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Takkun4343



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James takes a look at Gainax's cartoonish clothes-stripping comedy

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Studio Gonzo's animation starts off strong

I'm not saying I hope someone gets fired for that blunder, but it's still annoyingly obvious.
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As far as I can tell, the anime takes the general idea of the game (stripping the clothes off supernatural creatures in order to expose and destroy them)


Even though it's a glaring metaphor for the current Japanese wish to "destroy" Akihabara otaku by dragging them out of their apartment lairs into the outdoors, where sunlight will disintegrate them... Rolling Eyes
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I remember liking what i saw of Akiba's Trip more than i expected. Not sure i'll go back and finish it (i have a MASSIVE backlog), but it was enjoyable enough.

On those shelf photos; that is both an awesome collection, and a solemn warning of what mine might look like if i don't exercise more self control in what i buy Anime hyper
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:40 pm Reply with quote
Takkun4343 wrote:
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James takes a look at Gainax's cartoonish clothes-stripping comedy

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Studio Gonzo's animation starts off strong

I'm not saying I hope someone gets fired for that blunder, but it's still annoyingly obvious.


Whoops, I'll fix that right away. There's kind of a lot going on right now.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:53 pm Reply with quote
Merxamers wrote:
I remember liking what i saw of Akiba's Trip more than i expected. Not sure i'll go back and finish it (i have a MASSIVE backlog), but it was enjoyable enough.


It's certainly a one & done type of show, but not a bad one. I like that it was more about how cool the characters thought Akihabara was & not how cool they thought they were for knowing about it - which is how a lot of today's geek/otaku anime feel.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:14 pm Reply with quote
AKIBA'S'TRIP is one of those strange few shows I stopped watching with only one or two episodes left. I just couldn't be bothered to finish it. So it sits in the CR queue, occasionally taunting me- "Don't you want to finish me?"... and I usually think... "Do I?..."
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Usagi-kun



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:40 pm Reply with quote
I put this series in the same category of shows like Oh! Edo Rocket: Kind of goofy, campy dub, brightly colored, somehow addictive rock candy. I'll sandwich this one with a different tear-jerker title and it keeps me from feeling down during the latter.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:02 pm Reply with quote
The Yu-Gi-Oh! parody episode of Akiba's Trip was so on-point with how ridiculous real-life tournaments are of that game. It probably gave me one of the biggest laughs of 2017.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:58 pm Reply with quote
While it isn't my favorite work of Ikehata's - that would be last year's Magical Circle Guru-Guru - it was better than initially expected and was the work that first piqued my interest in the director.

Just noticed that he is directing Space Battleship Tiramisu, which doesn't surprise me now that I think about it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:37 pm Reply with quote
My impression of Akiba's Trip was that it was overwhelmingly safe and generic. You could've told me it came out a decade before and I wouldn't have known any better. The fanservice was risque but not too risque, the story was afraid to take any real risks, every otaku type got a girl/waifu, etc.
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EricJ2



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:41 pm Reply with quote
CatSword wrote:
My impression of Akiba's Trip was that it was overwhelmingly safe and generic. You could've told me it came out a decade before and I wouldn't have known any better. The fanservice was risque but not too risque, the story was afraid to take any real risks, every otaku type got a girl/waifu, etc.


Like the two Persona 4 anime (especially the latter), it very, very, very, very much requires a certain loyalty/familiarity from playing the game first.
There's not really much to the story without the gamer-fan tie-in.

(And it's a pretty good game, actually, sort of a Persona 4-1/2, for those that liked the P5 appeal of being one of a band of oddball teens to run around a real open-world Tokyo, but still with the tongue-in-cheek goofiness of, y'know, pantsing your enemies.)


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Hiroki not Takuya



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:15 pm Reply with quote
Lemonchest wrote:
Merxamers wrote:
I remember liking what i saw of Akiba's Trip more than i expected. Not sure i'll go back and finish it (i have a MASSIVE backlog), but it was enjoyable enough.
It's certainly a one & done type of show, but not a bad one...
I'm with you on that, I laughed and liked it a lot, but not $50 worth. I really haven't missed it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:09 am Reply with quote
Akiba's Trip falls into this weird place for me where I generally enjoyed watching through it but it has had absolutely no staying power with me.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:33 am Reply with quote
That is a very nice Manga collection :3

I love all those US-omnibus editions, they look SO great on shelves.

Acca is out! I have to get it. Usually, I don't double-dip on Manga/Anime, but I loved it just so very much.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:07 pm Reply with quote
Akiba's Trip? Popotan meets Three's Company. Sounds like fun. Club Mayonnaise? As George Carlin quipped, you don't have to be Fellini to figure that one out.
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