Assassination Classroom Episodes 5 & 6 Summary and Review

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Today we’re trying something a little different in the way of reviews. I’m not going to be able to have too many screenshots, just a couple of select ones, because I am reviewing TWO episodes today! That’s right, episode five and six will be reviewed together! Next week I plan to return to my normal posting of the latest episode available to free users on FUNimation’s website, but today, we’re going to have a little fun!

Episode 5 is titled “Assembly Time”, and starts with the adaption of my favorite chapter from the first volume of the manga. It starts with Koro-sensei gathering up the snacks and candies the students used for a chemistry experiment because he was in between paychecks and had no way to get any food until he got paid. When the experiment was over, one of the students, Okuda, steps up with three bottles of poison in her hand, and asks Koro-sensei to drink it because it was poison. He does so without hesitation, with unexpected results in the way of his face. He then suggests Okuda staying after class so they can work on a poison to kill him together, which she agrees to, to the surprise of her classmates.

Koro-sensei, after speaking with Okuda and learning the reason why she was put into the E “As in End” Class, gives her a recipe to make her own poison at home to bring and give to him the next day. She does, but this “poison” just turns Koro-sensei into a melted ball that can fly around the room at a higher speed then he could move before. He gives her a quick lesson on why words are as important as science, and Okuda resolves to learn how to use languages to her advantage.

The second half of the episode is about a school assembly. Class 3-E makes their way to the auditorium with Irina falling behind because of how far they had to walk from their mountain to the school, but it turns out all right for them in the end, honestly. The other students, thought they mock and try to hate on this class of misfits, they end up making the best of it. The other students see Karasuma and Irina and quickly become jealous of 3-E. When they try to pull a prank on the other students, Koro-sensei shows up and corrects things, surprising the upper-classmen.

The students quickly file out once the assembly is over, and Nagisa stops to get a drink from the bending machine before he heads back to the mountain classroom with the others, but is stopped by two of his old “friends”, I guess, who try to make him feel bad for having fun in his class and threaten to kill him after a moment. Nagisa, though, states they don’t look like they’ve ever killed anyone, and heads back to his classroom. While this happens, we see a soon to be introduced character watching, and the episode ends.

Episode six, “Test Time”, involved the students preparing for exams at the main school building. Koro-sensei splits himself into several clones (in the vein of Naruto Uzumaki, I suppose) to teach his students, each clone wearing a different headband to represent what each student will be learning, as he is teaching one-on-one the subjects they’re worst at (one of the students even gets a Koro-sensei clone with the Naruto headband).

Once this finished, Koro-sensei, Karasuma, and Irina meet the principal of the school, Gakuhō Asano, who has come to formally meet Koro-sensei and warn him about letting the students of 3-E get their hopes up about better grades and doing well on the exams coming up. He even tricks Koro-sensei into getting himself tied up by tossing a metal ring puzzle at him and telling him her like one second to complete the thing. Nagisa overhears the conversation, and, Asano leaves to return to the main campus, he gives Nagisa a dry, unfeeling “good luck” about the exams.

The next day, Koro-sensei is trying even harder to help his students, making more and more clones to teach them what they need to know for the test. When the students question they he’s doing this, since they’ll probably fail anyway and they had the assassination to rely on, Koro-sensei becomes visibly angry and takes them outside, scolding them and flattening the area around them, telling them that if they did NOT make it into the top 50, he would leave and they would be stuck in this classroom forever.

The students agreed to the ultimatum, and did well on the test up until the 11th question, which was later proven to be a curve ball to throw off Class 3-E, as the rest of the school received notice of the changes to the exam, but 3-E did not. It appears none of them made it into the top 50, and Koro-sensei apologizes until Karma throws a knife at him to catch him off guard, and shows that he did make it into the top 50, and wonders if Koro-sensei was just scared about being killed. The other students join in this and Koro-sensei decides to stay with them, continuing to teach them as he had before.

These episodes do their manga counterparts justice. Again, chapter seven of the first volume is my favorite one so far, and I was really glad when I saw it was actually being adapted into half of an episode. I have to say that the school’s principal is one of my least favorite characters in the series so far, and I will be glad if I never have to see him again (though I know that’s far too easy). But I’ll survive, and keep watching to see how well this adapts the next arc in the manga.

Assassination Classroom Episode 3 Summary & Review

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The third episode of Assassination Classroom opens with the students in the middle of a P.E. class with Koro-sensei and Karasuma watching over them. The students are swinging their swords in rhythm, counting as they do so. Karasuma has decided to teach the students assassination techniques as their P.E. lessons. Koro-sensei is told to go play in the sandbox (which he does while sobbing), and states that the students loved his P.E. classes, which they refute by bringing up that he tried to teach them to move at Mach 20 while doing cat’s cradle.

Karasumi takes a chance to allow the students to try and hit him. If they can, they get to go home early! Unfortunately, no one actually hits him, and they are stuck continuing the school day (and Koro-sensei even has a traditional tea for himself as they attempted to hit Karasuma). As they leave the area they were having P.E. Nagisa is greeted by a returning student, Karma Akabane, the mystery student from the end of episode 2, whose suspension has finally ended and he’s been allowed to return to the school and join Class-E (and then the theme song!! I love it so much).

After meeting Koro-sensei (who did know Karma was joining them), Karma attempts to shake his hand, and instead, koro-sensei’s tentacle turns to mush, and Karma tries to take him down with a knife, commenting on how Koro-sensei jumped so far back. Throughout the episode, Karma tries to take down Koro-sensei, whether by spreading anti-“me” BBs on the floor and taunting Koro-sensei to come near him by stealing his gelato he brought back from Italy.

