Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Series: S●A – Special A
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Volume 1 Summary (via Goodreads):
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.
This was everything I imagined it to be and more! The art and story were well done and funny. I am one happy book nerd.
The story isn’t that much different from the anime (which I watched first and have at least 3 or 4 times by now). The new and old material is so captivating and exciting to read. However, I would recommend reading the manga before watching the anime. The manga has a been a bit more in-depth and has fleshed out some information. I feel like I know the characters a lot more.
My only critique is that after Volume 1 it still recaps basic info about the school where the story takes place and who the main characters are. I can see this maybe being repeated in Volume 2 but I think after that readers can infer these things based on context clues if they need a refresher.
But I’m loving these books and can’t wait to see how everything plays out!