Akiba’s Trip The Animation – Mid Season Review
Akiba’s Trip The Animation:
Original Air Dates: January 4th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: Tamotsu Denkigai is a pretty big Otaku. His tastes clash with the mainstream and he has a deep interest in less popular franchises. On a trip to find a rare action figure in Akihabara, he stumbles upon Mayoka, a red headed girl with a baseball bat that’s running around stripping everyone she comes into combat with. Tamotsu finds his life turned upside down when he defends Mayoka against a rapid group of super powered individuals known as “Bugged Ones.” As he’s mortally wounded saving Mayoka, she imbues him with the same power to fight back and thus begins Tamotsu’s epic battle to save Akihabara from a secret menace.
Mid Season (6 Episodes) Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Akiba’s Trip more outrageous animation gradually settles as the show continues, eventually producing a more uniform style compared to the first episode. It remains colorful and vibrant, easily catching the eye in every scene. Also, in an effort to capture the same pop-anime culture referential feel of the games, the series has minor call backs to the production studios other series, Life of a Seiyuu (Sore ga Seiyuu) and an entire episode dedicated to Street Fighter V, which makes heavy use of the game’s own engine and graphics.
Linny: Despite its connection the game series of the same name, the plot remains rather simplistic, choosing to go with a monster/villain of the week formula with our heroes managing to defeat said villains within the episode itself. Though the show has been teasing that there’s a much grander evil plot behind all these smaller incidents, it has yet to give any actual idea of what that could be.
Tom: This formula keeps the show more focused on fun and silly one off stories. Because of this the humor varies greatly in quality week to week, although the English dub helps with this. Funimation’s dub takes a lax approach to adhering to the original Japanese, meaning additional jokes and humor are thrown in, almost akin to the infamous Ghost Stories dub. I’m normally one for staying true to the original when it comes to translation, but Akiba’s Trip really is bland in places, with dialogue so mundane and boring. Since both versions are available, it’s an added bonus that the dub manages to spruce up some of the series less engaging scenes.
Linny: The show focuses on some new eclectic fandom every week, which works in its favour, giving it a chance to appeal to all sorts of viewers who might end up finding an episode or two that deals with a topic close to their heart or interests, from radio to PC building, thus making them feel invested enough to keep watching. But as Tom said, The comedy can thus far be a hit or miss, partly depending on how much you enjoy or familiar you are with the content made fun of and the jokes can be somewhat eclectic..for instance, in one episode the show features an idol who is worshiped for her extremely deadpan performances and her absolute disgust towards her fans.
Tom: Despite the very premise of the series lending itself to frequent Ecchi escapades, viewers will find that it’s only an occasional draw (or hindrance depending on your tastes.) The series keeps its Ecchi offerings honestly minimal, with only certain stand out episodes diving full into that particular genre. Otherwise the show is surprisingly tame, well, as tame as you can get when villains are defeated by having their close ripped off.
Linny: Indeed, while the show does have some rather risque combat techniques and scenes, it is also a lot tamer than what others might assume based solely on description. This means those of you picking it up hoping for lots of fan services might be disappointed. Yes, there are still plenty of shots and scenes like when we tackle the exploitation rift in the idol industry, but for those fearing the worst, Akiba’s Trip might surprise you.
Tom: Overall Akiba’s Trip doesn’t have a lot going for it outside of its absurd comedy. Characters feel under explored, and there are times when the writing feels particularly bland (again the dub does elevate some of this problem). Despite these shortcomings there’s a handful of highly memorable episodes, like when the gang gets sucked into becoming idols, or Tamotsu ends up building his own, sentient, personal computer. It’s these moments where the show shines brilliantly and provides ample entertainment. But you’ll have to wade through a few ho-hum episodes saved only by a more loose dub.
Linny: Akiba’s uneven comedy is a problem. If you are unable to enjoy the first few episodes, it’s hard to urge you to keep watching since the show fluctuates so much. It’s comedy is its only real draw since there isn’t much else in the writing, characters or animation to make it worth a watch. I’ve had a lot of fun with some of the episodes but I’ve also been equally bored by others so if you find yourself struggling to connect with the comedy, it might be wise to leave this to fans of the game franchise it’s based on. However, if you have the time and the willingness to give the show a chance, you might end up having a decent time every other episode or so.