Assassination Classroom Volume 6 sees a powerful octopus creature named Koro Sensei serving as the homeroom teacher for Class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School after he declares his intention to destroy the Earth within a year. As part of a deal made with the Japanese government, Koro Sensei allows his students to try to assassinate him, with a 10 billion yen reward offered to the student who can kill him before the year is up. But in the midst of the craziness of assassination attempts, Koro Sensei is still able to teach his students.
The first couple of stories in this volume focus on the swimming pool that Koro Sensei created for his students right at the end Volume 5. The first story focuses on Meg Kataoka, a girl who seems to be one of the least likely people to end up in Class 3-E. Through this story, we learn how she ended up there, and how it ties in with swimming. This is one of those stories where Koro Sensei shows just how much he cares for his students, and how he comes up with ways to help a student overcome obstacles or personality traits that cause them trouble. In this case, Koro Sensei works with Meg on overcoming being so giving that she gets used by people. I thought he came up with a great plan to make sure that the girl who was bullying Meg and giving her a hard time can never bother her again.
The bulk of Volume 6 focuses on Terasaka and how frustrated he’s become at how much the students seem to like Koro Sensei now. Terasaka is also upset because he came to the E Class to have an easy time, and Koro Sensei is encouraging his students to work hard and strive to succeed. Terasaka acts up in class and does things that appear are done just to cause mischief, but it’s revealed that his actions are actually part of a plan cooked up by Shiro, the guardian of Koro Sensei’s “brother,” Itona. But what Terasaka didn’t realize was that he was simply being used by Shiro, and unknowingly puts his own classmates in danger. But this ends up being a very important story for Terasaka’s character development. He feels remorse for what he’s done, and comes to realize that being the bully that he’s been up to this point isn’t the best thing to be doing. It’s not easy, but it appears that Terasaka may be starting to figure out teamwork and getting along with his peers.
The final story in the volume sees the students at Kunugigaoka Junior High School getting ready to take their final exams. We are introduced to the A Class, with a lot of emphasis being placed on Gakushu Asano, the son of the school’s principal. We learn that the son is very much like his father, but that Gakushu has the goal of surpassing his father. This is definitely not the most healthy of father-son relationships. Gakushu has figured out his father is hiding something from him concerning the E Class, and is determined to figure out what it is. When Gakushu’s classmates set up a challenge to the E Class regarding the final exam, Gakushu decides to exploit this challenge in the hopes of learning what their secret is.
Assassination Classroom Volume 6 was a great read, and it kept my interest from its first page to its last. I enjoyed seeing the character progression that Terasaka went through, as well as the A Class that’s been hinted at but has never really been shown until now. Having their ringleader be the principal’s son is a nice touch, and that he’s just as driven as his father is an added bonus. I feel that there will be a lot of story potential for Gakushu as the series progresses, and that he’ll be a strong antagonist for the E Class. The volume has its serious and dramatic moments, but it also has the light hearted humor that readers of the series have come to expect. Fans of Assassination Classroom should enjoy Volume 6 as much as the previous volumes in the series.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media