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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 (2059d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Potato-Otaku (2061d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Irhene Gakuen Community (2068d 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 (1852 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 #694 increased(+119)
Monthly Pos #980 increased(+95)
3 Month Pos #1078 increased(+39)
6 Month Pos #1048 decreased(-151)

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SA finale !!! =o 793 days, 7 hours, 31 minutes ago
Your favourite moment??(SPOILERS) 1118 days, 21 hours, 59 minutes ago
Who's your favourite character(s) in Special A? 1118 days, 22 hours, 12 minutes ago
special a question 1149 days, 19 hours, 26 minutes ago
did anyone notice? 1596 days, 8 hours, 4 minutes ago

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by velovelo
January 3rd, 2009, 11:19pm
I'm so irritated with the fact that the mangaka keeps introducing the characters' names and backgrounds in almost every single chapter of volume 1 and even volume 2. Kei is not the only person on earth who can remember things after reading it once! Nonetheless, it's a pretty cool series, I just need to read more of it (but got irritated not even halfway after starting).

update: ok I've read till chp 51 and the next chp available is 54 somehow and I think I can't tolerate this manga any further. Never before have I finished reading 51 chapters of manga within two working days! I think I skimmed.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2009, 2:38am
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loved it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by justadued
December 11th, 2008, 4:35pm
a great manga overall with really cute and loveble characters, especially the main heroin Hikari. Sure shes a little bit to dense, but the great comedy makes up for it. The character development is quite slow unfortunetly, but very enjoyeble, especially the lovey dovey development between the main characters.

I would definitely recommend reading this manga
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is unique   
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by aleczita
December 10th, 2008, 7:13am
4 me is so funny,cute , romantic everything a shoujo manga should have and the story between hikari and kei is so sweet i starting to reading this year and i was truly amazed ´cause the characters are so amazing ,but the only thing i don´t like is the anime it can be compared with the manga really the manga is way to much but i think is ok
so please don´t comment silly and stupid things about hikari because she rocks and kei´s too
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by Adonia
December 9th, 2008, 9:48pm
well... you can expect Hikari's personality to be too dense to ever come around. Kei will be as patient as the 'thinking man'. so we'll watch the side characters relationships progress while frustrating ourselves wondering why Hikari and Kei can remain so stagnant despite all the romantic traps and insinuations.

There's a limit to densness... Hikari has surpassed that.

but... she doesn't cry and whine like most typical shoujo heroines. although she definitely has a one-track mind that needs to be erased... still.. at least not a whiny crier.
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So much fun reading this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
October 29th, 2008, 7:30am
I love Hikari. She's just sooo much fun and cute.
I always laugh so much reading this damn thing because of
What a great, likable character.
This manga is awesome.

... Last updated on October 29th, 2008, 7:54am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asianromance
October 9th, 2008, 10:13pm
I have to admit- when I read the first volume, I wasn't impressed and had planned to give up on it. After reading a bunch of manga and running out of the ones with strong heroines, I went to take another look at Special A and fell in love with it. I love all the characters and the story is hilarious! Some people might find Hikari's obliviousness and competitive spirit annoying, but I found it endearing. It was a wonderful break from the overconsciousness of other shoujo heroines. As they are still in high school, i think it's best to have the relationship be steady now and not too deep into the "i love you"s. They're still kids and should just be enjoying the present.

I have to admit, there isn't too much character development, but the story is fun and fresh enough to make everything interesting. Though character development is slow, the character exploration is there and side characters get their time in the spotlight.

I love the fact how everyone seems to find their special somebody- there is no one left alone. One thing I dislike about manga/romance novels/dramas is that they're often really focused on the main male and female leads and present them as the only two people who can ever fall in love.
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by gothic_punk
October 3rd, 2008, 5:33pm
this was the very first manga for me to have ever read and now i totally love manga and now im in love with special a its just great, read it people. <3
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love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lynn101
September 20th, 2008, 3:52pm
i don't care what others say but this manga is amazing!
the characters are so different and unique
Hikari kicks but although she's a bit dense but that's what makes her cute
Kai is awesome! they way they draw him makes him so cute! and the way he shows jealousy is awesome too...
the comedy's the best part! makes me laugh soo hard!
another thing is that it just doesn't focus on the main couple but on their friends relationships too.
the art is also very georgous to tell the truth i like this type the most

totaly recommended...=]
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Thumbs Up   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by onokuda
September 7th, 2008, 12:41am
I really love the manga of "Special A" and its animated series. The plot is vivid and you can obviously see that this is a love high school story. I don't find this a nuisance or with annoying characters to some of you. Yes, Hikari may be a type who is so full of pride and is really dense when comes to relationship but seriously, if you read the manga properly, there IS development in each character as the story moves on. I have read in mangafox and Hikari is already slowly accepting Kei and trying her best to be in a love relationship with him though its only the beginning. The story is still ongoing, you know. Patience is the key!

This manga is supposed to be a romantically comedy. At least it makes you laugh. It didn't go overboard and the drawing is fantastic. The body and all is nicely drawn and you can easily tell the difference of who is who.

In short, Special A is a really great story and i have already recommended it to some of my friends. Even one of my friends who don't even have an interest in manga/animes at all, already love Special A so much biggrin
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A great out of the ordinary read....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by iamssjvash
August 25th, 2008, 8:54pm
I have to say that I'm so refreshed by reading this manga! The humor in it is better than other romantic comedies in my opinion and the characters have quite distinguished personalities.... I myself can't help but to love Akira and Tadashi to death! Granted Kei and Hikari have their moments that probably drive most readers up a wall, I find it nice to be able to read about characters as off the wall as the ones in S.A.
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