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Assassination Classroom Vol. #19 Manga Review

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The World’s Powers pull the trigger on their last and final plan to trap and kill Koro Sensei!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yusei Matsui
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?

Koro Sensei’s lessons in verbal defense are put to the test when Karma must use his brains instead of his brawn to rescue a classmate. Then things finally begin to go smoothly for the students of 3-E. Everyone receives some good news about their futures, and Nagisa settles on a career goal. But the peace is broken when the world’s nations miraculously manage to coordinate their efforts long enough to launch a plan to assassinate Koro Sensei—with the aid of the strongest mercenary in the world and an ultimate weapon! Will anyone break ranks to protect everyone’s favorite tentacled teacher…?

Content: (please note that content portions of this review contains spoilers):
Karma, Karma, Karma… He started out as just a punk, but with Koro Sensei’s help, he continues to grow and develop. Normally, Karma is a bit of an arrogant shit-talker, but Koro Sensei has been trying to point out that he must learn to be humble to better take control of situations he has little power in. Luckily for Karma and his friends, he puts his humble pie in his mouth and backs down when confronted with a group of mercenaries hired to help kill Koro Sensei. They were pretending to be foreigners on vacation while egging Karma and his friends on to find out how strong the students are.

It was potentially a very dangerous situation, but the students quickly forget about as they try to deal with Koro Sensei’s camera fetish. He is on a mission to make the biggest and best yearbook ever for Class 3-E. Koro Sensei claims he is doing it for the students since they were left out of the main campus, but it is easy to see that he’s a big softy. Which is odd considering he was the most successful and cold-hearted killer on the planet before he became a tentacle monster.

We all knew the day was coming, but now the cat is out of the bag. The world’s powers have gone public with the information about Koro Sensei. Albeit, they are only sharing the parts of the story they want. It allows the powers that be to paint Koro Sensei as a horrible monster that destroyed the moon, kidnapped innocent school kids, and is holding the world ransom. It allows the government to rile up the public as they descend on the Class 3-E students right after they trap Koro Sensei in a massive anti-me net.

This appears to be the end for Koro Sensei. Will he die a quick death by blaster or will he be forced to suffer?

In Summary
The students appear to be on the outs with the government. Having failed to kill Koro Sensei, the government has taken matters into their own hands. Considering the original time clock for Koro Sensei to explode and destroy the planet, it isn’t surprising that the government has had a backup plan for killing him all this time. Curious though, did it take the world’s powers this long to complete their assassination plans or were they playing ball with Koro Sensei and allowing the Class 3-E students their chance to kill him. I doubt we will ever know. Even if Koro’s life on Earth is coming to an end soon, there will still be plenty of questions about his abilities and motivations long after either he or the planet are destroyed.

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

Age Rating: Older Teen
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: December 5, 2017
MSRP: $9.99

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