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Hi Score Girl Anime to Have U.S. Premiere at Otakon

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Convention premiere slated for 1 month after Japanese broadcast premiere


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Warner Bros. Anime announced during its Anime Expo panel on Thursday that the first two episodes of the television anime adaptation of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga will premiere in the U.S. at Otakon 2018, which will be held from August 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event will host special guests for the screening.

The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS11 on July 13 at 24:30 (effectively on July 14 at 12:30 a.m.), before airing later that evening on MBS. Warner Bros. Anime did not mention streaming at the panel.

Yoshiki Yamakawa (Hells, Kill Me Baby, Little Busters!) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff. Tatsuhiko Urahata (Hajime no Ippo, Saki, Tsuredure Children) is in charge of series composition. Michiru Kuwabata (Penguin no Mondai, Danchi Tomoo) is drawing the character designs. Yūsuke Suzuki is the CG director. Yoko Shimomura (Street Fighter II, Final Fight, Final Fantasy XV, Napping Princess) is composing the music. Yuji Matsukura is credited for animation supervision. Tomoyasu Sakakibara (Monster Strike The Movie, Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic) is credited as CGI producer, and Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment is credited for CGI.

sora tob sakana is performing the opening theme song "New Stranger." Etsuko Yakushimaru is performing the ending theme song "Hōkago Distraction" (Afterschool Distraction).

The story of the "90s arcade romantic comedy" manga begins in 1991, during the heyday of the 2D fighting game boom. Sixth-grader Haruo spends practically his entire day at an arcade in the seedy part of town, oblivious to the world around him. However, one day at his usual arcade, he encounters Akira, his female classmate with good grades and money. She may look out of place at the arcade, but she is actually a top-class gamer. Akira completely outmatches Haruo in one Street Fighter II round after another, and their relationship develops from this unlikely encounter.

Source: Warner Bros. Anime's Anime Expo panel (Kyle Cardine)


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