When This Woman Speaks About Anime: A Review of Classroom of the Elite (エリートの教室)

I love “Classroom of the Elite”. This Anime series is one of the best I have seen so far. I really did enjoy it, so I was excited to binge watch it, so I would suggest you clear your whole day because watching the twelve episodes will be a breeze. Anime binge watching is an excellent way to pass the time as we are still at home more due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Classroom of the Elite” is not like the other Anime series I have previously reviewed. Although it is a part of the genre  “Slice of Life” which is, “a genre that is more akin to melodrama than drama, bordering on absurd due to the large numbers of dramatic and comedic events in very short spans.” (Wikipedia) It is one of the darker series in the genre and highly entertaining.

The second season of this series is highly anticipated and if you watch the first season then you will understand why. So without further ado here is my review of Classroom of the Elite….

The Classroom of the Elite Plotline (SPOILER ALERT)

This series is fantastic as pulling you in and from the first episode you will be drawn inot a terrific story. This series is full of twists and turns and is captivating enough to hold my attention. Nobody is who they seem and there is several times where I was thrown for a loop.

The story is about the government established, Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing School and its questionable practices. This school is shady, but not only the students the teachers and personnel aren’t on the up and up either. The students are on a type of point system and that within itself is a problem and class rankings have made everyone desperate to advance by outrageous means. You won’t believe the plethora plot turn of events.

There are four classes at the school ranked in order A being the top and descending to B, C and the main focus of the series is D-class which contains a motley crew that are pitted against the other classes as they battle for top ranking and points.

THE MAIN CHARACTERS

Kiyotaka Ayanokoji 

Ayanokoji seems like a nonchalant guy who is just skating through life effortlessly but is way too complicated to really be as nonchalant as he appears. People seem to gravitate to him as he solves everyone’s problems with an uncertain ease. He is always thinking and making the moves behind the scenes never wanting to take  any credit, always shifting the praise for his ideas onto to other people. He turns out to be a diabolical the diabolical mastermind that everyone suspects he is.

Suzune Horikita

Horikita is a standoffish sort of mean smart girl who has something to prove to her brother who is an upperclassman the President of the Student council at the school. She is focused on moving up to Class A so is highly motivated to help the entire Class D improve so they can increase their ranking. She is miserly with her points and cautious as well as friendless.  She and Kiyotaka Ayanokoji become a form of ally and they often confide in each other despite her exhibiting hostile behavior towards him frequently. He often shifts credit to her for his successful schemes.

Kikyou Kushida

Kushida is a perfect example of what I mean when I say the characters in this series do not turn out to be who you think they are. When we as the viewer are first introduced to her she seems like a sweet girl eager to be friends with everybody and is endearing enough to be well on her way of achieving her goal. All of the boys want to be with her and will fall all over themselves for her attention. Her personality has won her over with all of the girls with the exception of Horikita.

 Airi Sakura

Sakura is another girl in Class D is who has as secret she is keeping about herself. She loves to photograph herself and has a following on social media because of it. She has a stalker due to her posting pictures of herself wearing all sorts of suggestive bikinis.  There is an uncomfortable scene when an online stalker attempts to force himself on her but she is saved by Ayanokoji. She becomes a close friend of  Kiyotaka Ayanokoji if you could say he has any friends.

Ken Sudou

Sudou is a brute of a guy stuck in Class D but the least likely to make it without being kicked out due to his total lack of anger management and self control. He is frequently the target of Class C as he is constantly picked on and bullied by them. He is easily provoked and nobody’s victim and he ends up defending himself and getting in trouble for an incident. He is secretly in love with Horikita and there is a hilarious scene where he finds out her first name. He often struggles because of his lack of awareness about how his temper hinders his success at the school.

Do I recommend this series?

Yes! If you are a fan of the “Slice of Life” genre then you more than likely will agree. There are some scenes that are not for younger viewers but enough mischief to satisfy an older crowd. Warning there is a lot of focus on boobage and cleavage and sexually suggestiveness, but I mean nothing graphic but they do push the limits at points so some discretion may be needed and you can skip episode 7 and still follow the story but it’s nothing too raunchy. At no point is the series boring, there are some mysteries that pop up and shocking revelations but things get bananas when they end up trying to survive on secluded island as a competition between the four classes for points.

There is no definite release date for Season Two but it is assumed it will be released either later this year of early 2021. Have you been waiting for Season Two?

Are you an Anime fan? Have you ever seen Classroom of the Elite?

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