Special A – Episode 24 (End)September 15, 2008 at 6:38 am | Posted in Special A | 22 Comments
Tags: corny, meh
It’s over. Now all the anime-only fans can go read the manga. Trust me. If you enjoyed this at all (at least enough to get through 24 episodes) you’ll enjoy the manga (more). Though, even if I hadn’t read the manga, I’d feel disappointed in ending since it concluded nothing. I just enjoyed a few small moments along the way (but I really, really enjoyed those moments).
And yes…I did screencap a crayon-y moment for the big image. Because at the end of the day, that is what we all remember about this anime. Those awful crayons. Plus without the crayons that image is darn cute.
(Beware of severely overdone screencapping)
Sheesh, I’m finally on time with an episode…at the end. It’s only on pure fangirl love for the manga that I made it this far really.
But I’m glad I made it this far. This episode was like a pure fanservice episode for manga fans. There were a lot of little cameos (everyone who played an important role in the series) including one cameo that is really easy to miss. Though I bet all the Ryuu fans spotted it.
So, I was left with a lot to say about this episode for a change. For the first time in a long time, blogging it isn’t a chore.
So, this episode was kind a combination of, “Let’s get Kei back from London” chapter and the second “Kei’s birthday” chapter with all of the little cameos and stuffs added in.
And I really only have the one thing to complain about. Kei and Hikari did not get proper closure. Too bad it’s a big thing to complain about.
Well, this was as cute as it always is. Nice change since usually loli-Hikari is so busy being, “I challenge you!” and stuff to get the cuteness.
Sweet. I don’t think we’ve ever seen the ominous evil aura from Hikari before.
I was ticked at anime-Akira all week after the last episode. It was all her fault that we got the drama. But of course, only anime-Akira because only Gonzo and AIC have her act that way. Damn them.
lol, Brother Complex. I think no image better shows brother complex than the cute younger sibling hanging onto to their older brother’s clothing. Male or female, the image is the same.
What the Hell!? It’s November? And it’s Kei’s birthday!? For most of the episode I felt like I was just misunderstanding or something…but what the Hell! There’s no way it’s been a year! They just got out of their Summer uniforms not that long ago. And at the beginning of the series! It wasn’t long before they changed into their summer uniforms!
But I will not try to make sense of it. I’ll just quietly grumble away in the corner.
Worst character adaptation ever. I mean come on! Dramatic evil backlighting? In complete daylight!? It’s ridiculous!
He didn’t even get properly redeemed. I saw no silliness whatsoever. *sulks in a corner to grumble some more*
I was reminded of the recent “twist” in Zero no Tsukaima. Everyone quits to go save their friend.
Let me just say one thing…if you’re reminding me of Zero no Tsukaima…you are not doing a good job with the writing SA.
…I know it was like this in the manga, but considering the circumstances and that it’s the last episode of the anime, I really felt the SA silliness could be kept out.
Anime-Akira love regained automatically.
I mean seriously. That’s your boyfriend Akira. That’s cruel. And I love it.
Well, predictable things are predictable, but I really felt like Ryuu deserved some screencapping love.
Once again, I love your cruelty Akira. Absolutely awesome.
Woo! Yahiro! I thought I saw you in the preview! I think he’s my second favorite SA guy. Which makes sense since Megumi is my tied (with Sakura) for second favorite SA girl (the pairs go together). That’s in the manga anyway. Hikari doesn’t get a ranking in the anime.
Though when I first watched this my, “Yay! Yahiro!” was shortly cut-off by, “Eh! But you’re supposed to help Megumi!!!”
Aww, Meido Hikari and Megumi are freakin’ cute. Why isn’t Akira being Akira over them?
Who knew who Mysterious Meido was? I did! And if you didn’t you are not a Sakura-ojousama fan!!!
Sakura~! I’m so glad she appeared. I got a little something for my third favorite side-pairing. It makes me happy.
Oh the return of playboy Jun had me ROFLing. For some reason, I didn’t expect it at all. Then I got all, “Hell yeah!” excited about it. The mood of the anime caught me up.
And thus, to keep this mood going, they decided to grant my every wish along the way. I wanted Sakura to appear after I saw Yahiro (and she did~!), so then I thought, “Megumi better talk” and she did.
Guess what I wished for next?
Yeah. That’s totally what I wished for. And I knew it was coming since I already knew Yahiro was aroung. Hell yes. I love anime-original stuff when it’s stuff I want.
*jawdrop shockgasp* FUCK YEAH! (It cannot be censored, that is the reaction) Did not expect this happening whatsoever (you fucking go anime-Yahiro). Officially, Megumi and Yahiro are the pairing that’s gotten the best development as opposed to the manga.
So since the almost-kiss caught me so off-guard and was so quick, I did not expect what would naturally happen. Damn you Tadashi! You’ve done it again!
Until I watched the anime I never realized what a cockblocker Tadashi was. Damn him…if he weren’t so likable…
Yappy is a present to Kei from Yahiro. I love knowing something like that for once.
This scene was stupid. That’s what I was thinking the whole time, “This is stupid.” And I do not like thinking that for my KeixHikari scenes. Not one bit. So we move along to the montage of happy couples instead.
Fucking awww~! Too bad you can only catch it in the fade out.
