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.