With the confirmation of the long-awaited Classroom of the Elite Season 2, it’s the perfect time for newcomers to jump into anime and manga.
With Season 2 finally confirmed after a five-year wait, now is the perfect time to get started with Elite class before the anime began its “Luxury Cruise Ship” arc. It can be hard to know where to start, especially since the franchise began as a series of light novels and how its volumes are separated into Year 1 and Year 2.
First published in 2015, the novels were picked up for an anime adaptation by Studio Lerche in 2017 and a manga adaptation in 2016, which is still ongoing. Here is what Elite class is all about and where potential fans can find its various versions.
The plot of Classroom of the Elite
Elite class follows high school student Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, who prefers to be left alone rather than befriend his class D classmates. Set in the distant future, their school was established by the government to ensure the success of its next generation of Japanese citizens . This ruthless school operates on a merit-based system, and Class D is where the lowest ranked students hang out so others can laugh at them for their failures.
Despite his average grades and placement in the “dump class”, Ayanokoji is actually incredibly smart but chooses not to aim for top of the class. This secret intelligence underlies a traumatic past with many mysteries yet to be unraveled. After getting involved with two of his classmates, Ayanokoji’s perspective on the school and his classmates begins to change.
Where to Read Classroom Elite Manga/Light Novels
the Elite class the light novels have been translated into English and are available from Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Right Stuf Anime, and many other retailers. Amazon has the books listed at $12.99 each, while Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million list them at $13.99, and Right Stuf offers them at $11.19 each.
Amazon has Kindle versions available for around $8.99 to $9.99, also the price of B&N’s Nook version. At the time of writing, 12 of the 14 Year 1 volumes have been published in English, numbered 1-10 with volumes 4.5 and 7.5 also added.
The manga adaptation has not been released in English as of this writing, but is available for pre-order through the previously listed sites with a March 1, 2022 release date. The digital version will cost $9.99 while the physical version will be $13.99, while Volume 2 will be available on May 10, 2022. Year 2 light novels will be released later this year from July 19, 2022.
Where to Watch The Classroom of Elite Anime
the Elite class anime is available for free from the official Funimation website, though fans will need a premium account for the Japanese dub. It is also available for free on Crunchyroll. Episodes are available for purchase in HD on Amazon for $2.99 per episode, or $23.99 for the entire first season.
An official Blu-ray version is also available on Amazon for $34.07, which also includes a DVD copy and is in Digital HD. Episodes are also available on Youtube for $1.99 for standard definition or $2.99 for HD. Season 1 costs around $24.99.
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