Special A: Quick Thoughts

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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.

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2008 to Sep 15, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Studios: Gonzo, AIC
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Hikari Hanazono has always been able to do things that normal people cannot. As a child, she assumed no one could beat her—until she met Kei Takishima. Thinking she would win, Hikari challenged him to a match. But things didn’t go as planned; she lost not once but each time she rechallenged him. From that point on, she has sworn to best Kei at everything, ranging from academics to athletics.
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For the art & animation, its outdated thats for sure.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.


  1. Kurumi Shim Permalink

    The plot seems typical as a romcom anime but it was amazing how I was easily drawn to the entire thing. I was at the peak of my teenage life when I was watching this show, and I think it became relatable to many youngsters. It was fun to watch and got me teared up, too. If this kind of anime would be release nowadays, I don’t think it would get a big attention because as far as I notice, many fans prefer watching something that is new to the world, like some kind of deep romance, new concept on shoujo and some titles that are beyond realistic.

    1. Will Sirius Permalink

      Indeed. I do regret the fact that I watched this series too late. I’m definitely sure that I would have enjoyed this series years ago.

  2. FireRoad Permalink

    My sister loved this. I am interested in watching it, but I’m having doubts after this.

    1. Will Sirius Permalink

      I’m sorry if I ruined it XD
      do try at least few episodes, maybe just maybe this anime is right up your alley.

      1. FireRoad Permalink

        Oh nuuu. It’s okay. I say I’m having doubts but I’ll probably end up trying it.


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