‘Hi Score Girl’ not totally foreign


This week’s viewing of Hi Score Girl (ハイスコアガール) was my first experience sitting down with purpose and watching an anime series. This isn’t a genre I would probably reach for again for casual viewing, but I LOVED the animation style and I’m glad to have had the experience.

ハイスコアガール | Netflix

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Main characters (left to right): Koharu, Haruo and Akira

Even though I wasn’t involved in the video game culture of the early 90s, I felt incredibly nostalgic watching this series. Despite the very ‘Japanese’ characteristics and aesthetic of the Hi Score Girl series, I was also struck by the many parallels to English-language cartoons and references to Western history and pop-culture.

Three key ideas emerged this week looking back through my live tweets:

  1. Similarity to Western cartoon genre
  2. References to American history and culture
  3. Strong sense of nostalgia

Cartoons genre

Very mature-aged themes were mentioned in the television show despite…

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