Things truly come full circle near the end of the episode. Karma continues trying to shoot or stab Koro-sensei his second day in class, but, as Koro-sensei can move at a speed of Mach 20, all he does is avoid Karma’s attacks and clean his student up, either by painting his nail or dressing him in a pink, frilly apron during cooking class.

All of this begins to get to Karma (supposedly) and he starts to worry about taking down their alien sensei, until he finally comes with a way he thinks will work, and puts it into action when Koro-sensei and Nagisa check on him. Karma throws himself over the edge of a cliff, one of the specialized guns in his hand with this thought in mind: if Koro-sensei lets me die, he won’t be a teacher anymore, but if he tried to save me, I’ll shoot him. As he starts to fall, Karma remembers how he had one teacher who supported him, so long as he was in the right. When Karma protects a Class-E student from bullying, the teacher turns his back on Karma, telling him he can go join the Class-E rejects if he wants. This is why Karma doesn’t seem to trust or accept Koro-sensei as a teacher. He’s afraid he will be abandoned again, but Koro-sensei proves Karma wrong by saving him, having made his tentacles sticky enough that he could catch Karma without possibly killing. After this, Karma says that he will kill Koro-sensei, even though their sensei doesn’t fully believe it (of course).

Now, of course this episode was delayed a week in Japan, but I can fully understand why. With the situation that had been going on, it makes sense and I’m glad they didn’t outright cancel the show because of it.

This episode is different than the first two. Yes it still focuses on assassinating Koro-sensei, but it also focuses on Karma and the obvious fears he may be abandoned by yet another teacher, and it’s pretty sad for him. He had someone that was on his side, wanted him to prosper and succeed, until he made the mistake of beating up and injuring an upperclassman in the defense of a Class-E student. Karma was somewhat in the right, but with the way he reacted it makes sense why his teacher was mad, but abandoning Karma like that was wrong.

As I’ve said before, Karma is a very interesting character. He’s kind of sadistic, but in this show, it works for a character and I don’t mind it as much as I would had this been a different show with a different plot/premise. Karma adds a missing piece to the class: a student that doesn’t stop and tries a many times as he can to take out their target.

I think this was a good episode that did VERY well with adapting chapters 4 – 6 of the manga. Everything looked like it matched up fairly well with the manga, and I’m ready for chapter four (oh boy will it be a bit awkward for me). I do feel like they’re going to skip chapter 7 though, and I liked that one.

Assassination Classroom Episode 4 Summary and Review

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Episode four of Assassination Classroom opens with Koro-sensei purchasing some cheap snacks now that he’s finally gotten his paycheck. While leaving the store, he sees a blonde woman being harassed by a group of men outside a car and comes to her rescue, scaring off the thugs and being given gratitude by the woman, who then asks if he knows the way to Kunugigaoka Junior High School. If you’ve read the second book of the manga (which I swear I will be reading and reviewing soon), you know where this is going. If not, I’ll gladly tell you.

The blonde woman is the students’ new foreign language teacher, Irina Jelavic. Don’t let her looks fool you though (even if they have fooled Koro-sensei), she’s actually a trained assassin who, according to Karasuma, knows 40 different languages and is very good at her job of taking out targets. The students aren’t fooled by her supposed crush on their alien teacher, but it’s going to be a little while before Koro-sensei may even sense something is wrong with this woman crushing on him. Karasuma does inform Irina that she has to teach the children during her time there, but she fully believes that there won’t even be time for teaching, as she intends to kill Koro-sensei right away.

During what I assume was a lunch or recess, the students are playing a game with Koro-sensei before Irina runs out and practically begs (it’s a façade, you know) him to go get her some Vietnamese coffee, which he does immediately and leaves the students with Irina. Irina goes right for Nagisa, somehow knowing he has the information on Koro-sensei, and kisses him to try and convince him to give her what she wants, telling all the other students that she wants whatever information they may have, also telling them not to call her by her first name, which leads Karma to give her a not so nice nickname (I will not be writing that nickname here, as I try to keep this blog and my mind free of nasty names and cuss words). She even tells them that she’s only going to play teacher while Koro-sensei is around, meaning all she cares about is kill him. The students appear to have come to the consensus that they absolutely hate Irina, which does not bold well for her.

After they return to the classroom for study hall, Irina is going over a strategy to kill Koro-sensei when the students ask if she’s going to teach them anything, calling her by the nickname Karma gave her. The only lesson she even tries to give them is how to say her name, by making them sit for an hour biting their lower lip to properly say the “V” sound. A little bit later, she tells Karasuma she has her plan all together, and Koro-sensei returns with some Chai tea she had asked him to bring. Irina asks Koro-sensei to meet her in the shed during fifth period, which he agrees to.

Later, the students watch as Koro-sensei follows Irina into the shed, surprised he would fall for such a tactic but Karasuma tells them that it’s pretty impressive she was able to pull this off in one day. While in the shed, Irina’s henchman are preparing for their attack as she fakes that she’s in love with him, causing Koro-sensei to get flustered like there’s no tomorrow. While she goes behind an old chalk board, her henchman begin shooting at Koro-sensei, to no vail though, as he informs her that metal bullets cannot hurt him, and that he always gives care and grooming to would-be assassins. As he does this, the students come running to see what happened, only to see Irina dressed in an old gym uniform and completely humiliated by the failed assassination, promising she’ll take care of him soon.

