Akiba's Trip 2 (アキバズトリップ2 Akibazutorippu tsu,
AKIBA'S TRIP2), released as Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed in the west, is a 2013 action brawler beat 'em up video game and a sequel to Akiba's Trip. It is the second game of the Akiba's series. It was released for the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows by Acquire Corporation.
The game uses the vampire-race concept and seems to takes place features alternate routes like the first game. Although both protagonists of the Akiba's Trip series are called "Nanashi", they are both completely different characters.
A special edition titled AKIBA'S TRIP2+A was announced on October 11, 2016 and released on January 5, 2017 for the PlayStation 4. It feature the complete game in HD along with the first episode of the Akiba's Trip -The Animation- via the download ticket, as well as the 3 bonus animation character costumes as clothing.
In Tokyo’s popular ”Electric Town” district, Akihabara, vampires called “Synthisters” walk among us. The player must identify and dispose of them the only way they know how to – by engaging them in hand-to-hand combat in order to strip them of their clothes so their bodies melt away in the sunlight.
This suburban Tokyo ward's seen it all, from Japan's post-war reconstruction to the economic bubblegum crisis of the '80s. Always on the cutting edge of progress, with a little something to offer even the most fetishistic of appetites, it was almost inevitable that this singular technocracy of indulgence would give birth to a whole new kind of appetite altogether.
Enter, the “Synthisters” – vampires who prey upon the life energy of the town’s unsuspecting figurine-chasers, maid café connoisseurs and cosplayers. Those victimized by Synthisters take on the properties of their attackers while also withdrawing from society and becoming veritable shut-ins due to their newfound fatal weakness to sunlight.
AKIBA’S TRIP tells the story of one such unfortunate soul: a young man named Nanashi who was lured into a trap by the promise of rare character goods and transformed into one of the walking undead. He, however, was spared the worst of his fate by the bloody kiss of a mysterious Synthister hunter named Shizuku. Together with the rest of his companions in an organization unofficially dubbed the “Akiba Freedom Fighters,” Nanashi and Shizuku must uncover the truth behind the Synthister plague and save Akiba from being overrun by violent, antisocial energy vampires.
Set in Akihabara, the shopping area has been invaded by creatures known as "Synthisters" who prey on the patrons of Akihabara, feasting on their social energy and will to live. These enemies can only be stopped by direct exposure to sunlight, meaning that the player is required to defeat these synthisters by violently stripping off their clothes and exposing them to sunlight. The storyline revolves around a conspiracy behind the Magaimono organization that the player explores. Within the game, there will be over 130 real life Akihabara shops that the player is able to visit.
Multiple Endings Edit
The heroine route is determined by the hero's choice. Moreover, it is divided into a normal ending and a true end according to favorability. The optional heroine characters are Shizuku, Touko, RIN and Shion, but only one route can be pursued per playthrough. Nana, the younger sister of the hero, is also a target character, but her ending appears after clearing the game which is achieved by clearing her sister mission regardless of the main story.
Nanashi (ナナシ Nanashi) - the main character and protagonist of the game. He shares the same default name as the protagonist in the first Akiba's Trip, exclusive to Japan. He is an otaku-type high school student, fond of Akihabara. He has a few qualities to make him stand out—that is, until he falls victim to a devious scam which turns him into a synthetic vampire, turned into a Synthister by the Magaimono organization but escaped. Although he is spared the worst of his fate as a ‘Synthister’ by the kiss of a beautiful stranger, he still has quite a few kinks to work out in his new undead lifestyle. He is a prime member of the town’s infamous Akiba Freedom Fighters, and depending on how the story progresses, he will reveal himself to be a tried-and-true defender of Akiba... or just an awkward-but-lovable fanboy... or maybe a little of both. Default voice by Ryota Osaka. English default voice by Spike Spencer.
Kaito Tachibana (立花戒斗 Tachibana Kaito) - An adorable young man who has an interest for the culture of Akiba. He is the older twin brother of Yuto Tachibana and another childhood friend of Nanashi’s. Kaito is a friendly, boisterous otaku -- the type who places 2D girls on a pedestal and keeps a collection of models and figurines so massive that he’s considered renting an extra room just to house them all. Though most view him as one without any goals in life due to his lack of desire to find employment, he’s actually quite intelligent -- that intelligence is just outweighed by his massive laziness. Voiced by Daiki Yamashita. English voice by Todd Haberkorn.
Yuto Tachibana (立花悠斗 Tachibana Yuto) - The younger twin-brother of Kaito Tachibana and another childhood friend of Nanashi’s. Unlike Kaito, Yuto is a hard worker who rigorously applies his intellect into every aspect of his life. Much more reserved by comparison, and perhaps a little too critical at times toward his older brother’s life choices, he’s still a friendly person who only wants to see his friends and loved ones be the best they can be. Voiced by Junichi Yanagita. English voice by Steve Staley.
