Assassination Classroom (Live Action) Movie is an adaptation from the popular manga and anime series with the same name. It revolves around Class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School and their teacher, a powerful creature affectionately named “Kuro-sensei” by the class.
The plot of the movie is as follows:
“Good luck killing me before graduation!”
Our teacher, the super creature = target!
An enigmatic octopus-shaped creature suddenly shows up as the homeroom teacher of Class 3-E, the worst class in the prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School. The government assigns the students of Class E with a secret mission to assassinate the mystery creature, aka “Korosensei,” who is threatening to destroy Earth next March. The reward is an astounding 10 billion yen to whoever succeeds!
Will the students be able to accomplish their mission before they graduate?
As with most manga-to-movie adaptation, a large portion of the content is removed so as to fit it into the 110 minute runtime. To give you a rough idea of the content, the movie ‘technically’ ends at Volume 9 of the manga, which would be around 79 chapters worth of content in 110 minutes. Due to this most of the character introduction is skimmed over, and only the main arcs are focused on. Various settings have been changed and are different from the manga too.
However, looking at it as a movie alone, it was a relatively fun watch. I really enjoyed seeing how they switched up most of the setting and the contents, leaving a very different impression. Most of the scenes that involved Kuro-sensei are really entertaining, especially hearing his signature laughter. There are a few comedic scenes that take place in the movie which I found pretty hilarious. The only downside that I felt was the lack of action, coupled with a few plot holes here and there. But in general, I found myself enjoying the movie.
To those that are devoted fans of the manga, and hate to see any slight deviation in the content, my advice is to steer clear of this movie. However, if you are open to different interpretations, this would make a great popcorn flick.
Assassination Classroom will begin lessons in GV theaters around Singapore on 2 July.