Book Review: “Assassination Classroom, Volume 3” by Yūsei Matsui


I’m back with another book review and this time I’m reviewing the manga “Assassination Classroom, Volume 3” by Yūsei Matsui! I read the last two volumes in this series before and enjoyed them overall, so I’m happy to pick up another part of this series and read it. Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“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 warranted—and Koro Sensei can help with that too! Then Irina, the English language teacher/sexy assassin, gets a visit from her murder mentor.”

Content Warning:

This volume contains threats of sexual assault (though no actual assault happens), kidnapping, and attempted murder. Please be careful when reading this manga or skip it entirely.

Plot Development: 4 out of 5 stars

This volume started with first resolving the kidnapping plot that started from the last volume. I enjoyed reading how the students knew exactly how to deal with the situation because Koro-Sensei had already predicted such a thing happening in the first place, and I love how they all worked together. It was also fun to read Red Eye and his attempts to kill Koro-Sensei, only to fail and decide to quit halfway through after having a peaceful chat with Koro. I thought those opportunities helped strengthen character development.

I also thought the addition of scientists trying to create an AI to kill Koro was a fun concept, and I love how she ended up rebelling against them for the sake of her classmates. I wonder how that plotline will ensue in future volumes, though. This volume also ended on a cliffhanger with Vitch and her mentor being challenged by Koro-Sensei to see who is the better assassin. I’m interested in reading more on that plotline in the next volume!

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading the students. I felt that they were more active and with each new volume, I think I learn a bit more about them. Vitch and Red Eye were also fun to read. Vitch has a lot more development in this volume, as she adapts to her teaching habits while also struggling to make a name for herself as an assassin. Red Eye’s appearance is much briefer since he only shows up in one to two chapters, but I love how Koro-Sensei ended up befriending him.

I also enjoyed reading the new student/robot assassin, Ritsu. Her development from being a killing machine to learning to get along with the students and become a more independent being was fun to read, and I hope to see more of her cooperating with the other students in the next volume.

Overall, I’m rating this manga 4 out of 5 stars!

This was probably one of the series’ strongest entries so far, and I look forward to reading more!

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