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Etsuko Yakushimaru Performs Hi Score Girl II Anime's Ending Theme Song

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Visuals, video preview season premiering on October 25

The official Twitter account for the anime of Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga revealed on Monday that Etsuko Yakushimaru will return to perform the ending song "Unknown World Map" for Hi Score Girl II, the anime's second season. Yakushimaru previously performed the ending song "Hōkago Distraction" (Afterschool Distraction) for the first season. The account also revealed a special illustration of Yakushimaru by Oshikiri, as well as a new visual for the anime's new season.

Additionally, the account began streaming a new web commercial for the season on Friday. The video previews sora tob sakana's opening song "flash" for the upcoming season.

The nine-episode second season will premiere on Tokyo MX on October 25 at 25:05 (effectively October 26 at 1:05 a.m.), before debuting later that night on MBS and BS11. The series will stream on Netflix. The first anime season's episodes 13-15 will also make their television debut on Tokyo MX on October 4 at 25:05 (effectively October 5 at 1:05 a.m.), and they will also air on MBS and BS11.

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.

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 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 March 20 along with a new eight-page manga by Oshikiri. The new episodes also began streaming on Netflix on the same day.

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 in September 2018.

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

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