My Status As An Assassin Obviously Exceeds The Hero’s is a little bit of an odd duck of an isekai story, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Instead of the main “hero” getting transported to another world via summoning, Oda Akira’s entire high school class is transported to the Kingdom of Retice all at once. Upon arrival, the King asks all of them to become the kingdom’s saviors since everyone is a hero candidate blessed with special abilities far beyond those of any native humans.
Akira’s newfound Assassin skills are pretty stellar and he’s seen enough of his “favorite tropes” to know he shouldn’t take things at face value. For starters, the inhabitants of the world only know that the hero is among the members of his class and that’s it. The King, however, has prepared a special crystal which can project a person’s private status, which looks like a video game status menu, for all to see. Once Akira realizes his powers aren’t on the same level as the others, it doesn’t sit well with him and he swiftly uses [CONCEAL PRESENCE] to hide himself – something he was also good at in his original world. Akira reasons an Assassin can’t be the hero anyway so he starts snooping around which leads him to uncover even more suspicious activity.
While this first volume comes with some of the same dark vibes I got from The Rising of the Shield Hero, it isn’t quite that detrimental to its characters and does contain a lot of its own distinct world building. When it comes to dishing out a truly unique variation of the tried and true isekai formula, the pieces are there, though I can’t quite tell how unique it’s going to get at this point in time. My Status As An Assassin Obviously Exceeds The Hero’s definitely has its own intrigues, including Akira’s willingness to skirt his presumed stat-based hero responsibilities and a Princess willing to curse the “hero” and sabotage the classes’ battle training. The funny business going on within the palace even garners the attention of the Commander of the Knights of the Retice Kingdom and Commander Saran Mithray eventually recruits Akira to aid him in the fight. There’s obviously a larger plot hiding underneath, but it has yet to get fleshed out. So for now I’m going to have to give the story the benefit of the doubt.
Lest we not forget the tapped-hero-of-the-class who’s grown a bit aggravated once he realizes Akira is receiving special training from Mithray. From the start Satou Tsukasa, the presumed hero, has been filling his role as the typical class pretty boy, whom all the girls love, plus provides the beacon of shining light all heroes supposedly possess. His character is pretty one dimensional at the start, but Tsukasa really starts to serve a greater purpose near the end of this first volume. I suspect his role will expand and he may actually become the hero everyone already expects him to be…if Akira isn’t actually the hero after all. That is the main conundrum of My Status As An Assassin Obviously Exceeds The Hero’s and that’s what I feel really gives it its hook. I’m looking forward to the next volume to see if things get even more dicey. Until then I’ll withhold my final judgement on the story as a whole.
When Akira’s class is magically summoned to another world, he and his classmates are awarded fantastical powers–but while one of them is lucky enough to become a true Hero, Akira becomes a mere Assassin. However, against all odds, the Assassin just might be the most powerful role of all! Harboring doubts about the intentions of the king, Akira uses his newfound strength as a master of the shadows to uncover the secrets and conspiracies of the crown.Add to CartLearn More