During class later on (or the next day, I’m not sure which one), Irina is trying to find another way to kill Koro-sensei, while the students wonder if, since she’s obviously not going to teach them anything, she’ll switch out with Koro-sense so he can teach them. Irina makes the mistake of tearing down the students after they mention they have entrance exams this year, and calls them the loser misfits of the school and says she’ll give them 5 million yen to share, until an eraser is tossed at her and they tell her to leave, throwing a fit because of how she acted towards them.

Irina goes to complain to Karasuma, who tells her to apologize to the students even though she has no teaching experience. He takes her to the back of the school house and shows her where Koro-sensei spends his Wednesdays after sixth period, writing individualized tests for his students. Karasuma then shows her the students playing a game of Assassination Badminton, where they are trying to hit a ball that looks like Koro-sensei with fake swords. He also tells that if she touts being a pro so much, she had better learn to be an assassin and a teacher at the same time, or she would have to leave.

Irina returns to the classroom later, telling the students that she will teach them basic conversational skills to help with their assassination attempts, and their English as a bonus, and that she apologized for what she had said earlier, making the students laugh because of the fact she had just been threatening to kill them and was now acting nervous. The group decide they can’t call her by the nasty nickname they had chosen earlier, but just add sensei to the end of it and upset Irina even more. Karasuma and Koro-sensei watch from outside the classroom, with Koro-sensei suggesting he expected a new teacher to be brought in while Karasuma muses about how this octopus alien thing still hasn’t said a word about why he decided to teach this class.

Irina is an all right character. I personally get a bit annoyed and fairly uncomfortable when there are characters that are used to play up the sexy factor of a series, but as long as it’s not in every freaking episode I’m usually ok (this is why I will never watch or review any hentai). Her voice is a bit higher than I expected, but I think as the series goes on it will get better, it usually does because the voice actors seem to slowly ease into the characters personalities and get a feel for the voice they need to use.

I think that, now that two of the more major characters (Karma and Irina) have been introduced, the series will go along smoothly for the next few weeks, until this season (I hope there’s another season) ends. I’m looking forward to the dub to be released on DVD later on, and I highly suggest that, if you can afford it and you’re a fan of the AC, Death Parade, or Tokyo Ghoul, you invest in FUNimation’s all access subscription to try out their new dubs on Wednesday nights. I personally cannot because I can’t afford it, but if you can, go for it!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned the ending theme before, but it’s a very quiet song for such a show. It may not fit to some people, but with how hilarious yet serious this show can be, I think a calm, soothing ending theme is great to finish off an episode.

Assassination Classroom Episode 2 Summary & Review

(It took me like two hours to write this. ;–; I should make my summaries of the episodes a lot shorter and leave out some of the details for you to see when you watch it [if you watch it].)

***FUNimation did not pay me or provide me with anything for this review. The only way I got to do this was because of them posting the video to their site (and Hulu). The screenshots we taken with my laptop while watching the video, and I am making no money from this.***

The second episode of this comedic assassination themed series starts with Koro-sensei, our yellow octopus type alien teach, relaxing behind the school before classes start. He’s got a drink and an English newspaper in his hands, reading about how America is also talking about how he destroyed 70% of the moon. Hiding in the trees are Nagisa and Sugino, who are preparing another assassination attempt. Sugino has a baseball packed with the BBs that harm only Koro-sensei, and he intends to throw at their teacher as quickly possible, hoping that it will hit and earn him the ten billion yen. Here’s the wind up, and the pitch…

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The ball misses, only because of Koro-sensei’s insane speed of Mach 20. Sugino and Nagisa are surprised, of course, as they were sure that the baseball would hit. Koro-sensei gives them praise though, as the idea of embedding a baseball, which is silent unlike a handgun and very light weight was a good one, but Sugino’s pitch wasn’t anywhere near fast enough to hit him. While he tells them homeroom is about to start, Nagisa notices Sugino’s saddened face, before the scene cuts to the opening. (I still LOVE the opening. Please, FUNimation, somehow get the ability to release this as a download! I’d definitely pay for it!)

As class goes on, Kaede Kayano and Nagisa discuss Sugino’s failed attempt to assassinate their teacher, which he is still fairly upset about. While Nagisa gives a quick narration of Koro-sensei’s speed, a yellow tentacle flies by, and Koro-sensei snatches the drawing Sugaya was working on, stating he had more refined feature than that. (Mm-hm… sure you do.)

When they break for lunch/recess (not sure which one, I think its lunch) Koro-sensei says he has something to do that day, before flying off to New York to catch a game (you have three guesses as to what sport). The students being discussing what on earth he could bring them back from New York (if he ever did that), before Karasuma shows up, asking if there are any clues the students had found to taking out their target (side note: Nagisa is adorable here). The students complain a bit, saying that it was impossible because of how fast he moves, before Karasuma says that, even though no military could take him out, Class-E has the chance, because they were around him every day, and he insisted on being their teacher, for a yet unknown reason (I hope we find out at some point).