Nana / Sister (ナナ / 妹 Nana) - Nanashi’s younger sister, who is more than aware of the "little sister" trope in anime culture and relishes in it. Clearly not one to take the initiative and interact with others, her quirky mannerisms and stilted, anime-and-game-inspired speech patterns make her difficult to talk to. She rarely comes out of her room nestled in the back of the Freedom Fighters' home base, to the point where others joke that she is something of a "secret character." Even though she gives her older brother a hard time, it is clear that she cares for him and supports his actions, whether he be human or Synthister. Voiced by Aya Suzaki. English Voice by Cindy Robinson.
Shizuku Tokikaze (刻風雫 Tokikaze Shizuku) - A girl with purple braided hair with a mysterious power and a friendly Nighteater. Shizuku came to Nanashi’s rescue just in the nick of time, gifting him a kiss that helped take the sinister out of his Synthister (so to speak). While calm, cool and level-headed, she never comes across as cold or heartless. Far from it, in fact; it is Nanashi’s transformation which compels her to stay and become the newest member of the Akiba Freedom Fighters, to ensure that no others are cursed to suffer the same fate as he. While she may have a few secrets about her that she keeps locked away, her kindness and earnest desire to see Akiba saved from the Synthister invasion are both genuine and admirable.Voiced by Sachika Misawa. English Voice by Brina Palencia.
Touko Sagisaka (鷺坂登子 Sagisaka Touko, "Tohko") - Nanashi’s longtime friend and a member of the Akiba Freedom Fighters. She may not game or watch anime to the point of being considered an nerd, but she’s comfortable around those who do and fully willing to fight for their right to continue enjoying the things they love. Always filled to the brim with energy brought forth by her natural need to protect those around her, it was almost inevitable she'd wind up fighting evil at some point in her life. This is, after all, the town she’s come to love thanks to all the dear friends she's made here. Voiced by Chiwa Saito. English voice by Michelle Ruff.
Kati Raikkonen (カティ•ライコネン Kati Raikonen) - A Finnish girl who came study in Japan, because she is fond of anime and Japanese RPGs. MOGRA’s resident full-timer, who transferred to Akihabara from Finland. Bubbly, energetic and sweet as can be, Kati is always there to keep a smile on the faces of the "Akiba Freedom Fighters". Whether maintaining high spirits or perking up those who’ve fallen to depression, Kati can invariably be counted on to lift any mood and warm any heart. Since Japanese is her second language, she sometimes mixes up her words, but it always somehow winds up making whatever she said sound even cuter. She also dresses as a maid constantly, not just for work, but for her own amusement; she created the outfit herself. She has an adoring fanbase amongst maid dorks. Voiced by Haruka Yamazaki. English default voice by Janice Kawaye.
Rin Tokikaze (刻風凛 Tokikake Rin) - An up-and-coming pop music idol in Akihabara sponsored by Daishihon Pharmaceuticals, Rin is known for the signature edgy, mysterious aura she projects through her powerful vocals. When the fans aren’t watching, however, her persona instantly changes from dignified to unrefined. Demanding, sarcastic and short-fused whenever she’s not under the spotlight, Rin is certainly more than meets the eye... and she may be hiding more than just her most colorful personality traits. As the game progresses, she is revealed to be Shizuku's sister. Voiced byHisako Kanemoto. English voice by Eden Riegel.
Zenya Amou (天羽禅夜 Amou Zenya) - The man responsible for Nanashi's undead predicament, as well as dozens upon dozens of others, though the reasons behind his actions remain a mystery. Zenya, as an elitist nerd, has a strong distaste for anyone who shares the same hobbies as he, proudly presenting himself with a firm and unwavering holier-than-thou attitude. A born villain, he plays his role to the hilt, though not in an ironic or self-aware manner; he’s just sort of naturally cheesy. He is a ringleader of Magaimono and is the first major antagonist introduced. Voiced by Daichi Kanbara. English voice by Christopher Corey Smith.
Shion Kasugai (霞会志遠 Kasugai Shion) - A 26-year-old female CEO of a pharmaceutical company and acquaintance of the protagonist. As president and CEO of a mega-conglomerate called Daishihon Pharmaceuticals, Shion is confident and eloquent, consistently presenting herself as if she always has the upper hand. Her company is rumored to be linked with unseemly activities, however, so her support for the Akiba Freedom Fighters leaves several members wondering what her true intentions may be, and even if she should be trusted at all. Voiced by Eriko Nakamura. English Voice by Megan Hollingshead.
Kouma Sakaguchi (高麗坂口 Sakaguchi Kouma) - The managing director at Daishihon Pharmaceuticals, who works directly under (and thus keeps a tight watch on) Shion Kasugai. And given Ms. Kasugai’s flighty nature, Sakaguchi is a man pitied by virtually all, whose zest for life seems to have given way to resignation and soul-crushing exhaustion. It is only a matter of time before he finally snaps... later he revealed himself to be a servant of Soga. Voiced by Koji Fujiyoshi. English voice by Jamieson Price.
