Assassination Classroom vol. 3 by Yusei Matsui (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

June 28, 2015 by  


“Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and action-packed manga series thus far. The third volume features new ideas as the government takes whatever necessary to assassinate Koro-sensei!  Recommended!

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Image courtesy of © Ansatsu Kyoshitsu 2012 by Yusei Matsui. All Rights Reserved.

MANGA TITLE: Assassination Classroom vol. 3

STORY AND ART BY: Yusei Matsui (松井優征)



RATED: T for Older Teen

Available on April 17, 2015

Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? Giving you an “F” on a quiz? Mispronouncing your name during roll call…again? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first?! Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense! Okay, now that you’re committed… How are you going to pull this off? What does your pathetic class of misfits have at their disposal to combat Teach’s alien technology, bizarre powers and…tentacles?!

The latest addition to the misfit students of Class 3-E is a Norwegian robot specially designed to assassinate their teacher—but sadly lacking in social skills. Nothing Koro Sensei can’t cure with a little super-fast tentacle work! When playboy Maehara gets dissed by a girl for being in Class 3-E, revenge is clearly warranted—and Koro Sensei can help with that too! Then Irina, the English language teacher/sexy assassin, gets a visit from her murder mentor.

The plan to assassinate Koro-sensei continues as a professional assassin named “Red Eye” has been hired.  Also, what happens when a machine known as “Autonomous Intelligence Fixed Artillery”, a new exchange student from Norway is brought in to assassinate the president.

All this and more in volume 3 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!

For volume 3, the government turns to new assassins to take out Koro-sensei!

With the third volume of “Assassination Classroom”, the story continues with the class going on a class trip but a group of delinquents has kidnap two students from Class E.  Will they be rescued?

Meanwhile, the government turns to a professional assassin known as “Red Eye” to assassinate Koro-sensei, as well as a fighting machine known as “Autonomous Intelligence Fixed Artillery” joins Class E.

Also, Class E takes a little revenge after Maehara is embarrassed in an exciting and entertaining third volume of “Assassination Clasroom”.

As for the story and premise of “Assassination Classroom”, it’s a fight against time as Koro-sensei threatens to destroy the world unless someone kills him.

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 third volume features new ideas as the government takes whatever necessary to assassinate Koro-sensei!


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