Akiba’s Trip: The Animation
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Supernatural, Game, Ecchi, Akihabara
First Aired: Winter 2017, 13 episodes
Summary: The geek mecca of Akihabara has been invaded by “Bugged Ones” or “Synthisters”, beings that feast on social energy and will to live. These enemies can only be stopped by direct exposure to the air. It’s up to Tamotsu, Matome, Kage-san, Niwaka, and Tasujin to defeat these synthisters by ripping their clothes off exposing their skin.
Akiba’s Trip: The Animation is based on the video game series which includes releases on the PSP, PC, Android, and Playstation. The anime series is unique in how Funimation released an English dub the same day as the Japanese premiere. The description makes it fairly obvious the series contains its fair share of fan service. It’s not the worst I’ve seen, but it is definitely there every episode. The characters are not particularly complex, but they are fun and enjoyable, which is what the series is going for. This even applies to Matome, the bat-wielding, multi-colored hair, Akihabara version of Harley Quinn. The show ends up feeling like a “Monster of the Week” series as our heroes fight of bizarre Bugged Ones, each one stranger than the last.
This series is a lot of fun if you’ve been to Akihabara in Tokyo. A lot of the locations are spot on for accuracy, especially outside scenes of the streets. I watched this shortly after visiting Japan and was reminded of how amazing Tokyo is. It’s impossible to describe the moment when you walk out of the Akihabara train station and are enveloped by anime.
You might enjoy this if: You have a high-energy, geek-filled anime that never slows down to catch its breath.
You might not like it if: You are not a fan of fan service, and I’m not referring to the apparatus with rotating blades that creates a current of air for cooling or ventilation.
Note to the Viewer: If you think you’re ready for the most “anime” episode of all time, watch episode five.
AMV – Don’t Let Me Down by Flash AMV
(Fair Warning: This AMV contains a lot of fan service)