Akiba's Trip

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Akiba's Trip
Akiba's Trip PSP.jpg
Cover art from the first game
Developers Acquire
Publishers Acquire
Platforms PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android
Platform of origin PlayStation Portable
Year of inception 2011
First release Akiba's Trip
May 19, 2011
Latest release Akiba's Beat
December 15, 2016

Akiba's Trip (Japanese: アキバズトリップ, Hepburn: Akibazu Torippu) is a Japanese video game franchise by developer Acquire. The franchise consists of four games, two of which are upcoming, and an anime television series adaptation by Gonzo that aired between January 4, 2017 and March 29, 2017.

Video games

Akiba's Trip

The original Akiba's Trip game was released on PlayStation Portable in Japan by Acquire on May 19, 2011.[1][2] An updated version, titled Akiba's Trip Plus, was released for PSP on June 14, 2012.[3][2]

Akiba's Trip for GREE

The second release in the franchise, Akiba's Trip for GREE was a Japan-only free-to-play smartphone game using the GREE platform. It focused on acquiring maid cafés through a touchscreen quick time event version of the original's combat engine.[4] The game launched on January 20, 2012 for Android and on June 29, 2012 for iOS.[5][6] Service was discontinued and the game was made unavailable on November 26, 2012.[7]

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Acquire released Akiba's Trip 2 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on November 7, 2013,[8][9][2] and on PlayStation 4 on July 3, 2014.[10] XSEED Games released the game in North America under the title Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed.[2] They released the game on PS3 and PSVita on August 12, 2014,[11] on PS4 on November 25, 2014,[12] and on PC on May 26, 2015.[13] Additionally, NIS America released the game in Europe.[2]

Akiba's Trip Festa!

Akiba's Trip Festa! was released for PC and Android in November 2016.[2]

Akiba's Beat

Akiba's Beat, the first action RPG game in the franchise, was originally scheduled for a fall 2016 release on PS4 and PS Vita, but was later delayed to December 15, 2016 on PS4 and March 16, 2017 on PS Vita.[14][15][16][17][18] The game is directed by Kōta Takano, while ClariS is performing the theme song, "again".[16] XSEED Games released the game in North America on May 16, 2017.[19][16] It was also released in Europe by PQube on May 19, 2017.

Anime

Akiba's Trip: The Animation
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Ikehata
Produced by Tadashi Hoshino
Masahiro Saito
Koji Abe
Hirotaka Kaneko
Tomo Shiota
Tetsuya Endo
Noritomo Isogai
Yukihiro Ito
Ryousuke Naya
Toshiyuki Miichi
Yosuke Fukushi
Written by Kazuho Hyodo
Music by Endō
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS Fuji
Original run January 4, 2017March 29, 2017
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

An anime television series adaptation titled Akiba's Trip: The Animation was announced at Tokyo Game Show on September 15, 2016.[2] The anime is meant to commemorate studio Gonzo's 25th anniversary.[2] It is directed by Hiroshi Ikehata and written by Kazuho Hyodo, with animation by Gonzo.[2][20] Character designs are produced by Hajime Mitsuda.[2][20] The opening theme song is performed by the voice actress music unit Earphones,[21] while each episode features a different ending theme sung by various singers or bands under the album title "AKIBA'S COLLECTION".

The series premiered on January 4, 2017, and was broadcast on AT-X, Tokyo MX and BS Fuji.[22]

Crunchyroll is streaming the series while Funimation is streaming an English dub.[23] It is the first Funimation simuldub with episodes released the day of the original Japanese broadcast. The series is being used as a testing ground for faster simuldub releases with the goal to have new episodes out thirty minutes after the Japanese premiere.[24]

