Battle Girl High School [Review]
“Set in the year 2045. The world has been contaminated by Irousu (mysterious invaders who suddenly appeared), and humans find themselves restricted and contained. Standing boldly against these invaders are ordinary girls everywhere, without a powerful army or even weapons. The Shinjugamine Girls Academy is a school for these “Hoshimori” (Star Guardians) destined to fight the Irousu. The player is assigned to this academy to train the girls and take back the contaminated Earth. And so, once again, the chimes echo through the sun-strewn schoolyard to mark the beginning of classes today…” -Anime News Network
Battle Girl Highschool is based off of a COLOPL’s mobile game of the same name. The story of the anime is mainly a side story for one of the character, Misaki, who was brought into the game when the anime began to air. The anime is aimed more for the fans of the mobile game than to a new audience. The entire story, while nice to see Misaki’s relationship with the rest of the Hoshimori girls, wasn’t very executed.
Artwork & Animation:
The art and animation of Battle Girl High School is disappointing, to say the least. The character designs from the game and the history of the game allows for an easy adaptation. While the character are still recognizable, the translation from the game to the anime didn’t have the best execution. The level of detail and the range of color dropped drastically leaving a boring and, often times, distorted character art. The battle animation cut to the bare minimum and contains many choppy scenes.
As mention in the story section, this is for the fans of the game and so everyone’s character is set in stone. There is minimal character development for the entire cast except for Misaki, who gets the most as this is her introduction into the mobile game.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
I enjoyed the opening theme, featuring all of the Hoshimori Girls, which is the only new song from the anime. Everything else is pretty much pulled from the game, like the insert songs by f*f for example.
I loved the story of the game and was hoping that this anime would walk us through the beginning. There are several merits to this, helps bring a new wave of fans to the game as well as allows old fans to relive them in a different way. But the anime took a different route and the anime suffered for it.
Overall: Score 4
Battle Girl High school suffered from an anime exclusive story that hardly relates to the original mobile game, neglected artwork and animation, and a cut and paste soundtrack. The entire purpose of the anime was to introduce a new character through the game but it was poorly executed.
Best Girl: Kunieda Shiho
As an idol as well as a Hoshimori Girl, Shina takes the cake for the most interesting character in the show. This is also biased since I use her character the most in the mobile game!