Hi-Score Stereotypes

This week I indulged in the first four episodes of the 2018 anime, ‘Hi-Score Girl’. The series explores several adventures undertaken by a young girl and boy who build a relationship through their love for arcade/video games in Japan in 1991. Though this was my first time delving into the genre, I surprisingly enjoyed anime more than I originally anticipated (maybe I judged to early, because this was within the first episodes opening credits).Screen Shot 2020-09-02 at 10.52.55 am

Within the first scenes of the first episode, the issue of gender stereotyping caught my attention. Haruo assumes that because Akira is a female and also comes for a wealthy background she shouldn’t be nearly as good at video games as she is.

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“She’s not the kind of girl that comes here”, a quote from Haruo further portrays the idea, that because Akira comes from a more upper class background with very good grades she doesn’t…

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