Kei recounts the conversation from the night before. Ryuen intrudes on Class-D; Koenji leaves class, with Ryuen and his men giving chase, making Class-D concerned. In the courtyard, Koenji is confronted by many Class-C students as Ryuen starts instigating by breaking Koenji’s property. Arisu and some Class-A arrive to witness the altercation. Koenji infers that Ryuen is seeking the Class-D mastermind and diffuses the situation by claiming that he has no interest in the inter-class war and will do whatever he wants. Ryuen subsides his aggravation, but Arisu gaslights him by teasing him, upon which, Ryuen goes to kick her, only for a Class-A student, Hashimoto, to defend her. As everyone leaves, Ryuen threatens Suzune and Class-D and declares his search for the mastermind is concluding.
Ryuen continues torturing Kei, saying that the mastermind abandoned her. He claims that the mastermind set Kei up during the Special Test on the ship — when she was lured to a secluded part wherein Shiho and Rika bullied her; Kei nearly gave in to revealing Kiyotaka but kept her composure, upon which Ryuen threatened to expose her past bullying, to which she accepts if it means helping Kiyotaka. Kiyotaka flops on the karaoke plan and instead goes to Ms. Chabashira, asking her to stop Ryuen from harming Kei for Class-D to advance; she agrees after Kiyotaka enlisted the help of Manabu to “eliminate” Ryuen in exchange for Suzune joining the student council. Kiyotaka arrives at the gymnasium to save Kei, revealing himself as the mastermind, much to everyone’s surprise.
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In the manga, Ayanokoji is given a more realistic personality and is portrayed more like the regular manga protagonist. He has the usual teenage dilemmas and faces them as any average high schooler would. The anime series most likely adopted this personality change to maintain viewer interest.While Yuusuke’s delinquent nature is present in both the manga and anime, Yuusuke’s vices go beyond that of the regular delinquent, being much darker and more dangerous in the manga. For instance, Yuusuke is addicted to nicotine, alcohol, and gambling. However, this side of him was not shown in the series to make it more suitable for younger audiences.
Shōnen anime series tend to be faithful adaptations of their manga equivalent, with little to no differences, as is the case for anime such as Demon Slayer or Black Clover. However, this is not always the case, as some anime diverge significantly from the source material to introduce more exciting elements or not run too close to the manga.The anime also takes Edward’s transmutation trauma a bit further. For instance, the manga and anime show Edward being troubled by nightmares of his mother’s failed transmutation after the events in the Tucker mansion. However, the anime takes this further by adding a version of the nightmare where Nina and Alexander are merged via transmutation. An anime television series adaptation was announced and aired from July 12 to September 27, 2017, on AT-X and other channels. 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. The opening theme “Caste Room” is performed by ZAQ, and the ending theme “Beautiful Soldier” is performed by Minami. Crunchyroll streamed the series with subtitles and Funimation streamed the English dub. iQIYI added the series onto its platform in 2022, Q3, and Thai dub of the series is available as well. 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.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 produced 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 January 2024.
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. As of June 2023, nine volumes and two short volumes has been released. Seven Seas Entertainment has also licensed Year 2.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. At Anime Expo 2022, Seven Seas Entertainment announced that they licensed the spin-off for English publication.
Zum ersten Mal an dieser Schule bekomme ich die Nummer eines Mädchens. Wie erbärmlich! Und ich kann nicht mal sagen, dass ich mich darüber freue. Aber ich werde die Nummer speichern. Sato already revealed her plans to Karuizawa, which involved asking Ayanokoji to be her boyfriend at the end of the double date, making fans curious about the outcome. Finally, the moment approaches, but Ayanakoji refuses Karuizawa’s request bluntly. According to Ayanokoji, he had no feelings for Sato, and feelings are the basic requirements for a relationship. This revelation breaks Sato’s heart as she expected a lot from Ayanokoji in the romantic department. Unknown to Sato, Karuizawa watched the whole thing from the background, and after the drama ended, Ayanokoji revealed his reason for rejecting Sato’s proposal to Karuizawa. He replied to Karuizawa’s question with the statement, “She’s an unsuitable substitute for you.” This leads to a discussion between the two characters in which Ayanokoji reveals that he has never had an affection for anyone. Eventually, both characters exchange gifts, and Ayanakoji manages to gain the complete trust of Karuizawa. After Karuizawa meets with Sato, she receives a call from Ayanokoji, who requests for private information about Sato, details crucial for a first date. Usually, this would be interpreted as the actions of a person who is excited about a dating experience. However, for Ayanokoji this was important for him to study Sato to see if she could serve as his pawn. The next day, the double date happens, and Hirata, Karuizawa, Sato, and Ayanokoji engage in different fun activities, all leading to the crucial moment afterward.This development birthed the alliance between Ayanakoji and Ryuen, a partnership that wasn’t foreseeable initially. The discussion between these newly allied characters hinted at Ayanokoji’s plans, one of which is to get Kushida expelled. The character has long since expressed her hatred for Ayanakoji and Horikita and still plans to remove them permanently from the academy. If Kushida isn’t handled, Ayanokoji’s plan to help Class D reach Class A may backfire. How Ayanokoji will get Kushida expelled or under control is still a mystery, but based on Ayanokoji’s past actions, he already has a plan in progress.Episode 12 featured the final clash between Ryuen and Ayanokoji. The fight between these two characters was more than a