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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 student
Published 2004 by m&c (first published 2003)
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Apr 07, 2012 Guadalupe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves manga
The entire series makes me do this:

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Yes, this manga is heaven on earth for me.
Yeah, yeah, comparisons are odious, but I can't help but compare SA with my beloved Ouran, as their premises have some superficial things in common (both being about a regular middle-class girl attending a very elite high school). The latter is continually saved by its comedic and subversive takes on fanservice-y shojo tropes, while the former doesn't bother to subvert those tropes at all. Meanwhile, my inner feminist is Not Pleased by the general premise of SA anyway, which involves a talented ...more
Hikari is sooo clueless and naive... Characters:

1. Kei Takishima - son of the president of the Takishima Group
2. Hilari Hanazono - daughter of a carpenter
3. Jun Yamamoto - son of a genius musician and producer
4. Megumi Yamamoto - daughter of a genius musician and producer
5. Tadashi Karino - son of the school board's director
6. Akira Toudo - daughter of the president of an airline company
7. Ryu Tsuji - son of the president of a sporting goods company
Michelle. D.
I love Tadashi!!! He is my favourite character!!!!!!!!
Tadashi ♥♥♥ :D

So this review is for the overall series. I give the overall series 5 stars because it was raelly good.

Funny at times, romantic at times, cute at times, sad at times. Also, I really loved the art (It's true! I have some saved pictures from things in the book.)

I would like to say that Hikari is SOOOOOOOO dense. I mean like crazy. I'm not even joking. I'm not going to tell you why but I want to say that when she said that and Taki
i really enjoyed reading this series. it was really cute, and almost always made me happy when reading it. since i went on a marthon reading binge and read all of them in 3 days (majority of which was online), i really won't say much about all of the books. when i eventually get them all, i might write more reviews and so forth.
plus, i really liked the ending. so cute!
Sakura Yue Michaelis
I have to admit that Hikari is kind of crazy character. She is so competitive and violent! But she is kind of funny too. She is in this crazy school for super-intelligent people (there are 7 of them) only to be better than Takishima Kei. And he is like the King of Ice, nothing upsets him; he is perfect. I will like to read more about the other members of the team.
Yup, so far I'm liking it. We have the usual characters; rival best friends, a club of geniuses, rich kids and jealous underdogs. We have a possible romance blooming between the two characters? I'm kinda hoping for one here!
Reminds me a bit of Kare Kano and Ouran High School Host Club.
A wee bit confusing to begin with, but hey!
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SYNOPSIS: *Please note that this is a review for the entire series, comprised of 17 books*
Hikari Hanazono is not your typical high school girl. While she comes from a modest background, she strives to do her best at anything and everything to top her rival. After losing an impromptu wrestling match as a child, Hikari made it her life's goal to beat Kei Takishima, a wealthy child who is destined to work for the family business, any way possible. She
This was really good as a beginning volume. I enjoyed it, but what annoyed me about this volumes is that Hikari kept introducing the members of Special A every chapter. I think the first time is enough. But the art for this manga is great and I'm looking forward to reading the next volumes.
URG!!!! I AM SO ANNOYED!!!! I absolutely LOVED this book but my stupid library DOESN'T HAVE ANY OF THE REST OF THE SERIES - AT ALL!!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!! *murderous glare at library* And - get this - NEITHER DOES MY SCHOOL LIBRARY!!!!!!! No. Just no. WHY??!!!!!!???????!!!!!!!
Vonze (Yvonne)
Hikari has been obsessed with scoring higher than her school rival, Kei, since she was little. As a child, Kei was mean to her, so Hikari has made it her personal mission to one day out-rank him at school.

Although the plot seemed promising, Hikari's obsession became really tiresome. The whole volume Hikari hoped to beat Kei at something and failed. Her whole self-worth is caught up in it. I feel like nothing else happened in the story. Not a lot of comedy. Secondary characters were just there an
This is such a good series. When they're little Hikari and Kei's fathers meet at a wrestling match and decide to introduce their kids to each other, both of whom have been taught to wrestle. When Kei and Hikari meet they wrestle and Kei beats Hikari, who had never lost a fight before, easily. From then on Hikari strives to beat Kei in anything, going so far as to join the same school as him. Throughout the manga Hikari continues to obsessively try and beat Kei. Kei,(view spoiler) ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Lu rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Haha! This is going to be a great series! A girl who's not worried about love at all, but beating her rival! I like it!
Ōjo-sama Sakura
This was actually one of my favorite shojo mangas, it's rather clean and funny at the same time. The only parents may dislike that remember is kissing, an occasional some-what perverted remark from one of guys ( not really to inappropriate from what Ivan remember), it can also be comically violent due to the main character's favorite sport, and there are times when the girls are in swim suits but it's nothing to serious since it's a shojo manga.
Artwork wise, it can be hard to tell characters ap
This manga was certainly special.
Lex Marie
I finally decided to give this manga a shot. I'll get right to the point. This one is definitely too visually busy. There's way too much conversation outside the speech and thought bubbles. There's also too many characters to start with and too much information about each one. Their introduction is repeated with each new chapter, which helps remember names and faces better, but their frequency is annoying. The beginning was also too fast-paced, then things start to go too slowly and don't reach ...more
Laura Graves
Review posted 7/27/2011 at Owl Tell You About It.

