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‘High Score Girl’ OVA Begins Netflix Distribution

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The year is 1991 and 6th grader Yaguchi Haruo only has video games to live for.
© Oshkiri Rinsuke / SQUARE ENIX · High Score Girl Production Committee

The summer 2018 anime series High Score Girl had its December 24th, 2018 debut on Netflix for English-speaking fans but there’s more to come from Japan still. The project received an order of additional episodes that arrived today on March 20th, 2019 in Japan on Netflix and worldwide as well, making for some great new content to soak up for fans.

The three new episodes are listed as episodes thirteen through fifteen. It’s also getting a home video release that will be priced at 9,800 yen called High Score Girl Extra Stage which comes with a little more manga from the original creator.

Yoshiki Yamakawa directed it while Tatsuhiko Urahata worked on the series composition while Michiru Kuwabata adapted the character designs. JC Staff is in charge of the animation production.

The Japanese cast includes Kohei Amasaki as Haruo Yaguchi, Sayumi Suzushiro as Akira Ono, and Yuki Hirose as Koharu Hidaka, Kazuyuki Okitsu as Koutarou Miyao, Daiki Yamashita as Kenta Doi, Dario Midou as Chihiro Onizuka, Satomi Arai as Namie Yaguchi, Shizuka Ito as Moemi Gouda, Chō as Jiiya, Chinatsu Akasaki as Makoto Oono, Tomokazu Sugita as Grade School Homeroom Teacher, Kana Ueda as Tohno-sensei, Taketora as Koharu’s Father, and And Hōchū Ōtsuka as the Narrator.

Etsuko Yakushimaru is handling the ending theme song for the series with her song “Hokago Distraction” being used for it.

The manga series from Rensuke Oshikiri has been on an odd journey overall as it’s something you don’t hear happening too often out of Japan for a number of legal reasons. Oshikiri’s series High Score Girl began back in 2010 and had an anime adaptation announced in late 2013 with what was believed to be a 2014 debut. Little happening in regards to that series for awhile – no staff or cast were ever revealed – and then the manga series itself went on hiatus in 2014 due to publisher Square Enix being sued over the use of characters that SNK Playmore owned within the book in May 2014.

And then back in 2015, it looked like everything had been resolved as Square Enix has announced that they’re going to pursue “collaborative opportunities” with SNK Playmore and SNK Playmore has dropped its complaint.

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Plot concept: The year is 1991 and 6th grader Yaguchi Haruo only has video games to live for. He’s not popular in school and he’s neither handsome, funny, nice nor even friendly. The only thing he has going for him is that he is good at video games. One day at the local arcade, he plays Oono Akira, a fellow classmate but who’s popular, smart, pretty and a rich girl that absolutely destroys him at Street Fighter II. Not only does he lose to her 30 times in a row, he can’t beat her at any game. Haruo can’t seem to shake Akira off as she follows him from arcade to arcade everyday after school and beats him every time. As weird as it sounds, the odd couple begins a strange bond and friendship.

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