After lunch, once Koro-sensei returns, he and Sugino have a small discussion about his pitch yesterday, and Koro-sensei asks if Sugino is in the baseball club. Apparently he was, but his pitches were so slow that he was benched, and, because he let his grades dropped and was place in Class-E, he is no longer allowed to attend the club (wow, that’s rude). Koro-sensei offers to give him some advice, when Nagisa realizes he needs to turn something into Koro-sensei, and he sees the two talking, opening the door outside just as Koro-sensei has Sugino tied up in his tentacles, for a reason of course (…this is so weird). Nagisa asks Koro-sensei about his promise not to harm the students, and Koro-sensei responds by saying he wasn’t hurting Sugino, he was comparing his shoulder muscles to those of a major league player, stating that there was no way he’d be able to pitch fastballs with the way he was (Koro-sensei also shows that he got an autograph from the major league player when he tested out his muscles, surprisingly).

Nagisa gets angry, wondering if Koro-sensei was being cruel to Sugino, but it was the on the contrary; he’s trying to help his students. He tells Sugino that, despite his messed up shoulder muscles, his elbow and wrist are more flexible that the major league players’, and tells him to find an assassination style that best suits him, brining Sugino’s spirits up at that.

Nagisa follows after Koro-sensei when he leaves, asking if he really did go to New York just to give Sugino advice, because most teachers wouldn’t go that far to help a student. Koro-sensei confirms this, and states that, while he will destroy the earth in a year, he made a promise to someone and was going to keep it, and continue being their teacher (he says this while he grades Nagisa’s homework). When he finished grading Nagisa’s homework, you think he’s going to be impressed with his teacher, when he seems rather unimpressed with the “weird” problems written in the back, shocking Koro-sensei.

The first half of the episode finishes with Nagisa helping Sugino practice his throws, before going to the window and asking Koro-sensei to come outside and let Sugino try to kill him, which causes their teacher to laugh and ask if he hadn’t learned his lesson yet.

The second half of the episode starts with Koro-sensei shaving ice from the North Pole for a treat, but he doesn’t notice the students preparing to attack him from behind. After a moment, the students call for Koro-sensei, asking if they can have some shaved ice as well. While he is moved to tears, Koro-sensei takes notice when the students pull out their knives, moving fast enough that they barely notice he’s gone, and has replaced their knives with flowers, the flowers they had grown themselves as a project.

Koro-sensei spazzes out because of this, and rushes to get new bulbs for the students, planting them immediately. Kaede asks Nagisa about his notepad, where he’s jotting down the weak points of their teacher as they show up when Koro-sensei messes up for does something, and he hopes they will be useful in the coming days.

The scene cuts to, I assume, the principal’s office, where Karasuma has stated that he will begin the next day as Class-E’s P.E. teacher, while the principal says that as long as the student’s safety and education comes first, he can do was he wants. He is surprised at how understanding the principal was after he leaves, and then hears two students discussing their grades. One is close to being placed in Class-E, and they complain about how bad the building the students in that class is, and how badly their treated while scenes of students walking together, reading the exact same book plays by (what zombies…).

The next little bit of the show has some kind of weird… I don’t know what it is but it talks and describes Class-E and the rest of the school to the viewers (it’s really weird, and an obvious add in to the show to extend this part of the episode). [If anyone wants to help, the weird thing is call Kunudon.]

When Karasuma shows up at Class-E’s building the next day and Kaede is the one to meet him, welcoming him as “professor Karasuma”, before leading him to where the students are having an assassination free-for-all with Koro-sensei, who is tied up on the branch of a tree and swinging about as the students try to take him down. Karasuma is not impressed, and then the branch Koro-sensei is tied to breaks, dropping to the ground, resulting in the students yelling to kill him as he starts to roll about, before his tentacles become tangled up in the rope.

After getting free and stopping on the top of a building, Koro-sensei says he’s doubling the homework for that night, causing the students to call him petty before he flies off. The students are excited though, as that is the closest they have been to killing Koro-sensei, and Karasuma watches them as they happily discuss assassinaton, which is, of course, odd for junior high students. Nagisa is positive they can take him down, because if they can’t, how would they be able to face him?

In a bonus scene, a new student is receiving a briefing on the mission Class-E has, as he will be joining them once his suspension is over. He states that he doesn’t care if Koro-sensei is a human or not, because he’s wanted to try taking out a teacher (if you’ve read the manga, you know this is).

Now, let’s get to my review.

What can I say? The episode adapts the manga very well! Chapters 2 and 3 are adapted in this episode, and I can’t see any changes between the two. The only thing I would fault it for is the weird little thing that tries to explain why Class-E is segregated from the rest of the school, because it doesn’t really seem to fit for me. It’s too… cutesy to be in this anime, but at least it doesn’t distract too much from the actual episode.

I like seeing Koro-sensei interact with the students. Yes, he is planning to destroy the earth, but he’s trying to help these students get better at their school work, to be more confident in themselves, and help them grow as people. It’s interesting since he’s going to end up killing all of them when he destroys the earth, but it’s pretty heartwarming too.

Karasuma joining the gang at the school is going to be interesting as well. He’ll be their P.E. teacher and, in the manga, that requires teaching them assassination techniques that they can use against Koro-sensei.

The next episode, which was postponed for a week in Japan, introduces a new student to the classroom. His story is kind of sad, but the way he reacts to what happens is wrong. But, we’ll get into that in the next summary/review.

Episode 3, “Karma Time”, will be reviews and posted by next Tuesday evening.

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Animation: 5

Voices: 5

How well it adapts the chapters: 4.5

Overall: 4.5 out of 5

Assassination Classroom Episode 1 Summary & Review

If you remember, or saw the post, I wrote a review about the first volume of the Assassination Classroom manga, giving the first volume 4.5 out of 5 for its quality, art, and ability to suck you in. (The review can be found here.)

