Like every other student, I hate sitting down for homework. It is too quiet so for a little background noise so I say to myself, “guess I’ll turn-on Funimation“. After scrolling through my options I land on the Classroom of the Elite, an anime based on the light novel series written by Shougo Kinugasa, and illustrated by Shunsaku Tomose. I gloss over the synopsis and I thought to myself, “Assassination Classroom?”. The answer is “a little”. There are students who are in the bottom of the social hierarchy, elitist students at the top, the main character who is more than meets the eye, and the fight for school supremacy. So why am I on the sixth consecutive episode? Let me break it down for you.
Kiyotaka is a student in D-class at the prestigious Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing School. The kids in this school are the best of the best, who get the best jobs and go to the best colleges. But Kiyotaka is in the class with the students that school administrators consider rejects. But cool breeze Kiyotaka seems different than the other kids in his class. Despite his attempts at mediocrity, he always seems to prove himself exceptional. He’s strategic, athletic, and noble. But he has a secret, and that secret is….I don’t have a damn clue. And if I did, I wouldn’t tell you…so don’t ask me again! Wait…you didn’t. Sorry. Anyways, for some reason, the students gravitate to him.
What is up with these girls?!!!
I absolutely love complicated female characters (Yuno and Minene from The Future Diary, The Bride from Kill Bill, Harley Quinn but not in Suicide Squad). They often do crazy things for reasons that become key to the story. Classroom of the Elite has plenty of cooky females to choose from.
Suzune is the heroine (I think). She appears to be a cold-hearted b-word but she has something to prove. Airi is shy but not shy. I would go into detail but…spoilers. My personal favorite complicated girl is Kikyou. She is the poster-child for the old adage “never judge a book by its cover”. She threw me completely for a loop. I mean she comes out of left field in a stunning way. These girls build strong connections with our cool breeze Kiyotaka.
Call me suspicious but there is something odd about Ichinose. She is a goody-two-shoes from B class that is a little too helpful.
Status and secrets
It appears the primary goal of the show is to address how social status is valued in society. The higher your social standing, the better you are treated. What is crazy about Classroom of the Elite is that the sole reason D-class is D-class is that someone told them they were D-class. There is nothing all that extraordinary about the A thru C classes except they are extraordinarily mean because someone told them they were better than someone else. Isn’t that the way of the world?
My nosiness is what keeps me watching. Most of the characters on the show have some sort of dark secret. And, I like how they don’t just blurt out everyone’s darkness. They are letting the secrets unravel gradually, a great strategy if you want folks to tune in. Especially folks that are nosey.
Final thoughts on the show
Overall, Classroom of the Elite is okay. The theme isn’t fresh, but what theme is? I think what kept me watching was the reality show-style messiness of the situation. Assassination Classroom addressed the status theme better, but Classroom of the Elite still kept me slightly entertained.