Today I recommend: Assassination Classroom Vol. 1 by Yusei Matsui.

The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who’s just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth–unless they can kill him first! Who has the best chance of winning that reward? Will the deed be accomplished through pity, brute force or poison…’ And what chance does their teacher have of repairing his students’ tattered self-esteem?

I picked up this manga because I heard it was good and I knew nothing about it other than the title. This turned out way more humorous than I expected, I thought based on the title that there were be a lot of angst and drama. Instead  this manga was funny and a quick read. The plot is nonsensical in the best way, the characters are sympathetic, and I like the style of the art. I’ll definitely be picking up the next volume in this series – who knows if they’ll actually manage to kill their alien teacher but it’ll be interesting to find out.

You can find Assassination Classroom in the YA Manga section at YA MANGA MATSUI.