Sunday, 18 April 2010

Anime - Special A (Suit you Sirs and Madams)

I am still watching anime Romantic Comedies because I don't believe most of the time that they are all the same and I always want a good laugh when watching a series. So searching for one I came across 'Special A' a (Posh) High School Rom-Com anime.

The reason I call it posh is because it revolves seven main characters who most of them are brought up by rich families and they are at all ranked seven in there tests, they are known as Special A at Private Hakusen Academy. This has allowed them to stay at a huge greenhouse including privileges like there own blazers, own kitchen, own tea sets, etc.

The only one that isn't rich in the Special A is the main protagonist Hikari Hanazono who is ranked number 2nd in the group, she is kind and always determined to beat 1st ranked and love interest Kei Takishima at pretty much anything and fails most of the time.

Other Speical A included are Brother sister duo Violist Jun Yamamoto and quiet Megumi Yamamoto both 3rd and 4th, wanderlust 5th placed student Tadashi Karino, 6th place Akira Toudou and Animal lover 7th place student Ryuu Tsuji.

The story is quite strange for me, the first episodes show as what typical High school shenanigans until it gets to the middle of the series where it shows quick character development and even has serious drama parts, which I feel is a bit too late with all the silly episodes I was watching before.
It then seems to spilt into five love relationships when counting down the last episodes (one relationship only taking one episode to develop), I believe that the anime puts too much minor characters into the anime because some are ignored and never mentioned again.

Plus you never get a reason how and why Special A was created in the first place, although Tadashi Karino mother is the school director, she is rarely seen and mentions a bit about the greenhouse near end.

I do say Hikari that is quite an exquisit white blazer you have there.

Although normal students seem to admire Special A at times, Special A are never seen learning or go to any normal class, its like they are stuck in some top seven Private school while normal students go to public classes.

It doesn't help that some characters are unlikeable for example Akira's main gag is to hit Tadashi in pretty much every episode she's in, its becomes very boring and annoying. Most slapstick and jokes are over used and are not funny.

The ending pretty much predictable and sums up my disappointment with more questions.

The only good points I can think about is the art style of the anime looks decent showing various countries locations successfully and I'm not a Moe criticizer since this anime contains quite a bit of it.

In conclusion 'Special A' was a disappointing mess for me, It really felt rushed and they had 26 episodes to get it right plus there was nothing shocking or fantastic about it. I did watch it to the end so I wanted to rate this anime in 'Megumi Yamamoto' style:

Note: Any errors I have made in the review or anything wrong I have pointed out, please comment in the comment box.


  1. Reevo. I love these!
    You should watch Cromartie High School. Hilarious (hirarious?) anime about a delinquent high school.
    There's 26 eps and all about 15 minutes long (I think), so well worth watching if you're after short but funny.
    Let me know ;)

  2. I remember you talking to me about it in the pub, I will check it out soon, i want to try to get the DVD box set for it.

    I've almost finished Mischievous Kiss and will review that sometime this month.

    Plus I've got some ideas for blog post on K-On!