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Why Does Kushida Hate Horikita In Classroom Of The Elite?

Why Does Kushida Hate Horikita? Well if you’ve just finished watching Classroom of the Elite Season 2, and also the first season, then you might be asking that exact question. Well, in this post, we will explain, in detail, why it is that Kushida holds such hatred for Horikita. This post contains spoilers up to Classroom of the Elite Season 2

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Who is Kushida? In Classroom of the Elite, the character known as Kushida joins Class D with Kiyotaka and the other characters. At first, she seems really nice, however, later in season 1, it’s revealed that she puts on this act of being friendly and kind to the characters when in reality, she has a second personality, which is mean, spite-full, bitter, manipulative and so on. When she’s in front of her classmates, however, she’s a different person entirely.

Important scene from Season 1

In season 1, there’s a moment where Kushida is by the sea, and she thinks she’s alone. She starts kicking the railing, and shouting stupid Horikita “I hate her, I hate her”.

Like always though, Kiyotaka is lurking in the shadows, spying on her. At that moment, Kiyotaka’s phone beeps, and Kushida demands for the person hiding identify themselves.

Now, for some reason, Kiyotaka decides to come out of the bushes and present himself to her, and this is where things get interesting. I’m quite sure he could have quietly snuck off and gotten away from her in the cover of darkness but maybe he didn’t want to get mud on his uniform or something.

Why Does Kushida Hate Horikita?
© Lerche Studios (Classroom of the Elite Season 2)

Anyway, after seeing that Kiyotaka has been spying on her, she starts talking to him, then proceeds to grab his hand on put it on her breast. This means his “DNA” and “fingerprints” are on her jacket. She does this not only to potentially blackmail him in the future but also so he does not speak about their little conversation.

This takes place in one of the earlier episodes of season 1, and it’s important because it illustrates what she is willing to do to get what she wants and to protect her real identity from being revealed.

It’s interesting because while Kiyotaka elects to stay in the shadows, and not reveal his true identity by just staying out of people’s view and acting plain and boring, Kushida puts on an act to completely fool her classmates so they never even suspect she has a secret side.

Why does Kushida hate Horikita?

The reason that Kushida hates Horikita is that both she & Kushida went to the same school before they came to the academy. During this time, Kushida loved being the centre of attention and getting praise from other students.

But when this started to fade, she became bitter and resentful. This lead her to start a blog where she wrote about her classmates and how much she disliked them and all their secrets.

One day, one of her classmates sees the blog and realises who’s behind it. In an instant, the whole class turns on her, and she becomes the centre of attention, but not in a good way like she’s used to.

So, because of this, Kushida hates Horikita and want’s her out so no one who knew about her past can expose her to her new friends at the academy.

Why Does Kushida Hate Horikita?
© Lerche Studios (Classroom of the Elite Season 2)

It’s not even made clear if Horikita knows for sure that Kushida wrote this blog about her past classmates and became hated by them, but the mere fact that she went to the same previous school as she means she has to go. It’s a harsh but solid approach to make sure no one knows. And hence, this is why Kushida hates her and wants her gone.

Another reason that Kushida hates Horikita is that she gets all the attention. It’s Horikita that gets the credit for Kiyotaka’s master plan at the end of season 1 when they participate in the Island Test that meat that Class D came out on top, and it’s Horikita that is the Class leader.

She makes most of the decisions and therefore gets most of the attention. This makes Kushida jealous, and it adds to her hatred.

In Kushida’s eyes, she should be the centre of attention, not Horikita, and the fact that she went to the same school as her and knows or even could know about the past means she has to be removed from the school to protect Kushida’s fake personal she puts on.

Does Kushida still hate Horikita?

Near the end of the second season, Kushida and Ryūen are set up, as she tries to get Horikita excluded from the academy permanently. During this time Kiyotaka sets them both up and secretly threatens them to never attack Horikita again.

It works. Kushida & Ryūen back off from Horikita, but with great reluctance. It would be safe to assume that Kushida still hates her since she didn’t get what she wanted and Horikita is still at the school.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter, since Kiyotaka plans to get rid of Kushida. This is something we can expect for season 3. So make sure you stay up for our news on Season 3. See our blog on Classroom of the Elite Season 3 for more info.

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