"High Score Girl" Manga Legal Conflicts Settled

Acclaimed series set in 1991 follows loser beat at "Street Fighter II" by rich girl

A settlement has been announced between Square Enix and SNK Playmore in the case of Rensuke Oshikiri's acclaimed Hi Score Girl manga. Square Enix has announced that, after agreeing to pursue collaborative opportunities, SNK Playmore will drop their criminal complaint, withdraw civil complaints and allow continued sale and publication of the series. 


After SNK filed a copyright infringement suit in May 2014 against Square-Enix for the alleged infringement of its intellectiual property by featuring its characters in the Hi-Score Girl manga without its permission, Square-Enix publicly fired back with its own countersuit against SNK to defend itself against the allegations, which led to a raid by Osaka law enforcement on all Square-Enix operated properties in order to gather evidence for the infringement allegations in August of the year. 

As a result of the raids and initial litigation, Square-Enix was forced to halt publishing many publications related to Hi-Score Girl until the litigation had run its course and the company had cooperated with law enforcement in good faith.


The series, set in 1991, is about a boy who seems to have nothing going for him, who lives for video games, and who then has that crutch removed when a rich, popular girl shows up at the arcade and destroys him in Street Fighter II. It came in at number two on the 2013 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey, and was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō and the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.


An anime adaptation was announced in 2013.




via Natalie


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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