Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.
Ayanokouji Kiyotaka is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its "inferior" students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Horikita Suzune and Kushida Kikyou, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka's situation begins to change.
Using a pretentious question as an opener is common in Light Novel adaptations. It's a fast way to both grab the attention of the inexperienced viewer and to introduce the general intentions of the show. If you think about the question for a second or so, it becomes clear that questioning the equality of the human race serves no purpose as anything but a rhetorical question or a joke. Coincidentally, the same applies to large parts of the series itself. The stakes in this show are so unbearably low that anything happening on-screen ultimately serves no purpose. Overall the series up
to this point is uninspired, boring and so far removed from the “Elite” it is comical.
Fair warning: This review contains minor spoilers, including several ruleset spoilers from episodes 1 and 2. These spoilers shouldn’t affect your viewing experience, as most of them are either hinted at or explicitly stated in the summary of the show’s MAL entry.
First, let us get the misconception that the school in this series is an elite school out of the way. The school in this show is more of a showcase of late stage capitalism than it is of education, as the students are assigned points that function as money based on their merit.
You can buy anything with those points: food, beauty products, gold teeth, you name it. There is also a limited supply of free products for every student. But for some reason there are no student markets or the like. Students with many points don’t sell their points for money and nobody acquires products from outside the facility to sell them. None of the upperclassmen created a guide to the point system, although you’d expect such a thing to be sold out immediately, resulting in the upperclassmen not having to worry about further acquiring points. The students of Class D were told that they get a certain amount of points of value assigned just for enrolling but assume they’d get such an amount steadily per time period. The students in this school are not smart and the author of this series wasted the potential of his setting in an astonishing fashion.
Up to now it is still unclear what the point of following this story is. We do follow the protagonist but it doesn’t seem like he has any certain ambition at this point. As I said earlier there basically are no stakes, nothing to get invested in. We are just following the MC, his few acquaintances and the rest of class D through their life on this late stage capitalism campus. Now, this may sound like a Slice of Life, a genre I personally very like, but this show isn’t anything of the sort. A Slice of Life is usually carried by its characters, but the characters are probably the most lacking aspect of this show.
The characters in this show are best described as what they are: characters. They are one-liners with a twist added to them. Sometimes. None of them feel human or are even remotely likable.
This whole thing starts with the protagonist. He is a lazy guy that is bad at making friends and fairly comfortable with his position. But he also judges his entire class and as later revealed is proficient in martial arts, highly intelligent, nice and *mysterious*. Basically what I’m saying is he is a boring self-insert character without any notable flavor but a lot more bearable than other self-insert protagonists.
I can use this template for every other major character. They are one-liners with a “twist” added to them. These twists range from mindboggingly obvious, boring and unimpactful to straight up unnecessary. They are introduced through an array of “coincidences”, thus end up feeling forced and unnatural, just like the rest of the series.
While watching Welcome to the Classroom of the Elite, these uninteresting characters and nonexistant stakes made me feel so far removed from anything happening that I might as well have slept a bit more instead of wasting my time on this show.
Now to be honest, I can see where the appeal comes from. If unlike me you are not tired of these fast-food-highschool shows with some minor twists attached to them, this might be for you. If you just think the overall atmosphere or “vibe” is cool, then this might be for you.
For me however, watching this show is more of a chore than anything. If it wasn’t for the minor twists conveniently happening near the end of each episode, I would long have dropped this “Pretentious Anime - Highschool Edition” and as such I can’t recommend watching the show at this point.
Should a reachable goal for the series’ finale (or just anything of value) be introduced, the whole thing might just be salvageable. Unfortunately, with how the show is pacing itself at the moment, I don’t see anything interesting story-wise happening in the near future.
As this is my first review, I’d highly appreciate any and all criticism, so feel free to message me either through private messages or comments on my profile if you have ideas what I could improve on.
Thanks for reading.
Classroom of the Elite indeed took me by surprise with a first episode that grasped my attention. It takes place in a prestigious school where the good and the great are separated. Or in this case, the good and the bad.
Class D, the worst one, is the main focus of the anime which consists of the characters. Of course, not being in class D gives you a sense of superiority. Class D students are seen as piles of garbage, I mean even the teacher thinks so too.
It introduces the point system, which I suppose is the currency in the school (1 point
being one yen). With the freedom to buy anything with points, there indeed are a lot of possible things you can do, since you were given free money. Whatever you decide to do with the money will probably affect the class’ standing. Thus class points coming into effect.
