HAPPY BELATED NEW YEAR 2018! And so another year has come and go. What else is there left to do but as always, starting off the year with another blog. It has been a while since I did my last blog entry on some sort of anime variety so for a change of pace of starting off the year with this entry instead of another anime summary-cum-blog.

What are the most effective ways for learning in a classroom? A good teacher? Good students? Good learning materials? A conducive environment? What about class size? Don’t you think that the smaller and less number of students, the concentration rate should be better? Maybe. Having a class with only a handful of students may mean that your class is some sort of special elite or it can just mean that it isn’t as popular. So we take a look at some of the anime classes with only a few students.

Anime: Special A.
School: Hakusen Academy.
Class: A Class AKA Special A (SA).
Number of students: 7.
Members: Kei Takashima, Hikari Hanazono, Tadashi Karino, Akira Toudou, Jun Yamamoto, Megumi Yamamoto and Ryuu Tsuji.
Teacher: Nil.
Qualifications: The top 7 grades only from all grades qualify.
Comment: Perhaps the most famous class with only a handful of students. It pays to be in the top 7 because this class has a huge greenhouse of their own and they can basically do whatever they want. But if they are so smart in the first place, why the need to come to school in the first place? Why aren’t they out there making the world a better place? The eighth highest person must the most frustrated person in missing out…

Anime: Akuma No Riddle.
School: Myoujou Academy.
Class: Black Class.
Number of students: 13.
Members: Tokaku Azuma, Isuke Inukai, Kouko Kaminaga, Hitsugi Kirigaya, Shiena Kenmochi, Haruki Sagae, Suzu Shuutou, Otoya Takechi, Chitaru Namatame, Nio Hashiri, Sumireko Hanabusa, Mahiru Banba and Haru Ichinose.
Teacher: Ataru Mizorogi.
Qualifications: Assassination techniques.
Comment: Twelve assassins, one target. Imagine a classroom that only exists to see who can kill the target first. You only get one chance or you get expelled. Because the reward of getting any wish granted for successfully eliminating the target sounds more tempting than graduating together. Yeah, nobody pays attention to the teacher when you’re much more interested in assassinating the target. His lessons are so irrelevant to their goal… And he should have been suspecting something amiss when the girls keep transferring out one by one…

Anime: Medaka Box.
School: Hakoniwa Academy.
Class: Class 13.
Number of students: As its name suggests, 13.
Members: Myori Unzen, Shigusa Takachiho, Kei Munakata, Itami Koga, Youka Naze, Mizou Yukuhashi, Oudo Miyakonojou, Gunki Itoshima, Otome Yunomae, Hamaya Hyakuchou, Yutori Chikuzen, Yamami Tsurumisaki and Shoko Kamimine.
Principal: Hakama Shiranui.
Qualifications: Abnormalities far more abnormal than any other and must participate in Flask Plan.
Comment: When you have abnormal powers so refined, developed and over-the-top badass, why the heck do you need to attend classes anyway? You’d rather spend time experimenting on your powers further by playing the antagonist. Only can be dealt with if you are way stronger. A freak show that you definitely don’t want to mess with.

Animation: Danganronpa The Animation.
School: Hope Peak Academy.
Class: Not specified.
Number of students: 15 + 1.
Members: Makoto Naegi, Kyouko Kirigiri, Yasuhiro Hagakure, Hifumi Yamada, Kiyotaka Ishimaru, Junko Enoshima, Chihiro Fujisaki, Celestia Ludenberg, Mondo Oowada, Leon Kuwata, Aoi Asahina, Sakura Oogami, Touko Fukawa, Byakuya Togami and Sayaka Maizono. Mukuro Ikusaba is the hidden student.
Principal: Monokuma.
Qualifications: You need to be some sort of super duper high school level talented dude in your related field to be part of this special school.
Comment: A school that gathers the best of everyone for mutual killings? Somebody is going to get sued for that fake advertising of being luckily selected to enrol in this school. Either you live here for the rest of your life or the only way to graduate by murdering your classmates and getting away with it. A perfect crime.

Animation: Kamisama No Inai Nichiyoubi.
School: Gola Academy.
Class: Not specified.
Number of students: 9 + 1.
Members: Volrath, Run, Tanya, Hardy, Gigi, Mimi, Meme and new transfer students Ai Astin and Alis Colour. Momo is the third sister of twins Mimi and Meme and lives within them. So that’s counted, right? I don’t consider Dee Entzie Stratmitos as one since she is a ghost and currently possessing Alis.
Teacher: Magiita Houzento.
Qualifications: As long as you are a child with special abilities.
Comment: I know when God abandoned the world, people stopped dying and children ceased to be born. But who the heck pays a hefty sum for to a school per student? No wonder when you enter this place you can’t leave. Can an 80 year old grandpa still enrol in it? Besides, what are you going to do with all that money in this dead world?

Anime: Grisaia No Kajitsu.
School: Mihama Academy.
Class: Not specified. A plural class.
Number of students: 6.
Members: Yumiko Sakaki, Amane Suou, Michiru Matsushima, Makina Irisu, Sachi Komine and Yuuji Kazami.
Teacher: Chizuru Tachibana. She is also the principal.
Qualifications: For “fruits that have fallen too far from its tree”.
Comment: Not only you have a class with so few students, heck, you have the entire academy to yourself! It’s like a ghost school or something and only these ‘lucky’ few can enjoy all the amenities and facilities offered. Okay, it might just be a prison guise in the form of a high school.

