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Description
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.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
Спецкласс «А»
S・A スペシャル・エー
S・A Lớp học ưu tú
S・A(スペシャル・エー)
S.A特优生
Special A
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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.99 (end) by Potato-Otaku (2006d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Potato-Otaku (2007d ago)
v.17 c.98 by Irhene Gakuen Community (2015d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

User Reviews
Special A by PrincessVera

Forum
19 topics, 239 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1848 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.18 / 10.0
10
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9+
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8+
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4+
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Last Updated
August 26th 2014, 8:40pm PST

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Year
2003

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Chuang Yi
Viz (17 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #661 increased(+97)
Monthly Pos #1048 increased(+108)
3 Month Pos #1149 decreased(-56)
6 Month Pos #1047 decreased(-150)

List Stats
On 2423 reading lists
On 965 wish lists
On 3627 completed lists
On 366 unfinished lists
On 444 custom lists

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Forum Posts
SA finale !!! =o 739 days, 20 hours, 31 minutes ago
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just not for me...   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Nipon-Eden
August 14th, 2008, 3:18pm
I read Special A when it first came out, and it was just fantastic. Totally fantastic. After around half a year when they started scanlating this manga like crazy, the disappointment occured. I'm a drama-type person, I can be totally in love with cuteness, and happy fun, BUT THIS WAS JUST WAY TOO MUCH. NOTHING HAPPENS. It's almost always always the same, and it feels like once this manga actually ends, it will surely be disappointing. The art is naturally cute, but it seems, there is no plot at all. You'd think something would happen to Hikari and Kei (sorry, if they're not right.), and I don't mean that "OH MY GOD, SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN" stuff, since the mangaka doesn't use that to firther develop a story, using the excuse of Hikari's obvious "stupidity". Why is she scoring so high anyways?
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Ugh   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
August 14th, 2008, 12:29pm
I enjoyed this manga for about the first 4 volumes. Then I got really sick of Kei's (the male lead's) attitude. He's extremely arrogant and self-centered and his moments of kindness always end with him doing or saying something mean. Instead of just teasing, he's often downright nasty. Hikari (the female lead) is never shown doing anything smart in the entire series. (I'd like to know why she scores so high on exams.) She's always really energetic and never has a REAL emotional crisis.

Neither Hikari nor Kei show any character development, even though Kei's family 'problem' is slowly revealed. They both remain completely obsessed with each other. The most development that happens is Hikari's shift in how she treats Kei (mostly due to his idiotic attempts to show he likes her). And Hikari's inability to realize that Kei likes her is ridiculous. In fact, the most developed character is Akira, and even that's not very much. This manga completely lacks depth.

However, that being said, it is kinda cute and funny, so if you don't care about character development, plot, emotional impact, and so on, then sure, why not read it?

... Last updated on August 14th, 2008, 12:30pm
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Overated, Underated?   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by rindtron
August 12th, 2008, 5:10am
It's entertaining - I really liked it. Sure, it is not the most in depth manga out there, but it does not lack character development. And if you look carefully, the characters grow and change. It's not explicitly stated or anything, but if you look at the way that the characters reaction to situations later on and compare it to how they were at the beginning, then yes, there is development.

On more trivial points...
The twins and Jun's relationship is really interesting and the chapter concerning it later on made me cry. (Who knows, I may have just been emotional at the time I read it...) And we get a chapter on Hikari's brother too - Hikari is not the only one who morphs into something terrifyingly violent when angered.

Ah-- currently, I'm rooting for YahiroxMegumi and RyuuxFinn the most! ^.^

... Last updated on August 12th, 2008, 5:11am
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Love this manga   
Rating: N/A
by J_chan
August 2nd, 2008, 8:14am
The story is unique and i can't feel boring to this manga
Hikari is not sensitive enough to be a girl
but finally they get it on vol 10

I love the pair of Yahiro X Megumi..
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good   
Rating: N/A
by chewycui
August 2nd, 2008, 12:28am
lol i dont understand why people r so disappointed in this series. It's shoujo! I find this series entertaining enough to keep me reading up till chapter66. Isn't that good enough? U want very in depth character development? Go read a very intellectual book. Or simply avoid series labelled Comedy, though i admit there r comedies which r deep, but perhaps S.A isnt it :/
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Disappointing   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by galacticon
July 22nd, 2008, 4:00pm
I had high hopes for this manga, it was an interesting idea and I heard plenty of how strong the heroine is. Boy was I wrong...
First, the heroine is terribly annoying. Although she's strong and doesn't go gaga over the guy, she's stupidly happy all the time. But when Kei was around, it seemed she had mood swings.. she would be happy-happy-joy-joy with her supposed rival one minute, then furiously mad and jealous the next. And must she make a competition out of EVERYTHING...

What really made me stop reading though was the utter lack of character development. I just really don't care what happens to them, thus the entire thing was boring to me. I can't even remember what happened in the five volumes I read..

In short, Hikari's annoying, there is no character development, and it's boring.
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Slightly Disappointing...   
Rating: 6.6 / 10.0
by Azulei
July 19th, 2008, 10:08pm
I was hoping for more character depth. I was hoping for Hikari to move up from being second rank. And I was hoping for an actually intelligent heroine.

Disappointing manga. It had potential, if there had been more effort put into the characters' personalities and plot development. It simply turned into another unmemorable shoujo.

Still, I give it props for the unique art.

... Last updated on July 19th, 2008, 10:09pm
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hilarious!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by benhi
July 18th, 2008, 6:48am
first, i find this manga quite interesting, the main girl is not like some kind of stupid girl i usually see in shoujo. But as i keep moving on, i'm tired of the main couple, the main girl is just so so so dense that i become to get bored of this manga. So if you're looking for manga to kill time, then read this. Read only for fun! biggrin
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Wonderful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kooriseirei
July 15th, 2008, 11:07pm
I really liked the manga. It is detailed and has a pretty plot. I really, really like this manga, because I almost become attached to every good mangaka's works. (I wonder why...) This manga is recommended to everyone, because that's how good it is. I also really like the drawing style. It's pretty, but not that complicated as some other mangas, and that the people aren't like: tiny heads, huge eyes and huge blush. I really hate those type of manga, especially if it was chibi.
There are also other good shoujo mangas. They include: Help!!, Beauty Pop, Faster than a Kiss, and Mademoiselle Butterfly. (All the manga listed above is recommended. Only Special A is in anime, though. Too bad...) These are only a few of all the really great shoujo mangas in the world though.
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reminds me a bit of kare kano   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by madhat
July 5th, 2008, 6:09pm
with the whole rivalry love affair, it's sooo cute. and i know people hate seeing the anime or movie version, and then go back to reading the manga... but i find that it's helpful to have a more colorful and auditory image of the characters while reading the manga.

after scouring the internet for some time... i've realized that scanlations go up to chp37, chinese versions go up to chp66 on the site i saw it on (but that doesnt help me), and where raw japanese scans are freely obtainble, only up to vol 13, or chp 75. to acquire the ones up to 85, or 86 by july 19... one must do so much more legwork.

i havent been a huge manga reader compared to anime viewer, but i have noticed it's so much harder to secure ALL manga esp when lots of people try to keep it hidden.

the only thing i can hope for is that i can get thru to further read the current 10/11 chapters that are hidden by privacy.
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