their intellect.
A value of zero.
The non-watered down version is that in the beginning of the school year, the moon was chipped down to a crescent. One eye-witness had this to say:
Class 3-E is introduced to Koro-Sensei, who wants to teach the class under the condition of the government that the students assassinate him before the year is up. Koro-Sensei encourages them to try, although he doubts they can. If he is alive by graduation, then Koro-Sensei blows up the Earth. If not, ice cream! I mean, since Earth won’t be destroyed, ice cream will still exist.
Many questions. What is Koro-Sensei?
So… Slender Man.
No, really, let me list the ways.
-Both have minimal facial features. Although Slendy has none, while Koro-Sensei has eyes and a mouth. They’re stuck in position, but his face changes color depending on mood.
-Tentacles under formal human attire. Also tall clothing. Koro-Sensei’s is admired by a woman in a flashback, remarking they’d make him a good teacher. So would Slender Man be a good teacher?
-Resides in forest areas. Yeah, I don’t know much about Slender Man. I know he’s a forest dweller. The school shoved Class 3-E into the forest areas, separating the rest of the students from the gunshots and Koro-Sensei.
-Transformation. Slender Man based on fear, Koro-Sensei based on the aforementioned mood trick, as well as regeneration of the limbs.
-Bald. I’m running out of stuff.
-OH! A contrast! Slender Man is bad around kids, both in mythos and reality. Kidnap kids in the mythos, have them try sacrificing friends in real life. I prefer the lovely Koro-Sensei. He’s nice to kids, even when he threatens to kill their families. Since he can’t kill the students (based on his deal), he threatens their families. Once. They got the message.
-Nonhuman sentient terrestrials. Slender Man’s probably just a mutated Q-tip that fell into Spring of Drowned Octopus choking a Businessman in Jusenkyo. That’s probably where Octodad came from. Koro-Sensei is hinted at having a past. In the flashback, he looks like a smoky humanoid. He remarks to the students that he’s borne of Earth.
Of course, since Slendunkaroo has no copyright holder, it has no proper guidelines. Koro-Sensei is private domain, so we know he can use his tentacles, shed his skin, has honor, and does have proper weaknesses. So he’s not boring!
There’s a number of weaknesses. The only know physical weakness is rubber. Harmless to humans, deadly to Koro-Sensei. Of course, harmless to him as well if he dodges their rubber bullets, swords, and grenades, which he always does.
He has three other weaknesses, all internally-centered. Nagisa, the manga’s focal student, examines Koro-Sensei and documents his fault. As of volume one:
#1 – Messes up when he shows off
#2 – Panics easily
#3 – He’s a sore loser
See, that’s interesting! None of this “none or one” weakness junk!
So moving on from the best character, let’s talk about the others. You’ve ever read a series where the main student is a short wimp? Nagisa’s a bit blander. Blander Man. He’s there as a perspective, a means to follow events from the eyes of a student. Also he’s bullied, so when he tries to sacrifice himself for the world, believing he has nothing left to keep living for, I immediately liked him a bit more than his manga stock character counterparts. The documenting of Koro-Sensei’s traits is pretty cool too.
They have a number of teacher-drama characters. “I’ll help you play baseball and kill me!” “I’ll help you perfect your chemistry project that will kill me!” “I must stop this boy from trying to kill me so he can try to kill me fairly!” That last story is my favorite.
So each time he helps a student, so the students waver at the thought of killing him. Why go through with it? Ten billion yen in cold cash! (Or 100 Million, as the back claims. Translation, huh?) I think only the one who kills Koro-Sensei gets the money; or multiple students have to split it. Still, no small sum split all ways. If it’s the former, would the students who got nothing keep their mouths shut about Koro-Sensei? If the latter, if everyone got a portion of 100 Million, would disgruntled students still tell the public?
We must talk school dynamic. Remember “Battle Royale?” The students in that manga look like adults, so naturally I assumed they were in high school. Junior high. Here, they look like high school students. Junior high. I don’t get it.
The students outside of Class 3-E look down on Koro-Sensei’s class. Since they don’t want their grades to slip so low that they wind up in 3-E, it’s a good self-protecting system to keep things quiet. But the government has a suspended student brought in to kill him. That’s nothing compared to the volume hook, where the government official in the guise of a gym teacher (cool character on his own) receives a call of a new “transfer student.” All we see of her is her from the nose down, licking a gun, wearing a negligee, sitting on a naked man’s waist. Oh, and he has a gunshot hole in his head. Is this a lot of the future volumes?
I have one gripe about one character. The female student who names Koro-Sensei is not named in this volume. She’s Nagisa’s best friend, it seems, but he never says her name. Oh, she names Koro-Sensei because he’s “unkillable.” It’s a pun in Japan. I like her!
Don’t believe the hype? You don’t have to; it’s your opinion. Assassination Classroom has twelve volumes in Japan, has been nominated for an award with Osamu Tezuka’s name in it, an obligatory anime, a video game releasing on March 12th, and a live-action film releasing on March 14th. I would pay to see that. Or steal it online.
AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll buy it, I’ll buy it!