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Hi Score Girl Anime Gets 2nd Season in October

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Cast, staff return, but with new character modeling director

The official website for the anime of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga announced on Thursday that production on a second season titled Hi Score Girl II has been green-lit for an October television premiere. The announcement was first made earlier in the day at the "Hi Score Girl Round 13-15 Screening & Cast Talk Show" in Tokyo. The site is streaming an English-subtitled video.

The visual above emulates the Akira Yasuda's (Akiman) famous brochure art for the Street Fighter II: The World Warrior game.

The staff of the previous season will return, but Yūya Hatano is replacing Eri Sekido as character modeling director. The cast is also returning from both the first season and the original video anime.

The first season premiered on television in Japan last July. Netflix began streaming the show outside of Japan on December 24.

The original video anime (OVA) episodes shipped on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Japan on Wednesday along with a new eight-page manga by Oshikiri. The new episodes also began streaming on Netflix on the same day.

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.

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.

Oshikiri's original manga ended last September.

Sources: Hi Score Girl anime's website, Comic Natalie

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