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Hi Score Girl
Hi Score Girl vol 1 cover.png
Cover of the first volume of Hi Score Girl
(Hai Sukoa Gāru)
Genre Romantic comedy
Written by Rensuke Oshikiri
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Big Gangan
Original run October 25, 2010September 25, 2018
Volumes 10
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa
Written by Tatsuhiko Urahata
Music by Yoko Shimomura
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by Netflix
Original network Tokyo MX, BS11, MBS
Original run July 13, 2018 September 28, 2018
Episodes 12 + 3 OVAs
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Hi Score Girl (ハイスコアガール, Hai Sukoa Gāru) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rensuke Oshikiri. The story revolves around the life of gamer Haruo Yaguchi, the co-op gaming scene, and the changes that develop within both over time. Known as a ’90s arcade romantic comedy, the series is notable for its unique art style, and thoroughly accurate depictions of the multitude of gaming software, hardware, and even culture that are featured. An anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff aired from July to September 2018.


Main characters

Haruo Yaguchi (矢口 春雄, Yaguchi Haruo)
Voiced by: Kohei Amasaki[1] (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch (English)[2]
A young man who is dismal in various facets of life: He's not academic, not athletic, and not very attractive. The only thing he's got going for him is an insane amount of mad gamer skills. He rules the arcade scene as "Beastly Fingers Haruo", until he meets his match during a fateful encounter with Akira Ono while playing Street Fighter II. Undeterred, he seeks to challenge and one day out play her, considering her his rival. While he starts off as a snarky brat with an ego bigger than any winning streak he could rack up in Street Fighter, he eventually grows out of it. However, he never abandons his dedication and love for gaming, which almost borders on unhealthy obsession. On the bright side, this pure passion for gaming is what leads him to finding some of his closest friends.
Akira Ono (大野 晶, Oono Akira)
Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro[1] (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos (English)[2]
The daughter of the Ono zaibatsu, Akira is rich, popular, and multi-talented -- the polar opposite of Haruo. However, in attempt to escape the strict educational regimen she faces at home, she sneaks away every so often to play in game centers where she showcases her exceptional gaming skills. She initially encounters Haruo during a match of Street Fighter II, and from then on bonds with him over their mutual love for gaming. She never talks, and communicates solely through gestures and facial expressions.
Koharu Hidaka (日高 小春, Hidaka Koharu)
Voiced by: Yūki Hirose[1] (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (English)[2]
A girl in Haruo's class throughout junior high. Goes to an all-girl school with Onizuka throughout high school. Previously an introverted girl who spent much of her time studying alone, she develops into a more sociable person and develops an interest in gaming after spending time with Haruo over a new Neo Geo MVS that gets installed in front of her family's store. She has a natural instinct for fighting games, which transforms her into a powerful force to be reckoned with as both a gamer, and a rival for Haruo's affections. After a fateful showdown at her and Haruo's usual stomping grounds, she developed a bit of a sadistic side whenever Haruo's around. This frightening skill garnered the attention of the "Mizonokuchi Force" leader, Nikotama, who helped Koharu truly awaken her love for fighting games.

Other characters

Namie Yaguchi
Voiced by: Satomi Arai[3] (Japanese); Cindy Robinson (English)[2]
Namie is an energetic lady who raises Haruo as a single mom. Despite his shortcomings, she's very supportive of her son in her own quirky and loving manner. Whenever there's company, she's quick to offer her special stack of "Hotcakes Straight From a Manga".
Voiced by: Chō[3] (Japanese); Joseph Whimms (English)[2]
A kind old man who always looks out for Akira's best interests. He is a self-proclaimed pachinko addict, and has a nasty habit of running over Haruo with the family limousine.
Makoto Ono
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki[3] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)[2]
Akira's rebellious elder sister who relinquished her role as rightful heir to the Ono conglomerate to her younger sister. She secretly regretted doing so, having seen the wringer Moemi put her through over several years. She's since lightened up knowing that Akira's found a friend in Haruo through her formerly secret passion for gaming. Makoto has extremely similar features to her younger sister Akira, but none of the discipline and fortitude. Having grown tired of the Spartan upbringing brought upon her by her family name, she now tries to enjoy the wonders of the "outside world" much to the ire of the family tutor, Moemi. As such, she frequently runs into Haruo and his friends after her introduction. She's also on good terms with Haruo's mother, and has become yet another frequent guest of the Yaguchi household.
Moemi Goda
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō[3] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)[2]
The bespectacled official instructor of the Ono household. A totalitarian authoritarian who will stop at nothing to make sure Akira is nothing short of perfect and worthy as an heir to the Ono family name, she is absolutely against any kind of fun within the Ono household, which creates friction amongst its inhabitants. After seeing the effect Haruo's had on Akira and the error of her ways, she begins to relent a little, with an emphasis on the word "little". If one doesn't work hard enough, she piles on more work. If one works too hard, she rewards them by piling on more work.
Genta Doi
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita[3] (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)[2]
Haruo's classmate in 6-2, and again in high school. A snobby kid who tries to come off as cultured and suave, his attempts to woo Akira are met with failure. During high school, he begins to hang around Haruo and Miyao.
Chihiro Onizuka
Voiced by: Daria Mido[3] (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)[2]
A girl who went to school with Haruo from elementary to junior high, then seen at the same all-girl high school with Koharu. She is grotesque in appearance and crass in demeanor, though she apparently isn't self aware of that. She also has a noticeable lisp.
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[4] (Japanese); Joseph Whimms (English)[2]
A guidance counselor at Haruo's middle school, and likes to play video games as well. He resembles Lau Chan from Virtua Fighter.
Kotaro Miyao
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[3] (Japanese); Lucien Dodge (English)[2]
One of Haruo's classmates during junior high and high school who is his best guy friend. He also enjoys arcades, though not to the same degree as Haruo. He has a knack for attracting the ladies, and is quick to pick up on the bizarre love triangle formed by his classmates.
Felicia Nikotama
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa[5]
Daughter of an arcade proprietor, Felicia is the head of the "Mizonokuchi Force", a band of gamers who operate in Kawasaki City. She takes Koharu under her wing after witnessing her skill.
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto[3] (Japanese); Lucien Dodge (English)[2]
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake[5]


