Special A – Anime Review

The Essentials

Special AName: Special A
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Episodes: 24
Released: April 6, 2008 – September 14, 2008
Based On: S.A. manga by Maki Minami
Director: Yoshikazu Miyao
Produced By: AIC & GONZO
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Hikari Hanazono: Yuko Goto
Kei Takishima: Jun Fukuyama
Akira Todo: Hitomi Nabatame
Tadashi Karino: Hiro Shimono
Ryuu Tsuji: Kazuma Horie
Jun Yamamoto: Tsubasa Yonaga
Megumi Yamamoto: Ayahi Takagaki
Yahiro Saiga: Kishô Taniyama
Sakura Ushikubo: Natsuko Kuwatani

Major English Cast



Animation: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Story: 6/10 (x 4 = 24 pts)
Music: 6/10 (x 4 = 24 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 7/10 (x 2 = 14 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 6/10 (x 5 = 30 pts)

Total: 124/190 (65.3%)


Special A, or S.A., is at it’s core a story about Hikari and her yearning to become an equal to her childhood friend Kei, who has managed to beat her at every single thing, no matter how minor or trivial, since the two met when they were little.

Granted, the story does branch out of that to include the other 5 members of the Special A – Akira, who is Hikari’s best friend, Tadashi, who has a rather abusive, but loving, friendship with Akira, Ryuu, who loves taking care of animals in his apartment, and Jun and Megumi, a twin pair who becomes ultra jealous over anyone who prevents them from monopolozing Ryuu’s attention.

The Special A itself is a super-special class of students at Hakusenkan High School which consists of the top 7 students in the school.  These students are separated out from the rest of the students via the fact that they get their own uniforms and get to hang out all day sipping tea in a big greenhouse because they’re just that damn smart.  The rest of the school is split between those who adore the Special A as celebrities and those who don’t really appreciate the highness of the group in an already high class school.

In the end, Special A does very little to captivate one’s attention.  For starters, the first half of the series is nothing short of atrocious, staying in writing and acting hell for most of it.  While the series does rebound a little in the second half, I could just never very worked up about the trials and tribulations of a bunch of rich bastards, whose primary day-to-day worries seem to be along the lines of deciding what business they’re going to buy today.

And while Hikari is supposed to be the center of the show, she’s so clueless and dense that it borders on the unbearable.  Kei could orchestrate a parade down the street in front of Hikari’s house with giant heart-shaped floats that said “I love you Hikari!” (and he could), she probably still wouldn’t get that Kei likes her.  This on top of a myriad of other reasons just makes Special A a very painful series to watch.

Perhaps the only good thing about the series – and this may be debatable about some – is it’s animation quality which I at least felt was pretty much what one would expect from a upper echelon animation company.  However, both openings and endings leave a lot to be desired in the music department.

Overall, there is little reason to watch Special A unless you’re just into watching The Random Adventures of the Rich and Famous.

First Watched: April – September 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: No


15 thoughts on “Special A – Anime Review

  1. ur so mean!!!!! you should recommend it!!!! its not that bad!!!! me and my friends and a lot of people enjoy watching the anime. it’s so nice actually………….. :P

  2. you should recommend this anime. i love this anime very much, i know i’m not only the mone who love this anime. S•A rocks.

  3. you should recommend this anime. i love this anime very much, i know i’m not only the mone who love this anime. S•A rocks.

  4. it’s kinda shallow, but hey it’s actually good! i thought it was worth watching.

  5. it’s awsome! how dare you make this anime sound this bad. seriously you are a bit too harsh about it. i personally love it and my friends enjoy the romantic momments. it is so worth watching.

  6. 124/190 (65.3%) is still too much -____- watching this series must be the worst mistake of my life.

  7. not recomended?but why? special a is ranked 1 in my favourite anime shows ever. Monica is right..it is really worth the watching! Arigato!

  8. grabe nakakakilig ang daming matutunan bukod sa pag-aaral may iba’t-ibang challenge sa buhay nila na kaya nilang lampasan.. ang pagkakaibigan nila ay laging may damayan sa isa’t isa… yung wala bang iwanan lahat magkakasama kahit saan,kahit anong problema at kahit anong sira ay kayang ibalik sa tulong ng iba pang kaibigan…….

  9. o-o i only recommend the anime cause the manga seems a bit dragged…just sayin =D and well i gotta agree havin someone so dense all the time is gonna get boring eventually…

  10. I really enjoyed the anime, don’t know why you don’t recomend, of course this isn’t the best anime for the year, but if we were looking only for the best, we wouldn’t watch any anime.

  11. this was the worse mistake of my life any one who likes this must love air heads and a totally undeveloped plot. it so random its stupid no to metion taky with no creatinvitey. the whole thing is like kei and hikar have a contest he wins she gets mad they fall in love in the end how this happens i dont know. i know all this because i read and watched the whole thing it sucked DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU LOVE TAKY ROMANCE WIH NO INTERESTING ENDING

  12. well, i must admit that i wasnt satisfied for its ending, but, it is still worth watching.. i love the characters and also the attitude of hikari, the love story and the touch of comedy.. lol, i must really recommend this to all..

  13. i think u have rushed though this anime a fair bit the main story is: Hikari being in denial over kei and how she doesn’t understand her feelings towards him the anime progresses these felling with some good episodes i believe and as for the only problem in life being ” a bunch of rich bastards, whose primary day-to-day worries seem to be along the lines of deciding what business they’re going to buy today” that is an complete over statement the anime deals with the characters back ground, love & loss and how they are not accepted by the general population and how they feel abnormal because of this. so before you go around telling people this anime is crap at the very least watch it in depth.

  14. Bit odd to be bitter over them being “rich and famous” when they’re fictional characters, don’t ya think? Someone has some insecurities lol…

Comments are closed.