The second season of the Classroom of the Elite anime series just ended, and you may wonder which volume to read in the light novel and manga series for the anime series’s following story.
Light novels are one of the hottest Japanese contents these days as well as anime and manga, and many of the popular books are made into the successful anime adaptations. Recently, a school-themed psychological thriller series Classroom of the Elite, also classified into slice of life and romance, has drawn much attention from lots of fans across the world.
Written by Shogo Kinugasa and illustrated by Shunsaku Tomose, the original light novel series of Classroom of the Elite began its publication in 2015. The first part consisting of 14 volumes finished in 2019, which has been followed by the second part since 2020. The first anime adaptation from the early part entertained the fans, airing with 12 episodes in 2017. And, the second season was broadcast with 13 episodes from July to September, 2022.
In addition, it has been already announced that the third season will be released in 2023. The upcoming season will include all the rest of the First Year Arc.
For the fans who have watched the first and second seasons and can’t wait the third season’s coming, I’d like to introduce to how to enjoy the following story of the Classroom of the Elite anime series in light novels and manga adaptations. Check out where the Classroom of the Elite anime ended in light novels and manga and which volume to start reading to enjoy the sequel to the anime series.
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- 1 How many volumes does Classroom of the Elite have?
- 2 Which should you choose, light novels or manga?
- 3 Classroom of the Elite: Which Volume to Read after the Anime Series
- 4 When will Classroom of the Elite Season 3 air?
How many volumes does Classroom of the Elite have?
Aside from the anime series, you can enjoy Classroom of the Elite in the original light novel series and its manga adaptations. There are 14 volumes in the Part 1 and 9 volumes in the Part 2 so far (the latest 8th volume released in October, 2022) in the light novel. On the other hand, the Classroom of the Elite manga series has 12 volumes published until February, 2022.
Which should you choose, light novels or manga?
It’s highly recommended to read the light novel series of Classroom of the Elite to go ahead of the anime series’s latest episode since it is now the only way to do that. The second season of the anime series has overtaken the manga adaptation.
The productive author of the original novel constantly releases a new volume with several high-quality character illustration pages. Plenty volumes have been already translated into English, which allows you to read the following story smoothly in the light novel series.
Let’s wait until the new third season’s release while reading the light novel series!
Classroom of the Elite: Which Volume to Read after the Anime Series
Light Novel: Which volume of Classroom of the Elite to read after the anime?
The second season of the Classroom of the Elite anime finished with Episode 13 “The Worst Enemy You Can Meet Will Always Be Yourself.”, which corresponds with Volume 7.5 of the light novel series.
You can enjoy the following story of the anime from the Prologue: “Horikita Manabu’s Soliloquy” in the light novel Volume 8!
If you want to the authentic story of the original light novel, it’s also recommended to re-start from Volume 7.5. The final episode of the second season doesn’t cover all of the chapters in the light novel. Volume 7.5 is a short-story collection but is closely related to the main story.
All volumes of the first part are available in English now, and the next part Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 has been translated into English since July, 2022.
▽Binge-read Classroom of the Elite to complete the First Year Arc with the further volumes! ▽
▽You can proceed on the next arc Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 in English!▽
Manga: Which volume of Classroom of the Elite to read after the anime?
The light novel series of Classroom of the Elite has been made into the manga adaptation since 2016. However, you cannot enjoy the following story after the anime series in the manga anymore. The second season of the anime series has overtaken the manga series.
The manga series of the English edition is published more slowly. The first volume, which was published in Japanese in 2016, was just released in English in March, 2022.
To sum it up, you can enjoy the sequel to the Classroom of the Elite anime season 2 in the light novels in English.
As I said above, how about re-starting from Volume 7.5 or 8 of the light novel series after you watched all the current episodes in the anime series?
When will Classroom of the Elite Season 3 air?
It has been officially revealed that Classroom of the Elite Season 3 will air from January 2024. Look forward to witnessing the climax of the First Year Arc!
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