Y1 Vol 1 Postscript

I sincerely apologize for the long silence. This is Kinugasa Syougo. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I wrote this story about a year ago. Classroom of the Elite came out of my transition from student to adult, and because I wanted to tackle a challenging subject.

When I think back to my student days, I recall everyone continuously telling me that I had to study if I wanted to get into a good university, if I wanted to get a job in a good field, if I wanted to have a good life. Recently, I’ve had my doubts as to whether that advice was actually correct. Unfortunately, I’ve gone astray, and leapt into a world far different from the one that my family and peers imagined for me…

Of course, studying is important, and there’s no doubt that it is useful for a person’s future. But I believe that academics aren’t everything. For an easy example, sports are often part of an academic curriculum. Many people participate in sports.

Everyone’s personality is unique, though. A child who has a talent for drawing might become an illustrator, or someone with the comedic gift might become an entertainer. Besides academics and sports, there are a near-infinite variety of callings and professions that suit all different types of people.

When I started thinking about this, I began to consider those regrets that adults face for the first time. I thought, “If only I’d done this,” and started to regret my past. Lately, these ideas have been constantly on my mind.

Now, I’d like to list some acknowledgements.

Tomose Shunsaku-sama. Thank you so much for working with me time and time again. The male characters you draw are so wonder—no, I should say I give you my sincerest thanks because you draw both male and female characters that simply overflow with charm.

I will always make sure to show you how appreciative and thankful I am for your help. I sincerely look forward to working with you in the future. We should really go out to get some yakiniku soon. My treat. One of those cheap all-you-can-eat places!

My editor, I-sama. Thank you so much for going over my writing. Though I’ve placed many burdens upon you with my previous work, I am sincerely grateful for all the effort you’ve put in, especially when this took a rather long time to complete. Huh? You say to knock it off and cut you a break? Ha ha ha, what a great joke. We have a long, long way to go. A one-way ticket all the way to the depths of hell. At least we’re falling together, right?

Finally, there is you, the reader. Because you’re holding this book, you could say that in some sense you play a part in its central theme. While I am incredibly grateful to you more than anyone, I think we can conclude this volume here. It’s already the spring of 2015, but, as usual, my physical health is hardly perfect. I continue my longstanding battle with insomnia, but I’ll keep doing my best not to lose.

Written on August 15, 2022