Classroom of the Elite, LN Recommendation of the Week!

Article at a glance:

  • The LN provides deeper character insights and development through shifting perspectives, enhancing understanding and engagement compared to the anime.
  • The LN includes significantly more content and details than the anime, offering a more complete and nuanced storytelling experience.
  • The LN’s plot is intricate, focusing on tactics, competition, and character growth within the high-stakes environment of Advanced Nurturing High School.

Since I just wrote the character deep dive on Ayanokoji last night, figured it’d be a perfect time to put Classroom of the Elite LN in the recommendation article for this week. I explained in that article that because of how LNs are written, we get a better understanding of the characters. And this is not just true for Ayanokoji. In the LN, we get a few chapters in every volume from a different character’s perspective. So this shifting perspective, helps us readers better understand every character.

Not to mention, the LN simply has a lot more content than the anime. Because of time and budget constraints, the anime adaptation has left out a lot of things. And some of the cut content is quite interesting and again, it helps in showing us different sides of the characters. So welcome back to another edition of our recommendation series. This week we are talking about Classroom of the Elite LN! Let’s get started!

Check out the LN on Amazon here!

Introduction

Classroom of the Elite LN is written by Kinugasa Shougo and illustrated by Tomose Shunsaku. Year 1 (or Part 1) of the LN was serialized from May 2015 to September 2019. It is 14 volumes long in total. As for Year 2, it began serialization in January 2020. If I remember correctly, we are already up to volume 11 or 12 in Year 2. I am pretty sure it won’t end on the 14th volume like Year 1 did. As for the anime, I really recommend the LN over the anime, but if you want to check it out, it has 3 seasons and it covers almost all of Year 1.

Plot

There’s this school in Tokyo, Advanced Nurturing High School that is funded by the government and offers guaranteed employment. But of course, things are not that simple. Classes of each year are ranked A through D and only those who graduate from Class A are guaranteed employment and they enjoy the most benefits inside the campus as well. The school puts the students through a multitude of tests covering all kinds of disciplines allowing the classes to compete and ascend or descend in their rankings.

This is just the surface of course. I just gave you the setting. There is a lot more to the plot. ANHS is designed to bring out the most competitive tendencies in its students and some of their tests are straight-up brutal. So as you might imagine, the series focuses a lot on tactics and strategies and it is a joy to read. And add Ayanokoji’s personal quest and all the White Room stuff to this and you’ve got a remarkable story on your hands.

Characters

I just did a deep dive on Ayanokoji in the last article so I will leave him out here. But you can feel how much of a presence he is, especially in Year 2. The character arcs of so many people are driven because of him. And that is exactly what he wants to do. Force people to grow. This is very apparent in cases like Horikita, Ichinose, Ryuen, and even Karuizawa. Horikita especially owes a lot of her development to him and her brother. I love how far her character has come compared to the beginning of the series.

ANHS also tends to bring out the worst in people so we also quite often see cool characters like Hirata break down. But these are not all, the LN is filled with tons of interesting characters. Sakayanagi, Amasawa, Kiryuin, Nagumo, I could go on and on. Kinugasa excels in writing good characters and believably presenting them.

Summing up

Here’s why you should read the Classroom of the Elite LN:

  • Awesome plot
  • Loads of plot twists
  • Amazing characters
  • Interesting MC

That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments, I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out my character analysis for Ayanokoji here!

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