Classroom of the Elite is a 2017 adaptation of the light novel of the same name. The studio is Lerchewho has made famous series like Asobi Asobase† The studio has also made public appearances in recent years with anime such as Toilet-bound Hanako-kun and Astra lost in space† The first season of the anime aired on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS, Sun TV, TVQ, BS11 between July 12, 2017 – September 27, 2017. Licensed from Funimation and crunchy rolls, the anime managed to become famous worldwide in a short time when it was published. After more than three years, fans are still wondering if the series is a second season†
What is the storyline of Classroom of the Elite?
Kōdo Ikusei High School is a school full of privileges. In this school the classes are divided from A to D. Things like clothes, hair and jewelry are not important here at all. Everything is left to the creativity of the students. The campus of Ikusei High School, which has the most advanced facilities in the country, is no different from a city center. Everything students need is available such as cafes, clothing stores, technology stores. The percentage of students who go to college or find a job after finishing high school is 100%. Basically, this high school is just like your dreams with one difference. Only the best students benefit from these privileges.
Our hero, Ayanokouji Kiyotaka, is one of the candidates to enroll in this high school. However, due to his carelessness, he fails the entrance exam and is thrown into the D class which is called the “class of waste”. Here Horikita meets Suzune and Kushida Kikyou. Suzune is aiming for a switch from the D to the A class. Kikyou’s only goal is to be friends with everyone. Thus, Ayanokouji begins a very different life in high school than he expected.
Will there be a second season of the anime?
From December 29, 2021At the time of writing, neither Lerche, Kadokawa, nor any affiliated company has renewed the anime for one second season† The fact that four years have passed may indicate that the series will not get a new season. Perhaps this idea is correct for other TV dramas; however, we can see that animes got the approval of the new season years later. There is no official announcement for the second season of the anime yet, but there are hints to make some predictions. We are going to speculate about a new season of the series based on some key factors.
LercheKnown for the beloved anime series since the 2010s, has worked on many projects with Seiji Kishi. The newest of these is Asobi Asobase and radiant. We think the studio will be happy to make a new season Classroom of the Elite, but it’s not in any upcoming plans. The studio, which started the year 2021 with the new anime series “Idoly Pride”, has a new anime, Rumble Garanndoll, scheduled for October 11, 2021. Seiji Kishi is also currently directing the anime series “Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Full Blossom Arch”.
Slight new Elite Classroom status?
As we said at the beginning of the article, Classroom of the Elite is a light novel adaptation. The original series was written by Shōgo Kinugasa and illustrated by Shunsaku Tomose. The light novel, published by Media Factory, a sub-branch of Kadokawa, aired in 2015 and is still ongoing. From December 2021, the light novel, which has 20 parts with the side story parts, will also be published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. The good news is that the original series is sufficient as source material and is still going on. The final installment in the series will be published on October 25, 2021.
The Classroom of the Elite anime does not directly follow the light novel chronologically. For some characters, it preferred an original script rather than following the light novel or manga. The clearest example of this is seen with Kiyotaka Ayanokouji. In general, the anime is based on a side story, volumes 4.5 – other episodes inspired by volume 4 and volume 3. However, since the light novel has 19 parts, there is plenty of source material for the second season in every way.
Disc sales and popularity
Blu-Ray sales are important because anime is a for-profit production. Although Classroom of the Elite gained popularity on the online streaming platforms where it was published, it did not reflect Blu-Ray sales. In general, if disc sales exceed 4,000, an anime is considered promising for the second season. However, the sale of discs is about: 1500, which is a disastrous defeat in terms of sales, and it is said that the second period of animation will be difficult. (Although disc sales have fallen in recent years, disc sales were still popular in 2017 when the anime was released.)
On the other hand, the anime had another mission: to support the sale of light novels. The light novel series continued to sell even after the anime series aired. The critical point here is that anime has visibly affected the sales of light novels. More than by 2021 5 million copies of the series in circulation. The number of copies, that was 500,000 before the animation, doubled as the animation aired, and the animation gained momentum after its release, recently approaching 5 million. This apparent support of the anime for the original series and the growing popularity of the light novel series may make the creators think about a second season of the anime. The publisher of Kadokawa light novel instead of Lerche will take an active decision on this matter.
As another measure of popularity, we can look at Google’s search volumes or the number of Twitter followers. While not considered very successful in disc sales, it still has a strong fan base. 177k people follow the anime’s page on Twitter, and Classroom of the Elite is at least as much searched by people on Google as popular anime like Bakic or Food Wars!†
2nd Season Chance of Elite Classroom
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Above average ratings (7.84 on MA, 7.6 on IMDb)
Enough light New source material availability
Good Light Novel Sales (5+ million copies in print)
Major distributor like Amazon Prime
Ongoing light novel
Only one season
No success in disc sales
No extension since 2017
When is the second season release date?
While there is no official news about the extension and Publication date, the second season of the anime is still likely. Sufficient source material is available and the light novel has yet to be published. Although Blu-Ray sales are not good, anime is very popular on online streaming platforms. We also know that anime has a positive influence on the ongoing sales of light novels. If confirmation comes, we hope to see the new season of the series in 2022 or 2023† Until then, we recommend similar animes in the psychological thriller genre like B: The beginning and Future Diary† Stay tuned
What could be the storyline of Classroom of the Elite?
Obviously, the anime only has one season in total and it feels like it was abandoned because quite a few new parts were adapted in the first season of the anime. And if the anime continues, it will definitely be more than two seasons. The fans hope so and so do we. Most likely, the end of the second season will be the seventh part. If you are not patient enough to wait for a new season, you can read the light novel from the beginning of the fourth part.
The second season of the Classroom of the Elite anime series will focus on the story from the fourth light novel. In the next arc, the factions will be divided into teams to fight in the cruise ship. But this war, contrary to popular belief, will not be fought with normal weapons, stones, sticks. All students are divided into twelve groups according to their zodiac sign, and each group will try to find out which student is the VIP member in the other groups. It’s kind of like the ship version of the human-finding exam they took in the jungle. These events will be prevented and the resulting drama will bring the audience to tears. Looking at the story in general, we are sure that in addition to the dramatic scenes, we will also see a lot of entertaining scenes.