Manga Mondays: Assassination Classroom volume 5 — Finish the game, meet a creep, and swimming?

***VizMedia did not have a hand in this post other than the publication of the series in the US. They did not provide me with a copy of this book to review. It was done for fun, not monetary gain.***

Volume 5 of Assassination Classroom continues with the finale of the baseball game that began in the last volume. Principal Asano shows up and takes over, claiming the actual baseball coach to be sick and taking his place, making a game plan with the varsity team in order to help them beat Class 3-E.

It almost works for them, but in the end, after everything that plays out, Class 3-E does the unthinkable and wins! Sugino has a friendly moment with the captain of the baseball team, and Korosensei marks this one as a win for him, and a loss for Asano, tying them up.

After this, there’s a small filler chapter focusing on Sugaya and his art skills, which is actually a really funny little chapter. I really enjoyed it!

The next few chapters, leading up the final one of this volume, involves a new teacher to Class 3-E, a man named Akira Takaoka, a sadistic character brought in by the government to take over Karasuma’s place and train the students.

This doesn’t go over well, as Takaoka is horribly abusive to the kids, acting like an abusive parent and trying to win them over by saying if they love him like a dad, they won’t be punished, but when they do disobey, he will beat them. The students immediately call for Karasuma to come back, and Takaoka makes a challenge towards him.

If one of the students, whoever Karasuma picks, can catch Takaoka with a real knife, he’ll leave and let Karasuma continue teaching them.

Karasuma, surprisingly, selects Nagisa to take up the challenge, and, against all odds, Nagisa comes out on top, which infuriates Takaoka, especially after Asano shows up and basically fires the abusive jerk face.

In the end, Karasuma resumes his job as the P.E. teacher, and everyone is happy when they head out for some treats with him (minus Korosensei who gets left behind).

The final chapter shows the students (and Korosensei) basically melting from the horrible summer heat. Because it would take them 20 minutes to walk down to the school to use the pool, Korosensei creates one for the students from a nearby steam, and takes them there for a swim day, where the students find out something interesting about their teacher, and Kataoka decides it’s her turn for an assassination attempt.

This was a fun volume, I think! The characters introduced are interesting, and I absolutely despise Takaoka now, lol. I think that was the point though, so you wanted Karasuma back right away.

I can’t wait to get volume 6 and see what happens next. I’m really excited!

Next week’s Manga Monday will be a return to Naruto; I think we’ll move onto volume two, since I’ve already done volume one! So please look forward to that!

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