Hi Score Girl Season 2 brings more arcade fun to Netflix

Apr 08 2020 4 min read

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It's not every day you get to enjoy a show that gives an authentic representation of the good old arcade days. Yet, Netflix will have thunder strike twice as the second season of gamer themed anime Hi Score Girl, makes its debut on April 9, 2020.

If you haven't seen the first season or never heard of it before, then you're probably wondering, "why all the fuss?" Well, Hi-Score Girl is a love letter to gamers, especially members of the FGC. It's a romantic comedy (don't run off just yet) about a young boy named Haruo Yaguchi that dreams of becoming a great gamer. He even has Street Fighter's Guile pop up now and then as a representation of his conscience.

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Set in Japan, the year is 1991, and Haruo thinks he's made significant progress towards his dream until he meets a mysterious girl, Akira Ono, who shows him he's still got a lot to learn. That first encounter sparks the flames of a fierce rivalry (for him anyway) that paves the way for a lot more emotion and drama.

The anime is based on the Japanese manga written and illustrated by Rensuke Oshikiri. Published by Square Enix, the series ran for almost eight years from October 2010 to September 2018. The anime aired in Japan from July to September 2018, was produced by anime studio J.C. Staff and started streaming outside Japan on December 24, 2018, via Netflix.

Now the big deal about the show, the reason why everyone in the FGC needs to watch it, or at least read the manga, is because of how authentic it is. Don't get me wrong, the story still features several anime tropes that some of us are already tired of, but its how accurately the manga and anime portray gaming culture in the early 90s that makes it a gem. 

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The show oozes nostalgia at every turn, from the way Street Fighter II dominated arcades to the advancements in gaming consoles and the community's desire to "get good" before the advent of the internet and online play. I could go on and on, but I wouldn't want to spoil the show for you, so I'll try to keep my gushing praise to a minimum.

Even though the anime is set in Japan, fans like myself that lived half-way across the world can still relate to it all. The crowds full of kids of all ages (and a few adults), waiting somewhat patiently for their turn. Remembering all the noise and the sharing (plus hoarding) of game secrets and lore always brings a smile to my face when I'm reminded of how things were. These places gave birth to many of the FGC legends we have today, like Alex "CaliPower" Valle and Ryan "Prodigal Son" Hart. Planted the seeds that grew into major events like Evolution Championship Series.

Arcades were like our second home, a place we would run to every chance we got. Even when we didn't have the money to buy tokens or had already spent it all, we would still hang around to see other play styles. We would spend hours trying to figure out what we were doing wrong and determine ways to improve our game. I was a small kid back then, and I'm not ashamed to admit how much fun it was to beat the bigger and older kids. It felt empowering as if I had finally risen to their level.

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Watching Hi Score Girl was all about the nostalgia for me in the beginning, but that's what the show used to rope me in. I no longer cared about the tropes and cliches. I cared about the characters because they reminded me of myself, my friends, and other kids I grew up with. I know, I've probably begun to romanticize, so I'll stop before its too late.

However, if I have managed to spark your interest, give Hi Score Girl a try. With many cities on lockdown and numerous people stuck at home, now's the perfect time to give the show a chance to win you over. Better yet, once you've finished binging season one, season two will be ready and waiting by tomorrow.

So, enjoy the show and stay safe.

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