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Score: 8.27/10

Synopsis

he year is 1996, and second-year high school students Haruo Yaguchi, Akira Oono, and Koharu Hidaka live their lives as passionately about video games as they were five years ago. Brought together by arcade games, what began as a healthy rivalry and friendship has turned into something more. As they endeavour towards understanding their unfamiliar feelings, they work with allies, navigate high school, and find that, although life has its many challenges, there's always a game or two they can rely on. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

High Score Girl II (2019)

Well, what can be said about this but it for me is a 10/10.

The show picks up right after the ‘Extra Stage’ and the story is just spectacular. It may not seem so since it is about video gaming in one sense. But this is really just a sideline matter since it really is a coming of age romance.

The show has Haruo and Akira going through what can be only seen as the pivotal moment in their lives. They live in completely different worlds with the responsibility she holds and his immaturity. They go through some pretty intense situations that bring many emotions forward. Koharu also brings out her feelings openly towards Haruo. The story has a spectacular finale that really pulls the strings of the heart. You are on the edge of your seat waiting for the pivot of the episode that you hope ends as you want it too.

The show is a CGI show that many would complain about. This however actually fits really well with the show. The crazy on-screen situations occurring because of the video games makes this work. It wouldn’t also be right if it didn’t because games like ‘Street Fighter’ are not done in the way of traditional anime but in a more CGI format look.

The OP for the show is great. The ED is spectacular, ‘Unknown World Map by Etsuko Yakushimaru’ really is so fitting for the show. It is a great song too now on my personal playlist. I hope that she continues to do anime.

Characters are pretty much as before but that is perfect. They are growing though, they change in as many ways as they don’t. It is more you can just begin to see the more honest side of them.

Akira is the most outstanding of the characters in that for a girl that doesn’t speak you start to feel like Haruo in that you can almost hear her speaking like he does to understand her. Her emotions are just laid bare. Thankfully we have Koharu to keep reminding Haruo of a girl’s feelings that he misunderstands.

The show is just so enjoyable. Each episode had something new and unexpected and was tense and emotional. The show did not disappoint and is a triumph.

Since this catches up the Manga it is the end. There is a new one ‘High Score Girl Dash’ that is about Koharu when she is a middle school teacher in the future. Hopefully, we get closure on Akira and Haruo in this.

An OVA would be welcomed that shows the finale a few years later with its ultimate conclusion. That said I did wish for that with ‘Toradora!’ yet I still wait. You can also free High Score Girl 2 anime watch online and free download.

The high hats of the journeys of both Haruo Yaguchi and Akira Oono in Season 1, now include love-game rival Koharu Hidaka, that have been riled up in the Extra Stage moments, that all in all, have descended onto the continuation that is Season 2. Going through their torment of first-year high school which has concluded most of their misunderstandings and such in Season 1, here they are in the mid-90s 32-bit console era (of the PlayStation and Saturn), where the stakes have went higher, both in game and in real life. As both Oono and Hidaka fight it out for the right to be the naive boy's girlfriend, Haruo is beginning to wonder that more than his gamer skills to pit against Oono, could he still possibly notice the battle of love between both girls and take charge before all hell goes loose. And I'd have to say that the romance aspect really takes up a notch here as the three kids age, so do their dreams and ambitions that could change within the short span of time. Most particularly for Oono, her family situation hasn't been the best from Season 1's build-up that slowly saw her getting more spoiled, and then forcing her to follow family protocol like she doesn't have a choice of rebuttal to conform to. Coming from Season 1, she has been pretty much quiet for the most part, but when with either Haruo or Hidaka, only does she respond like a human in her robot state. Haruo is always playing his gamer face as usual following Season 1, as games get more bigger and complex that turns his heads 360 degrees around for the latest trends. Same for Hidaka, as her love for Haruo grows stronger, so does the objective to defeat Oono with her much improved skillsets, and understanding the bond between the inseparable duo. This love triangle sure burns brighter than the sun....and the hotter it gets, the love shines forth. As for the other aspects, for veterans of the previous season, the CGI isn't too daunting this time, and I've just gotta give a shout-out to the animators over at Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment (or SMDE for short) managed to do a great job knowing how Season 1 turned out, and refined the missing pointers for improvement towards the sequel for a better experience, especially the arcade games and such. J.C.Staff's production standards still stands on par with Season 1, so it isn't a big surprise to see it withstand pretty greatly. What is a change though, is the music department. Obviously being a new season and such, the relevant music artists came back with another new song in their catalogue, and I'm afraid to say that while group artist sora tob sakana's 2nd OP is good, the 1st OP is infinitely better IMO, while Etsuko Yakushimaru this time, managed to top her own 1st ED song with the 2nd ED that are both great. This journey overall has been a fabulous one, and to think that this series spanned 1.5 years from start to finish really shows a lot about the dedication to a fast-dying genre, while keeping it modern. This show truly is a blessing not just as nostalgia but also to people who'd wanna see the replicas of the time of the 90s in anime form (that sadly no longer hooks). Instant recommendation for a binge if you're finally wanting to watch this all the way through.

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