With its nerve-wracking and psychological based plot, the classroom of elite anime can easily be called the most gripping series among the anime lovers. It quickly won over its viewers with its distant genre and amazing cinematography and left them hanging on the edge of their seats. Even after this popularity, however, since its last episode in 2017, no official news by now has been made by the classroom of the elite franchise regarding the direction of its season two.
Without a season two of the series the viewers will never truly learn the truth about Ayanokouji and his classmates adjustment to group A. The only way to do this would be to read the manga it is based on which is not proffered by most of the anime viewers who would rather hope for another sequel than read about it.
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For this very reason, we have compiled this article for all the series fans to give them an estimated date and decision about a classroom of the elite season 2 based on factors that usually contribute to any series being renewed. So if you fall into this category of a devoted fan as well, then make sure to read this article thoroughly to make up your minds for once about expecting a season two of the classroom of elite or not.
A wide variety of factors play part in pushing the directors towards another season but the most significant of these consist of the popularity of the series, the costs and profit generated from it and the source material available for it. By looking at these three vital aspects, we will be comparing whether the classroom of elite did well and deserves another season two or not.
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Factor A: Popularity
The popularity of the any series plays a huge part in it getting another season. A series in which little to no one is invested rarely gets another season and thus a dedicated fan base in the case of the classroom of elite can help its chances of getting renewed.
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This aspect can be determined based on its google trends, social media profile activities and its merchandise sales. When it was initially released in 2017, the google trends witnessed a spike in searches of the classroom of the elite. However three years later, this has decreased up to 20% of its original results and continues to drop every passing day.
The official website of the series was last updated in 2019 with news of its rebroadcast while the official twitter handle of the series sits with 119K followers and last tweeted in August 2020.
Another factor that helps in calculating a series popularity is its source material and its popularity. With 3.8 millions copies in print as of 2020, the classroom of the elite light novels seem to be doing exceptionally well. The release speed of these light novels is also good which helps keep its popularity alive.
Merchandise is another indicator of its popularity toll. With nothing new released since the past two years, its merchandise does not seem to be doing well in the market and relies on Kadokawa for its merch production.
Conclusively, it can be seen that although the popularity of the series did not witness a major drop since its premiere, it seems to be dropping lower every day and relies heavily on its light novels to keep the toll up.
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Factor B: Cost and Production
A major held back behind another season of a series is the lack of funding it gets. This is contributed to the fact that often a series manages to be more of loss than of profit to the production house and requires around three million dollars at least to be produced.
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These revenue generation aspect can be compared based on the Blu-ray sales od a series, its light novels sales and its merchandise. Many other factors also play part in this but obviously to conclude all of them in one article would be an impossible task to do and thus we will be taking only in consideration for now.
With 1300 Blu-ray copies sold per volume, the series fails to make an statement and earn immense profit in this regard. Kadokawa recently launched four figures related to the series and with only 100 products designed by the franchise, it is clear enough that merchandise wise as well, the costs and income can be seen falling for the producers.
Another source generating way is to look on the light novels sales and printing. With the latest classroom of the elite 2nd year novel selling over 95K copies within a span of few months, the author seems to be earning impressively well from them. It has sold approximately 110K novels since 2020 and seems to be quickly overtaking other popular light novels like Konosuba in this regard.
TO conclude, even in this situation, the franchise seems to be earning little to no profit from its merchandise and anime sales while the light novels once again manage to outshine here and be of maximum profit comparatively.
Factor C: Source Material
Most of the anime series are adapted from light novels or manga. In these cases it is important to determine whether enough material is available for another series or not. The status of the light novels also help in knowing how much content can be expected and adapted in the future.
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Such is the case with the classroom of the elite as well. It is adapted from the light novels written by Shōgo Kinugasa . These are still on-going with its latest volume being released recently in June 2020 while another one is expected in October. The release of the novels is provided at a good speed and seems to be picking from there.
As of now, there are eleven light novel volumes and three short story volumes published by the author. With the series season one covering the first three light novels, from the fourth novel and onwards, all the leftover content published and soon to be published can easily be taken for adaption. Thus more than enough source material is available were another season to be made anytime soon.
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To expect a season two of the classroom of the elite or not?
Based on the statistics mentioned, it can be seen that although the classroom of the elite managed to create a buzz and boost up its light novels hype at the time of its initial release, over the time its sales and popularity in regards with anime lovers has dropped largely. Even then though, it can be seen that the series holds commendable potential and enough source material for it to adapt over time.
Thus although a classroom of the elite season 2 cannot be seen happening this year, there is still a possibility of it being taken up by another production house and eventually get the attention and fame it rightfully deserves. Unfortunately for now, the anime series lovers would have to resort to its light novels and await the arrival of its latest volume in this month only!