Souga Kagutsuki (輝月宗牙 Kagutsuki Souga) - A mysterious individual spotted in Akihabara by Nanashi and Kati, with a voice as deep and grave as his demeanor. He is the main antagonist of the game. He is also from the same Nighteater clan as Shizuku and Rin. He wishes to turn all of Akihabara into Synthisters. Voiced by Ryota Takeuchi. English Voice by Richard Epcar.
Kihachi Sugiyama / Pops (喜八杉山 / マスター Sugiyama Kihachi / Masutā, "Master") - The owner and proprietor of a game bar called MOGRA, where one can enjoy fine drinks while playing classic arcade cabinets. He is also the leader of Akiba's Freedom Fighters. Though he is old enough to be virtually anyone else's grandfather from this cast, Pops loves anime, manga and games just as much as any teen, and is always there to support the group and give a hearty dosage of advice whenever they need a good, swift kick in the rear. It is thanks to his deep, undying love of Akiba that his bar came to double as the Freedom Fighters' home base. Voiced by Toshitsugu Takashina.
Gameplay and Features Edit
The game carries over the main battle mechanic of stripping called Strip Action into this sequel. The strip bar, tag-team mechanics included will range from various combinations, as well as bringing in some of the classic styles seen in the first game. The use of items in battle and stripping both male and female opponents still remains in this continuation of the series. The game also features decisions which can be chosen by the player as if playing a visual novel game. This choice of action leads to an ending with one of the heroine characters. By clearing the game, it is possible to unlock the character model of one or multiple heroine characters which can be changed in the character customization menu screen. The game also features a "gamebox mode" which visualizes the game in a "chibi-style" version of Akihabara.
- Faithful Recreation of Japan’s Electronics Mecca
Like a virtual tour of Tokyo’s Akihabara ward, all major outdoor locations from the town have been painfully recreated, with over 130 real-life shops accurately represented.
- Unique and Customizable Brawler-Style Combat
Anything can be a weapon, from baseball bats to comic books to motherboards, and individual clothing items may be targeted, stripped and added to your own inventory.
- Dual Language with Japanese and English Voices and Text
In addition to newly recorded English voices, the original Japanese voice track is a selectable option for those wanting a more authentic experience. Players may even choose to enjoy the game with the original Japanese text if they so desire.
- Satirical Story with Divergent Paths and Multiple Endings
Playing off common anime and video game tropes for social satire, the player’s choices determine how the story progresses, leading to one of many unique endings.
- Modern Day Setting Enhances Gameplay Options and Adds Pop Culture Feel
An in-game smartphone is used to check email, read comments on “Pitter,” take side quests, catalog ad flyers, launch apps to identify the undead and much, much more.
Development and Release Edit
Development of the game was first announced in Famitsu in August 2013. An official trailer was released on 29 August 2013, introducing the main gameplay concepts, including a feature which allows two characters to strip an enemy's clothes off in unison.
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed has been localised into Chinese and Korean with the assistance of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. The game features collaboration DLC in the form of character costumes and equippable items, including those from Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, Disgaea, Hyperdimension Neptunia, The Legend of Heroes, Super Sonico, and Genshiken.
Outfits based on M’s characters Potaru Shimiya and Potami Shimiya. M’s is a real shop in Akihabara, and Potaru and Potami are two of their mascot characters. They are designed by Poyoyon Rock. An outfit and weapon set based on Nitroplus’s live mascot girl Super Sonico. This outfit completely transforms the character into the popular idol. A one piece outfit set based on Genshiken: Second Season character Susanna Hopkins. A body pillow weapon and T-shirt based on the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. An outfit and weapon set based on GungHo Online’s Ragnarok Odyssey Ace. These are the previously announced “White Knight Costume Set” and “Lord of Death” outfits. A weapon based on Prinny from Nippon Ichi Software’s Disgaea series. A Misshi-based sun visor and paws weapon set based on Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes series.
XSEED Games localized the game in North America and released it on August 12, 2014 on the PS3 and Vita, with the PS4 version following in late 2014. NIS America released the game in Europe on October 10, 2014. XSEED Games' western localization of the game features original Japanese audio and text, and Japanese advertising for real-life Akihabara locations and products within the original game will remain. The physical version shipped with dual audio, with the game being stored on a 4GB Vita cart.
The game received its character designs from Akio Watanabe (Poyoyon♥Lock). The game received multiple manga adaptions. The opening them song of the game is「TRUE STORY」 by Luna Haruna.
- "Akiba's Trip 2" Bamboo Comics (two volumes)
- The name AKIBA'S TRIP is a portmanteau on the words Akiba in a possessive form and Trip. When combined, often written as a whole, AKIBA'STRIP—which can be read as "Akiba Strip", hence the stripping in-game. Another reason why the western version has the subtitle Undressed.
- The game was mentioned in the No Game, No Life animation with an image of Kati Raikkonen.
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