physical one; it was also mental. Ayanokoji emerged as the winner of this clash, leading to a decline in Ryuen’s charisma and confidence. Heavily discouraged by his downfall, Ryuen tried to drop out of the academy, refusing to listen to even Ibuki. However, Ayanokoji still had plans for the defeated character. He prevented Ryuen from getting expelled by partly putting the blame on the sabotaged cameras, which Ryeun destroyed on Class D.As the conflict between Class C & D has ended, Classroom of the Elite’s final episode reveals Ryuen’s fate and the real hurdles that Class D will have to clear to reach Class A. With Ayanaokji at the center of these developments, fans can expect sensational developments from Classroom of the Elite in the next season.Ever since episode 7, Classroom of the Elite hinted at Sato and Karuizawa’s romantic interest in Ayanakoji. Finally, episode 13 showed Ayanakoji’s stance on this issue. With Karuizawa overcoming her trauma, she became conscious of her feelings for Ayanokoji. However, she wasn’t the only person in this boat as Sato revealed her intentions to go on a date with Ayanokoji. Ironically, Sato sought out Karuizawa’s aid in the planning process and even suggested a double date to make the date more interesting since Sato was still under the impression that Hirata and Karuizawa were dating.The following contains spoilers for Episode 13 of Classroom Of The Elite Season 2, “The worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
Before the episode ends, Ayanokoji reveals his plans, showing his frighteningly manipulative nature. According to Ayanokoji, his proposal to end his agreement with Karuizawa in episode 10 and Ryuen’s bullying were all part of his plan to gain Karuizawa’s complete trust. Apparently, his plans succeeded as Karuizawa became the perfect pawn for Ayanokoji to control. However, despite his achievements, Ayanokoji still recognized the fact that he was still held hostage by his education in the White Room, an education that made him what he is. The White Room is an important plot point in Classroom of the Elite and is tied to Ayanokoji’s past. This questionable academy that birthed a genius will be the center of the story in Classroom of the Elite’s future seasons, and fans can only hope it matches everyone’s expectations.In the final minutes of episode 13, Classroom of the Elite teased the clash between Arisu Sakanayagi and Ayanokoji. She claims to have known Ayanokoji, but Ayanokoji’s replies suggest that he doesn’t remember meeting Sakanayagi. However, that does nothing to hide the threats exchanged between these two characters. With Ryuen down, Ayanokoji’s next opponent is clear; however, will Ayanokoji be able to bring down Sakanayagi, Class A’s charismatic representative?Season 2 of Classroom of the Elite will begin with Volume 4 of the light novel, which covers the “Cruise Ship Special Test” Arc. Ayanokouji excels at observing other people’s behavior and subtly manipulating them to do his bidding. By doing this, he not only achieves his goal but also manages to remain on the sideline by pinning the credits to someone else. Although he, Horikita and Kushida are the story’s mainstays, Season 2 will spotlight other side characters during various arcs, including their classmates Kanji Ike, Yosuke Hirata and Kei Karuizawa.First published as a light novel in 2015, the psychological thriller series Classroom of the Elite enjoyed overwhelming success and was quickly adapted into a manga a year later. Even though the anime adaptation was put on halt for five years, the manga and light novels have continued their serialization.
When fans first meet Ayanokoji, it is evident that the young man is an overthinker who is not easily swayed, and moral expectations are not about to influence his actions either. He comes across as the type to make snap judgments about a person based purely on first impressions but, unlike Suzune, Ayanokoji seems more invested in keeping the peace in Class D. While his priority is to remain as uninvolved as possible, his aversion to conflict apparently hold more weight, as the youngster even attempts to persuade Suzune and Kushida to put aside their differences.This mastermind would rather remain uninvolved when it comes to drama, but somehow always ends up saving the day. Despite his best efforts, this somber loner has undoubtedly been influenced by Koudo Ikusei Senior High School’s social system, and Ayanokoji has subsequently made some personal developments that have produced heroic results in Classroom of the Elite on Crunchyroll.His keen observation skills help to rescue poor Sakura from a disturbing predicament with her stalker, as Ayanokoji keeps a close eye on the bashful girl to guarantee her safety. In contrast, however, he plays the silent observer when Kei begins to get bullied as he seems more invested in gathering intel on the situation than putting a speedy end to Karuizawa’s suffering. Eventually, Ayanokoji positions himself in the role of Kei’s caretaker and invites some unwanted drama into his life by pretending to be her boyfriend, unintentionally forming a bond with the beauty in the process.It appears that Ayanokoji has a soft spot for the damsel in distress and he can’t seem to resist going against his plan to maintain discretion in order to come to their aid. He could have easily feigned ignorance about the boys’ Peeping Tom plan in Season 1 episode 7 but decides to defend the girls’ honor instead. Without revealing himself as the traitor, Ayanokoji comes up with an elaborate ploy to corrupt the data from the hidden camera, while simultaneously pushing Suzune into the limelight (and closer towards the Class Leader role) once again.Ayanokoji progresses from being a lone wolf to having his own Fanclub, who were so impressed by the mastermind that they named their little group after him (and officially making him the center of attention for the first time at Koudo Ikusei.) He gets a new nickname (“Ayanon”) and dips his toe into the concept of “socializing just for fun,” however, is incapable of pushing Kei’s predicament from his mind. Thankfully, Ayanokoji decides to help the blonde bombshell and exposes his precious secret to help her, surprisingly relying on the assistance of Manabu and Chisabara to get the job done (two individuals he would have never trusted in the past.)