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Ansatsu Kyoshitsu vol. 8, by Yusei Matsui, Grade B+
(Karasuma saves Ryouma and his friend, then takes a face-full of gas from Smog.)
The kids get to the top of the hill easily, and Ritsu disables the electronic door lock and surveillance cameras. Karasuma has to carry Irina and the Koro-sensei pouch up by himself, and Vichi complains all the way up. The class gets inside the building and makes their way to the front lobby, which is filled with security guards. Irina takes this opportunity to demonstrate her skills as an assassin by pretending to be a drunk guest, and playing the piano so well that the others get past the distracted guards. Elsewhere in the building, the villain boss leader has 3 minions. The first one, Smog, is sent down to intercept the intruders, while back at the other hotel, chemist Rin and maid cafe fan Takebayashi work to keep the temperatures down for the inflicted kids. Back inside, the kids are told to act like punks to blend in with the other clientele, but they don't do that good a job. They walk by a few real guests, then one of the kids yells for Ryouma to escape - the next guy is an attacker. Ryouma reacts too slowly, so Karasuma has to pull him out of harm's way, while getting a face-full of poison gas in the process. Turns out the girl recognized the guy as being the bartender that gave the class free fruit drinks earlier, and is the one that had poisoned them. Karasuma is still strong enough to knee Smog in the head, KO'ing him, but he needs to be carried for the rest of the trip. The group reaches the next mini-boss, a tall, light-haired guy named Grip, who kills people with his bare hands. Karuma goes toe to toe with Grip, and they both end up using Smog's gas canisters against each other, but Karuma is the only one who remembers to not breathe in the gas. Grip gets tied up, and Karuma tortures him by stuffing wasabi and hot sauce up his nose.
(Grip uses Smog's gas canister weapon against Karuma.)
The group gets to the sixth floor lounge, where the spoiled trust fund babies hang out. Nagisa is dressed up as a bad girl to act as a distraction, and the class makes their way past with only having to kick one thug in the head. They reach a set of stairs with two guards. One of the remaining kids acts as bait, and Ryouma and his minion use stun batons on them when the guards chase the boy around the corner. Ryouma indicates that he bought the batons with the money he got from Shiro. The group strips the guards of their guns, which are handed to the snipers, Chiba and Rinka. This brings them up against the remaining mini-boss, the gun lover (he spends his free time pouring salad dressings over his pistol and them licking them off), Gastro. Koro uses an American football style hiking code to have the kids run around an auditorium and hide behind the seats to confuse Gastro, until Chiba can get a clear shot at a bracket holding the spotlights up, causing them to fall down on top of Gastro, disabling him, and Rinka shoots his gun out of his hand. (Koro had coached the two marksmen just prior to the fight to get them over their slump from having screwed up their shots at Koro during the earlier assassination attempt.)
(The boss, plus Gastro, talking about Smog.)
Finally, the anti-heroes get to the top floor, where the final boss is waiting - the sadistic former teacher, Takaoka. His initial plan was for the sick kids to die, so that the healthy ones would fall into despair. Failing that, he's rigged the suitcase holding the virus antidote to explode if he pushes the remote button, and he has 10 extra remotes that he scatters on the floor in front of him as a further distraction. Takaoka has been having nightmares of Nagisa's smiling face from their last encounter, and he's been trying to rip his flesh away to get to the part of his head to make them stop. He demands a rematch, on the helicopter pad on the roof. Nagisa follows him up the ladder, and he then knocks the ladder over to prevent anyone else coming up to stop him. He says he'll relent if Nagisa gets on his hands and knees, puts his face to the ground and begs for forgiveness. The boy does this, and Takaoka laughs, throwing the suitcase and blowing it up anyway. Nagisa looks at Ryouma, who is showing signs of having the man-made virus, and is now consigned to die, and he picks up Takaoka's pigsticker, saying "I will kill you." This is what Takaoka has been waiting for.
(Nagisa to Takaoka: "I WILL kill you.")
Inside cover quote:
"Mister Tentacle, you can't return home empty-handed.
- Athlete Koro (at the Olympics)"
Back inside cover quote:
"I came. I saw. I wiggled.
- Koro-saru. (100 BCE - 44 BCE)
(note that 44 is written "四四", and can be read as "shishi", which can either be a snickering sound, or mean "die, die".)"