Silly and cute are the best descriptors for this one. Hikari introduces the readers to her school and the unusual class system. The seven students with the highest grade point averages have their own class, where most of them goof off. Hikari, however worked hard to get the second highest GPA and spends a lot of her time studying and challenging her rival, Kei. Hikari is energetic and extremely competitive. Kei is laid-back and barely has to try f
Hikari est la fille d'un charpentier. Depuis sa tendre enfance elle veut prouver à son père qu'elle est la meilleure notamment en combat d'art martial. Un jour son père lui présente Kei un jeune garçon du même âge qui lui aussi se prétend doué. C'est la première fois qu'Hikari est battue et se fait alors la promesse de battre Kei quelle-que soit la discipline.
C'est donc à force de travail et d'archarnement qu'Hikari est dans la même classe que Kei , la spéciale A (S.A.), qui regroupe les sept m
Aug 04, 2013 Hira rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I watched the SA anime a couple of months ago and I loved it! I was looking for a completed manga to read because I don't like to wait for months for the next chapter to release and I saw that SA was completed so I decided to read it.

The story is good. In this volume we get introduced to this strong-willed, determined, hard-working girl who is hell bent on being number 1 and defeating a guy who beat her at wrestling when they were 6. Kei, the guy, is good at EVERYTHING. Plus he's good-looking an
I picked up a copy of SA during a random manga buying spree, and I wasn't sure if I'd think much of it at the time, but it sounded interesting enough for me to give it a shot.

I am so relieved that I did. That was in February 2008, and now SA has become my favourite manga of all time. It starts off like your average shoujo, but as I read more I was just so surprised how much I enjoyed the story and characters. It's very well written, every chapter is entertaining and the re-read value is very hi
Sara Bennett
I picked this one up because it looked interesting and funny. Turns out it was both :)
Hikari Hanazono is one of 7 of the most elite and brightest students at her expensive school. Only she's not rich, she's the daughter of a carpenter! So how did she end up here? Well as a girl she thought she could take on anyone. She took on this boy and he very easily defeated her. Now she's determined to beat him at something!

His name is Kei Takishima. He's beaten her at just about everything but she won't s
May 11, 2012 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Manga rating: 3.3 stars
Anime rating: 4 stars

Special A lacked characterization and originality. Hikari was all right, shallow, but still acceptable. Kei, on the other hand was annoying. Sure, he's great. Sure, he's special. But how can one guy be blessed with so many gifts when all he does is smirk?

The fact that the Special A were able to goof around all day while being in "school" without even attending classes annoyed me. The fact that they still got the highest grades irritated me to the point
Hikari Hanazono is a member of S.A. (special A). Her school is the most elite of the entire area, and really expensive. They are split up into groups of grades F through A, and the top seven students in that group are called S.A students. And the only reason she is there is to beat Kei Takishima. No matter what she does she can never beat him, but will she go over bored and tire herself physically and mentally to get there.

I can relate this book to a show called bleach. No matter what, the guy d
Its more of a 4.75 rating in my opinion. It's a quick read and I really enjoy the story so far, but like the book says it is 'A new fast-paced comedy' I kind of feel like it is going a little too fast paced in some parts that you can end up start predicting what will happen and be not far off. It is still enjoyable however, so I will be reading the 2nd book soon.
I love this manga dearly, for all its silly and romance and basically everything. I never get sick of reading it. Hikari is the most fun I've had in a shoujo heroine, ever. Her ridiculously naive and hardworking personality is a gem. I love Kei, Tadashi, Akira, EVERYONE. This manga is fantastic and irresistible. <3
Dec 23, 2007 Aurora rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: olivia
HE HE HE =) you'll find this if you read my email livie, the back of the book says this,
"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 ...somehow!

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 acadeny, f
Yossra Ahmad Sameh
soo hikari is my ideal heroine ..i love tough girls like that ..i have to say through out the series every time she challenges kei i get mixed feelings because i want her to win but i also love kei so much i dont want him to lose <3 ..when i first read it i was a little bored ..i also thought it was somewhat like kaicgou wa maid sama ..the always ahead /rich/protective/loving/too good to be true hero (usui ) and the strong too dense heroine ..a sweet combination which i though was getting old ...more
Mar 28, 2012 May rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Hikari has always been second to Kei. When they were six years old, their pro-wrestling loving fathers introduced them to each other. Thinking that she was the best in wrestling, Hikari challenged Kei to a wrestling match only to be thoroughly defeated by him. Ever since that fateful incident, Hikari want to beat Kei in school grades, sporting events or any competition. So she went to the same school as Kei since elementary. Now she attends Hakusenkan, an expensive school, that costs her carpent ...more
Echo Wilkinson
This is the first manga series I've read, and I definitely prefer chapter books. However, I really enjoyed this series. I liked that the romance took more than a single book to get started. I didn't like the way Yahiro was villanized, he went to extremes a few times, but he never hurt anyone for fun. Most of his issued came from a dominant personality combined with a spoiled upbringing. I did like that stories about all the SA's were included, it wasn't all about Hikari. It seemed weird that eve ...more
Series Review: Special A is a interesting and cute manga that I really enjoyed. It was funny and entertaining plot and character wise. I most enjoyed the dynamic between the characters. I recommend giving this manga a try.
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She is a Japanese manga author. She is best known as the author of manga series Special A.

In 2001, her short story Day Dream Believer (デイ・ドリーム・ビリーバー) received an Honourable Mention for Hakusensha's 25th Athena awards. She debuted in Hana to Yume's October 2001 issue with a short story titled Faraway Blue (彼方の青 Kanata no Ao).
Maki Minami's longest running series, Special A, began publication in 200
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