This time, I will be reviewing the first episode of the anime (and yes, I know I am about two weeks behind). Also, because I already have the first volume of the manga (and do plan to pre-order the second one) I will be going at this episode, and the subsequent twenty-one episodes (I am SO glad this is not a twelve episode series!) with the manga in my hand, to see changes and point them out, but not given any extra spoilers (I promise).

(Note: Any and all screenshots that may appear in this review were taken by me with my computer, but are from FUNimation’s video of the show.)

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The first episode starts with the students of Class-E sitting in their seats, awaiting the arrival of their teacher. The scene cuts back and forth from the students to a scene in the sky, before returning to the students. Once their teacher enters the room, you finally see that he’s a yellow octopus type creature, and as he prepares to take attendance, the students jump from their seats and began to shoot at the creature, while he moves at a speed of Mach 20 (Google shows that this speed is approximately 6805.8 miles per second). After a few minutes, the students are out of BBs and have not even come close to hitting their target. While they question if the BBs even work, their teacher takes one of the guns and shoots himself with it, severing one of his tentacles (it grows back, don’t worry) and proving that they do, in fact, harm him.

Serving as the narrator during this particular scene is main character Nagisa Shiota, a boy with blue hair (yup) and a quiet, observant demeanor.

The next major scene gives the explanation as to why this class of junior high school students were hired to be assassins and take out this creature. He’s a monster (who was, in his words, born and raised on earth) who has just destroyed 70% of the moon, and is threatening to destroy the earth in one year’s time, but wanted to teach a class before then. The students are promised that if they can kill this thing, they will be given 10 billion yen as a reward. Quite a deal huh?

The students take up the task, and, as the episode plays out, you learn why they are cut off from the rest of the school, you see how different the students are, and that they believe that, even though they’re making progress in their school lives, it’s not worth because they are the worst class of the entire school. And, while they are truly attempting to kill this creature, they believe he is the best teacher they have ever had (could this lead to regret should they succeed in killing him?).

During the lunch break, three of the other students pull Nagisa from the classroom, taking him outside to ask what he has observed of their teacher, before giving him a small pouch and telling him not to mess up. While Nagisa thinks back on the reactions of his possible friends when he was transferred to this class, their teacher finally returns, a missile in his hands as the government tried to corner him over the Sea of Japan.

After lunch, the students are finishing for the day with the promise from their teacher that if they finish their poems, they will be released. Nagisa is the first one up, and the students notice he is hiding one of their specially crafted “anti-sensei” knives behind his paper, and doesn’t let it show until he tried to take out their teacher, but he sees through the plan before Nagisa jumps at him, and one of the students pressed the button on a controller and the grenade Nagisa wore around his neck explodes, sending the BBs flying and likely injuring both Nagisa and their teacher badly.

Or so it seems. When they check on Nagisa, he’s covered in a protective film, which their teacher reveals is his skin that he sheds once a month. Once it seems as though Nagisa is perfectly fine, their teacher is obviously angry beyond belief at them, as his skin changes to a pitch black and he flies out of the room, gathering up the name plates from the houses of the various students and stating that, although he promise not to harm any of them, their family and friends were fair game (yikes).

The student behind the whole thing protests, asking why it was so bad they used and annoying technique to attempt to kill an annoying creature, but their teacher corrects him and says it was a good plan, but it failed because no one held Nagisa’s well-being in mind, not even Nagisa himself.

Afterwards, Nagisa promises he will kill this creature, and the teacher states that, if someone can kill him, they can all go home for the day (stuck in school, sheesh). While he cleans the nameplates and the students sit there somewhat dumbfounded, one of the female students, Kayano decides on a name to call their teacher, Koro-sensei from the word korosenai, which means “unkillable”.

Honestly, this first episode is a wonderful interpretation of the first chapter of the manga. Nothing is left out, very little is added in (even though you can’t even tell it was added) and the animation quality is top notch.

The voice actors fit as well. While I will not be naming all of them, you might be able to recognize Jun Fukuyama, who has voice Lelouch in Code Geass, as Koro-sensei. That laugh he gives Koro-sensei is perfect. It’s just what you would expect it to be for such a strange creature.

Mai Fuchigami is the voice of Nagisa, and I have to say, she does very well as him. I’m quite used to women voicing young male characters, it’s normal in subs and dubs, and she’s perfect for Nagisa.

Finally, the opening theme is great. I think it’s pretty adorable, and I would absolutely love it if FUNimation could somehow get the rights to the song and release it as a digital download (whether paid or free). I would love to set it as my ringtone (and Koro-sensei’s laugh as my text tone) on my cell phone. The ending theme is lovely. Short, and very soft, but I think it will fit the series as the show goes on.

All in all, this is a great adaption of this strange comedy, and I look forward to the rest of the season as well. I hope they’ll, someday, adapt the whole manga into an anime (like Naruto and Bleach), but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Animation: 5

Voices: 5

Opening theme: 5

How well it adapts the first chapter: 5

Overall: 5 out of 5

Manga Mondays: Assassination Classroom Volume 6

***VizMedia did not have a hand in this post other than the publication of the series in the US. They did not provide me with a copy of this book to review. It was done for fun, not monetary gain.***

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After a FIVE MONTH hiatus, Assassination Classroom is FINALLY back! I have volume 7 on order to arrive today, and I’ll get 8, 9, and 10 soon as well, so, I’m slowly catching up so we can continue through this series, and I can pre-order again soon!