Monthly Big Gangan announced in December 2013 that an anime adaptation was green-lit.[6] The anime adaptation was confirmed to be a television series animated by J.C.Staff in March 2018,[3] and aired from July 13 to September 28, 2018. It is directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa and written by Tatsuhiko Urahata, featuring character designs by Michiru Kuwabata, and music by Yoko Shimomura.[7] The opening theme song was performed by Sora Tob Sakana.[8] Netflix streamed the anime in December 24, 2018 with an English dub.[9][10] The series will also receive 3 OVA episodes titled Extra Stage that will premiere on March 20, 2019.[11][5]


It was number two on the 2013 Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.[12] It was also nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō[13] and the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[14] It was number nine in the 2013 Comic Natalie Grand Prize.[15]

As of December 30, 2012, volume 3 has sold 59,016 copies[16] and as of July 7, 2013, volume 4 has sold 103,734 copies.[17]

Legal issues

On August 5, 2014, Osaka District Police searched the offices of Square Enix, the publishers of High Score Girl acting on an IP violation claim by SNK Playmore stating that the manga allegedly features over 100 instances of characters from The King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, and other fighting games.[18] In response, Square Enix voluntarily recalled all printed volumes and temporarily suspended publication of future volumes and digital sales. However, the manga continued its run in Monthly Big Gangan.[19]

In August 2015, it was reported that Square Enix and SNK Playmore had reached a settlement, cancelling the lawsuit and enabling the manga to be sold again in different formats.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b c Sherman, Jennifer (May 24, 2018). "Hi Score Girl Anime Casts Kōhei Amasaki, Sayumi Suzushiro, Yūki Hirose". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Round 1". High Score Girl. Episode 1. USA: Netflix. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Language Cast.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hi Score Girl Anime Reveals 11 More Cast Members, New Visual, July 13 Premiere". Anime News Network. 2018-06-01. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  4. ^ "Yūichi Nakamura, Hiroki Yasumoto Join Cast of Hi Score Girl Anime". Anime News Network. 2018-06-09. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  5. ^ a b c Sherman, Jennifer (2018-12-17). "Hi Score Girl Anime's New Episodes Reveal Cast, March 20 Release". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  6. ^ "Arcade Romantic Comedy Manga Hi Score Girl Gets Anime". Anime News Network. 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  7. ^ "Hi Score Girl Anime's Teaser Video Subtitled in English". Anime News Network. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  8. ^ "Hi Score Girl Manga Gets Anime by J.C. Staff in July". Anime News Network. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  9. ^ Mateo, Alex (2018-08-11). "Netflix to Stream Hi Score Girl Anime in December". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  10. ^ "The List of Anime Coming to Netflix this December 2018!". Anime UK News. 2018-11-20. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  11. ^ Ressler, Karen (2018-09-28). "Hi Score Girl Gets 3 OVA Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  12. ^ "Top Manga Ranked by Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2013 Voters". Anime News Network. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  13. ^ "Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary Wins 6th Manga Taisho Award". Anime News Network. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  14. ^ "17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  15. ^ "Nami Sano's Sakamoto desu ga? Manga Wins Comic Natalie Grand Prize". Anime News Network. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  16. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 24-30". Anime News Network. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  17. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 1-7". Anime News Network. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  18. ^ "Police Search Square Enix Due to Manga Allegedly Violating SNK's Copyrights". Anime News Network. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  19. ^ "Hi Score Girl Manga Recalled After SNK's Copyright Charges". Anime News Network. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  20. ^ "『ハイスコアガール』を巡っての紛争で、スクウェア・エニックスとSNKプレイモアとのあいだで和解が成立". Famitsu. August 26, 2015. Archived from the original on August 26, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  21. ^ "Square Enix, SNK Playmore Settle Claims Over Hi Score Girl Manga". Anime News Network. August 26, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.

External links

  • High Score Girl at Square Enix (in Japanese)
  • Hi Score Girl Anime Official Site (in Japanese)
  • Hi Score Girl (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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