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「彼女・彼氏」 (Kanojo / Kareshi)
“Girlfriend / Boyfriend”

 

Next Episode:
「高熱・情熱」 (Kounetsu / Jounetsu)
“High Fever / Passion”

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Impressions:
As some people had already suspected, this week’s episode involved Tadashi asking Hikari to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to get out of an arranged marriage set up by his mother, the school director Karino Sumire. Kei on the other hand was conveniently abducted by his father and taken to Shanghai to deal with some business, thus allowing Hikari to even go along with Tadashi’s idea. Despite pretending to be a couple, the two of them actually seemed really suited for one another, much like Ryuu and the others noticed. I guess silly and thickheaded mix well together.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this episode as it was fun to see the fake Tadashi x Hikari pairing move light years beyond the Kei x Hikari one. It was pretty funny how Hikari’s parents thought that she was finally going on a date with Kei, only to quickly realize that their daughter is really dense. Also, it was amusing to see how much Tadashi’s mother traumatized him with bungee jumping threats. My favourite scene though was definitely the one in the coffee shop when Tadashi and Hikari were trying to be more boyfriend/girlfriend-like after seeing another another couple, Maa-kun and Yuki-pon, doing the same thing. “Ta-kun and Hika-pon”. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud there. Speaking of Yuki-pon, she’s actually played by Megumi’s seiyuu, Takagaki Ayahi. I guess they decided to actually have Ayahi do some voice acting in Special A as Megumi basically has zero lines.

Next time, it looks like Kei gets sick and Sui will be around, so the story will probably be focusing on Kei x Hikari again.

 

Addendum:
The kiss scene between Tadashi and Hikari was unsurprisingly a tease. Tadashi’s mother, Sumire, had asked them to kiss to prove that they were a couple and Hikari was actually going to go through with it, but Tadashi stopped her at the very last moment, saying that it’s something you should only do with the person you love. Sumire on the other hand knew that they were pretending all along and just wanted to see how Tadashi would react to the arranged marriage predicament.

 

Cast:
- Hanazono Hikari (華園 光) / Gotou Yuuko (後藤 邑子)
- Takishima Kei (滝島 彗) / Fukuyama Jun (福山 潤)
- Toudou Akira (東堂 明) / Nabatame Hitomi (生天目 仁美)
- Karino Tadashi (狩野 宙) / Shimono Hiro (下野 紘)
- Yamamoto Megumi (山本 芽) / Takagaki Ayahi (高垣 彩陽)
- Yamamoto Jun (山本 純) / Yonaga Tsubasa (代永 翼)
- Tsuji Ryuu (辻 竜) / Horie Kazuma (堀江 一眞)
- Father Takashima (滝島父) / Ogata Megumi (緒方 恵美)
- Hikari’s father (光の父) / Imaruoka Atsushi (伊丸岡 篤)
- Hikari’s mother (光の母) / Nabei Makiko (鍋井 まき子)
- Karino Sumire (狩野 菫) / Tanaka Atsuko (田中 敦子)
- Maa-kun (マーくん) / Matsuo Daisuke (松尾 大亮)
- Yuki-pon (ユキぽん) / Takagaki Ayahi (高垣 彩陽)

June 17, 2008 at 1:55 am
26 comments »
  • June 17, 2008 at 2:36 amkagebutsu

    Wow this looks interesting, even if it was fake.

  • June 17, 2008 at 2:53 amGP

    Well I broke down and started to read the manga. And this looks like it’s following it as best it can. I can’t wait for the later stuff to kick in. I just wonder how far it’ll go.

  • June 17, 2008 at 6:19 amjeffng9

    well its fun to read and watch both the manga and anime for special A.
    they r trying to not lose track from the manga itself despite some changes in all the episodes. everything is looking good so far i personally like episode 10.

    tadashi’s mother looks good :P.

