Minami Maki S.A. (volume 1)

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{Please note ~ this is an import comic and is not available in English at the time of this review. It can be purchased with the ISBN number below through Japanese bookstores and amazon.co.jp}

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Publisher: Hana to Yume Comics
ISBN4-592-18131-X
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Hikari is a fiercely competitive tomboy whose desire to be number one has driven her in a life-long competition with her childhood friend and rival, Kei. Effortlessly perfect in everything, Kei is always one-upping her. The two of them drive each other to such lengths of perfection that both have been accepted to the elite "S.A." class in their high school. The S.A. is an elite group of rich, pampered students who spend their days in a special class that never studies. They throw tea parties, give music recitals and exploit the lesser students like hired help between random fabulous vacations. But even as the 2nd-ranking member of this elite class of students, Hikari's too busy breaking her back to one-up Kei to notice that he's been in love with her since they were children.

If the setup isn't already enough like other shoujo series' to make you suspicious, check out the cast:
  • con artist
  • androgynous female friend
  • a set of inseparable twins
  • a shotacon fanservice character
  • a big-brother type
  • a homicidally overenthusiastic self-proclaimed fiancee
  • obligatory childhood friend/love-hate couple who can't quite get their acts together
In spite of having a heroine who is supposed to be tough, smart and sporty, she gets into trouble every 20 pages or so. It's up to our hero, blandly perfect in every possible way, to come to her rescue on cue.

In essense, S.A. is the bastard offspring of Ouran Host Club, Kodomo no Omocha and Fruits Basket. Every locale, character, and joke is so painfully derivative that anyone who's so much glanced at any other popular shoujo comedy will find themselves suffering chronic deja vu.

It's likeable enough on a surface level and will keep the pages turning at a brisk enough pace. But in the end, it is entirely disposable - not nearly original enough to justify buying it over any of the better, more original series' from which it's drawn most of it's incredibly obvious inspiration.

Perhaps the most glaring error in it's execution is expecting normal readers to feel enduring sympathy for people who are rich, spoiled and need to expend very little effort to be better than the rest of us... It very difficult to relate to characters who value such ridiculously shallow displays of elitism. Admit it: if there were an S.A. at your school, you'd hate them.
Keywords: shoujo competition competitive romance elite students high school
Illustrations and Layout Average
Entertainment Value Average
Replay Value Poor
Plot Poor
Genre shoujo, romantic comedy
Volumes 7+ ongoing
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  1. 25/6/2008 6:39am
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
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      if people are having trouble finding in english you could alway go to mangafox they have this and over 500+ manga and its free you dont even have to sign up unless you want to leave a bulletion
         


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