Hi Score Girl

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Charming anime mixes comedy, romance, and violence.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

People game for different reasons, sometimes to escape reality. "Don't judge a book by its cover" is the main theme of the series. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Haruo is from a middle class background and has some growing up to do. Akira is wealthy, smart, pretty, and popular. Through patience and communication, they start to understand each other better. 

Violence

Contains fantasy violence, ranging from violent video games being played, to kids being punched, kicked in the groin and head, thrown across the room, and slamming against game consoles. Blood is shown pouring out of noses and other injuries. There are some occasional scary (albeit cartoonish) images, too. 

Sex

Some innocent romantic awakenings are stirred when Haruo and Akira’s relationship grows. 

Language

Words like "hell" and "dang it" are used. 

Consumerism

The Street Fighter video game franchise is prominently featured as an important part of the storyline. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking is visible among adults. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hi Score Girl is a Japanese anime comedy series about a young gamer who meets his match. It features lots of fantasy violence, ranging from video game fighting matches and teenagers kicking, punching, and shoving, to grotesque images of angry expressions and scary monsters. Most of this, though, is presented in silly, cartoonish ways. Romance is a theme, but it's more innocent and quirky than sexual. Words like "hell" are sometimes used, and on occasion adults are shown smoking cigarettes. The popular Street Fighter video game franchise is featured. 

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Adult Written bywizardortitan April 24, 2020

Some strong language in the subtitled version of the second season

While the dubbed version of both seasons contains only mild language, the official subtitles on Netflix for the second season include some occasional stronger l... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 3, 2020

Awesome anime!

Yes, I believe there is some cursing, maybe just in the dubs? But overall it is an amazing anime. First of all, it portrays manners and to be respectful also wh... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the popular Japanese manga series of the same name, HI SCORE GIRL is an anime series about a young gamer who meets and befriends his unexpected match. It’s 1991, and Haruo Yagushi is a sixth grader who is bad at school and sports, but considers himself the best gamer at the local coin-operated video arcade. But his life suddenly changes when the popular Akira Oono, his beautiful, rich, and intelligent classmate, shows up at the arcade and beats him at his favorite game, Street Fighter II. Soon the two forge a strange, rocky relationship that centers around their love for video games, and perhaps for each other. 

Is it any good?

This series offers lots of goofy moments as the two young gamers find a connection that goes beyond video games. The story is told from Haruo’s point of view, which leads to lots of humor as he slowly comes to terms with the fact that Akira is his equal in the gaming world, and that he might even like her. Meanwhile, as the rather-reserved Akira slowly reveals details about herself, it becomes less difficult to understand why the two are able to relate so well to each other. Hi Score Girl is an entertainingly odd twist on a romantic comedy, but one that teen anime fans may find appealing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the Hi Score Girl manga (graphic novels). What makes this story different from other anime series you may have seen? 

  • Haruo and Akira are two very different people, but what things do they have in common? What does Haruo learn about himself as he continues his friendship with Akira? Does Akira change after meeting him? How?

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