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SUPPAREVIEW: Special A Collection 1

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Vital Stats:

Title: Special A Collection 1
Format: TV Anime
Based On: Manga by the same name
Studio: Gonzo
Genre: Shojo, Romantic Comedy 
 

Release Info:

Release Date: 11/10/09
US Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Length: 12 episodes (300 minutes)
MSRP: $39.98
Special Features: Textless songs, trailers
Disclosure: This review is based on a copy that was provided by the publisher.
 


Story: 3.5/5.0

While not breaking any new boundaries, Special A just has one of those plots you enjoy. Extravagant private academies, competing rivals, all S.A. really needs a scrappy can do heroine who's hard work overcomes a poor upbringing... oh wait, that's the main character.
 
Everything is pretty much by books though. If you're expecting revolutionary new techniques in story telling, you're probably not looking at the romantic comedy section.

Characters: 2.5 out of 5.0

Now, this is where the tropes are considerably more plain to see. The characters of the Special A class are defined by traits. Traits they seem unwilling or unable to defy. This isn't really a bad thing, it just doesn't quite make the characters "gripping." #1 Kei starts the series obsessed with #2, who starts and ends the show fairly oblivious. In fact, character development takes an obvious back seat to visual gags and fun set ups.
 
But hey, it lacks characters defined entirely by fanservice, so that's a mark in its favor.

Visual 4.0 out of 5.0

In general, the visuals are pretty sharp and bright. The style tends to mix reality and an exaggerated comedic reality together. This is to say the show is rife with logic defying scenes. Now, I love this style of animation, but some episodes are spare on such sequences, while others are consistently over the top. Once again, not necessarily a big deal, but it meant the show occasionally defied my expectations when I'd spin up the discs.

Audio 2.5 out of 5.0

 
Subtitle only. That's pretty much sums it up for you. There's no English dub, so checking out the show involves a good amount of reading. Not necessarily a problem, but there's a lot of text in addition to spoken dialog (one character communicates entirely in written text) so differentiating, or absorbing them simultaneously can be a little taxing at times.
 

Overall 3 out of 5 (but sorta actually 4 out of a 5)


This show definitely falls into the category of better than the sum of its parts. At a 39.98 MSRP, I'd say its a bit too pricey to earn the 4 Fists I really wanted to give it. However, since it took me 2 minutes to find it at 19.99, I'd say this ride is definitely worth the price of admission.
 
Do want Collection 2 (which will be out later this month.)
Slimon Jan. 2, 2010 at 12:39 p.m.
Special A sounds like being the smart kid of the short bus. It's just the name, sounds to much like Special Ed ... those kids are 'special.'
FLStyleon Jan. 2, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.
 Ha! Do Want indeed, that's how an Anime site should review something. More Supaareviews! 
Void_Wizardon Jan. 2, 2010 at 3:33 p.m.
Nice review though I'll pass especially considering I want to buy other anime series sometime like Spice and Wolf.
GodLen staff on Jan. 2, 2010 at 3:47 p.m.
SUUUPPPAAA!
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 2, 2010 at 8:21 p.m.
Superb job on a video review. The site needs many more just like this. A lot of personality put into the review, the information on the characters and plot was well described.
 
I tend to like how the character writes down note. It's kind of cute and they give purpose to it. Though you feel a little left behind if you can't read Japanese or  the subtitles don't translate for you.
N15PCAon Jan. 2, 2010 at 10:08 p.m.

I though that I posted on this before.  I guess it got erase.  I might give this show a try.  Like I said in my first post I really like Gia holding up signs like in the show during the review.  Funny stuff.
wwfunderakeron Jan. 3, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.
I really enjoyed Special A, it was funny and plain stupid at times.
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