Class points are based on merit, how good you are and how worthy you seem to be to the point of being praised and/or rewarded. To prove your worth may prove difficult, but I guess that’s what the anime will show us in the near future. How each character copes with each situation and what they will take from each scenario.
In such cases, it becomes a class effort. Some might show merit, some might not. To those who don’t show any, may be the downfall of the class.
Welcome then…to the Class of the Elite. A not so completely original anime, but good enough to add its own interesting factors into it that gives us viewers something to look forward to.
The story of Inferior students rising to the top. With it, comes Psychological thinking and scenarios to get one thinking.
COTE strays from being completely generic, to being interesting. Each character appealed to me and I started to love them.
With the interesting quotes at the start of each episode, to the distinct tone shifts in the anime. I can say for one thing that this, is definitely not a comedy. It does not fuck around.
Kiyotaka and Suzune do seem to be the main focuses, which shows each of their point of views and how they see the school, or the class in general. Both of them aren't the best at communicating, and both are really smart, which does make their interaction somewhat enjoyable.
Suzune’s goal is introduced early on in the anime, to get to the top. She does believe she should be in such a Class, making her work extra hard to make sure she gains it. But idk I find that the, “I will get to the top to show my brother I’m not a complete shitstain” motive happens a lot. I’m not complaining tho. But the brother seems like a gigantic asshole anyway.
I also notice a lot of concerns with the eyes of the characters? I don’t really get it, for it’s one of the most charming points of the anime and looks very nice for their character designs. I can see that there was a lot of detail and attention when the eyes were made. I see it fit each character. Maybe the eyes were too colourful that it's distracting or something. That's all that I can think of but that doesn't seem to be the case.
The soundtrack is no problem. It really sticks out, but makes a situation more intense than it needs to be, but makes it somehow still appropriate for the current matter. I enjoyed the catchy op, the slow ending, and the insert tracks in between.
If there was anything I could complain about, maybe it was a bit too predictable. I’m not sure if that was done on purpose or not, but some parts came to me as no surprise and didn't feel satisfying. But interactions between each characters are a bliss. Especially some of the impacts some characters might have on the class or our MC’s in general.
Another one would be sometimes, I just don't get what certain characters are trying to achieve by doing what they're doing. I hope it gets explained later on. It does tend to also not stay consistent regarding the relativity of the psychological questions asked.
Construction is good, the direction is ok. I just hope they lay out more info for us to see. Cuz I'm pretty interested into where they'll take this anime.
There is fanservice here and there. But it’s not too heavily focused upon.
Overall it’s a nice anime with a pretty steady pace and ok consistency. Not too much to talk about but it’s entertaining with surprising psychological aspects. Honestly speaking tho, something about the anime just have that sort of uncomfortable atmosphere that makes you feel weird. I hope Lerche keeps up this quality for the remainder of the show. It would be a shame if this went down hill. Since of course this isn't the very best to come out this season, let's enjoy it for what it is.
After watching 4 episodes of this anime, I would like to say, I am severely disappointed, but, for now, I'm going to start with what I like. FIRST OF ALL, SORRY, BUT THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. BUT I WILL LEAVE OUT AS MANY AS POSSIBLE(Not that it matters, the show isn't worth anyone's time).
For one, the character designs look nice, even though they're quite generic.
Another thing is that the art and animation is good for the most parts with some weird stuff every now and then(quite rare though).
Now that I've gotten what I like about this show, let's move onto the rest.
First of all,
the story is garbage. Basically, the cliff notes version is that they go to a prestigious high school and they're split into four classes: A, B, C, D(You can guess which one's the worst one). We follow the D class in this anime. It turns out that you get an allowance each month and everyone starts out at 100,000 points per month. You lost points based on your overall classes score based on some secret system they have that you know "nothing" about(You can glean some shit from it after the first episode). After their first month, they get no points in their second month cause their overall class acted like shit. You follow the main cast, which I will get to later, and their goal of getting to A-Class Rank, which they never really get anywhere with in 4 episodes.
