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Special A: Collection 1 (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002P8LK6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When she was six, Hikari Hanazono lost a wrestling match with Kei Takishima and, ever since, her only goal has been to beat him at SOMETHING. Now he's the top student at their exclusive high school and she's still number two and plotting.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"Special A" (or "S.A.") is an anime that was adaptated in 2008 from Maki Minami's shoujo manga which was serialized on "Hana to Yume" and ran for 99 chapters before ending on March 19, 2009. The anime series ran for 26 episodes and now the first 13 episodes will be released stateside courtesy of Sentai Filmworks.

The anime is directed by Yoshikazu Miyao (who worked on "Gad Guard", "Vandread" and "Melody of Oblivion"), series composition by Juki Hanada ("Chobits", "K-On!", "Sola", "Petite Princess Yucie") and character design by Kiyotaka Nakahara ("Ichigo 100%", "Mouse", "Cardcaptor Sakura", "Sakura Wars").

The series revolves around the Special-A class students, a group of students who have excelled in their classes at Hakusen Academy. Students are grouped into A-F and for Special-A, seven students are members of the elite class.

The main characters of "Special A" are:

Hikaru Hanazono - The main protagonist of the series and is the #2 student of the Special-A group. Raised to excel in fighting and also the classroom. Since she was younger, she has always come in #2 behind her rival Kei Takishima. She has vowed to no longer be #2 by trying to surpass Kei in a variety of activities.

Kei Takashima - The other protagonist of the series and is the #1 student of the Special-A group. Kei excels in everything that he does and enjoys beating Hikaru and reminding her that she's #2. But over the course of their rivalry, Kei starts to fall for her. Kei is the song of the CEO of Takashima Corporation.

Jun Yamamoto - The #3 student of the Special-A group, Jun is the twin of Megumi. He and his sister are over protective towards their classmate Ryuu. Jun is the son of a famous music producer and talented vocalist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun guilty pleasure. January 29, 2010
Pretty much everything I can say about Special A has been summed up above. So I will make this short and sweet.

Special A is a fun guilty pleasure for me. It's not anything groundbreaking or very original. It does have a lot of cliches that are typical for this genre. But overall, the show is an enjoyable little title. The characters are quite likable, and there are even a few laugh out loud moments throughout the first half.

Special A isn't deep or intellectual, but it's not meant to be. It's meant to a simple, easy show to watch and enjoy. And what it tries to do, it does quite well.

If you like animated comedy, give Special A a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime Evar August 30, 2010
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If you like Clannad with a twist of School Rumble, this is the perfect anime. Story is absolutely great and it never gets old. No regrets in buying this anime. Love it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Special A March 21, 2014
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This is a simple anime that does yet doesn't follow the manga. It has a great storyline and gets you to understand each character slowly until you love all of them. I remember slowly falling in love with some of the characters (especially a certain rich kid that had a thing for Akura...) besides that all in all it was great. I didn't want it to end.
The only thing I didn't think would happen was a mistake I made with this. This was the first anime I was going to buy from a store so I immediately thought it would be wasn't but that's ok I liked it anyway!!! Thank you for my wonderful order!! If any of you like this show or is interested then you should try it out!!
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