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Classroom of the Elite (Light Novel) Vol. 1

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I will be discussing different manga and light novels that I’m reading at the time or keeping up with regularly! After some last-minute cramming, the test is taken and the study group rejoices over the finished task. There would have been no point setting it in a school filled with exceptionally gifted children if it was just a microcosm of adult society.

It’s easy to look at flaws within a system and decided that the system is only there for the purpose of the privileged screwing over everybody else. Ayanokōji Kiyotaka has landed at the bottom of this cutthroat academy in the scorned Class D, where he meets Horikita Suzune, a girl who's determined to rise up the ladder to Class A. Kiyotaka asks her what she intends to do moving forward, to which she states that she has given up on the Idiot Trio, seeing them as nothing but heavy baggage for her goal of reaching A-class. Its students are given remarkable freedom, and it boasts a placement rate of almost one hundred percent. If you aren’t familiar with the series, Classroom of the Elite takes places at the fictional Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing School, a fancy school run by the Japanese government.

Looking to thank Kushida for the work she put in to help the failed study group, Kiyotaka chases after her. Still though, the novel so far has presented the story in an interesting way and hasn’t really strayed too far from the path that the anime established. When the possibility is brought up that their expulsion would raise the class average, a part of me genuinely thought, “It’s more efficient to just cut them loose than try to turn them into good students.

They're in this government advanced school that nurtures students to support the country in the future.

The entire first volume has crux moments like this and all of them are well-executed in terms of just keeping the tension and suspense high; something that I love seeing in novels.

However, even though I really liked the premise, the nature of the school actually isn’t revealed right away.

In the gym, the duo listens to various club representatives give out introductions to their clubs to try and entice the students into joining. I watched the anime around two years ago, but although I enjoyed it, the experience didn’t stick with me. Honestly, I’d like to give this light novel a high score, but the first half weighed it down too much.

After becoming an adult, he now looks back on school and realises what a limiting environment it was. Once again, the story threads the needle by acknowledging personal responsibility alongside factors outside one’s control. After that, it accounts his daily life during the first month of school, as he adjusts to the new school and tries to make friends with his classmates since his friendship with Horikita is unsuccessful at first. Despite this though, much of the dialogue in the middle of the volume makes the characters feel like normal highschool students that talk about normal highschool things, which is a positive considering some of the other topics discussed within the novel. She gives some handouts and speaks a bit about the rules and policy that the school has, proceeding afterwards to give out student ID cards.What’s worse is that even after they’re confronted with the consequences of their actions, they don’t have any intention of actually improving. Hirata contests this for a bit, but it is an unchanging fact that they have lost all of their points. Kiyotaka suggests that they enlist the help of Kushida's various friends to make the encounter more believable, to which she agrees.

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