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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
 34% (669 votes)
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 2% (35 votes)
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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 #514 increased(+151)
Monthly Pos #899 increased(+21)
3 Month Pos #1150 increased(+55)
6 Month Pos #1185 increased(+48)
Year Pos #1254 decreased(-47)

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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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