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Her whole life, Hikari Hanazono has been consumed with the desire to win against her school rival, Kei Takishima--at anything. He always comes out on top no matter what he does, and Hikari is determined to do whatever it takes to beat this guy!

At age 6 Hikari lost to Kei in an impromptu wrestling match. Now, at 15, Hikari joins "Special A," a group of the top seven students at a private academy, for the opportunity to trounce the guy who made her suffer her first defeat. However, Kei's feelings towards Hikari are different.


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Associated Names
Спецкласс «А»
S・A スペシャル・エー
S・A Lớp học ưu tú
Special A

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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.99 (end) by Potato-Otaku (2063d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Potato-Otaku (2065d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Irhene Gakuen Community (2072d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 33

User Reviews
Special A by PrincessVera

19 topics, 239 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1853 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.18 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 30th 2014, 12:26am PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
The Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Chuang Yi
Viz (17 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #649 increased(+108)
Monthly Pos #1000 increased(+75)
3 Month Pos #1074 increased(+43)
6 Month Pos #1037 decreased(-140)

List Stats
On 2432 reading lists
On 971 wish lists
On 3646 completed lists
On 369 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
SA finale !!! =o 797 days, 6 hours, 18 minutes ago
Your favourite moment??(SPOILERS) 1122 days, 20 hours, 45 minutes ago
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special a question 1153 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes ago
did anyone notice? 1600 days, 6 hours, 51 minutes ago

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love it!!- totally recommend!!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by LilyMinjee
November 25th, 2011, 10:14am
wow... i really really love this manga.. even though there's quite many people out there criticized the flawlessness of takishima, i still like him.. he's the ideal time of every girl, i guess... although i have to say, the ending was quite dissapointing, it was a little bit too rush to me.. but rest assure b'coz the entire story was good..
this manga was on my bookmark list for a few months b'coz of some of the reviews i read.. so to anyone that hesitate whether to read it or wait for some time, stop doing that and pick this one up coz u will be taken to a journey.. haha lol, i'm exaggerated..
before that, i must warn u first, the girl is really really dense.. there was time when i read this manga n i just want to knock her head off... and the guy is truly romantic, and possesive.. haha, it crack me to laugh everytime he gets jealous.. so kawaiii!!!!!
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first Vol was a bit vague...but   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Maik0
October 27th, 2011, 3:35pm
why didn't i read this earlier?!
the first Vol was a bit vague but it's getting better in the second volume onwards ...really very beautiful and funny smile
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I just can't connect with the main characters.   
Rating: N/A
by Mi Ho
October 18th, 2011, 9:29pm
Two main characters
Kei : Too perfect and I hate it. There's nothing he couldn't do. He cares about Hikari and he loves her. They're cute but there were times when I get annoyed.
Hikari : Now this girl here. She could fight but why is it when it comes to Kei carrying her (bride-style) she didn't punch him? For example the helicopter scene,she was carried by Kei into his very helicopter. She screamed,"Put me down! Pervert!" etc but did nothing. I was pissed and stopped reading Special A. Her character is unique,she's hard working,beautiful,she could fight but when it comes to Kei,her character went flat and I hate it. Also it doesn't make sense how she works so hard to beat Kei ever since she's a little girl and she never wins. On the other side Kei,he wins without really working hard. She's dense,yes I got it. But even the most dense person could sense that someone like her by lifting her bride-style while she's on date,kissed her hair,helped her cook,etc etc. Sigh.

The manga actually has a lot potentials how the school has the elites and competition,how the leading girl could fight,the cute friendship,the art work,but I just can't stand the characters.

I'm sorry for the fans but the characters pissed me off.
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Rating: N/A
by Silver Fantasy
September 30th, 2011, 12:11am
It was cute. Cliché in certain ways, but a bit of a guilty pleasure. This isnít a super serious story so I could deal with the less realistic aspects (e.i. Hikariís denseness). Kei is a bit too perfect but still kinda interesting in his own way. Surprisingly, I like Hikari and her fighting spirit the most out of the whole cast. The fun surround SA is perhaps the best thing about this manga and though I wasnít fully invested in it, I had good memories of it. Not the best, but most definitely not a bad series. Plus, there are laugh out loud moments sprinkled all throughout.
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by vickey
August 13th, 2011, 7:54am
One of my favorites. Great story, great comedy.

