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Classroom of the Elite Season 3 was originally planned to premiere in 2023 but was delayed due to various circumstances. The official Classroom of The Elite Twitter account confirmed on July 23 2023 that the third season will premiere in January 2024. Now, this should be welcome news to the fans of the highly popular albeit niche anime.

Classroom of the Elite is a popular Japanese light novel by Shōgo Kinugasa that has been adapted into a TV anime series. Known for its blend of dynamic drama, peripheral psychology, and rigid school life, the series explores themes like Politics, Scheming, Manipulation, Competition, and the thirst for Power in a high school setting.

With 11 light novels and 12 manga volumes published for the first year, 9 light novels and 2 manga volumes published for the second year, and a third-year arc in progress, the Classroom of the Elite franchise has plenty of source material left for potential future seasons. The Studio Hibari project is definitely one for the long term.

After its official release, people will be able to watch Classroom of the Elite Season 3 on their respective lawful platforms. The psychological drama full of thrilling suspense revolves around a large cast of characters who play crucial roles throughout the series.

There are quite a few heavy hitters slated or rumored for release in the spring quarter of 2024 like Solo Leveling, Chainsaw Man, and Kimi ni Todoke. It will be interesting to see how Classroom of the Elite manages to draw attention to itself among the giants of the industry.

Classroom of the Elite Season 3 Trailer

Stuff You Need To Know about the Classroom Of The Elite

The anime is an adaptation of Shogo Kinugasa’s light novels. The first season aired in 2017 and ran for 12 episodes. As for the second season, it was released in 2022 a whole 5 years after the first season. Such a long break is unheard of apart from a few titular titles like Bleach. That being said, the 13-episode season 2 turned out to be another banger. Now, it is finally time for Classroom of the Elite Season 3 after almost a couple of years.

The story follows the perspective of Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, an unassuming boy, who is not good at making friends and would rather keep his distance, but possesses unparalleled intelligence. He is a student of Class D, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to give them a taste of how the real world actually works. Well, not the best educative angle but it does prepare the young-ins for what’s to come.

Classroom of the Elite Season 3 announcement was a surprise, as it was only revealed after a live-stream special by the Kadokawa Anime YouTube channel debuted a new promotional video and visual last March 6, 2023. For me personally, it is a piece of news that brings me the utmost joy as I am a fan of Kiyotaka’s ingenious complexly woven mind games that turn things upside down at the most crucial of junctures. Hopefully, more of that will be on focal display throughout Classroom of the Elite Season 3.

Classroom Of The Elite Season 3 - Key Visual - Deshi Geek
Classroom Of The Elite Season 3 – Key Visual – Deshi Geek

Expectations From The Third Season

Classroom of the Elite Season 3 will adapt the light novel’s volume 8, and the season will finish with the freshmen completing their first year. The first years have come a long way in the previous two seasons, especially the notorious ‘Class D’. Their power struggles with ‘Class C’, definitely was an overwhelming victory thanks to Kiyotaka. Now, will ‘Class B’ become the next target?

Classroom of the Elite season 3 will continue to follow Kiyotaka and his classmates as they embark on a competitive journey through this meritocratic school. While Kiyotaka desired a peaceful life, Horikita remains determined to reach Class A. However, slowly but surely Kiyotaka is joining the competition. At first, it was curiosity but now it has turned into a full-blown survival game for him. So, the third season is sure to deliver some jaw-dropping moments.

Fans are expecting a showdown between Ayanokōji and the recently introduced character Arisu Sakayanagi. The two aces’ battlefield will surely be the Mixed Training Camp, a new Special Test expected to be more mind-boggling than the previous survival test on the deserted island. This mind-game-centric psychological battle between highly intellectual individuals is what the anime is all about.

Classroom Of The Elite Season 3 Release Date Update!

Cast & Crew

The Japanese voice cast of Classroom of the Elites highlights Shoya Chiba as the protagonist Kiyotaka. Chiba’s new voice work remembers the lead job of Hajime Aono for ‘Blue Ensemble’ and Sigma in seven episodes of ‘Bungo Homeless Canines’. In the English version, Kiyotaka is voiced by Justin Briner, who additionally voices hero Izuku Midoriya in ‘Boku no Hero Academia’ among other different characters.

Kei Karuizawa is played by Ayana Taketatsu in Japanese and the English voice of Kobeni in ‘Chainsaw Man’ by Bryn Apprill. The remainder of the show’s principal cast is in like manner depicted by voice entertainers with extensive involvement with the anime business. Other significant jobs incorporate Akari Kito and Felecia Angelle as Suzune Horikita; Yurika Kubo and Sarah Wiedenheft as Kikyo Kushida; Ryota Osaka and Dallas Reid as Yosuke Hirata; as well as Eiji Takeuchi and Brandon McInnis as Ken Sudo.

Every one of the three head overseers of Classroom of the Elite Season 3, likewise affirmed by Crunchyroll, have worked together with the studio on a portion of its past undertakings. Seiji Kishi, for instance, recently dealt with ‘Assassination Classroom’ and Yoshihito Nishoji has insight into individual episodes of ‘Toilet Bound Hanako-kun’. Hiroyuki Hashimoto, second chief director of ‘Classroom of the Elite’, collaborated with Lerche and Kishi on ‘Danganronpa: The Animation’.

Classroom Of The Elite Season 3 - Visual - Deshi Geek
Classroom Of The Elite Season 3 – Visual – Deshi Geek

Classroom Of The Elite Season 3 Hacks

They have pushed back the airing date of Classroom of the Elite Season 3 to January 2024. The anime had an initial plan to be released in July 2023. Many rumors and speculations circulated regarding the delay that followed after the initial announcement but they don’t matter anymore as the anime finally has a confirmed release date.

Classroom of the Elite Season 3 features Kiyotaka Ayanokoji and Suzune Horikita as the main characters. However, it’s not only about them and it’s not that simple. There are other characters who impact the show so much that it is sometimes difficult to discern who to actually cheer for as all of them are adept at playing psychological politics. Then again, Kyotaka is the one to root for.

Classroom of the Elite Season 3 is one such series that has been on the list to watch for many Anime fans. So, my advice to those who still haven’t watched it yet is, “Start now! Definitely with the first season and finish watching up to the second before Classroom of the Elite Season 3 comes out! Because you’re all in for a treat!!!”


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