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Special A

Special A

Alternative Titles

English: Special A (S.A)
Synonyms: S.A., Special A Class
Japanese: スペシャル・エー


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2008 to Sep 15, 2008
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Popularity: #202
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Hikari Hanazono has always been second to Kei Takishima. When they were six years old, their pro-wrestling loving fathers introduced them to each other. Assuming that she was the best in wrestling, young Hikari challenged Kei to a wrestling match only to be thoroughly defeated by him.

Ever since that fateful incident, Hikari swore to beat Kei in school grades, sporting events - anything. To do this, she has enrolled in the same school as Kei since elementary. Now she attends Hakusenkan, an ultra elite school, that costs her carpenter father a lot of money.

Hikari and Kei are the top two students in the school, with Kei holding firmly to that number one position. While Hikari considers Kei to be a rival and important friend, she is completely unaware that Kei loves her. The story primarily focuses on Hikari and her constant attempts to defeat her one and only rival, Kei, and how she finds love in their rivalry.

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Adaptation: Special A

Characters & Voice Actors

Hanazono, Hikari
Hanazono, Hikari
Gotou, Yuuko
Gotou, Yuuko
Karino, Tadashi
Karino, Tadashi
Shimono, Hiro
Shimono, Hiro
Takishima, Kei
Takishima, Kei
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Toudou, Akira
Toudou, Akira
Nabatame, Hitomi
Nabatame, Hitomi


Iida, Satoki
Sound Director
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Episode Director
Nishouji, Yoshito
Episode Director
Yoshida, Tooru
Episode Director

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Episodes  0 / 24
Aired  Apr 7, 2008 to Sep 15, 2008
Status  Finished Airing
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Sep 27, 2008
Special A is primarily a Shoujo Rom/Com that starts off slow but gets better as you go. Based on the inability of Hikari to understand Kei's true feelings for most of the plot. Normal laws of physics are generally ignored by the seeming superhuman duo of Kei and Hikari, who also are both at the top of their school academically.

The story isn't the most original story ever, relying on the interaction of the seven members of the Special A (SA from now on) class and not involving many other characters. While somewhat predictable, it still manages to be entertaining most of the time if not read more
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Sep 18, 2008
Special A is a Shoujo, Romantic, Comedy, Drama about the extravagant lives of some prestigious individuals and the romantic endeavours some of them pursue. It contains some side-splitting comedy but tends to fail when circumstances get too serious.

The story… well it sort of has one and sort of doesn’t. For the most part, the series follows the random antics of an elite group of students known as the S.A (Special A). This usually involves any random theme you can imagine, be it competitions or festivals, whilst exaggerating the wealth of these students. This brings about some truly hilarious slapstick comedy moments, which varies depending on read more
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Mar 13, 2015
This is one for fans of highschool romcoms. Its not a bad show but I wouldn't recommend it unless you are particularly a fan of the genre or really in the mood.

So Special A is everything you expect from a romcom, a bunch of affluent highschool students hang out with a single poor student, one of them is very popular with the ladies but hopelessly in love with our plucky but unaware heroine. We see them get places in a series of romantic situations but she just can't seem to get it. Some laughs are had along the way and I don't want to spoil read more
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Dec 21, 2009
Special A was anything but special. It was very cliche, but it's hard to avoid that in shoujo anime. There was nothing mind-blowing about neither the music or the art.

The story is pretty basic. In all honesty, I don't really think there is such a thing as orginality, but it's up to the people writing or directing to make it seem real. We know Shakespeare based Romeo and Juliet off a book someone had already written. How many times have we heard the story of 'I must defeat him...oh, wait I just found out he loves me?' but the issue isn't whether it was original read more
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I totally remember Special A when I watched this Anime series. Both a hilarious, competition of a guy and girl on top 1, both characters are good in martial arts. If you enjoyed watching Special A, you will definitely love Kaicho wa Maid-sama. 
reportRecommended by honeul
Special A and Ouran High School Host Club are both shoujo comedies that center around a somewhat special group of high school students. In Special A this group is an elite class of the best students in school while in Ouran its a "host club". Still, the characters in both groups are eerily similar; in both groups you have a perfect male (lead), a cool reserved character, a cute character and a guy who appears to be a dummy.

Also both animes (being shoujo) center around a very clueless (but strong) heroine. Both shows have a lot of silly comedy. The character designs are  read more 
reportRecommended by slayra
They both have a girl who isnt in the top. Except that she's in F-Class and he's in A-Class. 
reportRecommended by Kae
Another anime series where two top students constantly bicker and compete to be the best. It's also similar in the way that they're surrounded by a group of friends who are quirky and fun, mostly to offset the tension between the two main characters. 
reportRecommended by reika
Lovely Complex is more dramatic whereas Special A is more lighthearted.
Both animes have more than one couple but Lovely Complex really focuses on one couple compared to Special A. Both fit the romance comedy drama school life categories. 
reportRecommended by othic
Both story revolves in a high school, and the heroine, Hanazono Hikari is as powerful as Aisaka Taiga. A great story which do not let the side characters go down, as well as great soundtracks... 
reportRecommended by aozuki_kei

Opening Theme

#1: "Special Days" by Hitomi Nabatame, Yuuko Gotou, Ayahi Takagaki (eps 1-12)
#2: "Gorgeous 4U" by Jun Fukuyama, Hiro Shimono, Tsubasa Yonaga, Kazuma Horie (eps 13-24)

Ending Theme

#1: "Hidamari no Gate (陽だまりのゲート)" by Jun Fukuyama, Hiro Shimono, Tsubasa Yonaga, Kazuma Horie (eps 1-12, 24)
#2: "Special☆Gyutto Good Luck! (スペシャル☆ギュッとGood luck!)" by Yuuko Gotou, Hitomi Nabatame, Ayahi Takagaki (eps 13-23)

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