An alien octopus destroys 70% of the moon and travels to Earth. There, he becomes a teacher at Kunugigaoka Junior High, where he teaches the outcasts of Class 3-E. The students name their alien teacher, “Koro Sensei.” He promises to destroy the Earth after they graduate, so it's up to these students to kill their teacher in order to save the world. They are the “Assassination Classroom.”
As Assassination Classroom, Vol. 2 (Chapters 8 to 16; entitled Time for Grown-Ups) opens, Class 3-E has a new teacher, and she's a hottie. However, Irina Jelavich has a secret; she's an assassin, and she is ready to claim the $10 million reward for killing Koro Sensei.
He may want to destroy Earth, but Koro Sensei wants to turn his outcasts into the top students at Kunugigaoka. However, Principal Gakuho Asano has a pecking order to maintain, and he wants everyone to know their place – especially the denizens of Class 3-E.
THE LOWDOWN: After reading the first volume of the Assassination Classroom manga, I found it a bit weird. With Assassination Classroom Volume 2, the series seems to settle into a rhythm. Assassinating the alien teacher is not the only thing that is so important to the situations in this sci-fi shonen comedy.
The students form an ensemble, and with each story, creator Yusei Matsui focuses on a particular student, letting the readers get to know him or her. The addition of the curvy Miss Jelavich adds another layer of comedy. I really laughed out loud at most of the scenes relating to her in this volume. Assassination Classroom may be more than what it first appeared to be, and it may show still more in future volumes.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Fans of manga comedies about aliens and humans coming together will want to enroll in Assassination Classroom.