Here is a show on my Fall 2014 backlog I wanted to get back to at some point. This is Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girls. The other motivation for this review was to celebrate the announcement of the PS Vita collaboration game, Hyperdimension Neptunia vs Sega Hard Girls.
Themes: Video Games, School
Number of episodes: 13 (11 minutes)
Plot Summary: The story revolves around three anthropomorphized Sega consoles, Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive, who have just enrolled in SeHaGaga Academy at Tokyo’s Haneda Ōtorii station. They are given an assignment needed to graduate by a suspicious teacher, and to clear this assignment, the girls need to enter the world of Sega games from the past and future. The girls must must earn 100 medals to graduate.
Similar to the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise, the Sega Hard Girls are anthropomorphic goddess versions of Sega consoles, add-ons and accessories from the first one all the way to the Dreamcast, which a complete list of the girls can be found here.
The show’s plot is as simple as the plot summary described, the three starring SeHa girls must travel to different Sega games from past and future, complete the goals given by the mysterious tutor and get 100 medals in order to graduate. That’s it.
Before going further this will be the first time I cover this part of the review so soon. The animation quality. See, the entire show is in CG from start to finish. Right down to the game worlds the girls enter, which are either presented in gameplay clips or the SeHa girls entering the worlds. Viewers need keep in mind the graphics are exactly as they were in the games themselves. Meaning that when the girls visit the Space Channel 5 and Jet Set Radio worlds the animation is the way it is on purpose. Whether the viewer can tolerate it or not depends on their stance on Japanese TV CG.
I mentioned the game world and character graphics being the way they are on purpose because this show is an homage, brief history lesson and commercial for all things Sega. There is a reference in every corner of the classroom. First time I noticed a show with Sega references was Ben-To (Fun anime Ben-To) except here 90% of the plot revolves around Sega references. The references even cover part of the voice acting and soundtrack with tunes and voice clips from several games used for both recurring characters and background music. This means that apart from the SeHa girls and the mysterious 8-bit instructor the other characters who are voiced use sound clips. For example, Virtua Fighter 2’s Jeffry Mcwild’s only lines of dialogue are his grunts, groans and quotes taken from said game, as is his character model.
The game got me to download Chain Chronicle on my Android so I guess it did its job.
The show’s flow has the girls visiting different game worlds and reacting as if they were video game fans getting to be part of said world and it I freely admit it would be pretty cool to get to visit some of these and be part of the action rather than pressing buttons on a controller to my character around.
As for the girls themselves: Dreamcast-san is the cheerful one, Saturn-san is the tsundere and Mega Drive-san is the calm/stoic one. Sadly the other SeHa girls are relegated to picture cameos in one particular episode. I would have liked to have seen Genesis-san since it is the only Sega console I owned. Never did get a Saturn or Dreamcast and even though I love video games I am not a collector so I do not plan on getting them in the future…but again, Chain Chronicle since Phantasy Star Online 2 is still Japan only as of this writing (Missing out on the Yuru Yuri costumes).
Overall the show is what it is and does not do more than that. It has its cute moments. I admit to have laughed at some jokes and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane (emulators and lots of Youtube reviews over the years for experience FTW!). Recommended to Sega fans and Girls Club fans who have no issue with JP TV CG anime.