Hi-sCool! Seha Girls – Anime Review
Synopsis: Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive reimagined as girls 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. To clear this requirement, the girls must enter the world of Sega games to graduate without incident. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Plenty of anime get made with the intention to appeal to the otaku base, the hardest of hardcore anime fans, with material designed to pander to their waifu tendencies. Seha Girls, on the service, seems like such a show, designed to turn your favorite Sega consoles of old into attractive, adorable young girls for viewers to fawn over. But in actuality, Seha Girls is a wonderfully witty, little comedy that throws joke after joke at you, calling back to the glory days of Sega when they were true rivals for Nintendo. It’s like a love letter to aging gamers who remember those ‘glory’ days in the game’s industry. The humor focuses on some of Sega’s most popular games and subtle jabs at each of their troubled consoles. Dreamcast, Sega Saturn and Mega Drive are loads of fun, with personalities carefully designed to mimic the quirks of each machine of the same name. From a gamer’s perspective there’s a lot to love here, with so much energy put into subtle gags and references only the most beloved/knowledgeable fans will pick up on.
Linny: Even if you’re someone who never got to experience the Sega Golden years like me, as long as you are even remotely aware of all the antiquities and nuances of old school gaming, you’ll find plenty to chuckle at. The show is very accessible so long as you have some interest in the world of video games though it wouldn’t hurt to have a fanboy/girl or gamer around to help explain the more obscure gags. And my personal favourite part about the show is that it doesn’t sexualize the girls at all. The only thing that could be labelled remotely waifu pandering is when the girls transform out of their chibi sized appearance but even that is extremely tame and modest.
Tom: Perhaps the greatest achievement Seha Girls manages is the utilization of its short, but sweet, run time. Not once does the show overstay its welcome, squeezing in wildly entertaining and hilarious gags into its short-form run time and always leaving you begging for more. The only true disappointment I felt when Seha Girls ended was how little screen time many of Sega’s other consoles got, mostly appearing in a few quick cameos that directly referenced them, but never truly introduced them as characters. Still, Seha Girls is pure fun and I highly recommend this to anyone familiar with the console wars of the late 80s and 90s.
Linny: The other thing that could be a major detraction for audiences is the CGI animation which has always had its fair share of criticism and dislike. While the comedy and nostalgia factors more than overshadowed the CGI for us, it’s certainly a possibility that those who dislike CGI could be completely turned off and cause them to miss out on a show that has some truly adorable and hilarious comedy. This show is a must try for any nostalgic Sega fans out there and also anyone who likes the sound of a show that makes playful and loving jokes about the quirks of old school games.
Hi-sCool! Seha Girls is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.