10 Anime Shows like Classroom of the Elite you must watch

By Jessica Fontaine
Published: March 30, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)
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We discuss 10 Anime Shows like Classroom of the Elite you must watch. Add these well-recommended Anime series to your watch list. 

Classroom of the Elite is a thriller-drama anime series on Crunchyroll. It is based on the light novel and manga of the same name, written by Shogo Kinugasa. Season 1 was released in July 2017, and season 2 was released in July 2022.

The series follows Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, a quiet boy who enrolls at a prestigious high school that guarantees students are accepted into college.

However, the school puts him in the lowest-level class, full of all the problem children. Eventually, along with the help of his new friend Horikita and the other students in the class, Ayanokoji learns the dark truth about the system in their school.

Classroom of the Elite has a 7.7/10 rating on IMDb. If you like unique anime shows that branch out from conventional plots, you should check out 10 anime shows like Classroom of the Elite.

10 Anime Shows like Classroom of the Elite you must watch

Baka and Test (2010)

Baka and Test is very similar in that it features a school that divides its students into different groups. Students at Fumizuki Academy can summon Avatars using their powers.

Students are grouped by skill level, with Class A students being the brightest and Class F having the lowest skills. However, Mizuki Himeji of Class F is ready to wage war on Class A with his peers.

Prison School (2015)

Another anime series about a prestigious school, Prison School follows an all-girls school that finally becomes co-ed. However, it is secretly ruled by an Underground Student Council of ruthless, cruel, attractive female students. The boys get sent to the school’s prison when they get caught spying on them.

Daganronpa: The Animation (2013)

Daganronpa: The Animation is about a very selective elite private school. Students will find that the only way to pass the class is by murdering a fellow student.

Like Classroom of the Elite, the series features students who discover that their school isn’t what they thought it was.

Komi Can’t Communicate (2021)

Komi Can’t Communicate is about a young girl named Komi with severe social anxiety and a communication disorder. With the help of her classmate Hitohito Tadano, the only person who knows about her disorder, she hopes to make friends with 100 people before graduation.

The protagonists of Classroom of the Elite and Komi Can’t Communicate relate because they are quiet and shy but soon find themselves undertaking big missions.

The Irregular at Magic High School (2014)

The Irregular at Magic High School is a series about First High School, the institution for magicians. Students are separated into two groups based on their entrance exam results.

When two siblings enroll at First High School, Miyuki ends up in the First Course, the group for the highest-scoring students. Tatsuya ends up in the Second Course for the lowest-scoring students. However, his extraordinary magical abilities and knowledge help him become irregular at his magical high school.

Hyouka (2012)

Hyouka follows high schooler Houtarou Oreki, whose sister convinces him to save the Classics Club from disbandment. When he joins the club, he falls for a fellow first-year.

The series follows the four members of the Classics Club as they solve the mysteries that plague their everyday lives.

Kakegurui (2017)

In Kakeguruionly the children of the nation’s wealthiest and most influential people make it into Hyakkao Private Academy. The school’s hierarchy is formed by gambling, where those who win earn the respect of their peers, while the losers are in debt to them.

New student Yumeko Jabami loves gambling, to the point that she attracts the attention of the Student Council and turns the previous order upside down.

Charlotte (2015)

Charlotte is about adolescents who get magical abilities when they hit puberty. Yu is one of these individuals who can live an everyday life by hiding his powers. However, the student council president of another school catches him, and he must transfer there to help other students control their abilities.

Seiren (2017)

Seiren is a rom-com series that follows a high school boy approaching his university entrance exam. The series separates into three arcs, with him exploring a relationship with a different girl in each one. 

Death Note (2006)

Teenager Light Yagami lives in a world of prevalent crime and sees a book fall from the sky. The book is called “Death Note,” and when he writes the names of criminals in it, they die. Then he meets Ryuk, the death God, who gave him the book.

As Light continues wiping out crime, a detective starts tracking his killings.

Do you have any other recommendations for Anime Shows like Classroom of the Elite? Let us know in the comments!

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