Classroom of the Elite was ramping up into something great, hopefully, it’ll get a second season.
When the fall anime series was released on Crunchyroll, there were a lot of shows that seemed interesting. The one that caught my eye immediately was Classroom of the Elite. After reading the description, thoughts of another all-time great anime came flooding forward, Baka to Test. Baka to Test had a similar set up about a school caste system and interesting hijinks about how to climb the system. The difference was Classroom of the Elite was much more serious.
Crunchyroll.com’s Classroom of the Elite description:
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji has just enrolled at Tokyo Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, where it’s said that 100% of students go on to college or find employment. But he ends up in Class 1-D, which is full of all the school’s problem children. What’s more, every month, the school awards students points with a cash value of 100,000 yen, and the classes employ a laissez-faire policy in which talking, sleeping, and even sabotage are permitted during class. One month later, Ayanokoji, Horikita, and the students of Class D learn the truth of the system in place within their school…
The show revolves around Kiyotaka Ayanokouji who is a bit of an enigma. It becomes clear very early on that Ayanokouji is smarter than he is letting on, but you are wondering from the jump why he’s so guarded. While watching Ayanokouji maneuver this school, it’s special rules and ecosystem more and more questions arise. That’s what the most compelling and the most frustrating thing about this show. The only things that you know for sure, is that the goal is to reach Class-A, the motives and backgrounds of all the other students are unclear.
The reason this show was so interesting is that they showed us so little of the character’s backgrounds. They give you little tidbits throughout the entire first season, but nothing definitive. There are so many questions that need answering! What does AyanoKouji’s father fit in? What about Suzune’s brother and their family dynamic? Why is Kikiyo forcing herself to be so two-faced? Also, what is the role of the Class-D teacher in all of this? I hope there is a second season because I don’t want to read the manga for spoilers. Though, if the show doesn’t get a second season I’ll guess I’ll have to.