Classroom of the Elite - Recommendations

Alt title: Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e

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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

After being turned down by his unrequited crush, Hachiman Hikigaya is determined to live out the rest of his high school life single and socially tuned out to avoid the folly of youth. But Hachiman's resolve is lacking compared to his guidance counselor, a woman determined to change the boy's ways. So, much to his dismay, Hachiman is soon forced to reach out to those around him by joining a club dedicated to serving others. Alongside the cold, but beautiful club president Yukino, eager Yui, and other new friends, Hachiman will try to stomach his new volunteer work and survive his ultimate fear: being involved in a typical high school romantic comedy.

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Ka0nonymous Ka0nonymous says...

Both are school life anime consisting of a sarcastic male lead with a female alternative who is equally as cynical as well as a cheerful character who tries to get involved with the two. 

Azukano Azukano says...

The two main characters are near identical in terms of personality and way of thinking in a school setting. Very hypothetical and observant of sociology. 

SeanMcMuffin SeanMcMuffin says...

The main three characters are all really similar. Additionally, the anime takes place in a school setting along with SNAFU, and so far has consisted of the main three characters attempting to help their fellow classmates, just like the main cast of SNAFU.

Thevolx Thevolx says...

the main characther is asocial individual trying to integrate with society, however both MC are extremely inteligent in contrast with those around him.

vinod vinod says...

Both have the same type of interaction between the leads.The trio in the series are mostly similar.

Crizy Crizy says...

The story in both animes are pretty the same and the main theme is in both School Life, but my recommendation will more be based on the three main characters of Classroom of the Elite and OreGairu who may have different goals but are clearly the same :

Ayanokōji  Kiyotaka <> Hikigaya Hachiman :  Don't have any friends, both of these characters observe other people having fun with there friends while they stay alone while analyzing people's personnality. They are both pretty emotionless and are the first ones to have a good relation with the first female protagonist (Horikita and Yukinoshita).

-> They are lonely, analytical, high school students and get along with Horikita Yukinoshita (which is unusual)

Horikita Suzune <> Yukinoshita Yukino :  Same as the main protagonist, they both don't have any friends, difference is that they like to be lonely and think it's useless to have friends. They both have one older sibling (brother <> sister) and they follow their path, they want to be as great as them, they represent their ideal. They are also physically similar ; black hair, hair ribbons and natural/emotionless face.

-> They are lonely, not interessed in making friends, idolize their sibling, are physically similar (especially their hair) and obviously are high school students

Kushida Kikyō <> Yuigahama Yui :  They are both pretty sociable, have a bunch of friends (especially Kushida) and they try to be friends with the other two main characters. Them and the other female main character are the only one who often talk to the male protagonist and could be considered as their friends.

-> They are sociable, friendly and get along with their whole class including the two other emotionless-lonely main characters.

arieana arieana says...

the main character is act like antagonist, and trying to solve problem arise using manipulation.

Epimondas Epimondas says...

Both lead characters have nearly the same personality. They disdain public attention and socializing. They keep to themselves and any ideas about who or what they are but both are deceptively more capable then they appear to be. They work behind the scenes to help others without claiming credit or praise.

RascaI RascaI says...

It has a similarly pessimistic protagonist, and both take place within a few students and teachers in a school, the story coming from the events in the school, usually negative things that the characters have to overcome. Both great if you like school anime that has more layers to it than just romance.

victoireblanc victoireblanc says...

I don't know the specific reasons but these two animes gave off the same vibe from the very first episode as their characters are similar in some ways such as personalities and appearances well as their settings in a high school.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU has a slightly, and only slightly more personal feel in narration and is a bit less... extreme?

soleilsun soleilsun says...

- both have main characters that are emotionless yet understand the inner workings of the minds of people 

- both have at least 3 females that could potentially be their love interest

- both take place in a school setting and are slice of life 

J6J J6J says...

I got the same vibe from both but classroom of the elite was a bit smarter and the ending made u think about the series differently and I enjoined that one a little bit more.

Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had!

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KathyKatz KathyKatz says...

Both of these shows have the school setting and the main character's class starts at the very bottom as they try to climb their way to the very top. In Classroom of the Elite, this is the main drive of the show, as we see the main character and his classmates undergo different challenges and by using mind games to outsmart the others. In Assassination Classroom, this is only a single part of the plot, but it expands more as the main objective of the students is to kill their teacher, Koro-sensei.

Shinya0Makishima Shinya0Makishima says...

both are two of the bes tschool anime out there yet...they both give off thrilling vibes...and while, both the schools have features that are unique only to them, they share  somewhat common characteristics

kawaiibunbun kawaiibunbun says...

