Will there be Classroom of the Elite Season 2? Read on to know about its possibility, probable release date, cast, plot, and other details.
‘Classroom of the Elite’ is a Japanese anime series based on a light novel series written by Shōgo Kinugasa and illustrated by Shunsaku Tomose. Its first season comprising of 12 episodes aired from 12 July 2017 to 27 Sep 2017. It was directed by Seiji Kishi and Hiroyuki Hashimoto with Shō Tanaka, Masahito Ikemoto, Ashitate, Aya Iizuka served as producers. Lerche, a Japanese animation studio, worked on the first season in 2017.
Classroom of the Elite became quite popular in western countries. It’s been around three years since the first season aired and viewers across the world are eagerly awaiting the release of the second season. Classroom of the Elite was arguably one of the best animes of 2017. However, the question remains, why it is not yet renewed for the second season?
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the source material, popularity, demand for the sequel. We have analyzed these factors for Classroom of the Elite. Let’s find out, will we ever get Classroom of the Elite season 2?
Do We Have Enough Source Material For Classroom of the Elite Season 2?
Almost every anime series use existing source material which usually is manga, light novel, or mobile game.
For Classroom of the Elite, the source material is the light novel. In order to confirm whether there will be more anime seasons, we need to check, how many light novels have been published. Is the story coming to an end? If the story is ending, there is little possibility of continuation. Next, will check how many light novels volumes were used for the first season adaptation. Maybe there isn’t enough source material available for the next season as in the case of One Punch Man that is why we have to wait for One Punch Man season 3.
How many volumes of Classroom of the Elite light novel have been released?
There are currently 11 light novel volumes of Classroom of the Elite released in Japan for the 1st grade of the story and 4 for the 2nd grade. There are also three short volumes. The light novel series is still ongoing with the latest volume released in Japan on June 25, 2021.
The first season covers the stories of the first three novels. So, 12 volumes of the light novel series are available to use.
There is more than enough source material available to go ahead with the second season of Classroom of the Elite.
Classroom of the Elite Season 2: Sales & Profit Information
The possibility of another season of an anime series depends on the profitability as well as the sales of its source material, Blu-ray copies, merchandise, and viewership on OTT platforms. We don’t get a new season of some animes due to low profitability as in the case of Tokyo Ravens season 2. Let’s see how the first season of Classroom of the Elite performed and was it profitable.
Classroom of the Elite Blu-Ray sales
The Blu-ray sales are around 1300 copies per volume. This is way less for anime that wants a sequel. Ideally, this number should be around 3000 copies. The Blu-ray sales are poor, to say the least. Though it is a thing of the past now, as most fans prefer streaming, still, the numbers are very low.
Classroom of the Elite Light Novel sales
Volume 2 of the 2nd year grade released on June 25, 2020, sold approximately 95,000 copies. Volume 3 of the 2nd year series sold around 120,000 copies while Volume 4 sold about 110,000. These are excellent numbers and boost the chances of getting a sequel.
Classroom of the Elite Merchandise Sales
Kadokawa made five merchandise figures that are available at present. Also, there are 100 different goods available for the Classroom of the Elite franchise. Considering that the anime is kinda girlish and there are not more than 4 merch figures available. Moreover, the four figures also are only because Kadokawa made them, no other company besides it, has put the effort into making merchandise for the franchise mainly due to less sale possibility.
The sales of the novel series saw good growth after the release of the first season. However, Blu-Ray and merchandise sales did poorly. The anime did well on streaming platforms. Overall, the first season incurred no loss or profit.
Will there be Classroom of the Elite season 2?
There is no denying that ‘Classroom of the Elite’ was one of the best animes of 2017, but it’s been around four years since the first season concluded. The studio behind the anime series hasn’t yet confirmed the second season. While many fans are convinced that it will still be renewed as there are 12 more volumes that are available for adaptation, there are others who insist that the second season is not coming anymore.
Classroom of the Elite season 2 when— shofu (@shofu) August 9, 2018
There is more than enough source material, however, the challenge remains the demand for the sequel. The novel series is doing quite well, but the makers are struggling to get Blu-ray and merchandise sales.
I just finished watching Classroom of the elite and I gotta say this is one of the best anime this year.— Stella (@jeonslavender) December 8, 2018
And the male protagonist??? One of the best characters in the whole history of anime. I LOVE him.
I really enjoyed this so much. I cannot wait for season 2! pic.twitter.com/XLY0BLQi3k
Another point to discuss here is that the first season performed exceptionally well in the western world, it wasn’t well-received in the origin country Japan. It received criticism for how it adapted the light novel series. So, there are low chances that there will ever be Classroom of the Elite Season 2.
Without Classroom of The Elite season 2, we will never know who Ayanokouji is and what’s going on with him. Moreover, we won’t get to know if any of his classmates, manage to make it to Class A. The only way to get the answers without a new season is to read the light novel. However, anime fans would love to wait for the second season.
However, studio Lerche may surprise the fans and renew the anime this year. A better adaptation would give wings to the popularity of the series. So at this point, we can only keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.
Classroom of the Elite: What it is all about?
The show is set in a utopian future where the Japanese government revamps the entire education system for the better. Here, students are given complete freedom with regard to the choice of their study and are tested in practical ways.
The show deals with the day-to-day challenges that teenagers go through like being in a friend circle, beating anxiety, etc. Each character in the show possesses some dark quality or agenda about themselves, which makes this show even more interesting and relatable.
The protagonist of the series named Kiyotaka Ayanokoji is a shy and underconfident student of the D-class of the school. But the way he promotes himself in A-class after being positively influenced by his friends and classmates is the crux of the story.
The first season covered only the initial three volumes of the novel series. Therefore, there is plenty of material that the showrunners can play with for the upcoming season. We could see the highs and lows in the interpersonal relationships between the students as well as new characters being dropped to spice up the proceedings. Overall, it may prove to be a compelling watch if the makers utilize the available material to its maximum capacity.
Cast (Voice-Overs) of Classroom of the Elite Season 2
It is highly anticipated that all the voice actors of season 1 will return in season 2. We could also expect the entry of new cast members into the team. However, there has been no official confirmation for the same. The voice actors from season 1 who are expected to return are:
- Shoya Chiba (Kiyotaka Ayanokji)
- Akari Kito (Suzune Horikita)
- Yurika Kubo (Kikyo Kushida)
- Rina Sato (Sae Chabashira)
- M.A.O (Arisu Sakayanagi)
- Satoshi Hino (Kouhei Katsuragi)
- Nao Toyama (Honami Ichinose)
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