Classroom of the Elite
- Mangaka : KINUGASA Syougo (Story), ICHINO Yuyu (art), TOMOSESHUNSAKU (character design)
- Publisher : Seven Seas Entertainment
- Genre : Seinen, Harem, Ecchi, Psychological, Drama, School Life
- Published : March 2022 — present
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite), a psychological school drama, burst onto the anime scene in 2017 and quickly gained fans thanks to its characters and plot. The series’ request for a second season was granted in early March of this year, and almost simultaneously, the first volume of the manga adaptation was released.
We’ve heard great things about the light novels and anime for Classroom of the Elite, so before we binge-watch the anime in time for Season 2, we’re looking at Volume 1 of the manga.
We are discussing the first volume of the manga Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite) on Honey’s Anime today!
Discussion Time The Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School, where Discussion Time Classroom of the Elite is set, is a unique high school that guarantees admission to prestigious colleges and careers for its graduates. All students live on campus in luxurious dorms, receive monthly allowances, and are free to shop at the on-campus stores for anything from food to clothing to video games. For the majority of the students, this place is a dream come true.
Our main character, Ayanokouji Kiyotaka, is capable and intelligent, and it appears that he has his own reasons for wanting to remain in Class D, also known as the “loser class.” Horikita Suzune, his classmate and required tsundere, is working hard to move up to the prestigious Class A.
Despite claims of a brutal psychological drama, Volume 1 doesn’t offer much to discuss. Although we can tell that many of the characters are plotting for themselves, the majority of the content in this volume plays out like a high school slice-of-life.
Every panel and drawing drips with the same exquisite quality as the full-page artwork from the light novel, which is an astounding effort for a manga adaptation. The art style merits special recognition. There are also numerous “ecchi” moments with numerous chances to display the female classmates’ bodies that appeal to a wider audience of readers (both real and imagined).
Why You Should Read Youkoso Jitsuryoku Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite) (Manga) Volume 1
1. Watch This Space
There will be a lot of psychological manipulation and drama in the series, based on what we know about the light novels and its overall idea. The first volume plants the notion that not everything at this school is as it seems. The majority of the characters, including our main character, have hidden agendas!
If the focus of this book is establishing the school and the people, we anticipate that the plot will be more fully developed in the following few volumes. There will undoubtedly be excellent things, but it may require more than one volume to get there.
2. It’s Pretty To Look At
When it comes to reading manga, there’s no avoiding the fact that readers demand visually appealing content. This first volume is a true pleasure in that way. As we already noted, even in the joke panels, the character designs and full-page spreads are exquisite.
It’s crucial that each character stands out when there is such a vast cast, and the mangaka has done a tremendous job in this regard. The boys stand out enough to be recognised, and the girls are all stunning but have individual personalities. If you’ve been reading light novels and want to see your favourite characters drawn more frequently, it’s absolutely something worth discussing!
Why You Should Skip Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite) (Manga) Volume 1
1. Adaptation vs Reinterpretation?
The manga has put more of a focus on ecchi aspects as a result of its desire to appeal to a wider audience. With explicit references to certain more, shall we say, “adult” acts, there are some extremely suggestive sequences that, in our opinion, should have raised the manga’s grade from “Teen” to “Older Teen.”
Even though we enjoy fan service, it often feels forced, as if the creators were worried that if there weren’t a bikini or bra panel every thirty pages or so, readers wouldn’t connect with the characters. It lessens Classroom of the Elite’s “psychological drama” element and pushes the plot more squarely into “high school harem” realm.
There is undoubtedly opportunity for Classroom of the Elite to develop. But suggesting the first volume of the manga when there is already an anime and a large number of light novels to read is a little challenging. We’ll be watching to see how the team approaches the primary storyline in the second and third volumes.
Pick up the manga if you’ve previously read Classroom of the Elite. Are seeking for more of your favourite characters. Even though the adaptation departs from the original tone. There is still much to love, and the illustrations alone are worth the admission fee.
Are you a follower of Classroom of the Elite? Do you have a copy of the manga adaptation? In the comments section below, let’s discuss. As always, thanks for reading!