Akiba's Trip: The Animation

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アキバズトリップ -THE ANIMATION-
(Akibazu Torippu Animēshon)
Genre Action, Comedy, Supernatural
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)
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Akiba's Trip: The Animation (Japanese: アキバズトリップ -THE ANIMATION-, Hepburn: Akibazu Torippu Animēshon) is an anime adaptation of the Akiba's Trip video game series. It was animated by Gonzo and aired from January 4, 2017 to March 29, 2017.

Plot

The series revolves around otaku teenager Tamotsu Denkigai and his sister Niwaka who are presently shopping in Akihabara. Suddenly, without warning, vampiric, cosplaying monsters known as "Bugged Ones" run rampant throughout the city. These creatures can possess anyone by biting them, and soon they cause total mayhem across the city. As Tamotsu is about to be attacked by one of these creatures, a mysterious girl wielding a baseball bat named Matome Mayonaka swings in and rescues him.

Together, Tamotsu and Matome fight against more Bugged Ones and their encounters with them keeps increasing. However, whilst protecting Matome, Tamotsu gets fatally injured by a Bugged One. Unbeknownst to him, Matome is actually a high level Bugged One who is trying to protect the city. Left with no other choice, she revives him as a high level Bugged One and coerces him into joining her in battle.

Tamotsu, Matome, Niwaka team up with avid cosplayer Arisa Ahokainen and form a group called as "The Electric Mayonnaise". While fighting, they notice that the only way to destroy the Bugged Ones is to rip their clothes off and expose them to sunlight. Taking advantage of this weakness, they vow to save their city from the Bugged Ones' wrath.

Characters

Main characters

Tamotsu Denkigai (伝木凱タモツ, Denkigai Tamotsu)
Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)[1]
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)[1]
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)[1]
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"[2]
Niwaka Denkigai (伝木凱にわか, Denkigai Niwaka)
Voiced by: Marika Kōno (Japanese); Bryn Apprill (English)[1]
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)[3]
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)[3]
Tamotsu's otaku friend who knows a lot about Akihabara. Often giving him advice on whatever hobby Tamotsu is working on at the moment. He has a very simplistic design similar to an emoji.

Vigilante Group

Suidōbashi (水道橋)
Voiced by: Mariko Honda (Japanese); Alison Viktorin (English)[3]
Kozakura (小桜)
Voiced by: Yuki Takao (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)[3]
Shōhei (昌平)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese); Chris Guerrero (English)[3]
Hijiri ()
Voiced by: Shou Tajima (Japanese); Cris George (English)[3]

Metrotica

Fukame Mayonaka (万世架ふかめ, Mayonaka Fukame)
Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett (English)[3]
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)[3]
A GonTuber who works for Metrotica.
Urame Mayonaka (万世架まとめ, Mayonaka Urame)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)[3]
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)[3]
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)[3]
A freelance photographer and Chibusa's camera man.
Lawrie Barbara
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese); Rachel Robinson (English)[3]
She is the CEO of Mofmap.
Tsutomu Kuroi (黒井勤, Tsutomu Kuroi)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese); R Bruce Elliott (English)[3]
He is the CEO of the "Maid & Butler Izakaya GON-chan cafe".
Diva Risa McWhite
Voiced by: Shoko Nakagawa (Japanese); Janelle Lutz (English)[3]
She is Master's manager.
Black Hole Kurota
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); Chris Rager (English)[3]
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)[3]
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)[3]
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)[3]
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)[3]
A former study partner of Ratu.
Matsuko (マツコ)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)[3]
She is a well known gamer.
Jiro Nishi (二四時労, Nishi Jiro)
Voiced by: Arthur Lounsbery (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)[3]
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)[3]
Head Maid at the "Maid & Butler Izakaya GON-chan cafe".
Master
Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)[3]
He is a former Sensei of Arisa.
Iketeru Masada
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Tyson Rinehart (English)[3]
He is the CEO of the Princess Company.
Taiyō Tenkawa (天川太陽, Tenkawa Taiyō)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)[3]

Anime

An anime television series adaptation titled Akiba's Trip: The Animation was announced at Tokyo Game Show on September 15, 2016.[4] The anime is meant to commemorate studio Gonzo's 25th anniversary.[4] It is directed by Hiroshi Ikehata and written by Kazuho Hyodo, with animation by Gonzo.[4][5] Character designs are produced by Hajime Mitsuda.[4][5] The opening theme song is performed by the voice actress music unit Earphones,[6] while each episode features a different ending theme sung by various singers or bands under the album title "AKIBA'S COLLECTION".

The series aired from January 4, 2017 to March 29, 2017, and was broadcast on AT-X, Tokyo MX and BS Fuji.[7]

Crunchyroll was streaming the series while Funimation streamed an English dub.[8] It is the first Funimation simuldub with episodes released the day of the original Japanese broadcast. The series was being used as a testing ground for faster simuldub releases with the goal to have new episodes out thirty minutes after the Japanese premiere.[1]

