You know, bringing in Shokotan and the “Queen of Akiba”, herself, really gives this some nerd cred.

Yesterday, Gonzo held a special fan event to promote the upcoming Akiba’s Trip anime series. The event, which was held at Akihabara’s UDX building, hosted an advance screening of the show’s first two episodes.

In addition to the preview, the show’s staff announced that the Akiba’s Trip anime will have ten musical acts performing the show’s ending theme. Each episode will see a different group or singer performing for the closing credits. The full list of acts includes:

The team also released a short teaser video to promote the news. You can check this out below:

And, because I’ll never get tired of this, here’s Shokotan with her cat.

Akiba’s Trip – The Animation will begin airing on Japanese TV on January 4, 2017.

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.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Tamotsu Denkigai: Haruki Ishiya
  • Matome Manseika: Rie Takahashi
  • Niwaka Denkigai: Marika Kono
  • Arisa Ahokainen: Yuki Nagaku
  • Tasujin Ratu: Misaki Kuno
  • Kage-san: Jouji Nakata

Earphones (Iyahonz), a group composed of actors Rie Takahashi, Marika Kono, and Yuki Nagaku, will perform opening theme song Ikken Rakuchaku zu Yojin.

The show’s website describes the 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!

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.

Several character designs and a pair of promotional videos were released to promote Akiba’s Trip – The Animation. You can check these out below:

Promo Videos

Character Visuals

Source: Twitter (gonzo_anime)