S.A Review

AuthorOctober 1, 2020

AKA: Special A, S・A~スペシャル・エー~ (full Japanese title)Genre: Teenage romantic comedy / dramaLength: Television sequence, 24 episodes, 23 minutes eachDistributor: R1 DVD from Sentai FilmworksContent Rating: 7+ (nothing objectionable)Related Series: NoneAlso Recommended: His and Her CircumstancesNotes: Based on the manga by Maki Minami, which ran in Hakusensha’s shoujo mangazine Hana to Yume.Rating: S.A

Synopsis

Ever since she misplaced a combat to Kei Takishima as a toddler, Hikari Hanazono has been obsessive about beating him at one thing – ANYTHING – however she all the time finally ends up as Number 2. Now she continues her efforts to beat him as a fellow member of the Special A, a gaggle of extraordinarily vivid (and except for Hikari, very rich) youngsters who spend their college days primarily hanging out with one another. The group should additionally face challenges from different college students who resent their privileged standing, in addition to private points (together with budding romances amongst its members). Will the group survive? Will it ever daybreak on Hikari that regardless of his teasing, Kei is definitely in love together with her?
Review

Yes, it is a group of seven youngsters, six of them from rich households, who primarily sit in a conservatory and have tea and snacks all day. It’s reasonably comprehensible that many within the scholar physique resent them (though they’ve a cult following amongst a number of the college students). It’s additionally laborious typically to sympathize with Kei, who’s endlessly calling Hikari “Miss Number Two.”
On the opposite hand, the present emphasizes that these youngsters are actually misfits, typically due to their wealth. It’s additionally emphasised that they’re “the real deal” academically and, with Kei and Hikari at the least, bodily as nicely, not being afraid to fulfill the challenges they’re given; however all that is largely within the first (and to my thoughts lesser) two disks of the four-disk sequence.
Truth to inform, I really like Hikari as a personality: she’s endlessly cheerful and exuberant, and by no means lets herself be discouraged regardless of what number of instances she’s ended up within the Number 2 slot. She’s drawn reasonably superbly too, apart from the factor with the legs- for no matter motive, all of the characters on this present have the longest legs I’ve ever seen. Some of the opposite characters are reasonably bizarre: Akari, the lady with a Yuri-style crush on Hikari (although she additionally has a man she’s fascinated about, as is emphasised later); and Ryu, an animal lover (to a reasonably excessive diploma) who sometimes serves as surrogate guardian to 2 of the youthful members of the group, Jun and Megumi. Megumi, by the way in which, by no means talks, preferring to jot down all her feedback on a sketchpad; she says she’s saving her voice for singing, although at shut vary her singing apparently has the explosive pressure of a small nuke. Also available are Tadashi, the token good man/slob; Kei himself, your typical taciturn, cynical, and but deep down good-guy kind; and Yahiro Saiga, one of many group’s foremost opponents, who’s Kei if his cynicism ever crossed the road from wholesome to unhealthy.
The first two disks, as I mentioned, are primarily involved with the Hikari/Kei rivalry, and with exterior challenges to the group. But the second set is a special matter- having set the scene, and given the 2 foremost gamers their time on stage, Disk three begins creating the remainder of the solid, beginning with Akira, giving her a complete new depth. And whereas the “secret” of Jun was reasonably foolish, the episode that includes his sister Megumi was great, creating her from a gimmick delivering written one-liners into an actual particular person (and sure, she does lastly really discuss). And Yahiro seems to be one of the nuanced “villains” I’ve ever seen. Some of this present is splendidly written, interval.
This can be one of many few comedies I’ve ever seen that truly made me snort. Mostly it is a mixture of one-liners plus sight gag, however the episode the place Hikari tries to cook dinner (the third episode) was the one which broke the ice for me. And Hikari joins the lengthy record of anime girls who’re expert fighters, horrible cooks, and have the identical first and final preliminary (HH joins KK and NN).
Speaking of violent girls by the way in which, those that are turned off by identical be warned: except for Megumi, all of the principal females on this sequence – Hikari, Akira, and a “Jun love interest” named Sakura – are reasonably vulnerable to violence towards males. Akira’s relationship with a sure member of the solid will remind viewers a whole lot of Naru Narusegawa’s with a sure member of the solid of LOVE HINA, and with good motive.
I laughed rather a lot, I cried slightly, and basically had fun with this present. What else can I say?

The first 2 disks are solely three stars-worthy, however the second two are a 4. I’ve rounded it up, as my math trainer mentioned to. I do not forget that, and I’m not even Special A — Allen Moody

Recommended Audience: Mild violence, however sex-free and, for that matter, even fanservice-free. General viewers, although youthful youngsters will not discover a lot right here to curiosity them.

Version(s) Viewed: R1 DVD

Review Status: Full (24/24)
S.A © 2008 Maki Minami · Hakusensha / Council of Hakusenkan Gakuen

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