Why Ayanokoji Kiyotaka is a Brilliant Character? An Analysis.

Article at a glance:

  • Ayanokoji Kiyotaka is a deeply flawed character who struggles with understanding human emotions due to his harsh upbringing in the White Room, setting him apart from stereotypical “perfect” genius MCs.
  • Despite his genius, Ayanokoji exhibits human traits and desires, such as curiosity and a desire for normal experiences, and he aims to help others grow, showcasing his complexity.
  • The LN format provides deeper insights into Ayanokoji’s thoughts and motivations, making him appear more human and nuanced compared to his portrayal in the anime.

If you just watch the Classroom of the Elite anime, you may have picked up these things I am going to talk about. You see, a character’s thought process is a lot clearer in an LN format since LNs are written from a first-person PoV. In anime/manga, you lose the inner monologs. So often, what the character is thinking may not be clear. This is especially true for complex cases like Ayanokoji Kiyotaka. In the anime, he really does come off as an edgelord. While in the LN, he is a lot more human.

And I think that LN Ayanokoji is one the best takes on the genius MC troupe. Despite how he comes off in the anime, he is a lot more human than someone like Light. Heck, I’d say Ayanokoji feels even more human than Lelouch. But, that isn’t the only reason I hold his character in such high regard. No no no, there is a lot more to his character than just that.

So welcome back another character analysis-type article. Today we will be talking about Ayanokoji Kiyotaka from Classroom of the Elite. Now keep in mind, that this article will be filled with spoilers from the LN, including Year 2. So you’ve been warned. Now, let’s start.

Why “Genius” MC Troupe is hard to get right?

Most anime that try the genius MC troupe fail because they think “genius” means “perfect”. That is not the case. Look at some of the best-written and well-regarded genius characters in anime like L, Light, or Lelouch, these are all deeply flawed individuals. Their intellect is very strong, yes. But there are things even they overlook or there are times when they are just naive to things. Their massive personality flaws refine their characters even further.

Compare that to someone like Anos from Misfit of the Demon Kind Academy. Anos is a perfect individual in every sense of the word. There is nothing he cannot do. A character like this is not good in the long term. This is why no one really talks about Seasons 2 and 3 of Misfit of the Demon Kind Academy while Season 1 is quite popular. This is only one of the reasons for that, of course. The plot takes a massive dip after Season 1 too but that is not what we are here to talk about.

Why is Ayanokoji Kiyotaka different?

So first things first, let’s go over his flaws. Ayanokoji does not understand human emotions well and he cannot feel them. This is because he was raised in a special “class” by his father where he saw his classmates die every day because of how tough the training in the White Room was. Ultimately, he was the only survivor of his batch. But, he wants to feel emotions. At every given chance, he tries to understand what things like love and happiness mean.

Second, the reason Ayanokoji ran from his father was so that he could prove his father wrong, He doesn’t agree with his father’s teaching methods, and through his manipulation of other characters, he forces them to grow. He desperately wants to prove that the true potential of humans can also be brought out in other ways. And hence, it eventually becomes his goal to elevate Horikita to her maximum potential and then he wants to lose to her. Not just her, he pushes the other class leaders like Ryuen and Ichinose to their limits as well.

Yes, he is incredibly smart but these flaws complement his strengths well. These flaws also add a lot to the interactions he has and the things he does. This is especially front and center in Year 2. All this combined with us knowing what he is thinking because of how the LN is written makes his character quite different from your usual genius MC stereotypes. I wish the anime could’ve done a little more with his characters.

Why does Ayanokoji Kiyotaka feel so human compared to other genius MCs?

As for why he feels so human in the LN, that is because he actually acts like a teenager at times. He wants to buy odd things like an ice cream maker because he never had access to them in the White Room. He gets excited the first time he sees snow. And he is also clearly interested in girls. The first time he involuntarily smiles is during a nothing conversation with Horikita during Year 2 despite her not being someone he talks to every day.

Also a quick mention of his relationship with Horikita’s brother. I love that both had a lot of mutual respect. Manabu pretty much entrusted his sister and his legacy in ANHS to Ayanokoji because he knew how capable Ayanokoji was. Ultimately, his asking Manabu for help served as the first major step forward in Horikita’s growth.

At times it may seem like he doesn’t care about Kei, despite her being his girlfriend but he does and he wants her to grow. The only reason he started dating her was to facilitate her growth and maybe dating her would also help him understand what it means to feel love. That hasn’t happened so far but he will make sure that Kei overcomes her issues and becomes truly independent, at the very least.

Summing Up

So yeah, that is all for now. I like Ayanokoji so much because he feels very human despite how he was raised and being so disconnected from others. He is someone trying his best to bring others to his level despite knowing that it may not be possible just to prove his father’s dumb ideologies wrong. “He is just like me fr, fr” memes and stuff aside, I genuinely do like how his character is done and developed, especially in Year 2. Ayanokoji is not a relatable character by any means but is a well-written one for sure.

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

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