Classroom of the Elite

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Classroom of the Elite
Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume featuring Suzune Horikita (left) and Kiyotaka Ayanokōji (right).
ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ
(Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e)
GenrePsychological Thriller[1] Drama
Light novel
Written byShōgo Kinugasa
Illustrated byShunsaku Tomose
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runMay 25, 2015September 25, 2019
Volumes11 + 3 short story collections (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byShōgo Kinugasa
Illustrated byYuyu Ichino
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
DemographicSeinen
Original runJanuary 27, 2016 – present
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Manga
Classroom of the Elite: Horikita
Written byShōgo Kinugasa
Illustrated bySakagaki
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
DemographicSeinen
Original runJune 27, 2017May 26, 2018
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
Produced by
  • Shō Tanaka
  • Masahito Ikemoto
  • Ashitate Harutaka
  • Aya Iizuka
  • Hideo Itō
  • Meiko Tsuruta
  • Yūta Kashiwabara
  • Mitsuhiro Ogata
Written by
  • Aoi Akashiro (#1–12)
  • Hayato Kazano (#13–)
Music by
StudioLerche
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS, Sun TV, TVQ, BS11
English network
Original run July 12, 2017 – present
Episodes25 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Classroom of the Elite: Year 2
Written byShōgo Kinugasa
Illustrated byShunsaku Tomose
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runJanuary 24, 2020 – present
Volumes8 + 1 short story collection (List of volumes)
Manga
Classroom of the Elite: Year 2
Written byShōgo Kinugasa
Illustrated byShia Sasane
Published byMedia Factory
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
DemographicSeinen
Original runDecember 25, 2021 – present
Volumes1 (List of volumes)

Classroom of the Elite (Japanese: ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ, Hepburn: Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e, lit. "Welcome to the Classrooms Where Merit is Paramount") is a Japanese light novel series, written by Shōgo Kinugasa and illustrated by Shunsaku Tomose published from May 2015 to September 2019 under Media Factory's MF Bunko J imprint. A sequel light novel series called "Classroom of the Elite: Year 2" began publishing in January 2020. A manga adaptation by Yuyu Ichino began its serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive on January 27, 2016. A manga adaptation of the sequel light novel series illustrated by Shia Sasane began serialization in the same magazine on December 25, 2021. An anime television series adaptation by Lerche aired with the first season in 2017. A second season aired from July to September 2022, and a third season will premiere in 2023.

Plot[edit]

The Japanese government has established the Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing School, dedicated to instruct and foster the generation of people that will support the country in the future. The students are given a high degree of freedom in order to closely mimic real life.

The story follows the perspective of Kiyotaka Ayanokōji, a quiet and unassuming boy, who is not good at making friends and would rather keep his distance, but possesses unrivaled intelligence. He is a student of Class-D, which is where the school dumps its inferior students. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyō Kushida, two other students in his class, the situation begins to change and he starts to get involved in many affairs, and his thought of an ideal normal high school life begins to get scattered.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Classroom of the Elite[edit]

The series is written by Shōgo Kinugasa with illustrations by Shunsaku Tomose with total eleven volumes and three short volumes have been published from May 25, 2015, to September 25, 2019, under Media Factory's MF Bunko J imprint. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the series.[3] On February 17, 2021, Seven Seas announced it released a new version of volume seven due to the localization decisions in the original omitting several paragraphs.[4]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 May 25, 2015[5]978-4-04-067657-9February 7, 2019 (Digital)
May 7, 2019 (Physical)[6]
978-1-64-275137-6
2 September 25, 2015[7]978-4-04-067778-1May 16, 2019 (Digital)
August 13, 2019 (Physical)[8]
978-1-64-275139-0
3 January 25, 2016[9]978-4-04-068008-8July 18, 2019 (Digital)
November 19, 2019 (Physical)[10]
978-1-64-275723-1
4 May 25, 2016[11]978-4-04-068338-6November 21, 2019 (Digital)
February 25, 2020 (Physical)[12]
978-1-64-505197-8
4.5 September 23, 2016[13]978-4-04-068629-5February 6, 2020 (Digital)
June 16, 2020 (Physical)[14]
978-1-64-505437-5
5 January 25, 2017[15]978-4-04-069017-9May 14, 2020 (Digital)
July 21, 2020 (Physical)[16]
978-1-64-505486-3
6 May 25, 2017[17]978-4-04-069231-9July 23, 2020 (Digital)
October 13, 2020 (Physical)[18]
978-1-64-505751-2
7 October 25, 2017[19]978-4-04-069458-0October 29, 2020 (Digital)
January 19, 2021 (Physical)[20]
978-1-64-505820-5
7.5 January 25, 2018[21]978-4-04-069675-1February 4, 2021 (Digital)
March 23, 2021 (Physical)[22]
978-1-64-505975-2
8 May 25, 2018[23]978-4-04-069861-8May 27, 2021 (Digital)
June 22, 2021 (Physical)[24]
978-1-64-827223-3
9 September 25, 2018[25]978-4-04-065157-6August 26, 2021 (Digital)
September 28, 2021 (Physical)[26]
978-1-64-827261-5
10 January 25, 2019[27]978-4-04-065506-2February 17, 2022 (Digital)
March 15, 2022 (Physical)[28]
978-1-64-827321-6
11 May 25, 2019[29]978-4-04-065739-4April 7, 2022 (Digital)
May 10, 2022 (Physical)[30]
978-1-64-827361-2
11.5 September 25, 2019[31]978-4-04-064007-5May 12, 2022 (Digital)
June 28, 2022 (Physical)[32]
978-1-63858-102-4

