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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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Divine Sanctuary
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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.99 (end) by Potato-Otaku (2061d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Potato-Otaku (2062d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Irhene Gakuen Community (2070d 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
 36% (659 votes)
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 5% (99 votes)
 4% (79 votes)
 2% (33 votes)
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 3% (56 votes)

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 #720 increased(+93)
Monthly Pos #980 increased(+95)
3 Month Pos #1078 increased(+39)
6 Month Pos #1048 decreased(-151)

List Stats
On 2432 reading lists
On 971 wish lists
On 3646 completed lists
On 369 unfinished lists
On 448 custom lists

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Forum Posts
SA finale !!! =o 794 days, 21 hours, 54 minutes ago
Your favourite moment??(SPOILERS) 1120 days, 12 hours, 21 minutes ago
Who's your favourite character(s) in Special A? 1120 days, 12 hours, 34 minutes ago
special a question 1151 days, 9 hours, 49 minutes ago
did anyone notice? 1597 days, 22 hours, 27 minutes ago

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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by yuuki16
May 9th, 2009, 7:06am
When I started reading this manga I actually got pretty hooked! But as the series progressed it got more and more boring. Don't get me wrong, it actually has a good plot but the fact is the development is just too slow . I actually felt like I wanted to drop it 'cause hikari and kei are already a couple what was I gonna wait for? But I still finished it hoping it would get better but it was just the same flow, nothing more nothing less. So I was disappointed with it.What I'm trying to say is I don't like this manga that much. I'm sorry to the people who like this manga if I have offended you in any way! I guess this is just not my type!
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Rating: N/A
by phantasmia
May 7th, 2009, 4:18am
Special A is really a worthy manga. It's not about easy way to gain happiness - boyfriends, sex etc. It's about true feelings for each others. Really, much people will probably think this is another stupid, cutie manga with nothing but cutie characters and cutie events. But this manga is also probably the first and only one about true and important things in life! It's about friendship and love - things that can't be obtained in easy ways. Today I'm really sick when I read something and after 3 chapters a boy and a girl have problems with "bearing the child or not?". Special A is different. Hope you guys notice it. And hope you guys choose important things in yours life too...
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8 because of the first few volumes..   
Rating: N/A
by wasabi_senpai
May 3rd, 2009, 7:19am
The first few volumes of S.A were GREAT. Great characters, storyline and humour but....the last few chapters were quite disappointing. I've just finished reading the finale and felt.....nothing. It made me feel quite cheated too since I thoroughly enjoyed reading this manga and all of a sudden I feel like I've wasted a lot of my time since it just fizzled out towards the end. Did the mangaka lose their passion? In overall, I'd read up until ch80 or so and just use your imagination to finish the's probably be better that way.
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to my own demise of wasted time   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by slayerxv
April 29th, 2009, 5:04pm
picking up romance manga as a boy should be a sin from reading this crap, from black lagoon lol to this. i kinda liked it at first ending just made me realise this was RUBBBISH. I wasted my time cus i was bored so For gals and boys dont waste your time it werent worth it didnt learning anything from it. the rating on this should hit minus numbers like -10

... Last updated on April 29th, 2009, 5:06pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Aenonar
April 29th, 2009, 3:12pm
Started off kinda funny, but like starstruck said, it just lost it's touch. And I don't know what happened towards the end.. It felt like every story was just cut off, none of them had any flow in them.. Shame..
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Licia Valentine
April 29th, 2009, 4:40am
The end of SA was just released, thanks so much! However... as my personal comment, I felt... cheated. Is this really shoujo? Come to think of it, no development was made the whole time this series started. From start to end, Hikari wants to defear Kei. All in all, the romance in this series is... 1 over ten (ten being the highest). Their characters are weird. I will not read it again.
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It used to be great...   
Rating: N/A
by starstruck
March 19th, 2009, 5:44am
It started off really fun but I don't know whether the mangaka got bored or her passion for the series dwindled because the quality of the manga dropped vastly. The art in the later volumes just might be worse than the worthless plot developments. I felt sad because at one time it was my favourite and now I'm just waiting for it to end. This is what happens when series don't finish when they should.
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by xdeLiiRiOus
February 1st, 2009, 3:43pm
It was cute! really nice, I loved the art, it was funny. But it got really draaggy and the girl is incredibly oblivious to the guy. I got tired of reading it after awhile, and might consider picking it up again if the manga is COMPLETE. I don't understand how Kei can be so patient of her, I'm already impatient even after just the first few volumes.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by zoff
January 20th, 2009, 11:05am
seriously, the only thing that made me read this manga (i dont read shoujo that easily =P ) was Hikari not seeming like one of those uberly stupid, dense and useless heroines. otherwise, it's all the same; a friend group, love affairs, bla bla, the stuff we see in every shoujo manga. and unfortunately for my hours spent reading the manga,Hikari turned to a boring character from a very funny and enjoyable character. she somewhat let go of her goal as well =P but, on top of all of that, the fuckin pointless babbling about 'the happiness' and 'having fun' in the manga is what made me drop this series. so, uh, boring. =P
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Nice artwork but...   
Rating: N/A
by Cloverbomb
January 13th, 2009, 2:11pm
... not a great story?
I tried to like this but it didn't work out.
At the beginning, I loved Hikari. Spunky girl with a goal whose tired of being 2nd best against a guy who can remember everything, is good at everything and does... well, everything. But as I continued, she gradually became a lot dense in my eyes and my liking for her as a heroine dropped dramatically. She's as goodhearted as ever but... ehh.

cl123's review said my thoughts best.
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