So, volume six picks up immediately where volume five did, with the students discussing an underwater attack plan on Koro-sensei, with Meg Kataoka as the primary assassin because of her affinity for and speed in water. Ritsu helps Meg practice in the pool, until she gets a text from a “friend” who needs help with studying, and she leaves, acting weird when she does so, causing Nagisa, Kayano, and Koro-sensei to follow, wondering what was up.

This “friend” of hers, Kokona Tagawa, is in need of help with her classes and forces Kataoka to help her, after an incident the previous summer that almost caused Kokona to drown at the beach, by no fault of Kataoka. Koro-sensei, hearing this, launches a plan with Nagisa, Kayano, and Kataoka for that night, and it succeeds in getting Konona off Kataoka’s back, so she can focus on herself and her studies once again.

A little while later, Class E’s pool is destroyed by someone, and the signs point towards Terasaka, Muramatsu, and Yoshida (I believe that’s his name), but Koro-sensei doesn’t worry and fixes it up instantly at his speed of Mach 20. Terasaka, though his friends are excelling and changing with Koro-sensei’s help, is completely against their alien teacher, but it does not appear that the reasons and thoughts are all his own, as Itona and his handler have returned.

The next day, Terasaka challenges Koro-sensei, and forces his classmates to join in at the pool, but this is shown to be a plan by Itona’s handler, with a signal gun being used by Terasaka to blow up the dam for the pool, almost drowning all his classmates, though he was told of this part. Koro-sensei moves quickly to rescue his students, but is quickly weakened by the water because his body soaks up the water, causing him to slow. This leads Itona to come in and start attacking him, and Koro-sensei is busy trying to defend himself and protect the students that are still in trouble, so Terasaka, feeling guilt for what he’s done, tells Karma to come up with a plan and he’ll follow it to the end.

Karma’s plan involves Terasaka taking a hit from Itona. Since Terasaka was wearing the same clothes as the day before, he was still covered in the chemicals he had sprayed in the classroom and dumped into the water of their pool, and it causes Itona to have the same effects as Koro-sensei, especially once the students cover him in water and he ends up with his tentacles having the same problems as well. Itona’s handler decides they need to leave, and everyone is safe in the end, with Terasaka finally acting like he somewhat enjoys being with everyone.

The last three chapters of this volume go over the beginning of the students’ final exam. Koro-sensei gives them a hard to pass up deal: The students that get the highest score in each subject would be allowed to shoot off one of his tentacles each, lowering his speed for a better chance at them killing him.

Of course that makes the students study harder, especially after making a bet with Class A that, which class loses, will have to fulfill whatever request the winning class makes of them. Principal Asano’s son, Gakushu, draws up a contract that Class E would be forced to abide by should they lose, because of his desire to find out what the deal is with Class E. The final exam begins, just barely, in the final chapter, and the volume closes.

New characters are either good or bad with a series, depending on their personalities and their ties to the story and other, usually main, characters. Gakushu is an interesting addition, even though he feels like he’s really just a carbon copy of his father, which I generally tend to dislike in stories.

I really can’t wait to volume seven later today, because I want to see so badly what happens with the final exam and if Class E can pull out a victory over Class A. I really hope they can and do!!

Manga Mondays: Assassination Classroom volume 5 — Finish the game, meet a creep, and swimming?

***VizMedia did not have a hand in this post other than the publication of the series in the US. They did not provide me with a copy of this book to review. It was done for fun, not monetary gain.***

Volume 5 of Assassination Classroom continues with the finale of the baseball game that began in the last volume. Principal Asano shows up and takes over, claiming the actual baseball coach to be sick and taking his place, making a game plan with the varsity team in order to help them beat Class 3-E.

It almost works for them, but in the end, after everything that plays out, Class 3-E does the unthinkable and wins! Sugino has a friendly moment with the captain of the baseball team, and Korosensei marks this one as a win for him, and a loss for Asano, tying them up.

After this, there’s a small filler chapter focusing on Sugaya and his art skills, which is actually a really funny little chapter. I really enjoyed it!

The next few chapters, leading up the final one of this volume, involves a new teacher to Class 3-E, a man named Akira Takaoka, a sadistic character brought in by the government to take over Karasuma’s place and train the students.

This doesn’t go over well, as Takaoka is horribly abusive to the kids, acting like an abusive parent and trying to win them over by saying if they love him like a dad, they won’t be punished, but when they do disobey, he will beat them. The students immediately call for Karasuma to come back, and Takaoka makes a challenge towards him.

If one of the students, whoever Karasuma picks, can catch Takaoka with a real knife, he’ll leave and let Karasuma continue teaching them.

Karasuma, surprisingly, selects Nagisa to take up the challenge, and, against all odds, Nagisa comes out on top, which infuriates Takaoka, especially after Asano shows up and basically fires the abusive jerk face.

In the end, Karasuma resumes his job as the P.E. teacher, and everyone is happy when they head out for some treats with him (minus Korosensei who gets left behind).

The final chapter shows the students (and Korosensei) basically melting from the horrible summer heat. Because it would take them 20 minutes to walk down to the school to use the pool, Korosensei creates one for the students from a nearby steam, and takes them there for a swim day, where the students find out something interesting about their teacher, and Kataoka decides it’s her turn for an assassination attempt.

This was a fun volume, I think! The characters introduced are interesting, and I absolutely despise Takaoka now, lol. I think that was the point though, so you wanted Karasuma back right away.

I can’t wait to get volume 6 and see what happens next. I’m really excited!

