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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.

Included are the following unrelated short stories:
V.1 - Mikansei Chorus
V. 11 - Shoku no Miyako


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

Groups Scanlating
Café Scanlation
Divine Sanctuary
Irhene Gakuen Community

Latest Release(s)
c.Oneshot by Café Scanlation over 2 years ago
v.17 c.99 (end) by Potato-Otaku over 8 years ago
v.17 c.98 by Potato-Otaku over 8 years 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 (1954 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.17 / 10.0
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 6% (115 votes)
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 2% (35 votes)
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 3% (58 votes)

Last Updated
July 15th 2017, 1:40pm PST



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Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (17 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #585 increased(+52)
Monthly Pos #920 decreased(-29)
3 Month Pos #1121 increased(+84)
6 Month Pos #1175 increased(+58)
Year Pos #1240 decreased(-33)

List Stats
On 2447 reading lists
On 1060 wish lists
On 4031 completed lists
On 384 unfinished lists
On 535 custom lists

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Forum Posts
SA finale !!! =o over 5 years ago
Your favourite moment??(SPOILERS) over 6 years ago
Who's your favourite character(s) in Special A? over 6 years ago
special a question over 6 years ago
did anyone notice? over 7 years ago

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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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Rating: N/A
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   
Rating: N/A
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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Rating: N/A
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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Rating: N/A
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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