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Assassination Classroom Vol. #07 Manga Review

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Assassination Classroom Volume 7 CoverClass 3-E are ready to employ their most elaborate assassination plan ever, but will it be enough to outsmart and out maneuver Koro Sensei?

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yusei Madtsui
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adaptation: Bryant Turnage

What They Say
Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? Giving you an “F” on a quiz? Mispronouncing your name during roll call…again? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first?! Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense! Okay, now that you’re committed… How are you going to pull this off? What does your pathetic class of misfits have in their arsenal to combat Teach’s alien technology, bizarre powers and…tentacles?!

The 3-E students hope to kill on their final exams to win not only respect but a special reward. Over summer break, Nagisa, Sugino, and Maehara play amateur entomologist with…a girl? After rigorous training with the greatest assassin of all, the class launches their best assassination plan yet! Now who will save our would-be assassins from a myserious biological weapon…?

Content: (please note that content portions of this review contains spoilers):
The test score competition between Class 3-E and Class A is on!

Class 3-E is sick and tired of being treated like trash and they have thrown everything they have into doing their best on the mid-terms. If they can score the highest on more subjects than Class A, then they get to take something from Class A. On the reverse, Class A will make Class 3-E their slaves if they score the best. Normally, there is no way that Class-3E could win in a battle of test scores. However, the best part of being an underdog is the most dominant team usually underestimates you.

Class 3-E takes full advantage of that and every student focuses on their best subject. They even go so far as to work as hard as possible at scoring the highest in Home Economics. All of this not only helps elevate them to a win over Class A but, for every subject win Class 3-E achieves they also get to destroy one of Koro Sensei’s tentacles in their next assassination attempt. It is essentially a free handicap Koro Sensei agreed to in order to get his students to work as hard as possible at achieving good scores on the mid-term. And maybe it worked too good?

Class 3-E not only achieved the best scores on four of the six subjects, but four students scored 100% on the Home Economics test. That means the students get to destroy seven of Koro Sensei’s tentacles for free on their next assassination attempt!

That could prove to be more than Koro Sensei can safely defend against. He figured at best he would only have to forfeit two or three tentacles, but not seven! The students recognize this and they devise the most detailed assassination plan they have ever come up with. That is great in that it involves taking advantage of all of Koro Sensei’s known weaknesses, but also a problem in that there are more things that can go wrong since there are a lot of variables. Who will win in this assassination attempt, Koro or the students and ultimately the world?

In Summary
With the students of Class 3-E winning their bet with Class A, they decide to take away the paid vacation to a tropical island the school normally awards to the class with the best grades. It is a huge blow to Class A and the rest of the students begin to question how good they really are if they keep losing to Class 3-E. This not only rankles the best student in Class A, but also his father the principal as this threatens to change the status quo where the worst students are treated like dirt and looked down on by the general student body. For Class 3-E and Koro Sensei, it allows them to thumb their noses at the establishment and steal the tropical island vacation from the school’s best students. Even more exciting for Class 3-E is their chance to use the vacation location’s natural setting to take advantage of Koro Sensei’s known weaknesses to kill him. He knows that, and Koro Sensei ventures off on his own to do some training in an interesting segment that was left out of the anime adaptation. The fact that he is worried enough about his upcoming handicap to go off and train shows that the students are closer to succeeding in his assassination than was apparent in the anime.

Another fun volume and as always, I’m looking forward to the next volume!

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Older Teen
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: December 1st, 2015
MSRP: $9.99

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