It’s never too late to watch old animes, I guess.
Special A was one of those animes I really wanted to watch for years, but never got a chance to do it. I kinda regret not watching this sooner.
To achieve her goal, Hikari enrolls in the same school as Kei—Hakusenkan, a prestigious institute for the wealthy. As a pair, they hold the top two rankings in school and are among seven of the academy’s best students in a class known as Special A.
While Hikari treats Kei as a rival, she is completely oblivious that he harbors hidden feelings for her. Together, the members of Special A deal with competition, friendship, and just a bit of love. (MAL)
I have mixed feelings about this anime.
Don’t get me wrong, watching Special A was fun. BUT! It’s age is showing…very much.
Special A is a romcom anime with the most cliche and overused story ever. It reused its episodic formula again and again, binge watching it was a drag and not really a good idea. Though, I could say the story became alot more interesting as time goes on. It was really cringey and the plot was totally unoriginal, still, I think it added alot of charm to the series.
The characters were indeed unique and outrageous, unfortunately, they were too animated and shallow for me to like them personally. I do like their interactions with each other, it added alot of fun to the series. I also in a way like the romance between the characters. I didn’t expect everyone to get a happy ending. It was really amusing to watch.
For the art & animation, its outdated thats for sure. The long limbs, thin arms and thighs were awkward to look at at the beginning, but I was able to get used to it later on. Is the oldness of the art and animation a problem? Not really. If I had watched this anime a long time ago, I wouldn’t have this issue right now. I mean, I got used to seeing alot of amazing modern animation these days, its hard to adjust. Heh.
The music is definitely nostalgic. It reminded me why I became a fan of japanese music in the first place. I mean, it was around the time this anime was released when I got into JPOP music so I deifnitely appreciate the OP and ED.
Overall, this series was fun to watch. Yes, there were some bumps on the road, but still, I enjoyed watching this series. The characters and its animation needs time to get used to, but once you achieved it, its a smooth ride to the end. Just let it be, I guess. Heh.
Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading.