Funimation's Akiba's Trip Anime Dub to Premiere 30 Minutes After Japanese Broadcast

posted on by Karen Ressler
Cast announced for Wednesday premiere

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its English dub of Akiba's Trip: The Animation will premiere on Wednesday, January 4 at 9:00 a.m. EST, 30 minutes after the Japanese broadcast. The company stated that its goal is to release future dubbed Akiba's Trip: The Animation episodes as early as 30 minutes after the Japanese broadcast, but acknowledged that there will likely be delays as the process is still experimental.

Funimation also announced the main English dub cast. The cast, under director Clifford Chapin, lead engineer William Dewell, and writer Jared Hedges, includes:

  • Alejandro Saab as Tamotsu Denkigai (pictured back center in image to the right)
  • Jad Saxton as Matome Mayonaka (pictured right in image to the right)
  • Natalie Hoover as Arisa Ahokainen (pictured left in image to the right)
  • Bryn Apprill as Niwaka Denkigai (pictured front center in image to the right)

Funimation is streaming simuldubs for a number of other shows this season, though the dub will usually premiere on Funimation several weeks after the English-subtitled version premieres on Crunchyroll. Funimation previously dubbed both seasons of the Space Dandy sci-fi comedy series, and the anime ran on Adult Swim's sister network Toonami at the same time as Japan.

Akiba's Trip the Animation will premiere in Japan on AT-X in January 4, followed by Tokyo MX, BS Fuji, and online services such as the d Anime Store. Crunchyroll will stream the series in Japanese with English subtitles.

The anime adapts Acquire's Akiba's Trip game franchise. The site describes the story:

Akihabara, a broad-minded neighborhood where everyone from beginners to masters are welcomed. Even when you're alone, if you go to Akiba, you'll find someone who understands you. It's a neighborhood where anything is possible, where anyone can do seemingly anything; a place where you can lay bare your body and soul. In this neighborhood of Akiba, which has everything including anime, games, maids, idols, secondhand parts, and cheap food, battles are fought against the "Bagurimono," and a steadfast "boy meets girl" story begins!

Hiroshi Ikehata (Seiyu's Life!, Robot Girls Z) is directing the series, Kazuho Hyodo (ReLIFE, Robot Girls Z) is handling the series composition, and Hajime Mitsuda (key animator for Steins;Gate, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) is designing the characters. Earphones will perform the opening theme song "Ikken Rakuchaku Go Yōjin." The individual members are voicing the main female characters in the anime. The anime will feature 10 different ending song artists.

The Akiba's Trip games take place in a reproduction of Tokyo's Akihabara district, where the player must fight vampires by tearing off their clothes and exposing them to the sunlight.

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