With two main series games out already and an anime on the way, we have some facts you might want to know about the franchise.
Beginning in 2011, video game developer Acquire’s series of Akiba’s Trip games began small with a Japan-only PSP game. Despite not being released outside of Japan, the game drew eyes with its realistic recreation of Tokyo’s otaku haven, Akihabara. Well, that and the strange concept of killing vampires by ripping off their clothes and exposing them to sunlight.
Although the franchise has had two main series games, the upcoming anime AKIBA’S TRIP -THE ANIMATION- is very different from its source material. Here’s some things we learned at the anime’s press conference that we thought you’d like to know:
Talk of an anime for Akiba’s Trip was brought up back in 2011
Right after the release of the first Akiba’s Trip (the remake–Akiba’s Trip Plus–can be seen in the video above), there was talk of making an anime of the game. Since then, at least ten companies have come forward to propose making an Akiba’s Trip anime. However, plans were always scrapped–often because a production committee could not be gathered.
In the fall of 2015, however, things started to move when the company was contacted by animation studio Gonzo. The studio understood the risk of undertaking the project, but still wanted to adapt the franchise into an anime. Even when told that Akiba’s Trip 3 would not be out in the foreseeable future, Gonzo was determined to make the anime. This time, however…
The anime has a completely original story
Instead of choosing to make an adaptation of the first two numbered games in the franchise, Gonzo decided to make an anime with a completely original story. Acquire does not know the contents of the story (as it’s still being made), but someone related to the game studio that has experience in writing for anime adaptations is working with the anime’s staff.
The anime is the first of multiple 25th anniversary projects for Gonzo
Animation studio Gonzo–known for such fan favorites as Black Cat, Rosario + Vampire, and Full Metal Panic–will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. To commemorate this, the studio is producing AKIBA’S TRIP -THE ANIMATION- as its “first” anniversary project. What the other projects will entail, we’ll have to wait and see to find out.
The heroines’ voice actresses are part of the idol group Earphones
Debuting in anime Seiyu’s Life! (Sore ga Seiyū!), the three voice actresses that make up the real-life idol group Earphones–Rie Takahashi (seen far right in the photo above), Marika Kōno (second to left), and Yūki Nagaku (far left)–will be playing the anime’s heroines Matome, Niwaka, and Arisa, respectively. The unit will be performing the anime’s theme song “Ikken Rakuchaku Goyōjin” (Be Wary of a Case Closed), which the girls described as a song with very strong otaku taste.
Akiba’s Trip 2 sold better overseas than within Japan
Despite the game’s uniquely Japanese flavor, Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed–the first title in the series released outside of Japan–sold 170,000 copies outside of Japan, where it sold only 100,000. 70,000 more copies of the game were sold via the PC game marketplace Steam.
Just in comparison, the original Akiba’s Trip game sold 100,000 copies, while its PS Vita port Akiba’s Trip Plus sold half of that. In total, the franchise has sold 580,000 copies.
Acquire wants to make Akiba’s Trip 3! But…
Although a spinoff in the franchise titled Akiba’s Beat will be released in Japan on December 15, 2016, the next numbered title still hasn’t been announced… Well, Acquire announced at the press conference that they do want to make Akiba’s Trip 3, but lack the funding required to do so. They even asked for anyone interested in investing in the project to contact the company through their website.
AKIBA’S TRIP -THE ANIMATION- will begin airing in Japan on January 4, 2017. XSEED Games released the second game in the series in North America for Steam, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4 in 2014. NIS America published the game in Europe the next year.
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