The year is 1991 and 6th grader Yaguchi Haruo only has video games to live for. He's not popular in school and he's neither handsome, funny, nice nor even friendly. The only thing he has going for him is that he is good at video games. One day at the local arcade, he plays Oono Akira, a fellow classmate but who's popular, smart, pretty and a rich girl that absolutely destroys him at Street Fighter II. Not only does he lose to her 30 times in a row, he can’t beat her at any game. Haruo can’t seem to shake Akira off as she follows him from arcade to arcade everyday after school and beats him every time. As weird as it sounds, the odd couple begins a strange bond and friendship.
high score girl is a good anime i don't know what's up with the low score please ignore it. now coming to the review just 4 episodes in its my favorite anime of the year aside from the animation every thing is awesome. even though the story seems to be moving slowly but you never want it to end. the sweet budding romance between oono and yaguchi totally wants you to root for them. also the background score is good and the ending song is cute as hell. and it gets very emotional at the moment you least
expect which pulls your Heart Strings.what makes this so enjoyable is the heartwarming interaction between these two which makes you wish that can they increase the anime length another 20 minutes or more
the protagonist is one who is not popular & not good in studies but he is a very good gamer in the arcade nobody could beat him . which nobody in the class knows. on the other hand we have oono she is beautiful popular every one in the class have fantasy about her being what she does in home ranging from reading books in the library to playing piano. but to his surprise oono comes to the arcade & she destroys him in the only thing he is good at and after many tries he beat her.then she hits him from then on they become rivals and gradually friends.
I've been a fan of High Score Girl since the manga and I think the anime is a pretty good adaption of it overall. The score it currently has really doesn't suit it but it might be because it's not for everyone I personally think it's great due to the atmosphere, story, comedy and of course the retro video games.
The story takes place in 1991 when the main character, Haruo finds the rich quiet girl Ono, playing a game of Street Fighter 2 at an arcade and defeating everybody who challenges her, even our guy Haruo. Eventually through blood, sweat and cheap tactics Haruo steals
a win off her and in retaliation she punches him right in the face, and that's how this love story start.
Don't let the CGI fool you, this isn't just some cheap anime that's trying to rope you in because it has retro video games (although, that is why I was roped in, and they're great). The anime itself has great comedic moments, heartfelt moments and even some dramatic and shocking moments. The anime can have you gawking at the accurate retro games to laughing your arse off to Ono punching Haruo whenever he gives a cheeky remark to worrying over whether or not Ono and Haruo will play another game at the arcade again! There can be cute moments from Ono being scared of spooky games and there can be uncute moments such as a guy asking to see the bone in Haruo's penis, but that's a story for another time.
The main aspect of the anime is obviously the retro video games, but as time goes on they take a backseat I'd say. You really get to love the characters and the games just become set pieces, but fun set pieces because you can feel the joy of seeing them just like the main characters. If you're a fan of cute romance stories, comedy and retro games then definitely give this one a try, I'd say it's AOTS just from the first four episodes., there really is nothing like it as well it's such a unique and interesting anime that even if you're not a huge fan of retro games you should give it a watch just for the environment it is set in.
The only negatives I can really give this show is that, the first episode can be quite slow due to setting things up and being a collection of stories but the later episodes don't have this, and another negative could be the CGI although you hardly notice it as you watch it.
Overall, I find High Score Girl to be a unique and interesting anime just because of it's setting being untapped in anime, but it doesn't mean it's a story trying to sell itself with retro video games. It's a cute love story and I think that the games help give it a unique story and plot device to bundle it all up in.
-Retro games galore from the gameplay to the sound effects
-Cute Romance Story
-Has a lot of funny moments
-Cute heartfelt moments as well, has a few tearjerkers as well
-Episodes can be slow, the first one especially
-CGI can be an eyesore depending on who you ask
As of now, there are no subs from official groups, but there are some fansubs out there to find, so keep an eye out. I'd give it a 8/10 just because it's really what you can expect from the manga and more. I'm also happy that the score has gone up from a 6.7 to a 7.1, I hope this can at least break a 7.5.
Also please excuse how awful this review is, I just noticed there was none so I wrote one up at 3am, and then it was removed due last week and I just wanted to repost it when the 4th episode came out.
The title is as the anime suggests: a girl aiming for the high score...right??? Well, you're both right and wrong. In the midst of the slew of J.C.Staff's shows this Summer, this is the most quietest of the bunch, therefore receiving very little attention from the community, but is by no means a great nor bad show.
If you're an avid, classic gamer, this series should come as no surprise when talking about the story, which is rooted in the early 1990s where console and arcade games were all the rage with the gaming culture landscape, most notably rooted in the just-released Street Fighter II which
dated its predecessor by a long shot (and would become the sensation of the 90s)...and that forms the basis of our main boy-meets-girl trope but unusual arcade romantic-comedic couple: 6th grader Haruo Yaguchi and the more-than-perfect classmate, Oono Akira, the former being as generic and boring as he is with his total devotion and passion towards video games, and the latter, being so perfect and set as an example to look out for, unprecariously being an arcade nut, a top-class gamer, despite her out-of-place appearance at the arcades (where men are more frequent then women). And so, with her hammering of Haruo at Street Fighter II, this strange, unlikely (but satisfying) relationship starts from there.
So first off: Despite how the manga source is really a mystery to almost anyone but fans of the manga, what sold the manga was the unique art designs of its characters from creator Oshikiri Kensuke, and J.C.Staff had the anime adaptation completely rendered in CGI, while keeping arcade and console game screen depictions with one-to-one accuracy. and the 2D artwork still done with keeping the confines of the manga source to boot. That's not to say that it's a bad case of tried-and-true formula done all over again, but it could be the sole reason why the wonky character expressions should have the substance feel when it doesn't at times, and will largely be the reason why people are turned off by bad CGI.
But other than that, the overall depiction of this anime is true to the core of its pitch in the very first place: a romantic comedy unlike anything else (unless you have seen Wotakoi last season and has similarities despite the difference between otaku and gaming), with the slight touch from the veteran studio and you get a series that is largely underrated. I'll tell you this much, if you love romance, comedy with the gaming sense, try this out.
High score girl is pretty much the best hommage to 90s gaming you'll find in the medium, more specifically about game center (arcade) culture. There is clearly knowledge and passion put into this by the original mangaka, as he wanted to portray more or less the atmosphere of 90s game center scene.
The plot itself while nothing special is a nice romantic comedy with three main characters: Haruo, a straightforward guy who all he has in his head are arcade games. Oono: a rich girl who is amazing at everything included games. Hidaka: a girl with no hobbies nor interests who gradually starts getting into
Aside from the games, another significant trait that makes this series somewhat particular is the constant timeskips, these are neat as they allow the series to progress from childhood innocence to a fairly grounded coming-of-age tone later on, where the characters develop in a significant way.
As for the negatives the most evident is the CGI that tarnishes the expressive original art, although it's far from terrible. The gameplay footage also felt a bit more intrusive than in the manga, having real footage instead of drawings for the games loses part of the charm as well. Finally there are some changes/cut in dialogs and games that aren't for the better.
Overall this is a serviceable adaptation of a good manga, if you have some interest in arcade gaming it's definitely worth a watch, if you don't then you'll find a romcom with charming characters and fine development.