In the second volume of Assassination Classroom, we are introduced to the new English teacher of Class 3-E. However, the students quickly realize that she is more than she seems. She is actually an extremely attractive assassin who was sent by the government to kill Koro-Sensei. It becomes apparent that she is used to using her charm in order to get rid of her targets. She tries to use seduction in order to lure Koro-Sensei into a trap, despite warnings from the students. Koro-Sensei is much smarter than she originally thought and he easily figured out her trap.
I can tell that Yusei Matsui is starting to get comfortable with the series in this volume of Assassination Classroom. I especially like the fact that the manga is not simply about various attempts to kill Koro-Sensei. Koro is trying as hard as he can to teach the students. However, he teaches them about more than simple classroom topics. He tries to help them realize their own potential. This comes in handy when they are faced with the other students who are quite hostile towards the 3-E students. Unfortunately, Koro-Sensei is faced with a couple of problems. The principal, other teachers, and the students look down on Koro’s students. They even try to humiliate his students in order to keep them in their place. While Koro goes out of his way to help his students succeed, the principal goes out of his way to help them fail.
Each chapter of Assassination Classroom Volume 2 focuses on a different student. This gives us the chance to get to know each of the characters. Assassination Classroom actually spends a lot of time on character development. This is one of my favorite things about the manga. After all, how can you care about the story if you do not care about the characters? There are plenty of different funny situations that keep the story amusing and interesting.
The first two stories in this volume of Assassination Classroom revolve around Irina Jelavich. It is obvious that she has used her charm to kill her targets in the past. When she fails her assassination attempt on Koro-Sensei, she has to get used to being a teacher to students who obviously do not like her. She is rough around the edges and she is not used to her surroundings. I thoroughly enjoyed the various situations she found herself in throughout the volume. There is even a reference to Bela Lugosi that I loved.
In the third story, a class trip has everyone excited. There is quite a bit of humor and drama in this story. Despite the feelings of excitement and fun, the story quickly takes a more serious turn. A group of delinquents have become interested in some of the female students of class 3-E. They overpower the male students of that group and kidnap Yukiko and Kaede. I am excited to see how Koro deals with the situation in the next volume.
The fourth story is a special treat for Assassination Classroom fans. It is a showdown between Koro-Sensei and Kusuo Saiki. Kusuo is a psychic who seems to be the only person who can give Koro a run for his money. He has the power of teleportation. Will he be in future volumes?
Each time the students try to kill Koro-Sensei he uses the chance to teach them everything they need to know about survival. Because of this, they have grown to like him. This might cause some problems in the future. Koro-Sensei pushes himself in order to help him. In one part of the volume, it is obvious that all of the effort he has put in have temporarily weakened him. This is more than anyone has ever done for these students. The volume features fantastic character designs. The action scenes are extremely detailed. I cannot find anything about this volume that I did not like.