Special A is a romantic comedy shojo series that ran in Hana to Yume magazine from 2003 to 2009. Viz media began publishing the series here in the states in 2007. A high school fantasy, Special A entertains with outrageous antics and unmatched rivalry that leads to romance at every turn.
The Gist: Hikari Hanazono is a member of the Special A class at her high school. That is a group that contains the top student from every class in the school and consists of seven members. Hikari’s motivation is fed by her rival in life Kei Takishima. Though the two have been together since their childhood, Hikari has never been able to beat Kei at anything. She is determined to conquer Kei soon, however, while the rest of their friends watch in excited anticipation. Kei has loved Hikari for a long time, but Hikari only sees him as a rival. Special A follows the couple and their friends as they discover how rivalry can develop into romance.
Although there are weak points in the story elements, overall I rather enjoyed the series with a suspension of disbelief. It was an enjoyable read with a memorable conclusion.