Classroom of the Elite: Year 2[edit]

A sequel light novel series called Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 is written by Shōgo Kinugasa with illustrations by Shunsaku Tomose and has been published under Media Factory's MF Bunko J imprint since January 2020.[33] As of October 2022, eight volumes and one short volumes have been released. Seven Seas Entertainment has also licensed Year 2.[34]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 January 24, 2020[35]978-4-04-064329-8June 9, 2022 (Digital)
July 19, 2022 (Physical)[36]
978-1-63858-182-6
2 June 25, 2020[37]978-4-04-064664-0July 21, 2022 (Digital)
August 30, 2022 (Physical)[38]
978-1-63858-337-0
3 October 24, 2020[39]978-4-04-065942-8September 8, 2022 (Digital)
November 22, 2022 (Physical)[40]
978-1-63858-642-5
4 February 25, 2021[41]978-4-04-680166-1December 29, 2022 (Digital)
February 7, 2023 (Physical)[42]
978-1-63858-817-7
4.5 June 25, 2021[43]978-4-04-680516-4May 9, 2023 (Physical)[44]978-1-68579-639-6
5 October 25, 2021[45]978-4-04-680846-2July 11, 2023 (Physical)[46]978-1-68579-653-2
6 February 25, 2022[47]978-4-04-681185-1
7 June 24, 2022[48]978-4-04-681477-7
8 October 25, 2022[49]978-4-04-681833-1
9 February 25, 2023[50]978-4-04-682213-0

Manga[edit]

Classroom of the Elite[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Yuyu Ichino began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine on January 27, 2016. It has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes as of February 22, 2022. Seven Seas Entertainment has also licensed the manga and the first volume was released in February 2022.[51]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 September 23, 2016[52]978-4-04-068550-2February 22, 2022[53]978-1-63858-130-7
2 January 23, 2017[54]978-4-04-069039-1May 10, 2022[55]978-1-63858-242-7
3 March 23, 2017[56]978-4-04-069120-6August 16, 2022[57]978-1-63858-599-2
4 July 22, 2017[58]978-4-04-069303-3November 1, 2022[59]978-1-63858-772-9
5 November 22, 2017[60]978-4-04-069532-7February 21, 2023[61]978-1-63858-964-8
6 April 23, 2018[62]978-4-04-069747-5May 23, 2023[63]978-1-68579-511-5
7 November 21, 2018[64]978-4-04-065321-1
8 June 22, 2019[65]978-4-04-065704-2
9 January 23, 2020[66]978-4-04-064297-0
10 August 20, 2020[67]978-4-04-064789-0
11 June 23, 2021[68]978-4-04-680382-5
12 February 22, 2022[69]978-4-04-681125-7

Classroom of the Elite: Horikita[edit]

A spin-off manga illustrated by Sakagaki and centered around the character Suzune Horikita was serialized in Monthly Comic Alive from June 2017 to May 2018. Its chapters were collected in two tankōbon volumes.[70] At Anime Expo 2022, Seven Seas Entertainment announced that they licensed the spin-off for English publication.[71]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 November 22, 2017[72]978-4-04-069642-3July 4, 2023[73]978-1-63858-850-4
2 June 23, 2018[74]978-4-04-069825-0

Classroom of the Elite: Year 2[edit]

A manga adaptation of the sequel light novel series illustrated by Shia Sasane began serialization in the Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine on December 25, 2021.[75] It has been collected in one tankōbon volumes as of June 2022.

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 June 22, 2022[76]978-4-04-681438-8

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced and aired from July 12 to September 27, 2017, on AT-X and other channels.[77][78] Seiji Kishi and Hiroyuki Hashimoto directed the anime at Lerche. Aoi Akashiro handled the series composition, Kazuaki Morita designed the characters, and Ryo Takahashi composed the music.[79][80] The opening theme "Caste Room" is performed by ZAQ, and the ending theme "Beautiful Soldier" is performed by Minami.[78][81] Crunchyroll streamed the series with subtitles[82] and Funimation streamed the English dub.[83] iQIYI added the series onto its platform in 2022, Q3, and Thai dub of the series is available as well. [84]

On February 21, 2022, it was announced that a sequel was in production.[85] The series was later revealed to be two additional seasons, with Lerche returning as the studio. The second season is directed by Yoshihito Nishōji, with Kishi and Hashimoto returning as chief directors, Hayato Kazano replacing Akashiro as the scriptwriter, and Morita returning as the character designer. Masaru Yokoyama and Kana Hashiguchi are composing the music, replacing Takahashi. The second season aired from July 4 to September 26, 2022. The opening theme "Dance in the Game" is performed by ZAQ, and the ending theme "Hito Jibai" is performed by Mai Fuchigami.[80][86] The third season will premiere in 2023.[80]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Credited as Chief Director (総監督, Sō Kantoku) for the second season.

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