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The story of the Forty-Seven Ronin, who in 1703 committed ritual suicide after avenging the death of their master, was fictionalized in Japanese Kabuki theater as Chūshingura. The prints above come from a rare mid-19th century collection of Kabuki scenes in the Harvard Theatre Collection.

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Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

The 47 Ronin and the 28 Assassins – the connection between Chushingura and Assassination Classroom

Did you know the premise of Assassination Classroom is loosely based on a famous real-life assassination in Japanese history?

In fact, it is well-known among the Japanese fanbase that the majority of AC’s cast are named after people linked to the Genroku Akō Incident, commonly dubbed in the West as the tale of the 47 Ronin. It is a “national legend” that everyone in Japan has heard of.

This article will briefly explain the historical event, and afterwards how it connects to a story about killing a Mach 20 octopus teacher.

If your only understanding of the event is from watching the movie featuring Keanu Reeves, please clean your mind before diving in.

This will be a very long article, so be prepared. Also, will contain spoilers up to Chapter 140.

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I will search for you through a thousand worlds and ten thousand lifetimes until I find you.“

"And I will wait for you in all of them.
—  47 Ronin, Kai & Mika