The eighth volume of Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu in Japan) has arrived! Volume eight picks up with the students infiltrating the hotel on the island after their assassination attempt on Koro-sensei forced him into his ultimate defense mode (which is amazingly depicted on the front cover of this volume!) A mysterious man in the hotel is demanding Koro-sensei to be brought to him in exchange for an antidote to the poison he slipped into the students’ food.
In my review of volume seven, I felt that volume eight would be where the first season of the anime would have come to an end; however, I was wrong! Despite my incorrect assumption, they did end the volume with one of the best scenes from the show… that of Nagisa Shiota filled with burning rage! If you’ve seen the show, you know exactly what scene I am talking about.
As far as the volume goes, Karma finally gets some time to shine here when they encounter the three assassins on the way to the “final boss” of the hotel. Here, the students have to use their assassination training to overcome each of these assassins in order to advance. It really shows how much the students have grown since the beginning of the series all while still making you question whether or not it’s okay for children of this age to possess these kind of skills!
Of course when they do confront the big bad (who I will refrain from naming for spoiler reasons), the showdown seems the same as it was in the anime… kind of bland. It was still just a lot of talking/taunting back and forth after Nagisa gets bullied into a corner, but that bland talking lead to Nagisa’s shining moment. Too bad we won’t see the results of that shining moment until volume nine. I highly doubt they will dedicate an entire volume to the conclusion of this confrontation so I would expect volume nine to be the point where season one of the anime ends and season two begins. Season two is currently airing in Japan, by the way, and I am loving every episode of it!
This is one of those series where I enjoy watching the show and reading the manga because you can see the side by side comparisons and take note of what was changed or left out in the adaptation. Volume eight was still a great read and should be a must-have for any fan of the series!
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