School life aspect, underdog class striving to rise to the top, students being forced to push their limits and even do underhanded things to win... there are many similar aspects that will have you enjoying Classroom of the Elite if you loved Assassination Classroom. Give it a shot! 

victoriadomach victoriadomach says...

they are both centered in a high school like in the environment, but DAMN the plot twist and physiological and philosophical genre in classroom of the elite in amazing. you are so intrigued by the first episode! I recommend these!! 

sandbecca sandbecca says...

Both is very funny and intressting. Assassination classroom dident i think was somthing for me but i was so wrong i love it. Classroom of the Elite is also very good. I have seen both more then twise.

LamettaMew LamettaMew says...

Both of those series have a lot in commen, e.g. the school setting and that they (the students) need to climb their way to the top.

Eventhough those two have all those similarities their still are unique and the things in commen are surounded in diffrent ways/plots which makes neither of them boring to watch if if one has already watched the other.

i totally recommend both of them.

Deffenetly two of my favorite anime.^^

Ryuga10 Ryuga10 says...

since both of them are in a rich public school with clear discrimination and both of them fight and succede to defeat the school system.and both are phsycological...with a underdog story

ziknis ziknis says...

they both have the same art style and in their school there's different ranks which both the main characters are in the lowest.I feel like maybe if you liked one of them you'd like the other and assasination classroom is juat lighter and less serious than cassroom of the elite



"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I do have to do it, make it quick," is the basic principle by which energy conservationist Houtarou Oreki lives. But after his sister convinces him to join the Classics Club, Houtarou's life is turned upside down when he meets Chitanda, a perpetually-inquisitive girl who challenges the boy's easygoing existence. Intrigued by the slightest hint of a mystery afoot, Chitanda doesn't hesitate to pester the reluctant yet highly analytical Houtarou into satisfying her curiosity at every turn, no matter how small the problem. Alongside fellow members Satoshi and Ibara, the group tackles cases ranging from a self-locking classroom door, a strangely-popular library book, and even the shadowy history of the very club to which they belong!

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Magicknight94 Magicknight94 says...

+ School life: Checked.

+ Impassive protagonist: Checked.

+ Great artwork and animation: Checked.

captivus captivus says...

Both anime have very intelligent protagonists whos abilities further the plot. Both are set in high schools (albeit Classroom has a very 'special' school and Hyouka has a normal one). Both protagonists are distancing themselves from people in school and doing anything meaningful (albeit for different reasons).

I think there's a good chance that if you'd like one you'll like another.

Tornplaya Tornplaya says...

The main character is very similar. Both protagonists use their smarts and intelligence as a weapon. They both are a bit withdrawn but can figure, or accomplish anything when they feel like putting their mind to it. 

KathyKatz KathyKatz says...

Both have intelligent protagonists that are distant from others and wish to not waste energy on doing things that don't need to do.

Both are set on a high school, yet Classroom of the Elite has students competing to reach the higher classes while Hyouka is a group of students trying to solve the mystery of the Classics Club. 

Both protagonists are highly intelligent and can outsmart others when they put their mind to it, yet they mostly refer to themselves as either ordinary or prefer to remain in the shadows

KagamiNakaNoTsuki KagamiNakaNoTsuki says...

They are in no way similar in terms of setting, conflicts, motivations, or heroine.

However, this recommendation still had to be made because of the protagonists' foresight and understanding of human action.

A protagonist unwilling to admit their intelligence and attempt to blend into mediocracy is charismatic enough to captivate me.

The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School

The year is 2095. Magic has been tamed as another form of technology, and the practice of magic is now a rigorous discipline. Brother and sister Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba are just about to start their first year at the renowned First Magic High School of Japan. But the school's ironclad rules mean that the brilliant Miyuki enters the prestigious Course 1, while her older brother, Tatsuya, is relegated to Course 2--and that's just the beginning of their troubles!

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Epimondas Epimondas says...

Both Kiyotaka and Tatsuya are exceptional as students and possess a great many useful and practical skills belaying their relative position in school.  Neither one likes to stand out and both go out of their way to keep their name and identities out of the spotlight to the point of covering up the truth of their involvement.

Bunniest Bunniest says...

Acctually It cannot explain the real reason that I think two of these is similar

because it will be spoil some content of the other one.

But for some reason, They main actor have the same ideal about ' Inequality of human-being ' so I think I like them both because of that reason.

and another reason is some story line they have more realistic not like other pop-anime.

dabestmoneva dabestmoneva says...

Both show a main character that lacks emtion and wants a character that they spend quite a bit of their time with to succeed. They both possess lots of power but choose not to use it in front of others except when absolutely necessary.

Over the course of both, people around them begin to notice that they are much stronger than anyone else.

holycraploveanime holycraploveanime says...

