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「好き・キス」 (Suki / Kisu)
“Love / Kiss”

Episode at a Glance:
After being rejected by Jun, Sakura gets her father to coax Kei’s father into inviting the S.A class to a barbeque on an isolated island. While unable to get the help of Yahiro, Sakura tries her best to get closer to Jun, but Ryuu and Megumi manage to keep her away from him thanks to his emergency whistle. Seeing their interference, Sakura’s father proposes a lottery for picking a partner to work with and Sakura unsurprisingly draws Jun’s name. Kei was originally against the idea as well, until Hikari drew his name that is. Unable to escape Sakura’s clutches now, Jun ends up telling her that she’s a bother to him, but it has quite the reverse effect. Sakura then trips and Jun catches her, so she thanks him and leans in for a kiss, but Jun pushes her away. Reminded of a girl from his past who hated him after finding out his secret, Jun tells Sakura that he can’t go out with her, but she praises him for his honesty, which causes him to outburst that he isn’t.

Back with the others, Sakura’s determination has faultered a bit, but her father manages to rejuvenize her efforts. With the help of her father’s men, she goes for a more against-his-will approach, but Ryuu and Megumi manage to save Jun again. However, Sakura’s father gets involved, so Hikari sides with Jun, saying that you should only kiss the person you like. After mocking her growth in the area of relationships, Kei also helps out. Sakura then confronts Jun saying if he hates her that much, she’ll give up, so Jun decides to let her kiss him on the cheek like she wanted. He explains that he doesn’t hate her though, but has something he’s hiding, which she’ll understand in a bit. Unphased by his words, Sakura kisses Jun on the cheek, causing him to pass out.

Upon waking up, Jun assumes a studly persona that even attracts the likes of Akira. With his secret exposed, Ryuu explains that this is the chronic disease Jun has after being inadvertently hypnotized by the television. To return him back to normal, he has to lose consciousness again, which Megumi’s song of slumber is able to do. Returning back to normal now, Jun wakes up to find Sakura beside him with a look of concern on her face. She then praises him, saying she loves both sides of him, making Jun inexplicably happy. However, despite being more comfortable around her now, Jun still runs away at the sight of her onigiri of love.

 

Next Episode:
「遠慮・笑顔」 (Enryo / Egao)
“Restraint / Smile”

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Impressions:
Well, I didn’t expect Jun to have some studly alter ego that is activated when he gets kissed by a girl. Plus, he acquired it when he was inadvertently hypnotized from the television no less. Given Sakura’s “bubbly” attitude though, it was somewhat predictable that she wouldn’t mind, but even then, it was nice to see her tell Jun that she likes both sides of him, especially when he hates his other persona. Seeing as Jun was happy to hear her say that, I’m starting to wonder if a Jun x Sakura pairing will be more prominent later on. I for one really like Sakura’s character, so I’d love to see her get more screen time one way or another. I mean, just look how cute she is here. Sakura aside, the other thing I really enjoyed about this episode was Kei’s ever increasing teasing and sarcasm towards Hikari. I find his jokes a lot more amusing to watch now because Hikari gets flustered when they’re in reference to him and her. Also, his sarcasm is pretty timely. E.g. When he nonchalantly mentioned how Jun’s alter ego attractiveness had no effect on her and how that’s expected of Hikari. With how dense Hikari is and how she’s started to notice her own feelings, I think Kei’s constant teasing will eventually get through to her, but even if it doesn’t, it’s still really amusing to watch.

Next time, it seems like Jun x Sakura will be put on hold and we’ll see more of Yahiro and Akira. It also looks like the production quality increased for the next episode as well, if the preview shots are any indication. Either that, or the hair detail has gone up drastically in every scene they showed.

 

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)
- Saiga Yahiro (雑賀 八尋) / Taniyama Kishou (谷山 紀章)
- Ushikubo Sakura (牛窪 桜) / Kuwatani Natsuko (桑谷 夏子)
- Sakura’s father (桜の父) / Ootake Hiroshi (大竹 宏)

July 21, 2008 at 5:46 am
29 comments »
  • July 21, 2008 at 5:52 amEri

    Yay yay yay! Thanks for the thoughts in this episode!

    GO KEI! Make Hikari squirm even more!!!

  • July 21, 2008 at 5:59 amSwiftyfire

    ^^^Make her squirm sounds dirty.

  • July 21, 2008 at 6:13 amDiabolikul

    oh yea,next episode is a tadashiXakira one

  • July 21, 2008 at 6:30 amTakanari

    Yay.<3

  • July 21, 2008 at 6:34 amkanzeon

    I actually don’t like Sakura. Finn is way better. I hope he…i mean she shows up on the anime soon…

  • July 21, 2008 at 7:03 amjeffng9

    hahaha they couldn’t kae it like how it is actually drawn in the manga where sakura would bleed from nose mouth and ears. i was wanting to see if they manage to make it like the manga…

  • July 21, 2008 at 7:29 amGP

    Ohh yes! More Akira x Tadashi next ep! We’re starting into the good stuff with those two now.

