Assassination Classroom (Japanese: 暗殺教室, Hepburn: Ansatsu Kyōshitsu, stylized as ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM) is a Japanese science fiction comedy manga series written and illustrated by Yūsei Matsui. The series follows the daily life of an extremely powerful octopus-like being working as a junior high homeroom teacher, and his students dedicated to the task of assassinating him to prevent Earth from being destroyed. The students are considered “misfits” in their school and are taught in a separate building; the class he teaches is called 3-E. It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from July 2012 to March 2016, with its chapters collected in twenty-one tankōbon volumes.
|Written by||Yūsei Matsui|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||July 2, 2012 – March 25, 2016|
|Original animation DVD|
|Directed by||Keiji Gotoh|
|Music by||Shinsuke Nakamura|
|Released||December 27, 2013|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Seiji Kishi|
|Produced by||Noriko Ozaki|
|Written by||Makoto Uezu|
|Music by||Naoki Satō|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Original run||January 9, 2015 – June 30, 2016|
|Episodes||47 + 1 OVA|
|Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei Dai Hōimō|
|Developer||Bandai Namco Games|
|Publisher||Bandai Namco Games|
|Assassination Classroom the Movie: 365 Days|
|Directed by||Seiji Kishi|
|Written by||Makoto Uezu|
|Music by||Naoki Satō|
|Released||November 19, 2016|
An original video animation (OVA) adaptation by Brain's Base was screened at the Jump Super Anime Tour from October to November 2013. This was followed by an anime television adaptation by Lerche, which aired on Fuji TV from January 2015 to June 2016. A live action film adaptation was released in March 2015, and a sequel, titled Assassination Classroom: Graduation, was released in March 2016.
In North America, the manga has been licensed for English language release by Viz Media. The anime series has been licensed by Funimation. The series was obtained by Madman Entertainment for digital distribution in Australia and New Zealand.
As of September 2016, the Assassination Classroom manga had over 25 million copies in circulation.
Earth is left in jeopardy after an immensely powerful tentacled creature suddenly appears and destroys 75% of the moon, leaving it permanently in the shape of a crescent. The organism claims that within a year he will destroy the planet next, but offers mankind a chance to avert this fate. In class 3-E, the End Class of Kunugigaoka Junior High School, he starts working as a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students regular subjects, as well as the ways of assassination. The Japanese government promises a reward of ¥10 billion (i.e. US$100 million) to whoever among the students succeeds in killing the organism, whom they have named "Koro-sensei" (殺せんせー, Korosensē, a pun on korosenai (殺せない, unkillable) and sensei (先生, teacher)). However, this proves to be a highly unachievable task, as not only does he have several superpowers at his disposal, including accelerated regeneration, visual cloning, an invincible form, and the ability to move and fly at Mach 20, but he is also the best teacher they could ask for, helping them to improve their grades, individual skills, and prospects for the future.
As the series goes on, the situation gets even more complicated as other assassins come after Koro-sensei's life, some coveting the reward, others for personal reasons. The students eventually learn the secrets involving him, the Moon's destruction, and his ties with their previous homeroom teacher including the true reason why he must be killed before the end of the school year. The series is narrated by Nagisa Shiota, one of the students in the class whose main strategy in killing Koro-sensei is making a list of all his weaknesses over time. At first, Nagisa appears to be one of the weaker members of Class 3-E, but he later emerges as one of the most skillful assassins in the class.
Assassination Classroom is written and illustrated by Yūsei Matsui. It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from July 2, 2012 to March 16, 2016. Shueisha collected its chapters in twenty-one tankōbon volumes, released from November 2, 2012 and July 4, 2016. A VOMIC (voiced comic) version, which added voice clips to the manga pages, was featured on the Sakiyomi Jan Bang! variety show between January and June 2013.
An original video animation based on the series was produced by Brain's Base for the Jump Super Anime Tour and shown at 5 Japanese cities between October 6 and November 24, 2013. It was bundled with the 7th volume of the manga, which released on December 27, 2013. An anime television series based on the manga began airing on Fuji TV from January 9, 2015 and ran for 22 episodes. The anime television was directed by Seiji Kishi at Lerche, with Kazuki Morita as character designer and Makoto Uezu as the lead scriptwriter. An OVA episode was included on the first BD/DVD volume released on March 27, 2015, following a screening at Jump Special Anime Fest in November 2014. The anime has been licensed by Funimation, who simulcast the series as it aired and began a broadcast dub version from February 18, 2015. The first opening theme is "Seishun Satsubatsu-ron" (青春サツバツ論, lit. The Theory of Savage Youth) while the second opening theme is "Jiriki Hongan Revolution" (自力本願レボリューション, lit. Self-reliance Revolution); both are performed by 3-nen E-gumi Utatan (3年E組うた担). The ending theme is "Hello, shooting star" by Moumoon.
The second season of the anime began airing on January 7, 2016 and ran for 25 episodes. The third opening theme is "QUESTION" and the fourth is "Bye Bye YESTERDAY" (バイバイ YESTERDAY, lit. Bye Bye YESTERDAY) by 3-nen E-gumi Utatan (3年E組うた担). The second ending theme is "Kaketa Tsuki" (欠けた月, lit. Waning Moon) and the third is "Mata kimi ni aeru hi" (また君に会える日まで, lit. Until the day we can see you again) by Shion Miyawaki. Anime Limited has licensed both seasons in the UK.
On June 30, 2016, two anime films were announced: Assassination Classroom the Movie: 365 Days and Koro Sensei Quest!. Both aired on November 19, 2016.
A live-action film was released in Japan on March 21, 2015. It opened at number one on the Japanese box office with $3.42 million and as of April 5, 2015, has grossed over $20 million. It was the tenth highest-grossing Japanese film at the Japanese box office in 2015, with ¥2.77 billion (US$23 million). A second film, titled Assassination Classroom: Graduation, was released on March 25, 2016.
A video game based on the series, Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei's Great Besiegement!! (暗殺教室 殺せんせー大包囲網!!, Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: Koro-sensei Dai Hōimō), was developed by Bandai Namco Games and released on Nintendo 3DS in Japan on March 12, 2015.
Koro-sensei appears as a playable character in J-Stars Victory VS, originally released in Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on March 19, 2014, with an international version, J-Stars Victory VS+, released for PS3, PS Vita, and PlayStation 4 in Summer 2015.
In May 2013, over one million copies of volume 1 were printed, and individual volumes frequently appeared on the lists of best-selling manga in Japan. Volumes 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, and 6 placed 26th, 32nd, 36th, 37th, 41st, and 50th respectively on the list of the best-selling manga volumes of 2013, making it the seventh best-selling manga series in Japan of 2013 with 4,595,820 copies sold. As of September 2016, the manga had over 25 million copies in circulation.
Assassination Classroom ranked #1 in "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics" by the Honya Club website in 2013. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. It placed second in male-oriented comics category on the list of "Book of the Year" by Media Factory and manga news magazine Da Vinci. Nippon Shuppan Hanbai elected it the best work of 2013 in their "Recommended Comic Books Across the Country Clerk's Choice". It was number one on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey by Takarajimasha. In February 2015, Asahi Shimbun announced that Assassination Classroom was one of nine nominees for the nineteenth annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. It was nominated for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia in the 2016 Eisner Award.
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- Assassination Classroom official manga website at Weekly Shōnen Jump (in Japanese)
- Assassination Classroom official anime website (in Japanese)
- Assassination Classroom (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia