Anime Lounge #12: Special A Ep. 1–12


Anime-LoungeSeries: Spe­cial A

Episodes: 1 to 12

Premise: A group of extra­or­di­nar­ily tal­ented stu­dents are iso­lated in their school. The group is com­prised of the top seven stu­dents from each class at Hakusenkan: Kei Tak­ishima, Hikari Hana­zono, Jun and Megumi Yamamoto, Tadashi Karino, Akira Toudou and Ryuu Tsuji, and they’re the best of the best within each class. Kei and Hikari, ranked No. 1 and 2, have a long­stand­ing rivalry dat­ing back to child­hood and con­stantly com­pete against one another in every thing they do. Whether it’s aca­d­e­mics or sports, Hikari’s goal is to one day sur­pass Kei. What Hikari doesn’t real­ize is that Kei is com­pletely in love with her.

Is it worth watch­ing?: Yes. It’s a major accom­plish­ment when you can tackle a sub­ject such as class war­fare and in the same scene have a hilar­i­ous gag that makes a viewer laugh out loud. It’s great at being the seri­ous and light­hearted simul­ta­ne­ously, which makes it worth­while to fol­low through with the antics of the smart kids.

Break­out char­ac­ter: Kei Tak­ishima. Kei has it all, quite frankly. So why he con­tin­ues to per­sist in chas­ing dense Hikari, we’ll never know. But Kei is the break­out char­ac­ter here because, try as he might, the one thing he is never suc­cess­ful on the first try is get­ting Hikari to under­stand his feel­ings for her. How­ever, Kei is a smooth talker and one of the fun­ni­est char­ac­ters in the series. He’s that lik­able, which is great con­sid­er­ing he’s the lead character.

Fun­ni­est episode: Episode 7: “Sen­si­tive ~ Thick­headed.” Hikari tells Kei that she will tell Kei just what she said about him in the pre­vi­ous episode. Since Kei is keen to hear this info — he’s in love with her — Kei engi­neers a con­test that he knows he will prob­a­bly win with Hikari’s talk being the prize. How he gets her to open up and the lengths he goes to, to get the infor­ma­tion from Hikari are absolutely hilar­i­ous. Kei will stop at noth­ing to get her to tell him how she feels about him.

Where it’s going?: Half of the series is left and there are some obvi­ous ques­tions that need to be answered: How does Hikari really feel about Kei? How do the oth­ers in the group feel about their poten­tial pair­ing? Will they actu­ally get together? And how the oth­ers in the group far­ing in their own lives and with each other? The pace picks up in the lat­ter half of the series and it becomes the focal point of the show how things will end between the main char­ac­ters and their friends.

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