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 Denkigai's life in Akiba changes when he meets a red haired battle girl. Tamotsu dies protecting her but is revived by her kissing him and is told his destiny is to fight like her. 
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. Also, he needs a job, so he gets one at a gun and military shop which turns out to house a bugged one. However, after beating him he disappears Matome reveals that low leveled bugged ones return to normal. Bosses however disappear, and that's what will happen to Tamotsu and Matome if they're striped. 
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
The girls bump into a retired idol offering them an idol debut who turns out to be a bugged one. After buy a ton of stuff Tamotsu gets even more part-time jobs. The girls form an idol group called manias. 
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
All the cellphones begin exploding. The team struggles to fight the bugged one who use EM waves to destroy their clothes. The team decides to contact the professor's professor through radio as it can't be hacked. The only problem is that he is in Brazil, which is on the other side of the world. 
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
At an arcade, a bugged one takes Niwaka hostage to force Tamotsu to participate in a gamer tournament. If he refuses, he will put Niwaka's life in danger. 
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
There is a sale for computers, but Tamotsu decides to build his own. With the help of the professor he creates a computer that can talk named pyuko. 
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
After breaking one of Niwaka's limited edition figurine Tamotsu gets a new job at a maid/butler cafe, which soon turns out to be a place that hypnotizes normal people including Tamotsu 
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
On a walk to buy a rice cooker, Arisa runs into her old master who turns out to be a bugged one. After upsetting the store clerk they settle their battle by kung fu wrestling. 
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
Tamotsu gets a rare battle card in battle creatures, a game he was into as a kid. meanwhile, Vigilante groups begin breaking up due to circle crushing. The group traces the source to the princess company. Tamotsu challenges the leader to a card battle which he accepts. 
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
Tamotsu's friend gets a girlfriend which makes him envious. Niwaka and Arisa trick Matome into going on a fake date with him. Except the only thing they do is eat. However, when they enter a ramen shop they run into a guy named Black Hole Kurota. Kurota and Matome have a ramen eating contest which Matome wins by one bite. Matome, somehow still hungry gets dragged by Tamotsu to get dessert. Meanwhile, someone resembling Matome watches them. 
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
the girls prepare for their debut during the Akiba festival while the girl who resembles Matome still watches them. Electric mayonnaise is framed for many bad things and decide to capture the criminals themselves to prove their innocence. while battling the professor take photos to prove their innocence. The girls get ready to perform only for the Akiba festival to be canceled. After that, Tamotsu gets a call from Matome who's fighting the other Matome. however after finding her he's kissed by her, turning him human and falls into the water as soon as the real Matome finds him. 
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
Matome's copy is revealed to be named Urame. Tamotsu wakes up and realizes he is human again. Although Tamotsu wants him power back to help but Matome refuses to give him the "curse" Arisa is asked by executives to go to Diamonds, the CEO of a large company, aid as he is sick and the company is in chaos. After saying goodbye Matome leaves on her own while Tamotsu becomes even madder them before. People begin to oppose the law but are sooner or later arrested. Matome and Urame have a duel and during the duel Urame reveals that she is Matome's twin sister, Matome left the clan to fight against bugged ones and that their grandma is the Leader of Metrotica. Matome begins losing the fight before Tamotsu comes and kisses Matome himself to give him powers and overpowers Urame. As Urame begins to get up Arisa comes falling from the sky revealing that Diamond's pet panda was the one in danger. Matome and Urame's grandma announces that if they can't have Akiba, no one will. 
13 "Akiba's Last Trip"   March 29, 2017 April 5, 2017
Arisa, Niwaka, and the Professor interfere with the resisting members transition and they all escape while Tanotsu and Matome look for her grandma, Fukame. They beat up Masuto Niikura into telling them the master plan and how to get into her hideout. They begin to talk about Matome's past and also learn that she's 78 years old. After Tamotsu sets off many traps they run into Fukame's elite bodyguards who got their powers from Fukame herself and copies of bugged ones they have defeated. The bodyguards retreat and run back to Fukame only to be sent down a chute through the ground. Fukame overpowers Tamotsu in one shot and binds Matome saying her opinion of Akiba. Tamotsu punches her in the face and along with Matome say no one person can say that a whole community is corrupted. Angered, Fukame turns Matome into a monster and begins destroying Akiba. The professor has a plan but it requires all the members of Mania present so Urame, who has amnesia, takes Matome's place. Tamotsu makes Matome remember Akiba and is thrown off. Pyuko comes and rescues him and Matome. Mania performs and the glow sticks the crowd holds gives Tamotsu and Matome power. That power creates a human like creature that defeats Fukame vessel. Once the battles over Fukame apologizes to Matome and disappears. As Akiba gets rebuild Mania performs as it now consists of Niwaka, Arisa, and Urame. Tamotsu and Matome find out that they still can not leave Akiba. As they are about to kiss, a spaceship comes out of nowhere and a Niwaka and Arisa come out and say that Akiba 100 years in the future is in danger because of Tamotsu and Matome. all of them head into a spaceship and are sent 100 in the future. 

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. ^ a b c d e "English SimulDub Cast Announcement – Akiba's Trip". funimation. January 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "有紗・アホカイネン | AKIBA'S TRIP -THE ANIMATION- 公式サイト". Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Official Winter 2017 SimulDub Lineup". Funimation. January 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Akiba's Trip Game Gets TV Anime in January by Gonzo". Anime News Network. September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Green, Scott (September 15, 2016). "TV Anime To Adapt "Akiba's Trip" Vampire Stripping Games". Crunchyroll. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Akiba's Trip Anime Reveals More of Cast, 1st Trailer, January 4 Debut". Anime News Network. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "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. 

External links

  • Official anime website (in Japanese)
  • Akiba's Trip: The Animation (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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