Assassination Classroom vol. 2 by Yusei Matsui (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
February 15, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and action-packed manga series thus far. The second volume has four different stories and no doubt will entertain those who enjoyed the first volume. Recommended!
Image courtesy of © Ansatsu Kyoshitsu 2012 by Yusei Matsui. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: Assassination Classroom vol. 2
STORY AND ART BY: Yusei Matsui (松井優征)
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC
RATED: T for Older Teen
Available on February 3, 2015
A sexy new teacher comes to Class 3-E to do the students’ job for them. When the 3-E students begin exhibiting signs of self-esteem, Principal Asano demands that Koro Sensei crush their spirits so they continue to set a bad example for the rest of the school to rise above. Then a class field trip goes terribly wrong when two 3-E girls are abducted. Who will come to their rescue…?
The plan to assassinate Koro-sensei continues as the school brings in a new teacher, the sexy mercenary named Irina Jelavich. Known as one of the best mercenaries in the world, will she be able to use her skills and teach the students of how to kill their alien teacher?
Meanwhile, we learn of how the school truly feels about Class E!
All this and more in volume 2 of Yusei Matsui’s hit manga series, “Assassination Classroom”!
What is “Assassination Classroom” all about?
In 2012, mangaka Yusei Matsui created the manga series “Assassination Classroom” (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu).
Matsui, who was known for the manga series “Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro” and also was a former assistant of mangaka, Yoshio Sawai, would eventually create one of the best selling manga series in the past few years.
Serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”, a total of 12 volumes have been collected into Tankobon format and the first volume has had over one million copies printed and was on the list for best-selling manga in 2013. Came second in Media Factory’s “Book of the Year” and won the #1 position for “2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” voted by male readers for Takarajimasha.
With an anime adaptation in Japan to debut in 2015, the English translated version was released in the United States in Dec. 2014
The series begins by introducing us to a powerful alien creature that destroyed 70% of the moon, making it a crescent moon forever. The alien has said that within a year, he will destroy the Earth but he does give mankind a chance to prevent it.
Having special speed and quick reflexes, with a number of tentacles like an octopus, the alien known as Koro-sensei, becomes a teacher for the lowly class 3-E at the prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School.
Government worker Tadaomi Karasuma tells the entire class 3-E what problems they are facing and how Koro-sensei will destroy the Earth. But the deal the alien made with the government and military is that if he is assassinated before the end of the year, he will spare Earth. So, Tadaomi Karasuma announces that the focus of class 3-E is to kill their homeroom teacher.
And Koro-sensei is hoping the students can do it..but can they?
For volume 2, a new English teacher is brought to Kunugigaoka Junior High School. Her name is Irina Jelavich who is very fashionable, sexy and no doubt has her own ways to charm the guys. But in truth, this new teacher is a mercenary and one of the best. But will she be skillful enough to assassinate Koro-sensei?
Meanwhile, we are introduced to Kunugigaoka Private Academy’s principal Gakuho Asano and learn how he views Class E!
With the second volume of “Assassination Classroom”, we get a total of four different stories. The two primary stories are quite fascinating as we have a sexy English teacher named Irina Jelavich who has succeeded in using her sexy charm to allure men and then kill them. And now, she is brought to the Academy to kill Koro-sensei…but can she? And will her style even fit in a school setting as a teacher?
Meanwhile, we are introduced to the principal of the academy, Gakuho Asano and we start to learn how much they despise Class E. Of course, no one in Class E knows about Koro-sensei and the plan to assassinate him, but we learn how hostile the student body is towards the class.
The third story features the class going on a class trip but a group of delinquents has their eyes on the female students and want their way with them.
And the final fourth story is a special feature which revolves around Kusuo Saiki, a psychic taking on Koro-sensei. Who will win?
The story and premise of what the students must do is the same. As the students do all they can to kill Koro-sensei, we get to learn how difficult it is because he is lightning quick and has various tricks, also many tentacles to have him do multiple things all at once.
But each time they know they must kill him, they start to learn that he’s actually teaching them a lot about survival, their studies and are doing much better than they were before. In fact, he’s become quite likable. But can students kill a teacher that they like? Unfortunately, with this alien teacher planning to destroy the planet in one year unless they kill him…they have no choice.
As for the artwork, Yusei Matsui does a good shop with character designs, as well as creating detailed backgrounds during the more action-driven scenes.
Overall, “Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and action-packed manga series thus far. The second volume has four different stories and no doubt will entertain those who enjoyed the first volume.
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