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Nagisa Shiota
Anime | Manga | OVA


Kanji 潮田 渚
Romaji Shiota Nagisa
Character Information
Birthday July 20
Gender Male Male
Height 159 cm (5'3")
Weight 48 kg (106 lbs)
Relatives Hiromi Shiota (mother)
Unnamed Father
School Kunugigaoka Junior High School
Class Class 3-E
Seat Number 11
Occupation Student
Manga Chapter 1
Anime Episode 1
Japanese Voice Mai Fuchigami (Anime)
Nao Tōyama (OVA)
Nozomi Yamamoto (VOMIC)
English Voice Lindsay Seidel (Funimation Broadcast Dub)
Actor Ryosuke Yamada

Nagisa Shiota is a student in Korosensei Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High School and the protagonist and main narrator of Assassination Classroom.


Nagisa is a petite framed boy with light blue hair and azure eyes. His hair is shoulder-length because of his mother making him keep it that way, but because he's self-conscious about the length, he keeps it in two pigtails. He is known for his androgynous appearance which has often poked fun at by many people - most notably, Rio Nakamura.


Nagisa is a calm, collected, and friendly individual. He is exceptionally observant and circumspect of his surroundings and the situations that develop around him. He tends to pay strict attention to Korosensei in hopes to understand the motives of this mysterious being and compiles the information he has gathered in his notes for reference.

Despite his calm demeanor, he harbors deep insecurity about his talents and how he is perceived by the people around him. This is reflected by lack of goals and general pessimism about his own future. Nagisa also isn't easily fazed by things that would unnerve the average person as shown with his interactions with Karma and the prospect of using a real knife.


Nagisa is the son of Hiromi Shiota and her (presumably ex) husband. His mother had hoped for a daughter so she could experience all the things she had missed as a child through her, but got a son instead. As a result, she dictated his life from forcing him to keep his hair long, to being forced to crossdress and verbally abused him whenever he spoke against her. Her personality also caused her husband to leave her and Nagisa.

He was revealed to formally have been in Class D during his first two years of middle school before falling into Class E due to poor grades.[1]


After homeroom is started by Korosensei, Shiota Nagisa gives the command for the class to stand. They all draw their guns, aim and fire at Korosensei while he takes the register. Nagisa listens to the creature lecture the class on their supposedly simplistic plan and demonstrates the effect the special bullets have on him if hit, much to Nagisa's astonishment. Nagisa, along with the rest of class 3-E tidy up the classroom under Korosensei's instructions.

He is present in the class after where Kayano Kaede whispers to him, pointing out the permanent crescent moon in the sky causing Nagisa to remember both the destruction of the moon and the meeting and introduction of the culprit. This happened along with Karasuma from the ministry of defense both explaining and actively showing what their future jobs will be, along with revealing the 10 billion yen reward.

Later, while thinking about how the students of class-E aren't normal students, Terasaka, Yoshida and Muramatsu approach him about working on an assassination plan, which he agrees to do with them.

During Chapter 38, Karasuma-sensei goes under the impression that Nagisa was an average student. However, during training, he felt a strange presence, similar to that of a snakes. Around Chapter 39-42, Takaoka-sensei arrives at Kunagigaoka in order to train the students better against Korosensei, challenging Karasuma to choose one student to attempt to assassinate him, using a real knife. Karasuma decides to choose Nagisa.


Karma Akabane

Main article: Karma Akabane

Karma is one of Nagisa's closest friends and the only person Karma will seemingly listen to. They were in the same class for their first two years of middle school which continued into their third year. Unlike many people, Nagisa is unfazed by Karma's violent behavior and although they have basically opposite personalities, they do have similar interests and get along well. Karma also enjoys teasing Nagisa, but the latter doesn't pay it much mind despite often being incredulous to the extent of the teasing. It also been noted that Nagisa admires Karma's brilliant and easygoing personality. According to the official character book, Nagisa is the only person to have visited Karma's house.

Kaede Kayano

Main article: Kaede Kayano

Kaede is another one of Nagisa's closest friends and the two sit next to each other in class. Out of all the females, Kaede is definitely the one he's closest to. They get along well and are often seen together and were paired together during the Assassination Test of Courage. It was revealed in Chapter 130 that Kayano is the reason for his signature pigtails and that she was using him to mask herself. When Korosensei later attempts to remove Kayano's black tentacles, Nagisa uses Irina's special kissing technique on Kayano to distract her from her bloodlust so Korosensei could remove the tentacles from her neck.

Rio Nakamura

Main article: Rio Nakamura

Nagisa sits beside Rio in class and the latter often teases him and plays on his androgynous appearance which is listed as one of her hobbies. Despite that, the two get along well and Nagisa doesn't pay much mind to her teasing.

Tadaomi Karasuma

Main article: Tadaomi Karasuma

Karasuma thought that Nagisa was a mild student with no special physical abilities. However, he did sense the presence of Nagisa's natural talent for assassination. Because of that, he chose Nagisa to challenge Takaoka in a "mock assassination", which Nagisa skillfully won. Like most of Class E's students, Nagisa is fond of him.

Yūji Norita

Yūji is a rich boy Nagisa met in Chapter 66 when he was forced to crossdress during a mission to save the remaining students of Class E. Yūji fell in love with Nagisa after seeing his smile and the latter teaching him what it means to be cool. They meet again in Chapter 117 where Yūji revealed that he had been searching for Nagisa ever since their first meeting. Nagisa reveals to Yūji that he is male and helps teaches him that he can turn his weaknesses into strength and though shocked (and heartbroken), he still considered him a friend.


