Classroom of the Elite is a 2017 adaptation of the light novel of the same name. The studio is Lerche, who has created famous series such as Ansatsu Kyoushitsu and Danganronpa. The studio has also appeared before the audience in recent years with anime such as Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun and Astra Lost in Space. The first season of the anime was broadcast on AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS, Sun TV, TVQ, BS11 between July 12, 2017 – September 27, 2017. Licensed by Funimation and Crunchyroll, the anime managed to become famous worldwide in a short time when it was published. After more than three years, fans are still wondering, will the series have a second season?
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What is the plotline of Classroom of the Elite?
Kōdo Ikusei High School is a school full of privileges. In this school, classes are divided from A to D. Matters like clothing, hair, and jewelry are not important here at all. Everything is left to students’ creativity. Ikusei High School’s campus, which has the most advanced facilities in the country, is no different from a city center. Everything students may need available such as cafes, clothing stores, technology stores. The rate of students entering university or finding a job after finishing high school is 100%. In short, this high school is just like your dreams with one difference. Only the top students benefit from these privileges.
Our hero, Ayanokouji Kiyotaka, is among the applicants to enroll in this high school. However, due to his carelessness, he fails the entrance examination and is thrown into the D class called the “class of garbage”. Here Horikita meets Suzune and Kushida Kikyou. Suzune aims to move from D to A class. Kikyou’s only goal is to be friends with everyone. Thus, Ayanokouji begins a much different high school life than he expected.
Will there be a second season of the anime?
As of February 25, 2021, at the time of writing, neither Lerche, Kadokawa, nor any related company has not yet renewed the anime for a second season. The fact that three years have passed may suggest that the series will not have a new season. Maybe this idea is correct for a regular TV series, but it can be seen frequently in the anime industry for a long time. 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.
Lerche, known by beloved animes series since the 2010s, has worked on many projects with Seiji Kishi. The latest of these is Asobi Asobase and Radiant. We think the studio will willingly make a new season of Classroom of the Elite, but it does not appear in the upcoming plans. The studio, which started the year 2021 with the new anime series “Idoly Pride”, has not yet released another plan for all year. Seiji Kishi is preparing to direct the anime series “Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Full Blossom Arc”. He will also be directing the “Fate / Grand Carnival” OVA section this year.
Light novel status of the anime?
As we mentioned 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. Published by Media Factory, a sub-branch of Kadokawa, the light novel began airing in 2015 and is still ongoing. As of February 2021, the light novel, which has 17 volumes with the side story volumes, is also published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. The good news is that the original series is sufficient for source material and continues.
The anime does not follow the light novel directly chronologically. For some characters, it preferred an original script instead of following the light novel or manga. We see the clearest example of this for Kiyotaka Ayanokouji. Generally, the anime is based on a side story, volumes 4,5—other episodes inspired by volume 4 and volume 3. However, considering that the light novel has 16 volumes, there is enough source material for the second season in every respect.
Second season possibility in terms of “popularity”
The biggest financial resource of the anime is Blu-Ray sales. Although Classroom of the Elite gained popularity on the online platforms where it was published, this did not reflect on Blu-Ray sales. Generally, if discs sales exceed 5,000, an anime is considered to hold great promise for the second season. However, sales of discs are about 1,500, which is a disastrous defeat in terms of sales, and it is said that the second period of animation will be difficult.
On the other hand, the anime had another mission: to support light novel sales. The light novel series continued to sell even after the anime series aired. The critical point here is that anime has visibly influenced light novel sales. By 2021, sales of light novels approached 5 million. This number is a big record in the top 50 among all light novels of all time. The number of copies, which was 500,000 before the animation, doubled while the animation was broadcast, and the animation gained momentum after the release and approached 5 million recently.
This visible support by the anime for the original series and the light novel series’s growing popularity may make the creators think for a second season of the anime. Kadokawa light novel’s publishing firm rather than Lerche will take an active decision on this matter.
When is the release date of the second season?
Although there is no official news about renewal and release date, the anime’s second season is still not impossible. Sufficient source material is available. Although Blu-Ray sales are not good, they are very popular on online streaming platforms. We also know that anime has a positive impact on light novel sales. If a renewal comes, we hope to see the new season of the series in 2022. If an official announcement comes, we will share it with you.