Next week’s Manga Monday will be a return to Naruto; I think we’ll move onto volume two, since I’ve already done volume one! So please look forward to that!

Manga Monday: Assassination Classroom Volume 4 Review — What, Koro-sensei’s brother?!

***VizMedia did not have a hand in this post other than the publication of the series in the US. They did not provide me with a copy of this book to review. It was done for fun, not monetary gain.***

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It’s been a long while, but volume four of Assassination Classroom is a whirlwind of battles, craziness, and more laughs!

This volume opens up where the last one left off, with Irina and her mentor agreeing to a contest that Koro-sensei has come up with: If Irina can “kill” Karasuma first, she will remain in Class-E as their teacher. If not, she’ll leave and her mentor, Lovro, will take over her assassination mission.

It’s a really funny and crazy part, and there’s a lot that goes on with it. Not my favorite part of the volume but, it’s ok. It was interesting to see Irina’s mentor. Lovro is a bit of a jerk though, and I’d much rather not see him again (I really hope we don’t).

The next part in this volume introduces the newest transfer student to Class 3-E. He’s very odd, and doesn’t really act human though, he appears to be one. He also claims to be Koro-sensei’s younger brother! This surprises everyone, especially Koro-sensei, who says he was an only child (and there’s a silly little half panel flashback).

This part was very, very interesting! The new character, Itona, is a very strange guy. He has a massive sweet tooth (reminds me of L from Death Note) and copies some of what Koro-sensei does to make it obvious that they’re brothers. The battle that goes on between the two in the classroom is extremely interesting and crazy. I loved it! I want more battles like that through the rest of the series!

The last couple of chapters of this volume take over with a baseball tournament for the boys. Because they are in Class 3-E, they’re not allowed to compete in the actual tournament, but will take part in an exhibition match. Of course Sugino is a major player in this story arc, since he is the baseball lover of the class. Class 3-E has to take on the school’s Varsity team, and with some training and practice with Koro-sensei, they’re able to take an early lead and shock everyone, even the varsity team’s coach! But, of course, the principal can’t have anything happen that would make the Class 3-E students forget their “place” so he takes over before the end of the volume.

I’m very interested to see how the rest of this baseball tournament arc plays out! I haven’t really flipped through volume 5 since I got it, so I don’t know how it’s going to end, but I feel like I already have an idea, though, I won’t share it here. I’ll share it next time.

So, volume four was a successful volume in my opinion! It had a lot happening, like Assassination Classroom always does, but I love that! It’s so fully of laughs and action, and so many different characters!

Oh, also, after the final chapter of this volume, there are some character models of Nagisa, and I love them so much. Nagisa is such a cutie pie! I love him very much!!

I’ll see you guys next week with my review of volume 5!!

Assassination Classroom volume 3 Review & Summary

***VizMedia did not have a hand in this post other than the publication of the series in the US. They did not provide me with a copy of this book to review. It was done for fun, not monetary gain.***

Today we FINALLY have the review of Assassination Classroom volume 3! I am very sorry for how late this is, but I was really busy during the last two months of class, which is why this didn’t get done until now.

So, volume three continues where volume two left off, with the students on their trip to Kyoto, and Nagisa’s group attempting to save Kayano and Kanzaki. Kanzaki reveals a little about her past from the previous summer, and the thugs continue to mess with the girls and tell them they’re not allowed to say anything about what happened when they get back to their group later.

Before anything actually happens, Nagisa and the others in their group show up, with Koro-sensei following after, and taking out the thugs before anything bad happened. Kanzaki has a personal revelation and thanks Koro-sensei for the words he spoke and being yourself.

A character named Red Eye is introduced next. He’s brought in as a professional sniper who has never missed a target, and got his name from seeing the blood of his victims in his scope. Each group takes a chance with Red Eye and attempts to take out Koro-sensei with Red Eye hiding in the shadows. The first three groups fail, and when it comes time for Nagisa’s group to try and take out Koro-sensei, the octopus teacher is called away to an emergency situation. Karasuma calls Red Eye and informs him of the kidnapping, and Red Eye simply states he was planning to quit anyway.

Red Eye has an unexpected encounter with Koro-sensei, which leads him to quit the mission in the middle of it, wanting to go and see the different colors in the world.

The students spend the rest of their trip at their hotel, listening to stories and making up lists before chasing Koro-sensei down for intruding in their private discussions. Nagisa and Kayano discuss how they want the rest of the school to be enjoyable, even if the world does end the next year.

A new student is brought in as another way to kill Koro-sensei, and she’s an automated fixed artillery system. She interrupts class several times by trying to shoot down Koro-sensei, and even gets a hit on him.

This, however, doesn’t go over well with the actual, human students, who decide to tie her down the next day because she was interrupting their classes and making it impossible for them to study. The second night, Koro-sensei makes some changes to her system and programs, and even gives her a full frontal display with a complete body so she can appear to fit in as a normal junior high school student.

The students name her Ritsu after they begin to bond with her, and have a better third day than their first two.

However, Ritsu’s creators enter the school room and discover the changes Koro-sensei made to her, and are angry with them. They begin to completely destroy everything Koro-sensei did, reverting her back to what she was at the beginning.

The next day, everyone is concerned they’ll have to deal with an onslaught of attacks on Koro-sensei, but Ritsu, instead of spitting out guns and bullets, reveals flowers, and shows that she was defied her creators in order to better herself and fit in with her classmates.

