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 Asobi Asobase. 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?
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 jewellery 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 is 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 December 29, 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 four years have passed may suggest that the series will not have a new season. Maybe this idea is correct for other TV dramas; however, we can see that animes have received new season approval 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.
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 set another anime, Rumble Garanndoll, for October 11, 2021. Seiji Kishi is also currently directing the anime series “Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Full Blossom Arc”.
Light novel status of the Classroom of the Elite?
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 December 2021, the light novel, which has 20 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 it is still ongoing. The last volume of the series has been published on October 25, 2021.
The Classroom of the Elite 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 19 volumes, there is enough source material for the second season in every respect.
LN adaptation rate
Disc Sales and Popularity
Blu-Ray sales are important since anime is for-profit production. Although Classroom of the Elite gained popularity on the online streaming platforms where it was published, this did not reflect on Blu-Ray sales. Generally, if discs sales exceed 4,000, 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. (Although disc sales have declined 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 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, more than 5 million copies of the series in circulation. 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.
As another metric to show popularity, we can look at Google search volumes or look at the number of Twitter followers. Although it is 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 searched by people on Google at least as much as popular anime such as Baki or Food Wars!.
2nd Season Chance of Classroom of the Elite
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on Social Media
Popularity on Google Searches
Success in Disc Sales
Above Average Reviews (7.84 on MA, 7.6 on IMDb)
Enough Light Novel Source Material Availability
Good Light Novel Sales (5+ million copies in print)
Big Distributor such as Amazon Prime
Ongoing Light Novel
Only One Season
No Success in Disc Sales
No Renewal Since 2017
When is the release date of the second season?
Although there is no official news about the renewal and release date, the anime’s second season is still likely. Sufficient source material is available and the light novel is still ongoing 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 impact on ongoing light novel sales. If a confirmation comes, we hope to see the new season of the series in 2022 or 2023. Till then we recommend similar animes in the psychological thriller genre such as B: The Beginning and Future Diary. Stay tuned
What can be the plotline of Classroom of the Elite?
It’s clear that the anime has only one season in total and feels like it was abandoned because quite a small number of novel volumes were adapted in the anime’s first season. And if the anime continues, it will definitely be more than two seasons. That’s what the fans and we hope. Most likely, the end of the second season will be the seventh volume. If you’re not patient enough to wait for a new season, you can read the light novel from the beginning of the fourth volume.
The second season of the Classroom of the Elite anime series will focus on the story starting from the fourth light novel. In the next arc, the factions will be divided into teams to fight inside the cruise ship. But this war, contrary to what is thought, will not be by 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 on-the-ship version of the man-finding exam they did in the jungle. These events will be prevented, and the resulting drama will bring the audience to tears. When we look at the story in general, we are sure that we will see many entertaining scenes besides the dramatic scenes.
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