The Summer 2018 anime High Score Girl had its U.S. screening premiere at anime and game convention Otakon, which was held in Washington DC from 9 to 12 August 2018. High Score Girl is based on Rensuke Oshikiri’s self-proclaimed ’90s arcade romantic comedy’ manga High Score Girl that is currently being published in Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan.
J.C.Staff’s producer Yuji Matsukura and Square Enix’s producer Yasutaka Kimura were there to celebrate this great event with the fans on site. The screening started off with questions for the two special guests and an introduction of High Score Girl. Matsukura explained, ‘This series takes place during the 1990s when the game Street Fighter II became popular. Have you ever played Street Fighter II?’ Only a few people in the audience answered which Matsukura then countered with, ‘I see, perhaps because you are all a little younger than me [laugh]. But that’s okay.’ Kimura was pretty impressed that there were many fans even though High Score Girl‘s English translation has not yet been released in North America.
The host of this event then asked Kimura about the manga’s author, Rensuke Oshikiri, ‘Oshikiri is a creator and also a big game fan. He has got skills to participate in tournaments in Japan to win the championship. That is why the anime takes up on a lot of advice from Oshikiri.’
Matsukura talked about the creators that got involved with the series. ‘Yoshiki Yamakawa, who had a lot of success with Danmachi is the director. We were also able to ask Yoko Shimomura, who has composed many game songs, to work with us. We really were able to gather the best staff.’ The host asked the two guests about the method of fusing J.C.Staff’s animation and SMDE’s CG. Matsukura said, ‘About the scenes of the games, we wanted to faithfully reproduce the atmosphere of the arcade games of those days. I myself love games and therefore I wanted to produce something I have experienced into an anime. I thought that I wanted to convey the real atmosphere to younger generations who don’t know arcade games and so we came up with the means to incorporate the actual game screens into the animation. That is why CGI is such an indispensable technology.’
Two surprise videos were shown. The first one was a video comment from author Rensuke Oshikiri saying, ‘Hello everyone in America. There are many games of the 90s appearing in this series that is about romance through games. It is a series that can be enjoyed by game lovers and lovers of love stories. The second video included a message for the North American fans by Kohei Amasaki, who voices Haruo, and Sayumi Suzushiro, who voices Akira.’
At last, the first episode was shown and the screening ended in great success, filled with laughter and applause. The venue was fascinated by the faithfully reproduced game machines and screens. The scenes of Haruo getting beaten by Akira and Akira’s face that doesn’t express any words made the audience laugh. Surprisingly, the scene where the most people in the audience laughed was when game commands were displayed. Fans enjoy the reproduced games and the beginning of this boy-meets-girl love story.
The anime High Score Girl will air overseas this December 2018!
High Score Girl
Summer 2018 | Anime Info