Classroom of The Elite is excellent anime with an engaging premise, characters, and story, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get the Classroom of The Elite Season 2 announcement?
Without the second season, we will never learn who really is Ayanokouji and what’s going on with him. Furthermore, see if any of his classmates like Horikita will manage to rise all the way to Class A.
The only way to learn that without a continuation would be to get hold of the light novels, but most people will wait for a sequel instead. Watching anime is just what people prefer to do.
The problem is that Classroom of The Elite Season 2 didn’t get officially announced yet in 2021. And we don’t know what the chances are that another season of Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e will get green-lit.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be Classroom of The Elite season 2?
I spent the past few years looking at numerous anime series to determine why some of them got sequels announced and why some never did get a continuation.
And I discovered that checking the source material, sales, and popularity is the best option to determine the likelihood of a continuation getting announced in the future.
I did the same for Classroom of The Elite in this post. So if you want to know if there will be a continuation of this anime, continue reading this detailed article about Classroom of The Elite Season 2.
I will show you the information that I examined in 3 short sections and tell you if you should expect that Classroom of The Elite Season 2 will get announced in 2021.
Let’s start with an in-depth examination of the source material.
Part 1: Source Material Information For Classroom of The Elite Season 2
The vast majority of anime series is just an adaptation of an already existing source material. It can be anything from manga, mobile games, light novels to even visual novels.
For Classroom of The Elite, the source material is the light novel.
This part of the article will examine how many volumes of the light novels are there and if the story is still ongoing. If the story is close to ending, it could reduce the chances of continuation like in the Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Season 2 case.
Another essential thing to investigate is how many books got used for the anime adaptation so far. Sometimes the anime does use all the available stuff, like in the case of OPM and why One Punch Man Season 3 will take a while.
How many volumes of Classroom of The Elite are there?
There are currently 11 light novel volumes of Classroom of The Elite released in Japan for the 1st grade of the story and 4 for the 2nd grade. There are also three short volumes published for the series.
Is a Classroom of The Elite still ongoing?
The Classroom of The Elite light novels is still ongoing. The latest volume by the author Shōgo Kinugasa was released in Japan on February 25, 2021.
The average release rate for Classroom of The Elite light novels is two to three new volumes and one short story collection book per year.
Which light novels does the anime of Classroom of The Elite cover?
The first season of the Classroom of The Elite anime aired in 2017 and adapted volumes 1-3. That means light novel volume 4 continues where the anime ended.
CONCLUSION FOR SOURCE MATERIAL Twelve books of Classroom of The Elite are yet not adapted into anime in 2021. That should be enough for another season or even a few more, considering the first season used only three volumes.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information For Classroom of The Elite Season 2
If there is one main reason why most anime series never get a sequel, it would be low sales and profit. Most anime series end up losing money. A good example is a franchise called Tokyo Ravens because low profit is why there will never be Tokyo Ravens Season 2.
A one cour anime television series like Classroom of The Elite can cost up to 3,000,000 dollars to produce.
Now let’s look at how well this series delivered in terms of profit for the production committee. If the series didn’t make good money, it could be a big blow for season 2 chances. Goblin Slayer Season 2 or Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2 are sequels that didn’t make much money but still have a chance of getting another season.
Classroom of The Elite Blu-Ray sales
The Blu-ray sales are around 1,300 copies sold per volume on average. That is a pretty small number for anime that wants a sequel. I did expect it to be about 2 to 3,000 copies minimum.
Even if streaming is replacing most of the revenue from disks in 2021, that doesn’t stop other popular anime from selling a few thousand copies on average.
For example, another more niche anime from 2017 called Youjo Senki sold around 7,000 copies on average. Such good BD sales mean that there will be Youjo Senki Season 2. So it’s a shame that Classroom of The Elite didn’t sell better because it would help a lot with sequel chances.
Classroom of The Elite Light Novel sales
Volume 3 of Classroom of The Elite 2nd year was released on October 25, 2020, and sold approximately 90,000 copies. The latest light novel volume 3 of the 2nd year, released in February 2021, sold around 90,000 copies as well.