Why is the story shit? I mean, the concept sounds really nice. Competing to be the best class. Who wouldn't like that? Right? Well, nothing really happens. I mean, things happen, but they are played out so mundanely that you might as well watch grass grow. The first scene is so mundane that most of it didn't even need to happen. And that's the thing with this show, everything is so mundane that most of it doesn't really matter and doesn't add anything to the show, at all. Another thing that plagues this show is its pacing. Bad enough that it's boring, it's also really slow to boot. Things take too damn long to happen for the story to move along nice enough. After four episodes, nothing really important actually happened after the first episode. Why? Because it's like every event happens in seclusion from the others. You'll see one scene and then another but they don't seem to add up. Everything accumulates to nothing. You just have a bunch of scenes smushed together in an awkward way that you start to wonder if this even a story at this point. To me, I see this as if you took someone's high school life and made it even more boring and pointless than it already is.
Next thing I would like to talk about the characters, and how much they suck. It feels like they took the core cast of My Youth Romantic Comedy SNAFU and stripped everything interesting. literally. It seems like the author took some real inspiration from that other, better light novel series. So why do they suck? A lot of reasons. The main character has no personality. If you put a robot in his place, no one would notice a thing. You're lead on to believe that he's hiding something, but all he's hiding is that he really is that boring. His voice is always monotone and he acts the same way for everything he does. So, even some interesting scenarios get washed out by his pathetic personality and actions. Sometimes, they try to make him give important talks to others, but when it comes from him, it just sounds like pure BS, fresh from the butthole. The main girl is just as bad. Her whole thing is that she's obnoxious and intellectual. She has no real depth to her just like every other character in the show. She's just a one off character with nothing interesting about her, at all. Not once have I seen anything about her in the show that made her the least bit interesting. The last part of the core cast is a girl who wants to be friends with everyone in the class. Not much else to say about her that doesn't go into major spoiler territory. From what I see, the characters will stay just as flat and mundane as they are now for the rest of the show.
The last thing I want to talk about is the dialogue. It's horrid. It feels like there was a checklist of things they needed their characters to say so the dialogue feels wholly unnatural and sometimes borderline cringy. When they to talk about the importance of things, it comes off weird and stupid. They want you to take event seriously or be engaged in them, but, the dialouge is so jarring and executed so poorly that makes things that are intrinsicly interesting just plain flat and boring.
I am really disappointed that a show with such an interesting concept falls flat on its face. This is probably the only time I'll say this, but go watch anything else but this show. It has nothing at all. It would be more worth your time to watch Sword Art Online or almost any other show. There is nothing good about this dribble.
This is the 1st time for me to write a review for an airing anime....... So I'll try and keep it fresh.
I mean, it's a light novel adaptation. It'll be interesting, right? The concept built for students who aim high in a prestigious school. It's about to get bumpy as it doesn't go as well as expected.
The plot is really interesting. As a reader of the LN, I say that it's a combination of Oregairu and Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. But to be clear, wouldn't you find it entertaining as it really gives of a good vibe just from the 1st episode? A system which determines the
fund and rankings depending on students' behavior. A large amount of points(cash) every month, students plotting to set things up.
Trying to reach something against people who you really want to help but yet to know how... Of course there will be something problematic for the main characters as story progresses. The high looks down on the low, plays with them and sells them out.
I like the eyes but for Kiyotaka Ayanokouji the main characters. His eyes kinda looks empty to me..
Well, it looks nice to me. Especially the shading.
Why wouldn't the audio quality be at its best shape?
Liking the bgm. The OP is composed by ZAQ, it's so good and I like how she sings! The ED's main part is what shines brightest for its song.
Well, Kiyotaka Ayanokouji's monotone voice acting isn't really a problem to me...... The voice acting's good as for the others.
Is this Hachiman Hikigaya and Yukino Yukinoshita?
Kiyotaka Ayanokouji seems mundane but he's interesting when it comes to intellectuals and people's action course.
There's still no actual development yet and there's no one I really dislike.. So let's just say I like them. They all have pasts that we yet to explore. It's quite obvious.
I just want things to be resolve so everyone will be happy. Every single quote they give off at the end of an episode is how it portraits character's upcoming setting.
The fact that Kiyotaka Ayanokouji knows "how to" piano and calligraphy like me, I'm just gonna continue and watch how he does...
Short and clear. Interesting, high-class art, why would you hate music? Reused characters' personalities; don't mind. I like where this is going. Why I really am interested in this was because of its setup. Who you are and where you'll take action at. It's an interesting setup to me. I like the main characters' will to surpass what they couldn't do before.