Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e


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Kōdo Ikusei Senior High School, a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Kōdo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.

The protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokōji is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyō Kushida, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.

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Classroom of the Elite
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denverdrage rated it
June 20, 2017
Status: v11
Update: It has come to my attention that the English translation was done by multiple translators. One of them, Onehallyu is clearly a machine translation and even plagiarizing the works of other translators without even giving credits. I'll recommend avoiding their translations as their translation of volume 3 is very very bad and v9 is a badly edited copy from TLanon and ConfusedTLs which introduces several mistakes in the process.

This is a short review for up to volume 11, or more like my impression of it.

For those who expected BakaTest,... more>> this may be a nice novel to read if you wanted more. The premise of a school where they compete for the top position is pretty standard, but the thing that makes it more interesting is how they compete. They get points for outstanding achievements at school which they can use to buy stuff with. The plot is pretty interesting and shows how our MC and his class are tackling the tests and challenges the school throws at every class. They compete with the other classes in an almost zero-sum game and the mind-games they have between each other are fairly entertaining to read.

I am very glad that not only the MC gets development, but other students also get their time to shine. The rivalry between them are some of the more entertaining parts of this series. I can absolutely recommend this series for those willing to dive into a story of the underdogs overcoming trials, mind games, betrayals, blackmailing, lies, love, friendship, rivalries, and growing up. With a main character who isn't what he seems to be. <<less
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reas rated it
September 29, 2017
Status: --
I couldn't recommend this novel enough. It's truly a good read, and the plot is so intense. Don't be fooled with the laid back atmosphere of the first few volumes, I can only say, Ayanokouji is definitely not the type of guy you think he is.

Everything is within his plan, yes, EVERYTHING. And everyone is just dancing in the palm of his hands. Btw, he's never been dragged around by Horikita, ever.

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ZONGO rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: v1c6 part2
I'm still only at the beginning of the novel but it seems to be interesting. I would prefer to give it 3.5 stars but that's not really possible. It is fairly easy going with something bubbling underneath.

The MC does not have much of a personality but it seems that he is trying to be as neutral as possible. There seems to be some circumstances behind his past that we had not been privy to yet. There is also a plot point with Horikita whose brother is the student council president. The classes are ranked by merit and not just academics.

Overall the novel is not very intense but has an intriguing concept. Give it a chance if your looking to get into something without a big commitment.
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faiktheintelligent rated it
February 10, 2019
Status: v10
This is seriously one of my favorite novels. It's amazing.

You may be turned off after reading some of the negative reviews, but the series really picks up after the anime ends (i.e. Volume 4 onwards)

The author always manages to keep the plot interesting, and the story is very well written. All the characters are memorable in some way and they serve a part in the story.

If you like mindgames, and a badass protagonist, this series will not fail to disappoint you. Ayanokoji is one of the best MC's imo,... more>> and the author keeps you hyped for every volume.

This novel is definitely worth a read. <<less
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November 6, 2017
Status: --
From what I can see from the anime, it’s a version of BakaTest but more of a darker undertone. It’s a similar class ranking and school rivalry but points are as people have said, granted based on merits, behaviors, and grades. In what lies rivalry though, is a mix of lies, threats, manipulation, and violence. It’s a big mind game, or more precise a mystery game. The characters are not who they appeared to be, thematically meaning that everyone has another side. Everyone has their own dreams, purpose, and ambitions... more>> but they mix together to accomplish the same goal, essentially being reaching the A class. The main character is as op as he can be but his personality is a wonder. Nobody knows what he really is thinking. He has a mysterious past and mysterious abilities. His outward appearance and attitude is the opposite of his capabilities. In the entire anime of 12 episodes, on the very last minute of the last episode, there was only one single quote that I felt like it came from the heart. Search up on his character fandom wiki and it’ll show up. That quote thoroughly destroyed a lot of the assumptions to be had about him. It was a signal of realization. So I look forward for 2nd season. When I finished the anime, I immediately ran to the novel to start reading because it seems like this sh*t is the one I’m looking for. <<less
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Alec157 rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: v2c3
Great read if you like school life anime, haven't seen any romance yet tho 😭😭. The start may be sloppy and cliche but if you tag along long enough the story should hook you and you'll want to read it to the end. Most characters get great development in due time so don't decide your opinion of someone before you ve seen everything about them.

Warning: if you just want to read a cliche school novel dont read this.
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Aria rated it
January 20, 2018
Status: v3c1
So we have an inferior class filled with inferior students in which "inferior" is derived from overall assessment (intelligence + personality + physical ability + etc)

Because of that, enjoy a story filled with characters who are short-sighted, egoistical, socially incompetent, and other "inferior" personality traits...
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Renaxan rated it
December 28, 2018
Status: v9 epilogue
Have you already read Baka To Test novel? If you have, you can imagine this is serious and epic version of it than comedy like Baka to Test. This is currently one of top 3 novel I have ever read. I wouldnt biased this review, i'll give honest impression about this.

