243rd G-View: Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girls

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.

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Genres: Comedy.

Themes: Video Games, School

Number of episodes: 13 (11 minutes)

G-Rating: 7/10

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.

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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.

SeHa Girls chibi formsSeHa Girls Super Forms

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.

Virtua Fighter WorldSeHa Girls chibi forms

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.

Saturn's bikini

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.

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16 Responses to 243rd G-View: Hi☆sCoool! SeHa Girls

  1. Denny Sinnoh says:

    Thank goodness, THIS Sega Saturn is not a big disappointment!

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  2. cirno9fan says:

    The show never really clicked with me. I may have a background/history with this company, but it just didn’t work out in this instance.

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  3. Genesis is the same console as Megadrive so I guess you got your wish. Sometimes it feels like Sega sponsors all anime because they get mentioned in so many shows haha. I think I would dig this series as I used to be a Megadrive fan boy.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I know the Mega Drive and Genesis are technically the same console but Genesis also has her own character (A cowgirl) who was referenced once on the show but did not appear alongside the main trio.

      This is Genesis-san

      If you like Sega you can survive the show since it does not mesh 2D and 3D, 3D from start to finish…unless you count the gameplay clips from old Sega games.

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  4. Star Light says:

    Maybe I should watch and make some review… But does it require too much knowledge about Sega or not?

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  5. Kai says:

    Just to prep myself for Hyperdimension Neptunia X Sega Hard Girls crossover, I will watch this soon, hopefully I can get used to the CG.

    You probably seen my rants on twitter like a thousandth time, but I might as well say this again here: Damn.. I need a Vita 😦

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  6. yurimylove says:

    this is a fun little short, easy to digest and no brain exercise needed ^^ The graphic style reminded me greatly of gdgd fairy, another CG short i enjoyed watching.

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