The light novel sales are excellent and increase the chances of season 2, plus they can rival other big series like Konosuba, and everyone anticipates that Konosuba Season 3 will get announced.
The publisher, Mf Bunko J, must be satisfied with Classroom of The Elite light novel sales. It does surprise me that this series is beating even Re:Zero in Light Novel sales. It is currently the best selling light novel series Mf Bunko J has.
Classroom of The Elite Merchandise
Five figures available for Classroom of The Elite, and all of them are made by Kadokawa. There are also only around 100 different goods for this franchise.
Classroom of The Elite has plenty of girls, so it’s pretty sad to have only four figures made for this series, and even that is because Kaokawa made them. That means no company made figures for this series because they think they won’t sell well.
One hundred goods made is also pretty bad. A reasonable number for a one-cour popular series is at least 200. Even a semi-popular Isekai series like Kenja no Mago got more.
The above are just the main methods an anime adaptation can make a profit. I won’t post all of them here because the rest is usually only a small part of the profits.
But here are a few examples for Classroom of The Elite – OST, ending/openings songs, web radio, international license for Funimation, streaming on Crunchyroll, various collaborations, and more.
CONCLUSION FOR SALES & PROFIT The only good thing in sales is that the light novels sell well after the anime. The bad thing is that the Blu-Ray and merch sales did poorly. I don’t think the anime lost money, but it didn’t make a substantial profit either.
Part 3: Popularity Information For Classroom of the Elite Season 2
Now let’s look at how popular the Classroom of The Elite anime was when it was airing in 2017. Also, we need to look at how the popularity and demand are holding three years later after the anime ended.
There are cases when fans or even the production committee doesn’t care about a series three years later. So let’s hope that is not the case for Classroom of The Elite.
We will look at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, MyAnimeList rankings, and new merchandise. That will hint at the current popularity and if the company still cares about this franchise.
The official website for Classroom of The Elite was last updated in 2021 with news about a new volume of the light novel. The official Twitter account for this franchise with 143,000 followers tweeted last time about the anime being rebroadcasted in March on Abema TV.
Classroom of The Elite popularity peaked in September 2017, and after that, it just keeps dropping. Interesting is that at the peak, it was more popular than Oregairu season one. Now it sits at around 20% of the popularity it had in 2017 worldwide, but only about 5% in Japan.
The Classroom of The Elite is ranked number 177 in popularity with around 630,000 members. A pretty low number compared to similar anime like My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU that has 1,000,000 members. Well, to be fair, Oregairu is older and has more seasons.
Classroom of The Elite has 4.700.000 copies in print as of 2021/02. A new volume got just released in March 2021. The light novels release speed looks fast, so that is a piece of good news about the books.
There is nothing new released or planned for this franchise in terms of figures other than one Karuizawa Kei figma. It doesn’t look better for merchandise because, after 2018, this series got almost nothing new. Only Kadokawa does produce merch for this series.
New merchandise is usually a good indicator of series popularity. Just look at Overlord or No Game No Life. They both get new goods every month, so I need to question why people believe there won’t be No Game No Life Season 2 and Overlord Season 4.
CONCLUSION FOR POPULARITY The franchise is popular, but it looks like that is only the case for the light novels. For some reason, there is a low demand for merchandise or figures from this series.
Will There Be Classroom of The Elite Season 2
The first season of Classroom of The Elite did its job in terms of boosting the source material. Sadly, it failed to do a good job considering the low number of merchandise and figures for this series in terms of selling anything else.
That’s why I think there is a low likelihood that there will ever be Classroom of The Elite Season 2.
At the same time, I think there is still hope left the production committee will decide to continue or reboot this series. The Light novels are really popular in Japan. This series has the potential to take the place of Oregairu. It’s possible that with a better adaptation, this series could rival it in popularity.
I won’t be surprised if there is at least some kind of OVA for the series. Anyway, I think we will see in the next 1 to 2 years if there are plans to continue this franchise in anime format.
This article will get updated again next year, and we will see if something perhaps changed. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category if you are curious about the chances of some other series receiving a continuation.
I hope this article helped you understand what the chances are that Classroom of The Elite Season 2 will get announced in 2021.