Characters

Main characters

Tamotsu Denkigai (伝木凱タモツ, Denkigai Tamotsu)
Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)[24]
An otaku who got turned into a Bugged One by Matome after he sacrificed his life to save her. He now helps Matome in her fight with the bugged ones and forming the vigilante group Electric Mayonnaise. Tamotsu is very focused on whatever hobby catches his interest, often ignoring responsibilities over his obsession. Among all his hobbies, he greatly enjoys playing with older technology, such as eight bit arcade games and ham radio devices. He will take odd jobs to pay for his Otaku habits.
Towards the anime's end, Tamotsu develops feelings for Matome.
Matome Mayonaka (万世架まとめ, Mayonaka Matome)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)[24]
A high class Bugged One who protects Akiba from her kind. She is designated as the leader of vigilante group Electric Mayonnaise, a name she was originally against but accepted quickly. She is often referred to as "Mayo" by her friends as her last name is very similar to the word "mayonnaise". She saved Tomatsu's life by invoking a ritual to transform him into a Bugged One by sharing a kiss with him. She, Arisa and Niwaka formed an idol group with a former idol as their manager. Matome is Urame's twin sister and Fukame's granddaughter. Having lived in Akiba for so long, she has developed a love for food and enjoys eating at the restaurants scattered around the city.
Matome develops a crush on Tamotsu early on but doesn't convey her feeling to him until near the end of the anime.
Arisa Ahokainen (有紗・アホカイネン, Ahokainen Arisa)
Voiced by: Yuki Nagaku (Japanese); Natalie Hoover (English)[24]
A Finnish otaku who often dresses in cosplay outfits. Although human, Arisa possess superhuman strength and is fluent in several Martial arts. She is the third member of Electric Mayonnaise. She, Matome, and Niwaka, formed an idol group with a former an idol as their manager. Her catchphrase is "Moi"[25]
Niwaka Denkigai (伝木凱にわか, Denkigai Niwaka)
Voiced by: Marika Kōno (Japanese); Bryn Apprill (English)[24]
Tamotsu's younger sister. She is a middle schooler and like her brother, Niwaka is an otaku and is often with him on many of his adventures in Akiba. She provides financial support and relays messages back to their parents when she visits. She, Matome and Arisa formed an idol group with a former an idol as their manager. Both she and Arisa were aware very early about Matome's crush on Tamotsu.
Tasujin Ratu (タスジン・ラトゥ, Ratu Tasujin)
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
An intelligent loli Indian professor who moves around on a segway. Her original intention was the study the bugged ones but has become a support member of Electric Mayonnaise. Often giving the group advice and providing inventions for their battles.
Kage-san (かげさん)
Voiced by: Jouji Nakata (Japanese); Jeremy Inman (English)
Tamotsu's otaku friend who knows a lot about Akihabara. Often giving him advice on whatever hobby Tamotsu is working on at the moment.

Vigilante Group

Suidōbashi (水道橋)
Voiced by: Mariko Honda (Japanese); Alison Viktorin (English)
Kozakura (小桜)
Voiced by: Yuki Takao (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)
Shōhei (昌平)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese); Chris Guerrero (English)
Hijiri ()
Voiced by: Shou Tajima (Japanese); Cris George (English)

Metrotica

Fukame Mayonaka (万世架ふかめ, Mayonaka Fukame)
Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett (English)
A mysterious woman who wears black clothes. She is revealed to be the Leader of Metrotica, and is also Matome and Urame's grandmother. She believes humans have corrupted and tinted Akiba. Fukame now wants to control and manipulate them to bring Akiba back to its former glory, or removed from the area all together. Even if it means destroying Akiba and rebuilding it back in her image.
Masuto Niikura (新倉 マスト, Niikura Masuto)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)
A GonTuber who works for Metrotica.
Urame Mayonaka (万世架まとめ, Mayonaka Urame)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)
Matome's twin sister and Fukame's granddaughter. She resents her sister for leaving the clan. Believing Matome had betrayed her and their grandmother's dream of ridding Akiba of its tainted corruption.
Hardman
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)
A High Class Bugged One who runs a military weapons shop.
Naisu Muramura (ナイス 村々, Naisu Muramura)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
A freelance photographer and Chibusa's camera man.
Lawrie Barbara
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese); Rachel Robinson (English)
She is the CEO of Mofmap.
Tsutomu Kuroi (黒井勤, Tsutomu Kuroi)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese); R Bruce Elliott (English)
He is the CEO of the "Maid & Butler Izakaya GON-chan cafe".
Diva Risa McWhite
Voiced by: Shoko Nakagawa (Japanese); Janelle Lutz (English)
She is Master's manager.
Black Hole Kurota
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); Chris Rager (English)
He is a well known competitive eater.