General :

Something really amazing I could say. Story is about ayanokouji, the MC who entering Kodo ikusei school who implemented caste system, and MC got into worst class, the D class. What I could say, since baka to test, I... more>> tho this concept wouldnt more to me but im wrong. The main object of this story are how MC are supposed helping horikita raising this D class into A class, which is worst class in the school.

MC who seems as such lazy-ass character who got dragged at earlier chapter actually isnt like that, folks. Give it to volume 7 and see if you could say same.

Character :

This is something I really like about this novel. Despite have a lot character, they're not forgettable.. Or the novel force you to remember because they have their each role on this novel. Each character have their advantage and weakness, and each volume of this novel certainly arc based on character, and how MC solve and give his thought+action to it. However there's some character I couldnt see their weakness and way of they thinking and make readers curious about it. That's the strong point of this novel.


Even until volume 9 no one know what is MC and koenji weakness, even myself as reader. I could predict others weakness like sakayanagi but for those two, I cant think any.


Plot :

Unique, I must say. The plot is arround activity of student and school rules about it (you could say "test"). The plot really unpredictable, even if does, the reason arent shallow. Each volume is strongly connected to each others, and the pace is reasonable. Dont open this if you didnt want to see major spoiler.


MC actually kind of prodigy. He has no visible weakness, even to readers. He act low and like of servant of horikita, in truth he doesnt. He use horikita as his shield to conceal his presence as the real one who control the D class (which later become C). He's never yield and succumb to anyone, and even use their weakness as his pawn to collect and control information. In later chapter, MC even show his physical superiority and beat some people who is in his way to make them realized they are dancing in his palm. MC isnt really want to become A class, actually his teacher kinda lied to him so he's forced to do so. For relationship, I couldnt see anyone would become MC couple, and forget about horikita and kushida potential. Actually, in latest chapter he even make some amazing character kind of fall to him and he doesnt feel any.


Anime to Novel :

There's anime adaptation to this. If you want continue from anime, start from volume 4. Anime adaptation does good in represent of this novel like cut some useless filler, and describe the character very well. So its fine if you want to continue from volume 4 from anime rather from start. The novel itself just have more detailed information about plot but anime does cover the main point of volume 1-3 so yeah, do as you like.

Overall :

The plot is so clean that make me as reader 100% believe some plot hole didnt exist, just foreshadowing things that would answered in future volume. The character, not some forgetable mobs and they really have a role on this novel. And for enjoyment, I could rate this novel 5 easily because those above reasons. <<less
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Nitpicking Reader rated it
December 24, 2018
Status: v3 epilogue 2
Deserves a 3.8

This story is for teens. I would've liked it if I was young and didn't know many better novels.

The MC is too passive, the world they're living isn't real and there're some illogical things just for plot sake.

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Like they were messed up by their teacher at first (not in a direct way but indirectly like hiding things from the class or not being clear using forgetting as excuses or some other bs) then she later asks the MC to lead the class to the top because of her unfulfilled dream as being in the same class smh


Also I've read some 5stars reviews and thought it would be an interesting story, though it's interesting but not that much to my liking.

This is the kind of story that's better as anime than a manga or novel. <<less
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Ranobeeater rated it
July 7, 2019
Status: v10c3
    • Plot/Story- this is probably the best part of this novel as it get intresting by each volume, there is always suspens and thrill, also the rules of every test are vivid and descriptive. (5/5)
    • Protagonist- Cool and badass and unlike many protagonist he proves it, not simply smart cause author said that which happens in many other novels. (4.5/5).
    • Character development- Good, each important character have their own story, reason. (4.5/5)
    • Writing style and translation- Both are excellent (confused translation). (5/5).
    • Illustration- good (4/5).
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Maverick88 rated it
May 1, 2019
Status: v10 epilogue
This novel is so great!

Trust me, The character description is very detail, so even u can remember mobs character

The conflict very unpredictable, which make u curious what happen next

The antagonist is clever in different way, so will not boring even the conflict was similar (Class rival)

Heroines is very attractive (ilustration) and different personality each other

The side story so good either, this point is my preference

So far i've been complete read vol 10, and wait next volume on June I guess.

Hope u will enjoy this novel like me.
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summers rated it
July 14, 2017
Status: v2
Very good read. We have seen the so-called uninterested MC before, sharp tongued girl duo before but usually it breaks down and becomes another cliche. So far they are sticking with it. Probably because the reason MC is in school is not to pass but to find an answer to A question, so he is not all bluster.

Only problem is I have a hard time suspending my disbelief about this school system. They dont let people into the school just on grades; reason being that japan not in a good... more>> situation and hereditary system is bad. But class D keeps getting trolled. Its one thing to keep info from students about how the system works, but the teach lied to their face about what to study; and played it off as an accident. I hope they explains this sooner rather than later or I might loose interest in the school aspect. Only excuse so far is that life is not fair and they are simulating real work conditions, but the point of the school is to change that system not encourage a bunch of kids to be pessimistic untrusting jerks. <<less
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XXxxxadisxxxXX rated it
July 19, 2019
Status: v2c3 part10
I'm gonna be real with you here there are two parts I am going to be talking about in this review.