Anime: Ao No Exorcist.
School: True Cross Academy.
Class: Cram Class.
Number of students: 8 minus 1.
Members: Rin Okumura, Shiemi Moriyama, Izumi Kamiki, Ryuji Suguro, Renzo Shima, Konekomaru Miwa and Nemu Takara. Noriko Paku was a former member and quit after thinking she cannot keep up with the studies and not willing to put her life on the line.
Teacher: Yukio Okumura. Shura Kirigakure who disguised herself as a student joins the teaching staff after her identity is revealed.
Qualifications: Having the resolve to fight demons is a good start.
Comment: You need to go to school just to fight demons and ultimately Satan himself? Well, demons aren’t anything like humans so you need to hone all sorts of abilities and exorcist skills to combat these unearthly beings. Nobody is a born genius. Everyone needs to go through proper training with sheer determination, willpower and perseverance.

Anime: Non Non Biyori.
School: Asahigaoka Branch School.
Class: Unspecified.
Number of students: 5.
Members: Hotaru Ichijou, Renge Miyauchi, Natsumi Koshigaya, Komari Koshigaya and Suguru Koshigaya.
Teacher: Kazuho Miyauchi.
Qualifications: What qualifications?
Comment: In the countryside where population is scarce and not densely populated, you can fit an entire school with the same grades into a single class!!! Saves time, saves space, cost effective. Efficient, no? What more, everyone does their own self-study most of the time so why the heck do you need a teacher to supervise them when she herself is mostly napping. Heck, life is so simple there, you don’t need to study all that syllabus and thus doing away with that stressful exam thingy.

Anime: Gen’ei Wo Kakeru Taiyou.
School: Sephiro Fiore Nagataki branch. This is actually more of an organization than a school.
Class: Not known.
Number of students: 4.
Members: Akira Taiyo, Seira Hoshikawa, Luna Tsukuyomi and Ginka Shirokane.
Teachers: Etia Visconti, Ariel Valtiel Westcott, Priscilla Twilight and Meltina Melvis.
Qualifications: Able to wield the power of the Elemental Tarot.
Comment: Hmm… An organization under the guise of a fortune telling school to fight Daemonia? Well, they do act like a normal school when not battling the threats of Daemonia. I suppose a well-balanced life is in need because you’d go crazy fighting Daemonia 24/7. And to put such burden on teenage girls…

Anime: Juuou Mujin No Fafnir.
School: Midgar Academy.
Class: Brynhildr Class.
Number of students: 8.
Members: Mitsuki Mononobe, Iris Freya, Lisa Highwalker, Firill Crest, Ariella Lu, Ren Miyazawa, Yuu Mononobe and Tear Lightning.
Teacher: Haruka Shinomiya.
Qualifications: Able to materialize your dark matter that will be useful in the frontlines of the battlefield. Being a Type D is already a given since you have to be that to be enrolled in this school.
Comment: You isolate a group of Type D people on an island away from any civilization so that horny dragons who want to find their mate can head straight there without having to destroy the precious city. Sure, why not put them on the moon. Or Mars. And if fighting ‘undefeatable’ dragons, why put the responsibility on this handful of students of a small class? Can’t the rest fight?

Anime: Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream.
School: Pretty Top.
Class: Actually, more like the idol unit is named MARs.
Number of students: 3.
Members: Aira Harune, Rhythm Amamiya and Mion Takamine.
Teachers: Pengin sensei and Yamada.
Qualifications: The will to entertain your fans and perform the jump.
Comment: I guess this barely counts. I was in a dilemma to put this in because you know, idol units under the guidance of a mentor do not really count (eg- Wake Up! Girls). But I decided to just put it in because there is an agency-cum-school for idols and from time to time you see the teacher giving lessons but he girls are mainly left to train and practice on their own. I know MARs is their best idol unit but I don’t see any other groups around under this agency. Who needs them when you have MARs always taking top spots in tournaments?

The Chosen Few…
There are a handful of other animes that I didn’t list down because of that perpetual dilemma of mine whether or not it fits this category. For example, the Night Class in Vampire Knight. What we see are the handful of hot and beautiful vampire students of the class. However there are many ‘unimportant’ ones that are not focused, therefore it only seemed like the class may have a few students but actually isn’t. As for Angel Beats and Kamigami No Asobi, the ‘true’ students are only a few but because of the manifestation of NPCs and other spirits respectively, it makes the classroom looks full and thus I decided finally to not include it. Prison School is out too despite the guys being incarcerated separately doesn’t constitute a different class.

It also wasn’t clear cut in Kono Aozora Ni Yakusoku Wo because the setting is about the declining population of an island. Despite the anime focuses on the only characters living in the dorm who attend high school, this does not signify that the classes they attend are short of students. At least, not that I can remember of. Love Live is definitely out because although it started out with the school’s enrolment figures decreasing and proposed to be shut down after all its current students graduate, current year classes still do have the average number of students. I also didn’t include Gakkou Gurashi as it isn’t technically a class but a small group of friends banding together in the wake of the zombie apocalypse.

It is yet to be seen how effective those classes are with only a handful of students. Theoretically it is supposed to. At least you have an easier time remembering the names of your fellow classmates! Easier workload for the teacher because there isn’t going to be much homework to mark. Haha. But what about funding? Because don’t more students mean more income for the school? I noticed that many of these schools have a wealthy sponsor sponsoring so this is not a worrying factor. After all, when you have such an exclusive class like that, money is the least of your problems. And like what they say, quality over quantity.