Sakura is a young girl Nagisa sometimes teaches at Wakaba Park's Nursery. He had problems connecting with her at first, but eventually he was able to befriend her and help her with both her studies and her bullying problems. Sakura is also very fond of Nagisa due to his kind nature. Afterwards, he became her personal tutor.


Assassination: Nagisa's physical abilities are mediocre, and he is one of the weakest among the boys; not only that, but his constitution and strength is equal to a girl's. However, Nagisa has an extraordinary amount of natural talent as an assassin; as shown in his duels against Takaoka and numerous times during the span of the story. His natural ability makes various characters comment on how easily Nagisa could build a career as hitman, however Nagisa himself ultimately decides to use this talent to help others.

Bloodlust: Nagisa possesses a frighteningly massive amount of hidden bloodlust which affects his opponents to the point of rendering them unable to move, even if they are professional assassins and soldiers. This is made evident during his 'mock assassination' with Takaoka, as well as when two of Nagisa's old classmates threatened him. This unique talent has sparked the interest of all three of Class E's main faculty. When Nagisa's bloodlust is released, it's metaphorically represented as a large, blood-soaked snake coiled around Nagisa's target with its fangs bared and ready to strike at any moment. In later chapters, his bloodlust takes the form of a flaming aura around him. If he were to lose control of his bloodlust in the middle of a rage, one notable symptom is that his eyes would become dull and that bloodlust is reflected in them. This ability has a few setbacks, one being that Nagisa overlooks his own safety and dignity to be able to attack, and the other being that opponents with a larger bloodlust, such as the God of Death, will be completely unaffected by it thus making him extremely vulnerable to any kind of counterattacks.

People Reading/Discernment: Due to his mother's personality, Nagisa developed the ability to read people's expressions and intentions with ease. After receiving the God of Death's "Clap Stun Attack" this ability later evolves into where he can view the "wavelength" or "wavelength of consciousness" of a person that represents the person's breath, line of sight, expression, and more. This allows him to find a person's gap in consciousness as well as their peak in consciousness which he has used from stunning an enemy before attacking, to simple things such as being able to remove a size label from clothing without the person wearing it noticing.


  • (About Korosensei) "Chew out at Mach 20, then praised with waving tentacles... This unusual education made me pretty happy. All because this unusual teacher was actually looking at us head-on.
  • (About Korosensei) "We've never assassinated anyone before, and there's plenty of other stuff we should be doing. But you know... I think this teacher might even accept my bloodlust.
  • (To Korosensei) "Before you destroy Earth... I'll kill you.
  • (To Akira Takaoka) "I feel that Karasuma-sensei, who devotes himself to being professional, is much kinder than Takaoka-sensei, who forcefully passes off as a father." 
  • (To 2 Class D students) "Kill me, huh? And yet it looks like you've never killed someone before."
  • (To Kaede Kayano) "I want to know more about everyone, try killing sensei more, and live so I don't leave anything unfinished."
  • (About Kaede Kayano) "I'll never accept it, Kayano. I'll never believe it was all an act! All of our Class E memories... All the good times we had... You could never block them out entirely. I refuse to believe that you were only focused on your revenge."


  • His favorite food is sushi according to Chapter 2.
  • His favorite subject is English while his least favorite subject is Science.
  • His hobby is researching.
  • He was called "Gender" during class 3-E training using code names.
  • If he earned the reward from killing Korosensei, he'd like to buy himself some height.
  • Nagisa appears as a Story Mode NPC in the PS3 game J-Stars Victory Vs, along with Irina and Karasuma.
  • In the art rankings of Volume 5, Nagisa placed 5th among the male students.
  • Nagisa is one of the few people in the entire manga who is referred to by his first name. Considering the last name basis setting, this type of formality is a bit odd.
  • In the popularity poll of Volume 12, he was ranked 2nd.
  • He is the only the student that takes note of Korosensei's weaknesses.
  • He's the shortest male student.
  • In the tankobon extras, his statistics were listed as:
    • Physical strength: 2
    • Mobility: 3.5
    • Close-range assassination: 3.5
    • Long-range assassination: 3.5
    • Academic ability: 3.5
    • Characteristic skill: 5 (anti-human assassination)


  1. Assassination Classroom 112 page 15-17


e - d - vKunugigaoka Junior High School
Class 3-E
Faculty KorosenseiTadaomi KarasumaIrina Jelavić
Students Masayoshi KimuraHinano KurahashiYūma IsogaiHinata OkanoHiroto MaeharaMegu KataokaKōtarō TakebayashiTōka YadaKōki MimuraRio NakamuraNagisa ShiotaKaede KayanoTaisei YoshidaYukiko KanzakiTaiga OkajimaRinka HayamiTomohito SuginoYuzuki FuwaTakuya MuramatsuKirara HazamaRyūnosuke ChibaManami OkudaSōsuke SugayaSumire HaraRyōma TerasakaKarma AkabaneItona HoribeRitsu
Main School
Faculty Gakuhō AsanoKiyoshi Terai
Students Tomoya SeoTeppei ArakiNatsuhiko KoyamaRen SakakibaraGakushū AsanoKaho TsuchiyaKazutaka ShindōKokona TagawaNobuta TanakaChousuke Takada

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