Hi Score Girl

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Hi Score Girl
Hi Score Girl vol 1 cover.png
Cover of the first tankōbon volume of Hi Score Girl, featuring Haruo Yaguchi (left) and Akira Ono (right)
(Hai Sukoa Gāru)
GenreRomantic comedy
Written byRensuke Oshikiri
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
Square Enix Manga & Books
MagazineMonthly Big Gangan
Original runOctober 25, 2010September 25, 2018
Anime television series
Directed byYoshiki Yamakawa
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byYoko Shimomura
StudioJ.C.Staff (production)
SMDE (animation)[1]
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, BS11
Original run July 13, 2018 December 20, 2019
Episodes21 + 3 OVAs
Hi Score Girl DASH
Written byRensuke Oshikiri
Published bySquare Enix
MagazineMonthly Big Gangan
Original runDecember 25, 2019 – present

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 that ran from October 2010 to September 2018. The story revolves around the life of gamer Haruo Yaguchi, the coin-op gaming setting (most notably fighting games), the changes that develop within both over time, and his relationship with quiet female gamer Akira Ono. Known as a 1990s arcade romantic comedy, the series is notable for its unique art style, and accurate depictions of the multitude of gaming software, hardware, and even culture that are featured. An anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff and SMDE aired from July to September 2018.[2] A second season aired from October to December 2019.[3]


Haruo Yaguchi (矢口 春雄, Yaguchi Haruo)
Voiced by: Kōhei Amasaki[4] (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch (English)[5]
A young man who is dismal in various facets of life: He's not academic, not athletic, and not conventionally attractive. The only thing he has going for him is an affinity for gaming. 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 outplay her, considering her his rival. While he starts off as a snarky brat with an ego, 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, Ōno Akira)
Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro[4] (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos (English)[5]
The daughter of the Ono Zaibatsu, Akira is rich, popular, and multi-talented – the polar opposite of Haruo. In attempt to escape the strict educational regimen she faces at home, she sneaks away every so often to play in arcades where she showcases her exceptional gaming ability. 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. She also appears as a guest support character in Million Arthur: Arcana Blood.[6]
Koharu Hidaka (日高 小春, Hidaka Koharu)
Voiced by: Yūki Hirose[4] (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (English)[5]
A girl who was introduced as a junior high classmate of Haruo's before attending an all-girl high school with Onizuka, initially introverted and spending much of her time studying alone before spending time with Haruo after her family store acquired a Neo Geo MVS. She became a more sociable person with an interest in gaming after spending time, her natural instinct for fighting games making her a force to be reckoned with. After a fateful showdown at her and Haruo's usual stomping grounds and due to her jealous nature, she developed a bit of a sadistic side whenever Haruo's around. Her skills garnered the attention of the "Mizonokuchi Force" leader, Nikotama, who helped Koharu truly awaken her love for fighting games. She ends up becoming a middle school teacher in the sequel series Hi Score Girl DASH.
Kotaro Miyao (宮尾 光太郎, Miyao Kōtarō)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[7] (Japanese); Lucien Dodge (English)[5]
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.
Genta Doi (土井 玄太, Doi Genta)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita[7] (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)[5]
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.
Moemi Goda (業田 萌美, Gōda Moemi)
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō[7] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)[5]
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.
Chihiro Onizuka (鬼塚 ちひろ, Onizuka Chihiro)
Voiced by: Daria Mido[7] (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)[5]
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.
Namie Yaguchi (矢口 なみえ, Yaguchi Namie)
Voiced by: Satomi Arai[7] (Japanese); Cindy Robinson (English)[5]
Namie is the energetic Mom who raises Haruo. (The disposition of Yagouchi's father is totally unknown and deliberately never mentioned in the show or anime; he may be deceased, divorced or perhaps simply absent due to work.) 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".
Jiya (じいや, Jiya)
Voiced by: Chō[7] (Japanese); Joe Ochman (English)[5]
An elderly man that works as Akira's chauffeur. He is a self-proclaimed pachinko addict, and has a nasty habit of running over Haruo with the family limousine.
Makoto Ono (大野 真, Ōno Makoto)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki[7] (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)[8]
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 sister 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.
Numata (沼田先生, Numata)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[9] (Japanese); Joe Ochman (English)[5]
A guidance counselor at Haruo's middle school, and likes to play video games as well. He resembles Lau Chan from Virtua Fighter.
Felicia Nikotama (二子玉川 フェリシア, Nikotamagawa Felicia)
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa[10] (Japanese); Reba Buhr (English)[8]
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.
Aulbath Ōimachi
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima[11] (Japanese); Erik Scott Kimerer (English)
Sagat Takdanobaba
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[11] (Japanese); Tony Azzolino (English)
Blanka Kuhombutsu
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[11] (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)
Sasquatch Tamagawagakuenmae
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[11]



Oshikiri launched the manga in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan on October 25, 2010, and ended its serialization on September 25, 2018 in the tenth 2018 issue of the magazine.[12] The series has been published in ten tankōbon volumes, with the first volume released on February 25, 2012,[13] and the tenth and final volume released on March 25, 2019.[14] Square Enix Manga & Books licensed the manga in English, with the first volume released on February 25, 2020.[15] The December 2019 issue of Monthly Big Gangan announced that a spinoff manga titled Hi Score Girl DASH focusing on Koharu Hidaka, now a middle school teacher, would be in the magazine's next issue on December 25.[16]


Monthly Big Gangan announced in December 2013 that an anime adaptation was green-lit.[17] The anime adaptation was confirmed to be a television series animated by SMDE,[1] with production by J.C. Staff, in March 2018,[7] 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.[18] The series' opening theme song "New Stranger" was performed by Sora tob sakana, while the series' ending theme song "Hōkago Distraction" was performed by Etsuko Yakushimaru.[19] Netflix streamed the anime on December 24, 2018 with an English dub.[20][21] The series received 3 OVA episodes titled Extra Stage that premiered on March 20, 2019.[22][10]

A second, nine episode long season aired from October 25 to December 20, 2019, with the staff and cast reprising their roles.[23] The second season's opening theme song "Flash" was performed by Sora tob sakana, while the second season's ending theme song "Unknown World Map" was performed by Etsuko Yakushimaru.[24][25] Season 2 premiered on Netflix on April 9, 2020 outside of Japan and China.[26]


It was number two on the 2013 Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.[27] It was also nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō[28] and the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[29] It was number nine in the 2013 Comic Natalie Grand Prize.[30]

As of December 30, 2012, volume 3 has sold 59,016 copies[31] and as of July 7, 2013, volume 4 has sold 103,734 copies.[32]

Legal issues[edit]

On August 5, 2014, Osaka District Police searched the offices of Square Enix, the publishers of Hi 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.[33] 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.[34]

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.[35][36]


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