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The story centers on Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takishima. Hikari is constantly competing with Kei to see who is number one in anything, from wrestling to school work. Kei secretly loves Hikari but she sees him more as a valuable rival and friend. The competition has gone as far as to make Hikari go to the same school as Kei costing her father a lot more than he can afford. This television series features a lot of hidden emotions and romance with a touch of drama as Hikari slowly falls in love with her childhood rival and learns to value things no matter what. This is sure to touch the hearts of the viewers to the point where even they will fall in love for either Hikari or Kei accordingly and will laugh at the comic competition this two have going against each other. The viewer also sees how other students get involved in the middle of this two and affect their stories.

This television series is bases in a manga of the same title written by Maki Minami; the series was animated and produced by Gonzo and AIC. The television series is currently licensed by Sentai Films and consist of 24 episodes that aired from April 6, 2008 to September 14, 2008 in Japan. The setting of the anime is Hakusenkan which is divided in 7 classes, A-F. Only the best students go to A and the seven best of this are called the Special A therefore the title of the anime.

The other students mentioned above that the anime spins around are the other 5 members of the special A Hikaru and Kei being the best two with Kei being the firm number one. This is a show that would be great for the whole family that will inspire the young and old to try to do their best no matter how hard and impossible looking things might be.

Chiba TV
1 Season, 24 Episodes
April 6, 2008
Anime, Comedy
7.4/10
Cast: Yûko Gotô, Jun Fukuyama, Hitomi Nabatame, Hiro Shimono
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Special A Full Episode Guide

  • Hikari and the rest of the Special A go to London with the determination to bring Kei back. Hikari finishes the challenge Kei issued before leaving and the two shares how they really feel about each other.

  • Aoi has fixed things so that the Special A is closed down, so that Kei will go study in London. Kei tries to remedy the situation the other members of the Special A can remain together, but at a cost to himself. Hikari learns of his leaving for London as a sacrifice for the group's future.

  • Hikari and Kei spend the day together, where she tries to understand why she is feeling so awkward in his presence. Hikari finally understands that she loves him, but can't bring herself to declare her feelings. Trouble is brewing when, after a meeting between Aoi and the Director of Hakusenkan, the Special A's greenhouse is closed up.

  • Hikari must confront her feeling towards Kei after meeting Aoi Ogata of the Takishima Group. Aoi determines that Kei would be better off studying in London.

  • Yahiro is suspicious of Megumi's motives when she admits she has a crush on him. To make her prove her feelings, Yahiro challenges her to get him to say that he enjoyed their date. The rest of the Special A visit Hikari's home, where she is sick with a bad cold.

  • Akira is upset when it appears that Tadashi doesn't have feeling for her. Tadashi tries to apologize, but it only makes Akira feel worse. To make amends, Tadashi takes her to a spot the two of them had visited as kids.

  • The Special A are invited to help out with the cultural festival at Sakura and Yahiro's school. Yahiro tries to use the opportunity to get Akira to talk to him, but begins to lose his nerve. Hikari steps in to give him a hand in expressing how he feels to Akira.

  • Sakura hosts a barbecue for the Special A. Instead of using the opportunity to get to know Kei, Sakura's attentions are directed towards Jun. As she tries to get him to kiss her, Jun is worried that he will have to tell his friends a secret he has been keeping from them.

  • Kei has recovered from his fever and Hikari must go on a date with him. Things don't seem to be doing so well, when Hikari learns that Kei's father has arranged a marriage between him and Sakura Ushikubo.

  • Back together at Hakusenkan, Akira learns that Yahiro has been trying to keep Yui away from her. Akira's attempts to protect Yui from Yahiro's efforts fail and causes a wider divide between the two. Akira goes to her house to apologize, but it seems that the past is repeating itself again.

  • Tadashi's lie to his mother results in the Special A being forced to spend three days in separate classes at a regular high school. In her class, a girl named Yui Oikawa tries to befriend Akira. However, Yui's resemblance to a former friend causes Akira to act rudely to her.

  • Upon returning from Shanghai and hearing about Hikari and Tadashi's date, Kei reminds her of the promise to spend the day together. Plans change somewhat when Kei comes down with a fever and Hikari tries her best to take care of him.

  • Having lost, yet again to Kei, Hikari will have to spend the day with him. However, Kei's father takes him to Shanghai. In his absence, Tadashi asks Hikari to be his girlfriend, or at least pretend to be in front of his mother, the Director of the Hakusenkan.

  • Upon returning from their vacation, the Special A find their greenhouse has been vandalized. As the group cleans up, Hikari confronts Nakahara, whom she suspects is responsible. When Nakahara challenges the Special A, Hikari readily accepts, only to find that it is intended for Ryuu in particular.

  • Hikari is curious about why there is so much tension between Yahiro, Kei and Akira. To find out more about their falling out, she joins Yahiro at his family's villa and ends up becoming a prisoner there so that Yahiro can force Akira to come see him. Upset, Kei recruits Tadashi help him rescue her.

  • The group heads off for their vacation in Hawaii and their stay at the Ryuu family's villa. Their fun time hits a snag when Chitose, the spoiled son of an important client of Ryuu, demands that they play family. Chitose is especially demeaning to Hikari and tells her she can be the family dog. The joke is on him as Hikari accepts and is determined to ensure that everyone has a good time.

  • Following Yahiro's party, Hikari is unsure how to act around Kei. Her strange behavior has Kei confused and alarmed. In the meantime, the Special A is trying to decide upon where they will take their group vacation, until a race is suggested, where the winner picks the destination. Kei makes a deal with Hikari that if he wins, she tells him what Yahiro told her.

  • Sui and Kei team up to trick Hikari into being Kei's date to a party. It works, and Hikari is stuck accompanying Kei to his friend, Yahiro Saiga's birthday party, where she seeks to uncover more about Kei's past.

  • With the school's anniversary and festival around the corner, the Student Council has a new challenge for the Special A: Organize the best celebration party. The situation is tough enough, but Kei and Hikari have an argument, resulting in Hikari and Akira crossing over to the Student Council's side.

  • Kei invites Hikari over for the afternoon to talk wrestling with his father. During the visit, Hikari also meets Kei's younger brother, Sui, who is a complete brat. When Hikari tries to straighten him out, she unwittingly winds up becoming his tutor.

  • After losing a bet to Kei, Hikari has to make him a tasty, delicious bento. Hikari works all day trying as hard as she can to cook a superior meal. However, despite all of her best efforts, the results can be better classified as disastrous.

  • There is a feud between the Student Council and the Special A. This leads to the Student Council President, Hajime Kakehi, to challenge the Special A to a pro-wrestling competition. Hikari and Kei agree to participate, but matters become a bit complicated when Hajime cheats and hires two pros to compete on his side.

  • Hikari Hanazono was an unstoppable wrestler by the age of six. That is, until Kei Takishima beat her. Humiliated by her first defeat, Hikari has sworn to repay Kei by besting him in everything.

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