Hi-sCoool! Seha Girls is a ridiculous romp for SEGA nerds through old and current video games. It’s fun, short episodes are 11 minutes of mostly silliness. The three main characters are human version of video game consoles, specifically the Mega Drive, Dreamcast, and Saturn. From there, they’re in school jumping into video games to earn credits in order to graduate.
Episode 8 is a little different. In Episode 8 they don’t enter into a video game, but are involved in a beauty pageant. The title of the episode and the pageant is…Shine! The 54th! Shock to the Brain! No Spillage, But We’ll Destroy the Barriers of Spillage-obsessed Youth! Sehagaga Academy Culture Festival! Quite a mouthful. Center-sensei, their computerized teacher/principal thing tells them to prepare for the event and check into the competition. He also tells them that you get a bunch of bonus medals for spillage, i.e. boobs popping out of your shirt. None of the girls do it, except for one competitor who’s an ape and…well, an ape, so she’s naked. They’re appalled by the idea of spillage in order to get ahead, appalled by the idea that they should expose themselves in order to win the contest. While the Sega Hard Girls are not necessarily trying to take a Biblical stance, they are making an important stance on modesty.
Modesty is a virtue and is Biblical (1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:3-4). Throwing aside gaudiness, being willing to keep your privates private is a good thing. It shows self-control. It shows self-discipline. It shows that you value yourself. And you should, as you are an image bearer of God.
Modesty in dress is not the norm in our culture today. Sex sells and our culture knows it, filling the airwaves with music videos, billboards, and signs which promote immodesty. The people running the really long named festival knew that and wanted spillage, providing incentive to expose oneself. Maintaining control over your own body, being willing to do so despite the impulses of the world around you is important. We are not to give in and live as the world does, but to allow our transformative relationship with Christ be on display (Romans 12:2). We as Christians are supposed to be different, stand apart.
When the girls opt not to expose themselves, it sets them apart. They may not win the bonus coins, they may not have even won the contest – but they retained their dignity, retained self-control and did not give in to a world around them pushing them to do something they were clearly uncomfortable doing. To that, I applaud these living embodiments of classic video game consoles. Well done. If only more of our culture promoted modesty…even if only for a moment.