Both have OP male MCs that are in one way or another 'restrained' by an unknown force or requirement. Both have beautiful animation an lovely storylines. I personally love both and think that they are both deserving of a second season, especially Classroom of the Elite.

LamettaMew LamettaMew says...

Bothe the male lead rolles of thoes anime possess great abilities which they are hidding from others. Neither one of them likes to standout and are trying to be as invisible as possible.

i don`t know how many times i already rewatched them and i just can say two of my favorites



Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you're the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it's not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It's reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she's gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!

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galingy galingy says...

Both shows about unusual high schools, full of mind games, unusual ways to determine wealth and status, and consequences for those who fail

singularity singularity says...

Do you concept of a high school with a twist? Of high schoolers with exceptional skills? Both of these animes fit the bill. 

Takky71 Takky71 says...

I believe if you like one you'll like the other, both about high society high schools with a rather unusual ranking systems with the MC's looking to work their ways up. 

I had a blast watching both of these series

ziknis ziknis says...

They are both animes about schools that are not normal.They are quite thrilling though and the main characters are both different than normal human beings.I really liked both of the animes

Littlesilverwolf Littlesilverwolf says...

They are stories about how to use their wisdom to gain winning in the class. Both are stories which the characters need to show their ability to earn reputation and 'stay alive' in school

Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts

Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts

Fumizuki Academy is divided into classes ranked based purely on ability; Class A has laptops, reclining seats and ultimate comfort whereas Class F has to settle for a rundown classroom with rotten cushions and rickety coffee tables. Akihisa Yoshii has recently taken the placement exam and finds himself relegated to the lowly Class F along with many of his friends, and they’re far from impressed with their draughty facilities. Luckily, not all is lost as at Fumizuki, classes can declare war on each other to swap rooms by fighting with summoned characters whose strength is based on the users' test scores. As they dream of escaping their decrepit circumstances, the ‘idiotic’ students of Class F will try whatever they can to reach the dizzy heights of Class A’s luxury, even if it means taking on the entire school in an all-out summoning war!

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Azukano Azukano says...

Class systems determined on grades and points. Classes compete with each other through grades of exams. Though Youkoso is more serious natured than Baka and Test.

vinod vinod says...

if we remove the comedy content from Baka and have a cynical portaganist with hidden intelligence

Epimondas Epimondas says...

Classroom looks like a more positive and intellectual clone of Baka.  The entire premise and school systems are virtually identical.  You could even say Kiyotaka looks like an older more mature version of Baka’s lead.

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who's eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online's 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower's final boss - that is, if their HP doesn't drop to zero first, for death in the game means death in the real world. Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other participants must survive the game as best they can – some forming guilds, others ruthlessly leaving their peers behind, and many tragically falling by the wayside or to the merciless monsters populating the lands...

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Almamatotogoo Almamatotogoo says...

When I first read the synopsis of the story, I felt it was very similar to another anime until I realized that the premise is similar to Sword Art Online. You may be thinking that an RPG and school life anime have nothing in common but let me list the similarities between the two:

- male protagonist who helps people on the spot

- male protagonist who unknowingly and naturally attracts a female harem

- male protagonist is "cunning"

- everyone takes their fun life for granted until they're hit by shocking reality

- their actions could lead to serious consequences: expulsion or death

- people compete/fight to reach a higher level or position

- there is an obvious good vs. evil

- some characters have a hidden side, personality or background-wise

- main characters go through trials that the good guys usually solve and win

- the authorities or higher ranked people are interested in the main male

Those are some of the reasons why these two animes are similar.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU OVA

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU OVA

The Service Club is recruited by a magazine to write an article promoting "Love and Marriage". Yukino calls in Hachiman's younger sister Komachi for assistance, and the three of them, along with Yui and their teacher Shuzuka get side-tracked and begin competing to see who can be the best wife.

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Epimondas Epimondas says...

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Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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captivus captivus says...

Both anime have a very intelligent main character. Both characters have a tendency to create elaborate plots to further their agendas. Both characters are morally dubious (at best). Both easily manipulate people around them to create sort of a mask to conceal their true personalities. 

I think there's a good chance that if you'll like one you'll like the other. The feel of each one is quite different but the main characters are so similar I'm surprised they're not compared more often. 

The Fruit of Grisaia

The Fruit of Grisaia

Mihama Academy is a prison-like school built to preserve fruit that has fallen too far from its tree. It is home to five female students who each have their reasons for enrolling in the academy and live their life idly within the walls of Mihama. One day, Kazami Yuuji the institute’s first male student arrives and throws the orderly rhythm of Mihama off balance. Is Yuuji what the girls need to hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome? Or is his past even heavier than any of the others?

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arpadjo arpadjo says...

I thought they were very similar. MC with mysterious past goes to school, there he helps the people around him.