Other characters

Momo Tsukumo (ツクモ モモ, Tsukumo Momo)
Voiced by: Halko Momoi (Japanese); Lara Woodhull (English)
Akiba's popular Free Agent Maid. She is very tall.
Mashiro Kuga (空間真白, Kuga Mashiro)
Voiced by: Chinami Hashimoto (Japanese); Kristen McGuire (English)
She runs a “Anything Agency" Job center.
Chibusa Benikage (ばにかげ ちぶさ, Benikage Chibusa)
Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese); Whitney Rodgers (English)
A former idol who is the manager of the idol group formed by Matome, Niwaka and Arisa.
Denko Busujima
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
A former study partner of Ratu.
Matsuko (マツコ)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)
She is a well known gamer.
Jiro Nishi (二四時労, Nishi Jiro)
Voiced by: Arthur Lounsbery (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
Head Butler at the "Maid & Butler Izakaya GON-chan cafe".
Kin Shukudo (祝日土働, Shukudo Kin)
Voiced by: Sayuri Hara (Japanese); Michelle Lee (English)
Head Maid at the "Maid & Butler Izakaya GON-chan cafe".
Master
Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
He is a former Sensei of Arisa.
Iketeru Masada
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Tyson Rinehart (English)
He is the CEO of the Princess Company.
Taiyō Tenkawa (天川太陽, Tenkawa Taiyō)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)

Episode list

No. Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title
Ending theme Original airdate English airdate
1 "Akiba's First Trip"   "B Ambitious!"
by YuiKaori
January 4, 2017 January 4, 2017
Tamotsu's otaku life in Akiba is about to change when he meets a red haired girl. 
2 "We Formed a Team - Call Us Electric Mayo!"
"Chīmu Kessei, Rya Kushi te Denma" (チーム結成、略して電マ) 
"Rely Mirai"
by mimimemeMIMI
January 11, 2017 January 11, 2017
After being turned into a Bugged One by Matome, Tamotsu is forced to work as her underling in Akiba. 
3 "What Happens When You Mindlessly Follow Someone Who Offers You an Idol Debut"
"Aidorudebyū dekiru to kiite, hoihoi tsuite itta kekka" (アイドルデビューできると聞いて、ホイホイついていった結果) 
"Sanki Tōsen"
by Earphones
January 18, 2017 January 25, 2017
4 "Ham Radio Fighters"
"Musen hamu faitāzu" (無線HAMファイターズ) 
"Sanki Tōsen"
by Manias[b]
January 25, 2017 February 1, 2017
5 "No Reason I'd Lose"
"Makeru yōso, nashi!" (負ける要素、なし!) 
"Chōhannō Girl"
by AOP
February 1, 2017 February 8, 2017
6 "Your Memory is Full"
"Memori ga ippai" (メモリがいっぱい) 
"Kokoro no Memory"
by every♥ing!
February 8, 2017 February 15, 2017
7 "Only a Liar Says Something Is Too Hard"
"Muri to iu no wa usotsuki no kotoba" (無理というのはウソつきの言葉) 
"Koi ni Shinzan!"
by Shoko Nakagawa
February 15, 2017 February 22, 2017
8 "Akihabara Grand Tournament"
"Akihabara dai butō-kai" (秋葉原大武闘会) 
"Fighting☆Dramatic"
by Milky Holmes
February 22, 2017 March 1, 2017
9 "Whoa, I Battled with Game Cards!"
"Gēmu no kādo de tatakatte shimatta nodesuga!" (ゲームのカードで戦ってしまったのですが!) 
"Sekai jū no AKIHABARA de"
by Haruko Momoi
March 1, 2017 March 8, 2017
10 "Did You Open Your Pyloric Canal?!"
"Yūmon aite shimatta nodesu ka?" (幽門開いてしまったのですか?) 
"Kūfukukara Yarinaose!"
by petit milady
March 8, 2017 March 15, 2017
11 "The Midsummer Akiba Festival Begins!"
"Manatsu no akibafesu kaimaku!" (真夏のアキバフェス開幕!) 
"DIVE TO LIVE"
by i☆Ris
March 15, 2017 March 22, 2017
12 "Electric Mayo's Falling Apart!"
"Denma ga barabaraja ne ̄ ka!" (電マがバラバラじゃねーか!) 
"Thank You"
by EARPHONES
March 22, 2017 March 29, 2017
13 "Akiba's Last Trip"   March 29, 2017 April 5, 2017

