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S.A, Vol. 1: Special A by [Minami, Maki]
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This competition manga reinforces traditional gender stereotypes under the guise of school comedy. Hikari has been obsessed with besting fellow student Kei ever since Kei beat her at wrestling when they were six, her first-ever defeat. They're both the best of the best at their exclusive school, but Hikari's eternally #2 to his #1. It's a familiar setup told through lots of closeups, carried by the artist's skill in capturing realistic expressions. The work's serial nature is evident in the reintroduction of the characters at the beginning of every chapter, but it's helpful to keep the various overachievers straight for the reader, although the supporting cast characterization is told, not shown. While the others have elite backgrounds and innate talents, Hikari continues to believe hard work is the only way to succeed, even when her determination loses to Kei's natural gift of a perfect memory. Hikari's defeats are supposedly mitigated by Kei's affection for her. Hikari must learn that no matter how hard she tries, a girl can't beat a boy. Kei's interest is held out as a kind of consolation prize, while the girl who goes after the guy she wants is a figure of ridicule, needing to be taught her place. (Nov)
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Being No. 2 Sucks!

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 academy, for the opportunity to trounce the guy who made her suffer her first defeat.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 166166 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat; 1st Edition edition (Dec 11 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3HH814
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9bedce04) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0aa778c) out of 5 stars One of the best Shojo Jan. 19 2008
By Kalena - Published on
Format: Paperback
Maniac shojo fan here who just wants to say this is one of the best of the best manga's so far that I have read. It fits up there with Fruits Basket, Fushigi Yugi, Kare Kano, Ouran High School, and Full Moon. Basic love story like Kare Kano where girl is always #2 and boy is always #1 so ultimately she wants to beat him no matter what. Of course he is head over heels in love with her and she seems to be totally clueless which makes for some hiliarious moments to be sure. I highly recommend this series!! (^.^)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7454c8) out of 5 stars Love the series Nov. 18 2013
By Jenn - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I decided to the purchase this manga after watching the anime. I know that the anime is never as good as the manga. That is definitely true here. I loved the anime and I am even more in love with the manga. The relationship between Hikari and Kei immediately grasps my attention. Why? Because I can relate to their competitive and slightly sarcastic relationship. For those who do not like a slow developing relationship, this story may not be for you. However, I still recommend giving it a chance. Something about their friendship and slow developing relationship helps make this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0aa7450) out of 5 stars The anime is better Jan. 24 2009
By Stinkerz Bell - Published on
Format: Paperback
Don't get me wrong, I love Special A and everyone in it, but the manga is confusing to read, and hard to follow. I ended up watching the anime, and loved it a billion times better. If, like me, you find the manga version too confusing, please try the anime. It's very very very hilarious, I started rolling on the ground from laughing. But very moving, too. SA rocks <3
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcaf2f4) out of 5 stars Don't leave home w/o it Nov. 29 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This manga is full of laughs. It's about these two people who always compete with each other and no matter what the girl always lands in 2nd place. The guy slowly falls in love with his rival. This is a romance/ comedy.
HASH(0x9bcaf3b4) out of 5 stars Second Rate Part 1 March 17 2008
By Karusichan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hikari Hanazono excels at so much. She's pretty, intelligent, active, and belongs to the most elite group in the top school in the district. The problem is this, she has a rival... and the rival has happened to eke her out of every event, subject, and sport since they were 6 years old. Hikari wouldn't even be at the school she is at if it were not for the fact that the charming and beautiful Kei Takishima was there himself.

Hikari vows that she will do everything she can to beat Kei, but what she doesn't realize is that she has already won him over in the most important way... his heart.

I'm only lukewarm on this so far. It's fun, but the repetitive element that Minami has in introducing her characters is downright annoying. Really. How many times can the same gag be funny? Still, the series seems like it might be good and I am willing to give it another shot. The art is nice also.