- Story: Yusei Matsui.
- Art: Yusei Matsui.
- Released: April 5, 2016z
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 192.
Nagisa stares down Takaoka in a fight to the death. If Nagisa can take out Takaoka he will secure the antidote needed to save his classmates from the virus. The fight looks bleak for Nagisa but he pulls it off in the end. With Takaoka out of the way the students can finish their vacation with a small activity Koro Sensei put together. Once back at school a class E student does the unthinkable and is moved back into class A. Takebayashi has worked tirelessly to increase his grades and get out of class E. Will Takebayashi regret his decision and come back to class E? Or will he thrive and stay in class A?
This volume had several developments and answered a few of my questions. I had always wondered if a student could get back into class A, and it does appear to be possible. A huge development came from Takebayashi, who up until now did not seem like a main character, but he was actually in the background working on getting out of class E. The other class E students even supported Takebayashi’s decision and plan to look after him. An excellent example of how the characters have developed and how far they have come together.
Nagisa keeps improving and developing. This time he was locked into a fight to the death against the elite soldier Takaoka. With cunning and skill Nagisa was able to rise to the occasion and overtake Takaoka using a skill he had learned from Lovro. Out of everyone in class E, Nagisa appears to have the raw skills to become a real assassin. Nagisa isn’t exactly my favorite character, but he is able to get stuff done like no other.
The students did partake in a fun match making activity put together by Koro Sensei, though they did not realize it. It was good for a laugh as Koro Sensei paired the students up and tried to scare the students closer to each other. These small humorous breaks are perfect in a volume like this when the tone is set at a more serious and dramatic level. Hats off to Yusei for a perfect blend of writing.
This volume of Assassination Classroom was near perfect. An assassination attempt took place, Nagisa fought for his life, the students overcame a virus, and a student left class E. this volume had it all. As the students grow and develop, the series gets better and better. I cannot wait to read the next volume and see how things unfold. Assassination Classroom volume 9 was a near perfect read, I highly recommend it.