Monday, November 23, 2015
Assassination Classroom, Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui
Even though the premise is a bit absurd, Assassination Classroom is an action filled dark comedy with rather poignant moments. Matsui has created an odd little world where reality is rather skewed. That said, there are several moments that are rather redeeming. When the reader delves into the students' personal stories, valuable lessons are learned. One student is a failure and was kicked off the baseball team. He feels very down and that he has no talent. Koro Sensei flies to America to scope out this student's favorite baseball player and ends up giving him some tips on how he can be just as good, but with different talent. Another student we learn about is a wiz at chemistry but not so much with communication. Koro Sensei provides a learning moment where she learns the value of communication, even for a scientist. Matsui manages to do this in a way that readers aren't beaten over the head with the lessons learned and feeling a bit too sugary. Combined with the zany action elements (lots of guns and other various weapons) and these lessons, they make one interesting story. If action elements (lots of weapons - specially designed to only hurt the alien, not humans) aren't for you then you will not want to read this series. This title is better suited for older teens (16 and older) and adults. It does contain violence towards aliens and some language. However, if you are able to suspend reality for a bit and enjoy some zany action then you will want to give this series a try.
You can find Assassination Classroom, Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed Assassination Classroom, you may want to try Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida or Deadman Wonderland by Jinsei Kataoka.
Review by Michelle L. Chrzanowski, TCC Norfolk Campus Library