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Opinions are always mixed-up whenever Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (Classroom of the Elite) is the topic. Some do like it, some don’t. Personally, I enjoyed spectating it to the extreme! But to be fair, I do believe this anime sure is severely lacking in some aspects.
Okay, I’m not here to critique Classroom of the Elite or go into detail with it. The reason I’m here is because I want to share some anime that are similar to it with you. For the most part, I truly find this show quite entertaining. And if you also do, then the titles listed here will definitely bode well for you!
Anime Like Classroom of the Elite
- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
- Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
- Grisaia no Kajitsu (The Fruit of Grisaia)
- Alderamin on the Sky
It shouldn’t be surprising to find Kakegurui listed here. After all, it was released in the same season and year as Classroom of the Elite. Not only that, but Kakegurui also has a plot that revolves around the school genre and the themes of mind games, societal rankings, and madness. Did you know that when this anime came out, I thought it was one and the same as Classroom of the Elite? Well, silly me!
Kakegurui is a very rare anime that uses gambling as its main kernel. In it, there’s an elite school that turns another color during off-class hours. When books and pens are laid down, poker chips ascend on the tables. This is the reality in Kakegurui. With major things at stake, it’s either you win or you lose—big time.
There’s no doubt about it—Kakegurui is as thrilling as any gambling game. Aside from its unusual yet exhilarating plot, this show features catchy music and distinctive visuals. Believe me when I say the faces they make in this show during the most stimulating moments are so striking that they haunt and burn. They’re actually also comical that you’ll hope for more. I think I’ve said enough. Try watching it and see for yourself.
2. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
If you turn Classroom of the Elite upside-down and transform it into pure comedy, then the result would be Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu!
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu is about a school with merit-based rankings. If you’re well-rounded and high-achieving, then you go to high-ranking classes. If not, then you end up in the low-ranking classes. And the higher the rank of a class, the greater the privileges. On the other hand, the lower the rank of a class, the lesser the concessions.
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu is seriously quite funny. It never fails to make one chuckle, especially during the most crucial moments. Also, as this show is being analogized here with Classroom of the Elite, there’s no need for you to worry—all the strategy and tactic aspects are also present here in this anime. Beyond everything, I did say that Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu is virtually like Classroom of the Elite, but in a buffoonish form. It made me laugh hysterically, so I wholly recommend it to you!
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3. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
Are you hungry for more action and entertainment? Well, halt everything you’re doing right now because I’m about to drop the title of the most recommendable anime in this list. Pardon my intense excitement but I do know that you already know what the title is. It is none other than Assassination Classroom!
A school setting, class in the lowest rank theme, a passionate drive to rise despite all the overwhelming challenges and impediments—Assassination Classroom has all of these plus more. But most importantly, this show has Koro-sensei! He’s a being who’s responsible for the destruction of a large chunk of the moon and who’s currently a teacher who’s teaching his students not only to excel academically but also to succeed in assassinating him. Curious, isn’t it?
I guess it’s time for me to stop chatting before I spoil any major plot detail. What I can only say right now is that this anime is so epic that it feels like being in a rocket ship fueled by extraordinary emotions and sentiments and intensely launching into space. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this show so I hope you do too.
4. Grisaia no Kajitsu (The Fruit of Grisaia)
The Fruit of Grisaia may not be as popular as the other titles listed here, but it is actually super mind-blowing depending on how it is looked upon. It certainly is not for everyone, but it surely is a must-try for adventurous onlookers.
The Fruit of Grisaia takes place in a peculiar school with only five female students. As it turns out, they are reckoned as fruits that fell too far from their trees. All of them have dark stories to tell. And then one day, a mysterious male student enrolls in the same school. Who is he? What is his purpose? Is he also a wretched fruit that fell too far from his tree?
What makes The Fruit of Grisaia similar to Classroom of the Elite is that it also has a school setting and a bad-ass main character. The difference? This one has more psychological undertones as well as deeper character development. Also, this show doesn’t focus too much on the school theme. Nevertheless, it is intelligible in such a brilliant way. The art, the sound, the characters, and the plot—they all blend together to yield a dark and unique experience.
5. Alderamin on the Sky
Ah, Alderamin on the Sky. ‘Tis an underrated anime as clear as the sky. On the surface, it looks like a generic show with nothing out of the ordinary in terms of plot and characters. But on the inside, it’s a show with brilliant staging and development.
I’m juxtaposing Alderamin on the Sky with Classroom of the Elite because they both have intelligent writing and execution. Alderamin on the Sky actually surprised me the moment I sank into it. It has glorious action, an interesting story, decent other elements, and most of all—a splendidly lazy yet brilliant main character.
My knees get weak when it comes to shows with lots of strategies, tactics, and mind games involved. I’m actually so glad Alderamin on the Sky didn’t fly off my radar back then. If it did fly off yours, then now is your chance!
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