  • June 17, 2008 at 9:50 amTheRep

    Judging from that screenshot and the lack of mentioning in Divine’s comments, I can assume that “kiss” was just another tease and didn’t happen. But damn, those two do look pretty good together.

  • June 17, 2008 at 12:04 pmgame8910

    WOOT NEXT EPISODE IS THE ONE!!!

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 17, 2008 at 12:05 pmgame8910

    crap
    I failed at spoiler

  • June 17, 2008 at 12:26 pmhomina-homina

    tadashi’s mom has a different face in the anime than the manga’s…but i still admire her character, though. now that is ONE scary mom! xD

  • June 17, 2008 at 1:05 pmdivine

    @TheRep:
    I added an addendum about that scene to make up for the lack of a summary. Thanks for pointing that out.

    @game8910:
    I edited your comment and fixed the spoiler tags.

  • June 17, 2008 at 4:21 pmlily

    tadashi is so fanny!!! i love him

  • June 17, 2008 at 4:40 pmFX102

    Been following the Manga too (gone through 4 volumes) and I like how they’ve been changing bits around to make it unique; in this case the other 4 SA members following Hikari & tadashi around, which wasn’t in the manga (really wanna see how Akira acts).

    And of course, looking forward to next week’s episode some great moments then (funny & romantic).

  • June 17, 2008 at 5:41 pmGP

    @FX102

    I don’t know how far you are in the manga (actually I forget when it starts), but there are some really great Akira moments coming. I really wanna see how the anime will handle it.

  • June 18, 2008 at 12:57 amAmethyst

    Wow the Anime is already in this chapter, I wonder how they will end it?

  • June 18, 2008 at 1:43 amHei

    I wanna see more of megumi

  • June 18, 2008 at 2:02 amFX102

    In Reply to GP…

    I just finished Volume 4, where:

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 18, 2008 at 2:22 amGP

    I think at this rate the anime will pass up the translated part of the manga soon, probably by ep15-16. That’s my guess anyways.

  • June 18, 2008 at 4:01 amSnehova

    you know its pretty crazy since some of the characters’ parents in this series r sumwat … retard ;p… i mean Kei’s dad abducts him for a business meeting-tadashi’s mom made him bunjee jump wen he was a kid ;p i mean what kind of parent wud do dat to his own kid? oh and howcome in one scene Hikari’s wearing a pink mini-skirt and another scene she’s wearing pants?

  • June 18, 2008 at 4:18 amGP

    They wanted to show off her sexy legs in that last scene.

  • June 18, 2008 at 6:42 amdivine

    @Snehova:
    The mini-skirt was actually saved by Hikari’s parents for when she’d go on a date with Kei, but she used it on this pretend date with Tadashi anyway. Tadashi later decided to continue their date in their own way and suggested buying some jeans for Hikari so that they could go riding on his bike to the beach.

  • June 18, 2008 at 7:49 amdementedchris

    I’m enjoying how the anime really pushes the comedy factor. It gives it a different flavor from the manga.

  • June 19, 2008 at 12:00 amsusan

    tadashi x akira

  • June 19, 2008 at 6:57 pmBakajin00

    that motorbike looks a lot like an Aprilia Shiver 750 …o.o

    http://www.diseno-art.com/images/Aprilia_Shiver_750_side.jpg

  • June 20, 2008 at 2:52 amSnehova

    thanx divine ^_^ ♥

  • June 21, 2008 at 3:49 pmXylona

    I like how the coffee shop was called Starbears instead of Starbucks.

  • June 22, 2008 at 1:56 am4ran

    I cannot believe How Desne is Hikari!! Even her parents thought she is a date with Kei.. why she cannot see it !!?

  • June 23, 2008 at 7:05 amTiff

    …After watching this, I started watching Special A again after dropping it earlier. And now…I shall stick to it. ;x Bravo to Tadashi! But Hikari’s brute personality is a getting a bit too irritating. Oh well.

  • September 27, 2008 at 10:15 amkach

    in the manga, Hikari is wearing a mini skirt rather than pants ^^