Notes

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.
  2. ^ The cover version of ending theme in the previous episode has been sung by the group "Manias", which composed of the three heroines of the story and starred by the three same voice actresses from the group "Earphones".

References

  1. ^ AKIBA'S TRIP. Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Akiba's Trip Game Gets TV Anime in January by Gonzo". Anime News Network. September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ AKIBA'S TRIP PLUS. Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ Balistrieri, Emily (January 24, 2012). "Protect Maid Cafes from Vampires in "Akiba's Trip for GREE" Game". Crunchyroll. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  5. ^ "「アキバズトリップ for GREE」,Android版が配信中。「カゲヤシ」を倒してメイドカフェを獲得し,全エリア攻略を目指せ". 4Gamer. January 24, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ "iOS版「AKIBA'S TRIP for GREE」が本日配信開始。仲間と協力して秋葉原の街をカゲヤシから守ろう". 4Gamer. June 29, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Akiba's Trip for GREE". Acquire. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ AKIBA'S TRIP 2. Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ AKIBA'S TRIP 2. Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  10. ^ AKIBA'S TRIP2. Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ "North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 10–16". Anime News Network. August 12, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed - PlayStation 4". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Akiba's Trip to Launch for PC on May 26". Anime News Network. May 17, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Akiba's Trip Successor Game Akiba's Beat Announced". Anime News Network. May 30, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Akiba's Beat PS4/Vita RPG Delayed to Winter in Japan". Anime News Network. September 6, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c "Akiba's Beat Game Delayed in N. America, Slated for December in Japan". Anime News Network. September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Akiba's Beat Slated on December 15 for PS4, Undated for Vita in Japan". Anime News Network. September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  18. ^ Romano, Sal (December 23, 2016). "Akiba’s Beat for PS Vita launches March 16 in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "XSEED Games to Publish Fate/EXTELLA, Akiba's Beat, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Games". Anime News Network. June 7, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b Green, Scott (September 15, 2016). "TV Anime To Adapt "Akiba's Trip" Vampire Stripping Games". Crunchyroll. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  21. ^ "イヤホンズ、Newシングル発売記念イベントで来年1月放送TVアニメ『AKIBA’S TRIP -THE ANIMATION-』のOP主題歌担当を発表!" (in Japanese). October 30, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Akiba's Trip Anime Reveals More of Cast, 1st Trailer, January 4 Debut". Anime News Network. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Saga of Tanya the Evil, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Hand Shakers, More". Anime News Network. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b c d e "English SimulDub Cast Announcement – Akiba’s Trip". January 3, 2017. 
  25. ^ "有紗・アホカイネン | AKIBA’S TRIP -THE ANIMATION- 公式サイト". Retrieved January 22, 2017. 

External links

  • Official video game website (in Japanese)
  • Akiba's Trip Festa! at DMM Games (in Japanese)
  • Akiba's Beat official website (in Japanese)
  • Official anime website (in Japanese)
  • Akiba's Trip: The Animation (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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