Classroom of the Elite aired its second season after a long layoff, much to fans delight. However, that delight seems short-lived as the anime is now being criticized for its poor animation quality.
The outroar against the animation quality of Classroom of the Elite season 2 is riding on a particular frame from this school festival episode.
Nevertheless, since this frame became viral on social media platforms, the complaints about the animation quality too began pouring in.
While COTE fanatics are defending the show saying that people are making a fuss over a couple of frames from the anime in which the quality dwindled, there are others who tend to disagree.
According to a twitter user, the poor animation quality in some of the earlier episodes is visible, because Lerche, the animation production company for Season 2, decided to outsource the work to some other studio.
Fans expressed their disappointment at the outsourcing, blaming Lerche for not handling the series properly.
“At this point why is it given to lerche when lerche does not animate half the show itself?,” a fan said, criticizing the outsourcing practices and poor animation quality.
However, for episodes that seem to adapt key moments of the plot (Season 2 Episode 6), the animation quality was not as bad as the rest, but it still wasn’t the best compared to other series.
For fans, this again is a reg flag because if there were compromises in the animation quality of an important episode of Classroom of the Elite Season 2, then the animation quality for the upcoming episodes could be an issue.
Animation quality aside, Classroom of the Elite Season 2 is also facing criticism for not properly adapting the source material. Readers of the light novels were disappointed that a lot of content from volumes being adapted were skipped and that story was being rushed.
According to a fan, the anime is adapting the content of a whole volume into three episodes, thus missing out on a lot of important stuff and character building.
“Anime is completely event-based and feels completely different than how the LN focuses on the characters. They’re doing a single volume of the LN in 3 episodes each time. Lots of important stuff is missing and some events (like the ending of last season) ruined details for later,” the user said.
Others too were of a similar opinion.
There were also a set of fans, who came to peace with what they saw, saying that everything was fine until the show was enjoyable.
“They do are speedrunning the books which is unfortunate because many hidden stuff could be missing but as long as its enjoyable for those unaware of anything it could be fine,” a twitter user wrote.
Classroom of the Elite Season 2 started airing in Japan on July 4, 2022.
Seiji Kishi and Hiroyuki Hashimoto are serving as chief directors for both Season 2 and Season 3, Yoshihito Nishouji as director, Hayato Kazano as series composer, Kazuaki Morita as character designer, and Masaru Yokoyama and Kana Hashiguchi as music composers.
Lerche is once again the animation production company.
Classroom of the Elite is a Japanese light novel series, written by Shōgo Kinugasa and illustrated by Shunsaku Tomose and has been published under Media Factory’s MF Bunko J imprint since 2015. As of February 2022, seventeen volumes and four short volumes have been released.
A manga adaptation by Yuyu Ichino began its serialization in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Alive on January 27, 2016. An anime television series adaptation by Lerche aired from July to September for 12 episodes with the first season in 2017.
Crunchyroll describes the plot as:
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji has just enrolled at Tokyo Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, where it’s said that 100% of students go on to college or find employment. But he ends up in Class 1-D, which is full of all the school’s problem children.
What’s more, every month, the school awards students points with a cash value of 100,000 yen, and the classes employ a laissez-faire policy in which talking, sleeping, and even sabotage are permitted during class.
One month later, Ayanokoji, Horikita, and the students of Class D learn the truth of the system in place within their school…