The artwork is average, not too good, but not too bad. But I could happily enjoy it, because the plot is growing better as the story continues. It isn't only focused on two main characters, Kei and Hikari, but also the other S.A members. The other members have their own stories, and it still relates to the other stories, which makes it somewhat different with other shoujo mangas.

For the characters, they all have their own abilities. But for Kei, he's way too perfect -_-
I would have liked it more if Kei had two or three weaknesses. How could someone be so perfect at one time?

And the chapters!
There are 99 chapters, I don't know if the author intentionally made it only 1 chapter left to 100 chapters or not. Yeah, although the stories aren't all for Kei and Hikari but also the other characters (they have their own roles), it's still too much. But when I remember the time I read it, I found myself enjoy all the chapters biggrin

And one good thing, now I remember that, after reading it I find myself become more diligent. Yeah, I recommend this to anyone who want to read patiently!

... Last updated on August 13th, 2011, 7:57am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ms_nobody
June 2nd, 2011, 4:12pm
I liked the supporting characters more that Hikari and Kei.
The humour was cute and nice.
It dragged on and the ending in my opinion was bit too rushed.

In all it wasn't awful, but average.
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My very first manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ohshcfan13
May 20th, 2011, 7:35pm
Okay, since as this is actcually my first manga, I couldn't really say what was cliche and what was not.

First off, the art. I liked it. It was average, I guess.

Secondly, the story could be enjoyable. A good read. It's nice to know that the plot doesn't only focus on the romance and on the main characters. The other characters weren't come and go. They held a role in the story. Some parts were also focused on them and their romance. Friendship was also there so I'd say it's fine.

Now for the characters, Hikari's characteristics were really admirable.She's something you want to be but minus the denseness part. At first, it was pure humor but later on it became annoying. In one chapter, Kei had already told her he likes her and she still doesn't get it. That's too much! Kei, on the other hand, was too perfect. He's good at everything and it's almost hard to believe. If only he could have shown a weakness, then it'd be more realistic. The other characters have their individuality only, that the author gave them some characteristics that are unbelievable and disturbing.
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Rating: N/A
by willnira
April 2nd, 2011, 5:02pm
first: the characters are great, (I so love Akira <3), it feels great n_n (even though I sometimes feel that Hikaru is always thinking in herself like in the way she treats Kei ._. it gets tired to just watch the hard to get, don't wanna lose).

it's cute, in the way the characters's funny.

But I'm at chapter 34 E_E and I'm getting tired!D:

read it if you like cute like cute things and you're patient!
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Worth Reading   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Vanadie
April 2nd, 2011, 2:00am
Definitely a manga worth reading.
Even though I have to agree with some of the earlier comments saying that at times it is just way too dragged out. 99 chapters are probably a tad too much, but when I look back I can´t remember NOT enjoying what I read. It is very shojo-like, funny, with a dense female protagonist and a seemingly cold character as the male lead.
Still I think it is different from all the typical cry-baby stories, because Hikari is as tough as one can be. Also, a thing I really liked was the fact that this manga didn´t just tell the lovestory of the protagonists, but also gave us little tids and bits of the life of the rest of the characters. It left me quite befuddled at times, because sometimes I enjoyed those side-stories more than the actual one.
Overall, being her first manga I can only compliment Minami Maki, because she created a believing, lovable story with wonderful, wonderful artwork. Just give it a try, you wont regret it.
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CUTE, USELESS , DENSE ....u name it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Elu-hamu1
December 20th, 2010, 8:30pm
One of my first shoujo mangas! That brought the romanced crazed human within me! SA which consist of the mOST USELSS PROBLEMS IS HILERIOUS, beautiful in romance aspect fo things, and awesome characters and devoplement XD
highly reccomeneded !!!! not to mentiont the female lead is as dense as a unloved monkey and the guy is just a love-crazed man who wants a hug from the dense monkey chick
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