Yeah, as you can tell the Megumi and Yahiro stuff got me especially excited, because we don’t really get it in the manga. So…yeah. These parts were the best parts of the whole episode (I can say without a doubt they’re the best anime-original moments in the anime too…thus the things I enjoyed the most since I got caught off-guard).
Who’s that reverse trap standing in the window? Why, it’s Ryuu’s very own reverse-trap girlfriend (well…sort of girlfriend). And I will leave it at that. Who cares if it’s a spoiler. Reverse trap news will get people curious about the manga.
Yeah…Finn made a blurry window cameo. Since we expected nothing…this is better than nothing.
Aw SA dolls made by Hikari. They were in the manga too. Cute. I like how Kei specifically has a different expression from everyone else, all srs bsns.
What happened to the meido outfit? Dammit Hikari! God! She was never even wearing that uniform!
But worry not, the “WTF” only begins here. There are more “This is stupid” moments to come.
Haha! Damn straight. Still making up for lost time with all the Hikari blushing.
Alright Kei. That’s a little more like the real Kei now. Emo, selfless Kei suuucked. I like possessive Kei better.
And that’s the right reaction to have you dumb girl (about time).
Oh crap…they’re finishing their match. Well, when it comes down to it, that’s how the anime is going to keep things. Boo…
This is all we get for a confession. It’s not fair! There’s a perfectly good confession in the manga, but they don’t use it. There’s a perfectly good way to get closure…but they don’t use it. It’s not fair.
This was stupid. Jumping off of Big Ben so she can freakin’ catch a flower. Anything that follows is already partially ruined by me thinking, “Hikari you’re freaking stupid.”
Oh let’s defy some gravity now. Despite the stupidity, this was getting a small “aww” out of me until they brought in the crayons.
Dammit, this is the cutest Hikari’s looked (because she’s acting the way she should have for the past 23 episodes!!!) but it’s all ruined by random crayoning. Dammit.
And damn you white fade in!!! We don’t get a kiss in this anime that we can see properly without super glow getting in the way! Dammit!
And then it kind of ruins itself when you realize…they’re in mid-air. A kiss beside Big Ben while in mid-air isn’t as romantic as it sounds when they make it this obvious and insanely stupid. Maybe if it hadn’t be super-lazy animator at the helm it would have worked out well, but meh.
Any, “aww” from this was cut off by an extreme *facepalm* reaction.
Followed by *headdesk* when you realize that they’re still in the exact same place ten seconds later.
And everything “returns to normal” epilogue is not what I wanted. I wanted a Hikari and Kei dating montage. Or maybe just a montage of scenes from the manga. That would have made me happy. Returning to normal scene. Hell no.
Ah well. At least I got a little of the couple raburabu (even though they’re not clearly a couple).
“Ni-san” became a petname. Freakin’ cute. Too bad we got about ten seconds of this. As opposed to around forty chapters of it.
Can I just say meh? No…okay fine.
Even if I’d watched this without reading the manga, I’m pretty damn sure I’d be pissed off about this ending. Probably more so since I wouldn’t be able to go, “Well, knew this would happen. Thank god I have the wonderful manga.”
Thanks Gonzo and AIC. My rating for the SA anime got busted down to 6 today (it was at 7), but the manga got moved up to 10. Hey at least you guys made me appreciate what I do have.
I mean, if I’d sat through the whole anime just to get, a kiss that you can barely see while defying gravity in a ridiculous way. During that scene I went, “Aw-” for about 0.5 seconds before having my jaw drop and then just repeating, “This is stupid. This is stupid. This is stupid. This is stupid. This is stupid.” in my head for the remainder of the ten seconds.
Now I’m all for mid-air romance (fucking awesome), but I like it to be done in ways that aren’t blatantly ridiculous.
Also, if Gonzo and AIC wanted people to stop complaining that they were trying to copy Ouran…they failed. Immensely. They did the opposite of what they should have done.
Well, let’s just wrap this up and be done with it.
Would I rewatch this anime? I would rewatch the episodes with Sakura, Yahiro and Megumi, and episode 12. Nothing else.
…I will especially rewatch my Yahiro and Megumi moments because in the anime they’re my favorite pairing. Because Hikari and Kei lack what I like about them.
I mean…seriously. There was perfectly good confession for them to use. It had this and that! It even had the usual Tadashi appearance that they could have used to make us go *headdesk* instead (since they like to do that). But noooo! Can’t use it. Can’t use one of my favorite, “Oh hell yes!” confessions ever.
I hate you Gonzo and AIC. Don’t talk to me anymore.
Next question…do I expect a sequel? No way. SA’s been airing at like midnight or something crazy in Japan. It’s been dropped like crazy. No one is going to find it memorable.
Of course, if it did have a sequel…I would totally watch it. Because they’d have no choice but to show my HikarixKei raburabu. But they won’t make a sequel. So I’m still not talking to Gonzo and AIC.
And…now I feel that I’ve ranted enough. SA is done. We can all move on. I’ll just revisit it the once to watch the fansubs, but really…it’s done. And I’m glad. I had fun blogging it (ranting and being immature is fun sometimes), but it’s over now. Time to move on. And I can do so without any sentimentality whatsoever. Which is the only thing that makes me feel a little sad.
SA is the first series to go into my “Completed” category. I’m glad that I made it through to the end. I have more free time and can do better things now. Like that pesky reading for school.
Though I do admit, my Mondays are going to feel a little empty without having anything to watch.
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