The final part of this volume focuses on Irina. It shows how she teaches the students, her methods, and how they’re benefitting from them, and it ends with her instructor coming in and the two are preparing for something that will be covered in the fourth volume.

Ok, so, volume three. Yeah, I had this one for a long time before I finally got to read it, but I’ve made it through and I really liked it! I liked seeing the students interact with each during their trip, and learning a little bit about Irina when she was talking with the kids and during the last couple of chapters. The new student, Ritsu, is an interesting one as well, and she was a cute design in the anime!

I keep reading these and wanting to know more and more about Koro-sensei’s past and what the future holds for these students. It makes me excited for the next book!!

Assassination Classroom Volume 2 Review – A New Teacher, Test Time, and a Trip?!

***VizMedia did not have a hand in this post other than the publication of the series in the US. They did not provide me with a copy of this book to review. It was done for fun, not monetary gain.***

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Volume two of this ridiculously interesting manga starts with the students of Class 3-E gaining a brand new teacher, the ever interesting, provocatively dressed Irina Jelavich. She’s blonde and knows how to kill a target without getting caught. In fact, the main reason she was brought to the school was to kill Koro-sensei, the secondary reason was, because she’s been all over the world, she could teach the students some foreign languages.

Irina sucks up to Koro-sensei by pretending she’s romantically interested in him, and it works until she tries to pull off her assassination attempt and she ends up failing, because the bullets used just melted inside of Koro-sensei. This really ticks her off, because she’s never failed an assassination before, and she swears to actually kill him, but ends up angering the students in the process (pretty much calling them lowlife good for nothings). After Karasuma has a talk with her, Irina apologizes to the students, trying to make amends with them and earning herself a nickname: Vitch-sensei, because of her forcing them to practice how to say the letter V when saying her name. Personally, I wasn’t expecting such a nickname, I just thought they would call her… *ahem*, a work I personally will not be using in my lifetime. But, this better, because I can actually type it out.

Anyway, the first three chapters encompass the introduction of Irina arc, and the volume quickly jumps into the next four chapter storyline, showing Koro-sensei making multiples of himself to teach each student in their worst subject (“How come I get Naruto?!” “Who doesn’t like Naruto…?”), and even includes the students attending a school assembly, where you see just how badly Class E is treated.

The principal of the school, Gakuho Asano, pays Koro-sensei, Karasuma, and Irina a visit, warning them that the students of Class E need to remember their place, they cannot advance and return to their original classes, and this pushes Koro-sensei into overdrive, making so many copies of himself to help his students that the copies can’t keep up and begin to change form. After the students question him about why he’s trying so hard to help them, they make comments about how they don’t need good grades since they’ve got the chance at tons of money if they kill him, and Koro-sensei leads them outside, where he makes a deal with them: make it into the top 50 of the students taking the exam, and he would stay and continue to be their target. If they didn’t, he would leave and there would be no way to kill him.

When the test arrives, Class E’s students start off doing better than anyone, even the teacher watching them, expected. They’re flying through the question until they reach one that was highly unexpected, and left them with failing grades on their exams.

Koro-sensei apologizes, but is found out to have been scared after Karma shows he made fourth in the top fifty students, causing their interesting sensei to spazz out and say they would beat the principal on the final exams, which the students fell into agreement with.

The final two chapters begin the Kyoto Trip arc (which concludes in volume three). The students of Kunugigaoka are all on a class trip to Kyoto for a few days, but of course, this is Assassination Classroom, and nothing can be as easy as it looks. While on the train, Yukiko Kanzaki, who is a member of Nagisa’s group along with Sugino, Karma, Okuda, and Kayano, drops the itinerary she put together herself (because the one Koro-sensei put together was as thick and heavy as a dictionary), and it concerned, believing she had it in her bag.

As the students scope out places that would be good for assassination Koro-sensei, a group from a public high school ambush Nagisa’s group, kidnapping Kanzaki and Kayano, and running off while the boys were unconscious and Okuda had hidden. The end of the chapter shows Koro-sensei’s itinerary flipping open to a page about when your group members are kidnapped (coincidence? You’ll see next time).

Overall, not a bad volume. Irina’s introduction is different than I’ve ever seen for any character before. And trust me, I’ve read a lot of manga, I’ve seen a lot introductions of characters. Irina is one of the more interesting female characters I have ever seen, and she’s pretty cool because of it. Her expertise in the way of assassination will be great to see as the story continues, and her connections as well.

The principal of this junior high school is a jerk face and I hate him, and that’s saying a lot because I rarely have characters that I hate by the second volume. I, personally, believe his system is going to fall apart before the end of the series, and it will be interesting to see the breakdown that comes about from it.

The Kyoto Trip arc is, from what I understand, a well-liked arc by longtime fans of Assassination Classroom. It starts off interesting with the high school thugs kidnapping the girls, and the boys, along with Okuda (who is a girl, if you need a refresher), having to find a way to catch the bad guys and save Kanzaki and Kayano.

So, do I like this volume? Yes. Am I ready for the third one? Absolutely.

Do I think the students will kill Koro-sensei?

Mmm… I’m not sure. I have ideas in my head of how this series could end, but, we’ll just have to wait and see.

(Also, I’m VERY sorry for how long it took to get this post up! I was very busy the last eight weeks and it’s going to get worse as I’m entering the last month of this semester, but, that means summer break is coming! Besides moving, I don’t really have anything planned that would keep me from this blog. This fall semester will be a different story, as I am planning to go for a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies at another school. I will post if there is something that will keep me from posting.)

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