Special A is your typical shoujo anime. Beautiful boys and oblivious girls who have no real idea of what going on around them. I didn’t finish it, not because its a bad anime. In fact, I would wager people who like shoujos would most likely enjoy this very much. However, I just got bored. Which I strange considering i did enjoy the manga to this.
Special A is set in a ultra elite school called Hakusenkan where the top 7 students have their own building and get special privileges. The group is made up of you mostly standard characters. We have the twins. The girl doesn’t speak but instead uses a note book to talk. Beware her scream though. The twins older cousin, who acts as their caretaker. You do not try to take him from the twins. Then we have two more fairly standard people and the main pairing.
The main lady for this is the loud mouth and stubborn Hikari Hanazono. Your atypical ‘strong female’ shoujo character. She is not rich like the best of them and attends the school at great expense to her father. She is clever though, clever enough to be in the special class. She is beautiful and again like all shoujo main leads, every boy falls for her at some point. Hikari is blunt and to the point. She is also very strong. Why? She has one real for being in these school, for studying so hard and for training in pro wrestling.
To beat Kei Takishima. Kai is at first glance a rich, spoilt, arrogant boy. Again your typical hero in shoujo. He’s competitive and is one of those irritating people who can just do things as easy as breathing. Much to the irradiation of Hikari who tries hard to beat him at something. And normally fails.
Thing is, Hikari is so consumed with her desire to defeat him at something, anything, that she completely missing one major thing. Kei is in love with her. Something I can understand given she spends so much time trying to keep up with him and she is normally only a few points behind. It must be nice when you are that clever to have someone who might actually be able to beat you. But her constant obliviousness gets a bit much sometimes, as does the almost over wacky-ness of the show. This is not a realistic setting and the mad happening reflect that. But more often than not for me it was more tiring than amusing.
This is has all the ingredients to be an entertaining anime. Between the boys fighting over Hikari’s heart, her best friend trying to help her beat Kei and some pretty wacky things occurring. And yet I was not particular thrilled or drawn into this anime.