Book Review: “Assassination Classroom, Volume 4” by Yusei Matsui

Cover of "Assassination Classroom, Vol. 4" by Yusei Matsui
Cover of “Assassination Classroom, Vol. 4” by Yusei Matsui

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Assassination Classroom, Volume 4” by Yusei Matsui! I enjoyed reading the past few volumes in this series so far, and so I thought it would be interesting to pick up the next installment and review it. Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“English teacher Irina’s assassination mentor makes an appearance and the two compete-using special agent Karasuma as their target. Another transfer student/would-be assassin joins the class, accompanied by a guardian who claims to be Koro Sensei’s…little brother?! A tentacle showdown ensues, sending everyone into a tentacle tizzy. Then, the 3-E students face humiliation yet again during a school baseball exhibition match. Plus, more secrets of Koro Sensei’s mysterious past revealed…!”

Content Warning:

This book contains many murder attempts. If you are uncomfortable with this content, please skip reading this book.

Character Development: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading Irina Jelavić during this volume, especially where she’s mainly featured in the opening chapters. It does resolve her previous arc from the last volume about Koro challenging her and her past mentor to “assassinate” someone else in the school, but it also gave her a lot more depth than I expected. It’s also nice to see her bonding a bit with Koro-Sensei and the rest of the students, as well as give a glimpse into her relationship with her former mentor.

I also enjoyed reading the rest of the class and their attempts to improve at anything they were challenged with. Whether it was beating the other classes at sports games, trying to excel in class, or attempting to murder Koro-Sensei for the umpteenth time in a row, they always tried their best. And considering that Koro-Sensei values them trying to genuinely improve and helps them do so, it gave way for many bonding moments.

Plot Development: 4 out of 5 stars

I thought that the overall story was interesting to read. Once again, the volume ends on a cliffhanger with the fate of the baseball game hanging in the balance this time, rather than the assassination competition from the previous volume. I suspect there will be more cliffhangers in the future until the finale, but that’s a given at this point of reading in the series.

There are also new things that one learns about Koro-Sensei in this volume, especially in the latter half. However, I can’t say much about it or else there could be potentially too-major spoilers that I’ll end up sharing. It does set up for a subplot to learn more about Koro-Sensei’s origins and existence, however, and I am curious to read more about it in later volumes.

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

This was another entertaining installment in the series, and I look forward to reading more with the next volume!

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