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Assassination Classroom or how to revolutionise the current education model

But who is this smiley-faced creature from outer space with long tentacles? If you're not familiar with Koro-Sensei, the strange-looking teacher with the unusual teaching method, it's time to immerse yourself in the rather wild world of the Assassination Classroom manga released in 2012. A colossal success with Japanese readers, the adaptation into a live-action series and animated film is just the next logical step. A sequel as brilliant as the graphic novel? Let's take a look at Kunugigaoka High School and Class 3-E, the setting for the story.

Created by cartoonist Yūsei Matsui in 2012, the 21-volume shonen manga Assassination Classroom tells the story of an unusual teacher who joins the 3-E class, a group of teenagers on the verge of dropping out of school at Kunugigaoka High School. Their mission? Pass their year, kill the eccentric teacher (at his request) and... prevent the destruction of the world. Mr Koro-Sensei, the source of the threat, is going to teach them how to kill while guiding them towards success. In the end, he's a very endearing teacher. And, although the scenario is incredibly zany, the mayonnaise takes hold. There are many lessons to be learned, some of which call into question the current education system, which is too hierarchical and compartmentalised.

Who's behind the smiley-faced octopus?

Professor Koro-Sensei owes his name to the fusion of two words: Korosenai ("impossible to kill") and sensei ("professor"). A combination that says it all. As the story progresses, his educational role becomes more and more important. Educator, responsible for guiding the dunces of high school towards their diploma, and target to be shot: he navigates between two waters, boundaries that are not always clear-cut. Eccentric, clear-sighted and, it has to be said, a little crazy, he is an example of openness and transparency for all. He makes no secret of his plan to destroy the Earth, and teaches his pupils the art of killing, helping them to accomplish their task while making them study hard. In fact, he proves that, even as the main target, it is possible to establish a relationship of respect with his class and to be listened to. The figure of the 'magisterial entity' teacher, in possession of absolute knowledge, is challenged by students who have to take him down and put themselves to the test in order to succeed.

It's fair to say that Mr Koro-Sensei is an exceptional fictional character, not only endowed with superpowers, extremely fast and intelligent, but also with a keen sense of observation. He knows his students inside out, their weaknesses and their strengths. He even goes so far as to direct them towards one or other method of assassination, depending on their abilities. He sees their personalities as a whole. Never doubting the talents and surprises they have to offer.

What does live adaptation mean?

It's a cultural phenomenon in the land of the rising sun! So much so that in 2014, Studio Lerche adapted the manga into an animated series. Directed by Seiji Kishi, the TV series faithfully follows the manga, meeting with great success and even giving rise to a new idea: a film on the big screen! Director Eiichiro Hasumi took on the project and pulled out all the stops to turn the adaptation into a success! The sets and landscapes are realistic, and the filming locations are few but varied enough to recreate the atmosphere of the manga. The actors and voice actors are finely chosen, giving life to the characters, each more unique than the last. High-quality special effects add depth to the story. The aesthetics are striking. In short, the film's release in Japanese cinemas in 2015 marks the start of a great success story.

A dusted-off education system

With this powerful plot and this (truly) disconcerting teacher, the brains are stirring and working. Basically, we've learned that it's important not to behave at school or at work as we do at home, even though the emotions we experience remain the same. It is this emotional dimension that the story of Assassination Classroom restores. When the young pupils spend most of their time with each other and with their teacher, how is it possible not to develop affect and attachment? And Volume 14 makes it clear: "all the bonds we forge allow us to grow and evolve."

Have you also developed a certain fondness for Mr Koro-Sensei? Would you like to find out more about this monster with the yellow smile? Luckily, merchandising has come up trumps... Today you can immerse yourself in the world of Assassination Classroom thanks to the caps, games, figurines, key rings... in our online geek shop!