- Story: Yusei Matsui.
- Art: Yusei Matsui.
- Released: February 3, 2015.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 200.
A new teacher joins the faculty with hopes of assassinating the seemingly invincible Koro Sensei. The students find out what a real assassin is capable of. Irina soon learns that to defeat Koro Sensei she will need to work together with the students to stop the menace from destroying the Earth. The students of Class 3-E take their exams and take a school trip. Also, a bonus manga featuring Kusuo Saiki from the manga “The Mishaps of Kusuo Saiki”.
This volume is a vast improvement over the previous volume. The characters are still being fleshed out so there is still room to grow. We meet a new teacher and at first things are a little rocky between the students and the new teacher Irina. Irina and the students may have put their differences aside but that doesn’t stop the humorous conversations and interactions between them. If Irina could come to respect the students she may have a better chance with them. It is apparent that Irina and the students come from two totally different worlds. Irina is a professional assassin and is exactly what the students should strive to be.
From the very beginning of the volume Irina was all over Koro Sensei. Irina knows exactly what she needs to do to assassinate her target. Irina certainly has exceptional skills and the abilities needed to be a capable assassin. Irina would have succeeded in assassinating Koro Sensei if she had used the special ammunition designed for killing him. Instead she decided to do things her way and failed. After a brief conversation with Karasuma, Irina learns just how important teamwork is and how hard everyone is trying. Personally, I like Irina as she brought a sense of reality to the classroom. The students now understand what a real assassin is capable of.
What I really liked about this volume was that the students are really coming into their own. The fact that Koro Sensei will destroy the world is becoming an afterthought. He truly cares about his students learning and helps them to be their best. Oddly enough Koro Sensei not only wants to be assassinated by his students, but he will give them the tools needed to do so. With every chapter the students are that much closer to achieving their goal.
The teacher and student dynamic is perfect. Each character plays two roles as either student and assassin or teacher and target. It is amazing to see how the students are only in junior high school yet they are so well adjusted. The students appear to have a natural ability to throw themselves into their assassination attempts and give it their all. Nagisa is an excellent example in this regard.
The art in this volume is incredible to say the least. The detail that goes into Koro Sensei alone is worth noting. The locations around Kyoto are perfectly depicted and accurately represent their real-life counterparts. Koro Sensei’s multiple disguises are all different and unique, Yusei completely outdoes himself with every panel. The art is a great reason to pick up this volume.
The second volume in the series brings so much more to the table and gives the series that much more momentum. I cannot help but wonder how the students will achieve this goal and save the world. An octopus monster that can fly at Mach 20 and is impervious to everything but special knives and ammunition poses a difficult mark not only to the students but to the government themselves. It goes without saying that the students have their work cut out for them. This series is already shaping up to be something special and I look forward to further volumes. Assassination Classroom volume 2 was an excellent read, you should pick it up.