Classroom for Heroes anime release date in 2023 confirmed by new key visual

Classroom for Heroes’ protagonists Blade and Arnest. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

The upcoming anime adaptation of the Classroom for Heroes light novel will premiere in 2023, with the precise date yet to be announced.

The anime got its official webpage detailing the first key visual, staff, and 2023 premiere announcement on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

The Classroom for Heroes anime series is being produced by Actas (Girls und Panzer) and the staff is, as follows:

  • Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Hero Classroom) — director
  • Naoki Hayashi (Black Fox) — script
  • Kōsuke Kawamura (To Love-Ru) — character designer/chief animation director

The anime adaptation was first announced on September 24, 2021 when the 12th volume of the Classroom for Heroes light novel series was published. No additional details were disclosed at the time.  

The first key visual for the upcoming Classfoom for Heroes anime series. Pic credit: Twitter

About the Classroom for Heroes light novel series

Classroom for Heroes (英雄教室, Eiyū Kyōshitsu) is a light novel series written by Shin Araki and illustrated by Haruyuki Morisawa. Twelve volumes have been published since January 2015. The series is being published under Shueisha’s Dash X Bunko imprint.

The light novel series has inspired two manga adaptations.

The first manga adaptation titled Eiyū Kyōshitsu: Honoo no Empress (英雄教室─炎の女帝, Classroom for Heroes: Empress of Flame) illustrated by Takashi Minakuchi was serialized in Shueisha’s Ultra Jump between February and August 2015. The chapters have been collected into a single tankōbon volume.

The second eponymous manga adaptation illustrated by Koara Kishida began serialization in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine on September 12, 2016 and is still ongoing. The chapters have been collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes (as of March 11, 2022). This manga adaptation is licensed in North America by Comikey and is available in digital format.

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The plot revolves around Blade and Arnest, two students of Rosewood Academy. Rosewood Academy is a prestigious school that trains future heroes and has high standards. Arnest, the best student, is assigned to guide Blade, a new student who is somewhat mysterious. Blade is extremely talented and is, in fact, a former hero who has lost his powers.

Author Shin Araki is already known to anime fans. Namely, her previous GJ Club light novel series inspired an anime series (2013) and an OVA (2014), both of which streamed via Crunchyroll. Animated by Doga Kobo, the GJ Club anime follows Shinomiya Kyōya, an unwilling member of GJ Club. Thereby, Kyōya meets four girls (Mao, Megumi, Shion, and Kirara). More or less, the series follows the everyday lives of these five curious characters.

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