Anime Reviews May 17, 2019 9:26:59 GMT -5
Post by Woody Alien on May 17, 2019 9:26:59 GMT -5
Just got through 12 episodes of this, and it's super cute. As it is, the story spans from 1991 - 1995, as an elementary school student develops a bond with a female classmate over playing arcade games like Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight. It really captures that golden age of gaming from PC-Engine to Playstation and Sega Saturn. The dynamic is pretty hilarious. And hilariously enough, the female lead never speak. Not a word. Her awkwardness and propensity for violence reminds me of my wife in a lot of ways. Even tense and emotional moments are met with slapstick hilarity. I can't imagine any hardcore gamer not liking this series.
I started watching it today and got to episode 6 (or "Round" as they're called) or halfway the 1st season, but I have more mixed feelings about it.
Naturally all the references to famous and obscure games and consoles, plus the image of Japan's arcade and gaming culture from the early 90s is the most interesting thing, but for the rest I didn't find it all that compelling. The characters are a bit stereotyped and annoying (and the ugly character design and cel shading don't help matters), and the titular Hi Score Girl who "speaks" by punching and pinching the male lead is an archetype that I never found especially funny.
The protagonist having Guile and other game characters as his voice of conscience could be a fun and interesting idea, but it's underused and it's never as funny as it could be.
I'm going to watch it to the end but just to see which other games and consoles will appear next.
EDIT: the scene where the protagonist and his other girl friend play Mortal Kombat is especially surreal. Basically you have two Japanese super-deformed characters rendered in cel-shaded CG playing as realistic digitized American people as 2D sprites. Cool huh?