Akiba’s savior can’t be like any other. They need to be rough, tough, and willing to strip for great justice!
Earlier today, the official Akiba’s Trip anime website updated with the first cast and plot details on the series. The show will star the following:
- Tamotsu Denkigai: Haruki Ishiya
- Matome Manseika: Rie Takahashi
- Niwaka Denkigai: Marika Kono
- Arisa Ahokainen: Yuki Nagaku
The site describes the show’s plot as:
Akihabara, an open community where everyone from beginners to masters are welcome. Even if you’re alone, you’ll find someone who gets you in Akiba. It’s a place where nearly anything is possible, where you can bare your body and soul to the world.
In Akiba, which crams anime, games, maids, idols, secondhand parts, and cheap gourmet food into one neighborhood, battles are breaking out against the “Bagurimono,” and an unyielding “boy meets girl” story begins!
Hiroshi Ikehata (Seiyu’s Life!, Robot Girls Z) was tapped to direct Akiba’s Trip at Gonzo, while Hajime Mitsuda (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Steins;Gate) provides character designs. Kazuho Hyodo (ReLIFE, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE) is in charge of series composition.
Akiba’s Trip The Animation is based on the Akiba’s Trip video game franchise. The first game in the series was a Japan exclusive, which Acquire released on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PSP systems in 2011. An updated version of the game, titled Akiba’s Trip Plus, hit Japanese retailers in 2013. The sequel, Akiba’s Trip 2, was released for the PlayStation 3 and Vita in November 2013. A PlayStation 4 version hit stores seven months later, in July 2014.
XSeed released Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed in 2014. They released a PC version of the game in May 2015. NIS America handled the European release of the game. XSeed describes the title as:
Akihabara. “Akiba,” for short.
This suburban Tokyo ward’s seen it all, from Japan’s post-war reconstruction to the economic crisis of the bubblegum ’80s. Always on the cutting edge of progress, with a little something to offer even the most fetishistic of appetites, it was almost inevitable that this singular indulgence of technocracy would give birth to a whole new kind of appetite altogether.
Enter, the “Synthisters” – vampires who prey upon the life energy of the town’s unsuspecting figurine-chasers, maid café connoisseurs and cosplayers. Those victimized by Synthisters take on the properties of their attackers while also withdrawing from society and becoming a veritable shut-ins due to their newfound fatal weakness to sunlight.
AKIBA’S TRIP tells the story of one such unfortunate soul: a young man named Nanashi who was lured into a trap by the promise of rare character goods and transformed into one of the walking undead. He, however, was spared the worst of his fate by the bloody kiss of a mysterious hunter Synthister named Shizuku. Together with the rest of his companions in an organization unofficially dubbed the “Akiba Freedom Fighters,” Nanashi and Shizuku must uncover the truth behind the plague and save Synthister Akiba from being overrun by violent, antisocial energy vampires.
And of course, the best way to fight vampires is to strip them down to their skivvies so they melt in the noonday sun …