Hi Score Girl: Extra Stage

OVA (3 eps x 25 min)
4.004 out of 5 from 1,772 votes
Rank #989

Stranded out late with Akira, Haruo asks his mother to help him find a place to stay. Hidaka visits Haruo's house to lend him her PlayStation console.

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The only rational for these episodes being an OVA is that the show was canceled, and then uncanceled in a matter of weeks. Story - 4/10 Our first season ended with an ultimatum, where Hidaka challenged Yaguchi to a rematch, and if she beat him they’d get to date, but if she lost she’d drop the subject. Somehow this became a strange OVA trio, where if the viewer didn’t realize these existed they’d go into a second season completely blind. In the three episodes we didn’t get much of a story, once again Oono is scolded by her tutor and banned from going out or playing video games, though she gets one final day out with Yaguchi that basically mimics the episodes where she ran away.  In the middle episode we finally get the showdown between Hidaka and Yaguchi, which mostly focuses on the lengths Hidaka went to in order to become better. They did a good job of making their duels seem like an anticipated sporting event, where you really don’t know what’s going to happen. Unfortunately in the episode’s conclusion they did a lot to burn down these characters you’ve spent the last few hours learning to love, instead making them all seem like jerks. The final installment was an episode that found a way of perfectly melding the video game aspect of this series with elements from a more traditional drama series. Instead of someone making their love a cake or a beautiful painting, Yaguchi does what he does best, makes Oono a custom RPG for her to enjoy. Oono responds to this gesture by doing what she does best, using Yaguchi to get what she wants, namely a ticket to the big video game convention in town. These stories weren’t bad, but most of it felt unneeded, outside of the second episode. As much as I enjoyed some of the scenes within the series involving the gameplay and explanation of different video games, I think these side stories could have been squeezed in there to much greater effect. Animation - 7/10 Sound - 8/10 Characters - 3/10 I feel like all the characters lost a step in these episodes. Yaguchi starts to act even more like a blind jerk towards Hidaka, Oono is her usual psychopathic and selfish self, and even Hidaka becomes an obsessive nut job who is most likely going to boil Yaguchi’s NeoGeo in the upcoming season. Overall - 4/10 Two of the three episodes come across as what you would normally find in an OVA listing, basically fun throw away episodes that don’t have much impact on the series, though I guess the introduction of Oono’s older sister, or the loosening of the reigns by Ms. Moemi, may effect the second season. But having that middle episode here just doesn’t fit, as it’s important to the story and should have been either the finale to season one, or the start of season two. Instead this comes across as the creators dropping these out there on their own, hoping viewers don’t forget the series during its extended hiatus.

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