Story-wise I ****ing love this and honestly wish that I could read more of it; however, it seems that I can't.

The translations on this while good for the first volume and a half just up and disappear with no explanation whatsoever. It honestly confuses me. I'm fine with a legal franchise selling this or whatever, but this thing is just translated as a confusing mess. I have been looking for... more>> the past few hours trying to find the next parts and I still cannot find them and it's just disappointing. Even with all this then some of the volumes are not translated anywhere at all. There is also the absolutely dreadful machine copies and such that are almost entirely unreadable.

The translating in this is honestly just a cluster**** that makes me wonder if this amount of time just to read something is worth it. There are hundreds of aggregate sites that just blatantly steal the translations and most of them end up with egregious errors that make it unreadable. There are also one that is just bad by themselves like Onehallyu which seems to be a machine translations with no effort put into editing it. This story is worth it if you can find it somewhere properly translated, but if not it's just a mess. <<less
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Pyushis rated it
July 9, 2018
Status: v2c1
I honestly think this doesn’t deserve 5 stars from me.

Others might say I gave the novel too quickly but I digress. If the novel couldnt be up to par within a volume then it doesn't deserve a second glance (is my motto). I tried giving it more chance but all I’m seeing is MC wiping the ass of his classmates.
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RedLinesBurn rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: v3c5 part4

This is a story about a guy we know next to nothing about. He's starting a new school where the classes must compete to become class A and Earn money to live off, all while the students of other classes try to stop him (doing anything from playing dirty, and smack talk to Cheating lying and betraying one own class. Ayanokouji my seem like a nobody but there's more to him then meets the eye.
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ResidentialPsycho rated it
October 7, 2018
Status: v3 epilogue 2
If I didn't know about the MC's true personality from watching the anime first, I probably would have dropped this series during the first few chapters. Since I've watched the anime first, which covers the first three volumes, it's put an interesting twist on the MC's internal dialogue in the light novels. Although he pretends to be a normal guy, he actually doesn't feel any connection with the other characters and is only using them for his own ends, manipulating them every step of the way. His thoughts about friendship... more>> and feeling things toward other characters are actually 100% fake. In the light novels, he gives off a pretty sleazy impression, but it comes off as quite cunning in the anime. If I had read the light novels first, then I would have rated this series as a 2/5 stars. Since I have higher expectations about reveals based on the anime, I'm giving it 3/5 stars for now.

The most interesting volume thus far is the third one. That said, I would recommend watching the anime over reading the light novels. There are some small differences but nothing that would change the storyline.

Supporting characters include a tsundere nadeshiko and a green tea b***h. Nothing special in particular. <<less
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November 5, 2017
Status: v1
i finished reading up to volume 1 and watched the anime, so this review is somewhat a comparison.

what I like from the novel is of course you got a lot of detail about everything that happening, it's for story and world building, but if you compare it with the anime (which is pretty good) it seems to be a lot of unnecessary information is distracting you in the novel.

with the anime we can see how our MC looks, he's by no means your usual and normal guy, he looks like... more>> doesn't even care about what other people do but is still observant about his surrounding and can plan ahead, and in the anime they potray our MC to be a mysterious guy with a dark past.
and if you plan to read the novel after watching the anime just prepare for the big difference, novel author potray MC to be somewhat gloomy, unsocial guy but still a normal teen, with a lot of detail reader can know a lot of what his thoughts are and what he feels at the moments, and this detail make MC to be potrayed as a normal (cliche) or rather a bland character that somewhat have a mysterious past.

maybe to enjoy this novel is to read it without comparing it with the anime, but with the anime already finished airing and it's still somewhat new it seems to be hard. <<less
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Owloid rated it
April 26, 2017
Status: v1 epilogue
This story is worth looking at. The MC gives off a feeling like "I could solve all these problems if I just put in some effort" but coasts along instead, satisfied with his current place. He's dragged along by an abusive, prideful hot girl who is all tsun, no dere for now. For the first volume so far, it's set up so that it feels like a bunch of stuff is going on in the background, but really they just talked and studied. It feels interesting even though nothing really... more>> has happened so far. I'd give it a chance if you like the main two characters. <<less
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Aharlequin rated it
June 17, 2019
Status: --
You can says that Classroom of the elite is my most favourite Series. It has a good storyline like Ordinary School life series at the same time some parts are really mystery that make this series interesting especially about MC life.A lot of plot holes and Author knows how to play that very well. And explained in every volume little by little. Characters background are literally Gold (Gold).

  1. I rated this ones 6 stars
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Clay. rated it
April 13, 2019
Status: v9c6

whoever reads this Review right now probably wonders if the 10 Volumes (9 Volumes are translated) long journey is worth the Read or not. And I would say YES! Its definetly worth the Read. Im currently up to date with the translation and I must say its Amazing. Every Arc, every Volume and even every Interaction the MC has with someone has got an even deeper meaning than you think. Because everything he does is part of his plan. He isn't like the typical MC in every other Story... more>> who is a Hero, I would even call him an Antihero. You ask why ? Well, read Volume 4 onwards, thats where the Real sh*t Starts ;) <<less
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