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「歌声・悪者」 (Utagoe / Warumono)
“Singing Voice / Bad Fellow”

Episode at a Glance:
Paying a visit to the Saiga mansion, Megumi confesses her feelings to Yahiro and asks him to go out with her, which he agrees to do so, provided that she can show him a good time on a test date. Back at the Hakusenkan greenhouse, Akira informs the others that Hikari is sick, so Kei suggests paying her a visit and invites himself along. While everyone agrees to go as well, Megumi says she already has plans and meets up with Yahiro later on. Despite all the date suggestions Megumi has, Yahiro makes everything difficult for her and later gets traumatized by her singing. With Megumi all depressed, Yahiro suggests that she go home as she probably doesn’t like him anyway, but she insists that she does, so he tells her to talk to him without her sketchbook. Determined, Megumi throws her sketchbook away and says that she communicates in writing to protect her singing voice, which she realizes is somewhat pointless given how everyone reacts to her singing. Thinking to herself, Megumi also recalls how she decided to become Yahiro’s girlfriend in hopes of changing him for the better, after hearing that Tadashi is now going out with Akira and that he likes her as well. Having heard enough of her explanations, Yahiro tells her to stop talking.

At the Hanazono house, the rest of the S.A class finds out that Hikari self-induced her fever by getting overexcited about a shell gathering event, which her parents leave for. Surprised at the ridiculous reason, they then find Hikari in a dellusional state that is inexplicably drawn to Kei. On their date, Yahiro suddenly asks Megumi for the lunch box he assumed she prepared, causing her to scrounge her bag for whatever food she can find. While Yahiro figures the snacks she pulls out are simply for herself, he eats a bit anyway, before giving the rest back to Megumi. He then comments on her weight and appearance, so Megumi comes back with lipstick on, which Yahiro teases her about further. Meanwhile, Kei is trying to cook a meal for Hikari, who suddenly shows up behind him saying she wants to try touching him. Unable to contain himself with this inadvertent teasing, Kei relieves his built-up anguish outside. Megumi on the other hand has her hands full trying to keep Yahiro entertained and ends up asking him a lot of questions about what he wants to do. Pissed off that she’s speaking again, Yahiro takes off, but returns shortly after with a magnetic writing board. Reaffirming that her voice is important to her, he tells her to use it instead, which makes Megumi realize how considerate he’s being.

In order to keep Hikari in bed, Tadashi and Akira have tied her up, but she dives head first out the window in search of Kei. Unphased by her fall, Hikari randomly confesses to Kei, which throws him off guard enough for her to break in. As for Yahiro, he continues to distance himself a bit from Megumi, even though he was touched by her gratitude earlier. Megumi then catches sight of Ryuu and Jun, so she drags Yahiro around in order to avoid them, but they still end up being discovered. Seeing the predicament they’re in, Yahiro lies about forcing her to come along with him and possibly using her for something, so Megumi declares that they’re actually going out and asks Ryuu and Jun not to interfere with their date, much to their shock. Elsewhere, Yahiro figures that Megumi’s doing this for Akira’s sake, but he says there’s no need to as he can’t possibly do anything that would bother her. Realizing how self-sacrificial he’s being, Megumi sings a song for him in an attempt to cheer him up, after which she asks him if he had fun, but Yahiro still won’t admit that he did. However, Megumi simply thinks that she can always play this game of his again and that he’d better prepare himself for next time. Back at the Hanazono house, the others are exhausted from trying to keep Hikari under control and Kei is hiding from her on the roof.


Next Episode:
「スイッチ・崖っぷち」 (Suicchi / Gakeppuchi)
“Switch / Cliffhanger”

Wow, Megumi speaks for the first time and sings well too; that’s two series firsts in one episode. As for her voice, she sounds just like Takagaki Ayahi‘s usual roles, so all you need to do is think Isurugi Noe from true tears, Feldt Grace from Gundam 00, or Asakura Otome from D.C. II ~Da Capo II~ if you’re wondering what she sounds like. Anyway, while I’m not sure if they’ll revisit this pairing in the remaining episodes, Yahiro and Megumi didn’t seem as weird of a couple as I thought they’d be once things improved a bit and Megumi could be more like herself around him. However, it turns out that Megumi was just trying to go out with Yahiro so that he wouldn’t ruin things for Akira/Tadashi and the rest of the S.A class. With that said, I think they could make almost any pairing feasible in this series as all they’d need to do is establish one eye opener moment, much like how they’ve shown us with Jun and Sakura.

