S.A, Volume 1

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421513751
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Series: S.A. Series, #1
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 367,393
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 5.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author


Maki Minami is from Saitama prefecture in Japan. She debuted in 2001 with
Kanata no Ao (Faraway Blue). Her other works include Kimi wa Girlfriend (You're My Girlfriend), Mainichi ga Takaramono (Every Day Is a Treasure) and Yuki Atataka (Warm Winter). Special A is her current series in Japan's Hana to Yume magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    This is my favorite school-related manga. The main 7 characters

    This is my favorite school-related manga. The main 7 characters by giving them varying personalities. The drawings are really crisp and neat. The 2 main character's romance is adorable, definitely the best childhood sweethearts: one's oblivious, and the other is protective and loves teasing. This manga expresses real life themes and problems. It's funny, has a lot of great situations, full of heart, and at times thought-provoking. I'm working on owning all 17 volumes so I can reread them a lot. ^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Great Manga, wish they were all available

    There are only a couple of volumes available for nook but there are a 17 full volumes out. Nook is a bit slow to release them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    ???

    Um, what do you mean by it's the best series? It only has one volume out so far, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2009

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    Excellent Manga!

    This is a great story with excellent illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    1 OF THE BEST MANGAS EVER!!!!

    this is 1 of my fav. mangas ever if u r thinking about buying it i totaly reccomend it. Its a great searies=)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    great

    My favorite manga series so far, the best so 5 stars as good as High school debut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    For a first volume, it wasn't bad. You can really relate to the main character, and that is what keeps you reading, rather than putting it back on the shelf. Can't wait for the next to come out.

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