Book Review: “Assassination Classrom, Vol. 5” by Yusei Matsui

Cover of "Assassination Classroom, Vol. 5" by Yusei Matsui
Cover of “Assassination Classroom, Vol. 5” by Yusei Matsui

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Assassination Classroom, Volume 5” by Yusei Matsui! I’ve read previous books in this series, and I really enjoyed them so far. Here’s a quick summary so we know what this volume is about:

“Intramural relations are at an all-time low: Principal Asano wants to crush Koro Sensei’s 3-E baseball team while Koro Sensei wants to avenge Principal Asano’s sabotage of 3-E’s midterms. Then the government sends in a new Special Forces operative—a ruthless father figure who tests Karasuma’s combat coaching skills. You’ll never guess which student does him proud! And when Koro Sensei digs a swimming pool to help his students cool off, they discover a new weakness of his—as well as how cute their classmates look in swimsuits!”

Content Warning:

This volume has attempted assassinations/murder, but also attempted abuse of students and discussed past abuse of soldiers. If you are sensitive to such content, please read carefully or skip reading this one.

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

There is more character development given to Koro-Sensei, as well as several staff members at the school. I was impressed to see how the new Special Forces operative (whose name I won’t mention here so I won’t spoil too much) seemed kind but revealed his true cruel depths in due time. However, I am glad to also see him removed from the school—though I doubt it will be the last the characters see of him for now.

As for the other students, I felt that the volume had more focus on the staff, so the students did not have as much development this time. I’m sure this will change in the next volume since the series is so centered around Koro-sensei and the students as is.

Plot Development: 3.5 out of 5 stars!

It is hugely implied that the Principal wants to do anything to enforce his policies and beliefs at all costs, but how exactly is unknown (other than constantly trying to humiliate Class 3-E that is). Most of this plot is admittedly filler compared to the previous volumes, but there are several points that foreshadow revealing more of Koro-Sensei’s past, why he was brought to the school to teach there to begin with, as well as more about the gritty history of the school itself. Though I was a bit disappointed by the lack of progression in the main story, the foreshadowing created a nice setup for future volumes.

Overall, I’m rating this book 3.5 out of 5 stars!

This book is a bit more filler-y compared to the previous volumes, but there is still plot-relevant information and a lot of interesting foreshadowing involved. I look forward to reading the next volume!

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