During the MF Bunko J Summer School Festival livestream event, a highly anticipated announcement thrilled fans of Classroom of the Elite anime. The event revealed the captivating key visual for the upcoming third season of the series.
Additionally, enthusiasts were delighted to learn about the franchise’s very first smartphone game, titled Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e Merge Puzzle Tokubetsu Shiken (Classroom of the Elite Merge Puzzle Special Test). The game is scheduled to launch in early 2024, sparking excitement among gamers and anime enthusiasts alike.
It was revealed during the livestream that the anime’s third season, which had experienced a delay from its initial 2023 premiere due to “various circumstances,” is now set to premiere in January 2024. The franchise’s second season, which aired in July 2022 under the title Classroom of the Elite II on Crunchyroll, garnered much attention and left fans eagerly awaiting the continuation of the story.
Fans can rejoice as the first season’s directors, Seiji Kishi and Hiroyuki Hashimoto, have returned as chief directors for the upcoming season. The series will be directed by Yoshihito Nishōji, known for his work on the first season’s opening sequence, as well as other notable projects. Overseeing the series scripts is Hayato Kazano, who has previously worked on scripts for various anime, while the character design will be helmed by the talented Kazuaki Morita, who returns to lend his creative touch once again.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the series, Crunchyroll describes the first season as a thrilling tale set in Tokyo Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, known for its outstanding college and employment placement rates. However, protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokoji finds himself in Class 1-D, a group of students perceived as the school’s problem children. The school operates a unique points-based system, where students can earn a substantial cash reward every month. Surprisingly, the classes adopt a laissez-faire policy, allowing talking, sleeping, and even sabotage during lessons. As the story unfolds, Ayanokoji, together with his classmates, discovers the hidden truths of the school’s system, leading to unforeseen challenges and revelations.
The franchise, originally based on a light novel series published by Kadokawa in May 2015, has garnered an international following, with Seven Seas releasing both the novel series and its manga adaptation in English. The excitement surrounding Classroom of the Elite has even extended to its sequel, Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 (Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e 2-nen Sei Hen), which continues the story from the main light novel series. English-speaking audiences can also enjoy the sequel novels thanks to Seven Seas’ dedicated translations. With the upcoming third season set to adapt the complete first-year-student arc, fans can look forward to an immersive and captivating continuation of the beloved series.
Source | MF Bunko J Summer School Festival livestream