I found that most of the comedic flair this episode came from a fever-ridden Hikari, whose random advances on Kei freaked him out so much that he could barely contain himself. It’s quite amusing watching the normally calm and composed Kei lose himself to the point where he’s actually trying to stay away from Hikari. Megumi on the other hand was just cute to watch, but Yahiro was being his usual cold self again, so I was actually hoping she’d smack him at some point. Of course, Megumi’s too kindhearted for that, but at least she got through to Yahiro a bit in her own way. Judging from the preview, the next episode is about Jun and Sakura, but it looks like we’ll finally see some more of Kei and Hikari as well.

Finally, this episode featured Megumi’s character song, which I find sounds a lot better than the other character songs Ayahi has performed in the past.


- 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)
- 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)

August 11, 2008 at 5:43 am
  • August 11, 2008 at 6:58 amChoko


  • August 11, 2008 at 7:25 amnobody important


    *insert Final Fantasy battle victory theme*
    Megumi has leveled up!
    Magnetic writing board acquired!

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:26 amPauPau

    YAHIROxMEGUMI ftw :]

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:26 amPsychotic EwA

    awesome, your impressions just made me wants to watch it more :D

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:52 amJulius

    Choko at 6:58 am on August 11th, 2008

    go away.

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:55 amEri

    i really really like yahiro! he’s not a bad guy. i hope there’s some chance between him and megumi.

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:57 amWilli

    lmfao @ Hikari

  • August 11, 2008 at 9:40 amGP


    Well, I believe there is, this is just like a teaser really. I don’t know of they’ll go back to it but they might, Akira x Tadashi is firmly set now, and next ep seems to move Jun x Sakura along which should also be firmly set either in that ep or the next one.

    That leaves enough episodes for them to swing back to Yahiro x Megumi before we finish with episode 26 and all the Kei x Hikari stuff.

  • August 11, 2008 at 10:07 amZero-Sama


  • August 11, 2008 at 10:35 amTiff

    This is a drift from the manga. Volune 5 was totally skipped; the animators are probably reserving that arc for the last story in the anime. (I totally look forward to that arc being animated <3 Because of the intro of one new character xDDD *fangirl* If that’s a spoiler, I didn’t know.)
    Moreover, the timeline is a bit different in the anime as well. Not that its a bad thing, but I suppose the animators wanted to leave out unnecessary stories and just combine two arcs together in the same episode. Its just too bad that one critical comical moment was left out from the anime when Hikari was ill; it was just SUPER hilarious in the manga (well, at least to me). Sad that it isn’t animated. To add on, the AkiraxTadashi pairing was realized in the anime sooner than it was in the manga, which is good.
    Btw, Yahiro x Megumi .<

  • August 11, 2008 at 10:37 amTiff

    (post cut off..again ;\)
    Btw, Yahiro x Megumi .<

  • August 11, 2008 at 10:38 amTiff

    (post cut off..again ;\)
    Btw, Yahiro x Megumi <3 They’r’e totally adorable.
    All in all, the anime is less draggy than the manga. I only bought some volumes of the manga after deciding that the whole set wasn’t worth my money afterall. Only certain stories were sppealing, and I really do regret buying them.

  • August 11, 2008 at 11:18 amJoeDX

    great episode, loved the feverish Hikari scenes xD

  • August 11, 2008 at 11:25 amAznLegacy

    Now there’s only one person without a mate.

  • August 11, 2008 at 11:38 amfiori

    still…want….yahiro x akira…

  • August 11, 2008 at 11:45 amdangan

    eek, finally the Yahiro x Megumi episode. I love this couple

  • August 11, 2008 at 12:46 pmshuffleair

    Everyone in this anime ends up with someone. ^^

  • August 11, 2008 at 12:57 pmLink_Soul

    Why did Hikari act like that? I havent seen the episode yet! Yes i know she was sick but did she just mess around with Kei or did she actually teased him!
    ANd also i think its about time we saw some Kei x Hikari episodes for crying out loud!

