HiScore Girl and the Gaming Culture in Japan

This anime’s main story line is based off of games and specifically the ones played at arcades. Although the relationship between the two main characters starts of tense as they are very competitive while playing, they end up enjoying each other’s company. Hence, their meeting and friendship both would not have occurred if it weren’t for their mutual love of playing games. It is also gaming which contributes to the continuation of the relationship between the two characters as Harou vows to get better at playing one of the games so he can beat her when they meet again.

Watching this anime gave me a chance not only to learn about the popularity of gaming in Japan, but also to get to know the games that were the most popular in Japan. The only games that I believe that I have heard of or seen before are Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, Otherwise, this was my first time ever hearing about or seeing any of the other games. Angus did mention that all of the games included in this anime are real games. I believe this helps the anime as some people who have played these games before will enjoy being able to relate to it and it might even bring back feelings of nostalgia. I was personally not able to relate in this way as as I said, I have only ever heard of two of these games.

I had no idea how popular gaming is in Japan and so I decided to conduct a research about this topic after I was done watching the episodes. Even though mobile gaming and handheld console gaming have been all the rage and generated the largest amount of money for Japan recently, arcades remain very popular as well (1, 2). Another thing that I came to know from my research is that a lot of the video game companies like Nintendo and Sega are based there (3, 4).


1: https://www.japan-zone.com/features/022_why_gaming_is_different_in_japan.shtml

2: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-04052-8_62

3: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/corporate/en/history/index.html

4: https://web.archive.org/web/20120824130011/http://www.ign.com/articles/2009/04/21/ign-presents-the-history-of-sega

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