  • July 21, 2008 at 8:09 amAlyssa

    Um…Is it just me or did Kei’s hair turn blond…?
    http://randomc.net/image/Special%20A/Special%20A%20-%2016%20-%20Large%20Preview%2003.jpg

  • July 21, 2008 at 9:12 amSarah

    I love sakuraa

  • July 21, 2008 at 10:42 amkatty

    JUN IS VERY CUTE, BUT I DON’T LIKE SAKURA

  • July 21, 2008 at 1:39 pmJoeDX

    I really like Sakura’s character as well. I hope she gets more screentime!!

  • July 21, 2008 at 3:54 pmKillerB

    I wish Special A was going to be longer so we could get some Finn.
    Unless they skip alot she won’t make it.

  • July 21, 2008 at 4:21 pmkagebutsu

    I’m not sure how far the manga is but I hope they make another season.

  • July 21, 2008 at 4:53 pmGP

    They might make another season if the ratings and DVD sales are there. We’ll have to see how it ends. At this point though it’s catching up to where the manga is scanlated, which is uhh c38 iirc.

    I think the raws are a good 2 or 3 volumes higher? Just my guess atm without checking though.

  • July 21, 2008 at 4:55 pmGP

    Oh man, was I totally off. I just checked, the scanlation is up to vol7 c37, but the raws in japan are up to volume 14!

    They can easily do another 26eps at this rate I bet.

  • July 21, 2008 at 7:26 pmsolgae

    OMG I cracked up so hard at the last part of episode 15. Now I gotta watch this one and see how Jun’s alter ego can subdue even Akira the male-antagonist. Still not strong enough to subdue Hikari, but then, it’s fortunate for Jun since You-Know-Who will probably eliminate Jun’s existence if that happens.

  • July 22, 2008 at 5:54 amEri

    @ Swiftyfire

    Hehe. What i meant by “squirm” is make HIkari more uncomfortable! She’s so dense that I pity poor Kei!

    I finally watched this episode a while ago and I was laughing the whole time by their antics!

    @ KillerB

    I also wish that they’d make Special A longer! I really like Finn too and I want to see how the other S.A.’s lovelife would progress. I think Finn X Ryuu will be an interesting addition to the anime. Waaaaah! SEASON 2 please!!!

    @ GP

    I have the raws up to volume 13! Do you know where I can get vol 14? Thanks! I wish that the ratings would be high so that there’ll be consideration for season2!

    ~ Eri ~

  • July 22, 2008 at 7:39 amsly

    sakura is cute ..she and jun are a good couple …besides , which other female characther can pair up with him ..

  • July 22, 2008 at 9:20 amtina

    I hope see Finn ( the best character of special A )

  • July 22, 2008 at 1:22 pmGP

    @Eri

    Nope I don’t, sorry. I’m just waiting for translations. Slow but steady I guess.

    If they do a season2 or not we’ll have to wait and see how they finish this. Will it be an anime original ending or will they just find a good place to end with how the manga does it?

  • July 22, 2008 at 1:40 pmdraksig

    If you want to see how far the manga has gotten, beyond the scanlators, someone on livejournal posts chapter summaries fairly soon after the chapter is released in Japan. The summaries are pretty good and he often includes screen shots.

    http://minami-maki-fan.livejournal.com/

  • July 22, 2008 at 1:51 pmmegumi

    I want see finn soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 22, 2008 at 9:51 pmEri

    @ GP

    well, i rarely see a manga-turned-into-anime follow the manga outline. :-S if they’ll truly end Special A with this season 1, they’ll probably end it with something not totally based from the manga. Ouran ended like that (and I was hoping for a Season 2 before too!).

  • July 23, 2008 at 12:03 amGP

    @Eri

    We’ll just have to wait and see. Keep hoping the ratings and DVD sales are good enough to get a seaosn 2 for this.

  • July 23, 2008 at 3:56 pmhannah

    I can’t way the next episode …I like yahiro

  • February 23, 2009 at 7:29 pmRimi

    Ha~! I love Sakura! She and Jun are the cutest couple *3*

  • March 29, 2009 at 4:44 amjairvie

    ..i’m sO dEppReSeD!! i dOn’t wanna seE mY juN

  • March 29, 2009 at 4:45 amjairvie

    ..i’m sO dEppReSeD!! i dOn’t wanna seE mY juN and sakUrA arE 2gEdeR!! i h8 heR!! xOo mUcH!!!

  • September 18, 2009 at 9:00 amAngel

    Wow~I’m looking forward to it(*o*)