  • August 11, 2008 at 2:18 pmyukisami

    @Tiff, I think I know which bit you are talking bout! that made me laugh 2!

    I personally find the manga really gd as well as the anime. I started reading the manga after watching 10 eps, and it’s both enjoyable!

  • August 11, 2008 at 5:24 pmGintama

    manga and anime are great!! XD

  • August 11, 2008 at 5:52 pmGP


    She does it cuz she’s sick. When she’s like that she’s like a little kid and doesn’t think straight.

  • August 11, 2008 at 6:05 pmtpsk729

    wow i didnt think megumi and yahiro would be together how cute

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:37 pmEri

    @ GP

    I hope you’re right! But 26 episodes are not enough for me! (T_T) I am STILL HOPING for a season 2!

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:52 pmsophie

    what about ryuu? he’s left out!!! poor ryuu…

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:59 pmdivine

    Actually, Special A is only slated for 24 episodes, so we only have 5 remaining…

  • August 11, 2008 at 8:22 pmGP

    Onoze! Divine with the bad newz!

    Heh, I don’t know about a s2 etc, but just the way this feels how they’re going through the pairs quick. It just tells me that they’re not going for a season 2.

  • August 11, 2008 at 11:08 pmdivine

    Yeah, sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but I think it’s less traumatic if people find out now rather than on say, episode 23. =)

  • August 12, 2008 at 1:22 amjeffng9

    Sick hikari rocks!
    we get to see a lot of kei’s expression that we won’t see most of the time in this series.

    here r some of the best imgae in this episode:

  • August 12, 2008 at 2:18 amKanako

    haha ryuu + animals :)

  • August 12, 2008 at 12:30 pmlily

    megumi x yahito !!!! she is so cute

  • August 12, 2008 at 2:16 pmSam

    I fell in love with megumi now

  • August 12, 2008 at 4:14 pmdraksig

    Sounds like a good episode, looking forward to it.

  • August 12, 2008 at 11:33 pmEri

    @ divine

    24!!!! (O_O) oh noes, then it’s going to end sooner than i though. bummer!!

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  • August 13, 2008 at 9:05 amSeCreT~

    i want to see a kei x hikari episode again… =(

    [and who the heck is aoi?! x_X]

  • August 13, 2008 at 11:24 amEri

    Aoi is the assistant for Kei’s grandfather…I think.

  • August 13, 2008 at 11:54 pmAmethyst

    Wow im excited to watch this.

  • August 14, 2008 at 12:04 amJason Isenberg

    Wow…I think I got a tear from this song, I’m just blown away. Special A is such an underrated series IMO. Yahiro x Megumi this pairing is excellent.

  • August 14, 2008 at 12:13 amkrista

    i think tha manga version of yahiro’s and Megumi’s date is bette

    while everything was pretty much the same, the part where the other members catch them was different. Instead of Jun and Ryuu, it was Tadashi and Akira who caught them, which i think creates more impact…it truly showed how far Yahiro would go as a bad guy for the sake of making her loved ones happy

  • August 17, 2008 at 12:13 pmDane

    Megumi is soo cute. :3

  • August 17, 2008 at 8:27 pm:D Anny

    OMG! I really loved this episode <3

  • August 18, 2008 at 4:55 amfd

    megumi was too cute…

  • August 20, 2008 at 3:06 amDexter

    When is this insert song gonna come out I wanna buy it. A beautiful song from Megumi.

  • September 21, 2008 at 6:47 pmillusion

    Best episode evar. I was laughing all over it, and Megumi was so deliciously moe~

  • January 4, 2009 at 1:48 amHikariXKeiFoeva!

    I totally agree..the manga and the anime are both great. I LOVE THIS ANIME!! it is my second favorite..aside from Fruits Basket. But this episode….haha i was cracking up! Hikari was hilarious in this one!! and i never thought that megumi would start to like yahiro. it was really cute though!! i just wish that there were more episodes after the last one…:(

  • December 12, 2009 at 8:16 amingrid zarah m. jumawan

    i think megumis singing have improve in that episode b coz of yahiro

  • December 12, 2009 at 8:18 amingrid zarah m. jumawan

    and as for hikari he has over flow in love in takishima the same with takishima

  • January 22, 2010 at 9:25 pmabegail chan!!♥♥

    eh?dare te megumi wa inspiration?

    to sing….