A virtual trip through Akiba

Posted by Dean on January 22nd, 2011. Filters:

Ever wanted to walk the streets of Akihabara? Can’t visit Japan? Don’t worry, this Spring ACQUIRE are bringing Akiba’s Trip (アキバズトリップ) exclusively to Sony’s PSP, not to be confused with Akiba Strip.

Vampires called Kageyushi take the appearance of people and roam inside the Electric Town. Two groups sought to protect it. NIRO hunt the vampires and a vigilante brigade help find missing people. The two work together to keep Akihabara safe.

In Akiba’s Trip you play as a student who was attacked by the Kageyushi and now carries a serious illness. The protagonist Rui who is an avid cosplayer saves you from the Kageyushi.

As far as I know this is all the information released on the story as of now. There is currently no trailer.

Akiba’s Trip is designed to look like modern day Akihabara. You will be able to freely roam the district and visit famous locations such as AsoBit City, DosPara, Toranoana, and Messe Sanoh.

As promotion for the game blue underwear were left abandoned throughout Akihabara. Until the official launch of the website, no one knew what these were for. I love Akihabara and if it’s anything like roaming the real city it’ll be an experience all in its own.

Maids handing out flyers on the street, the sound of 1,000 TVs blaring and AKB48 coming from every shop. It couldn’t get any better.

In more idol related news it was announced that the Ishimaru Soft building in Akihabara will be closing in March, as there are only two Ishimaru Soft buildings in Tokyo it’s quiet sad.

If you’ve ever visited Akihabara before you are bound to have seen it. Just like HMV or Tower Records it is a place filled with CDs and DVDs of all kinds.

The Ishimaru Soft building was important for indie idols and idol groups alike as the top floors held many mini-lives and handshake events. Most recently for groups like Momoiro Clover, SUPER☆GiRLS and Ebichu. I was lucky enough to see Momoiro Clover live there quite a few times during my trip, although the concerts were small with less than 500 people they were a lot of fun.

Just like HMV in Shibuya it’s sad to see these shops closing down. As the entertainment industry changes how it distributes material to us I hope other Japanese stores like this won’t follow suit.

I enjoy walking around them as I can spend countless hours looking through everything. I’m hoping to see the Ishimaru Soft building in Akiba’s Trip when it is released on April 14th.

On a different, but not completely unrelated note, if you’re interested in this kind of thing, you might also want to check out Tokyo Realtime’s audio guided walking tour through Akihabara. Especially for those who have never been to Akihabara and for those who don’t speak Japanese, it could definitely be an interesting experience. It comes with a CD, an area map and a photo booklet. Click the image to check it out.

Tokyo Realtime: Behind the scenes audio tours

  • http://yonasu.com/ yonasu

    If I had a PSP I’d definitely get this game, it sounds really cool! No matter how many times I try I keep reading it as “Akiba Strip” xD

    • http://twitter.com/dean_rainey dean_rainey

      I can’t wait for it! I kept reading it as Akiba Strip at first as well XD. I hope it’s a hit so there’s a Western release. I can’t wait to roam around Akiba GTA style.

  • http://twitter.com/Ami1982 Amy

    I do and I don’t want to go to Akihabara when I go to Japan…I like anime, but I’m not obsessed over anime…lol. If I can find a Shituji cafe maybe I can drag my friend over there with me. haha! Mainly out of curiosity.

    • http://yonasu.com/ yonasu

      There’s plenty to see in Akiba, not just anime! ;) I’ve seen white guys dressed up as maids there xD But it’s really the perfect place to look for souvenirs of all kinds.

  • http://twitter.com/yeoldewota Ye Olde Wota

    I don’t have a PSP, so I won’t play Akiba Strip (let’s face it, that’s the way they want us to read it). On the other hand, I’ll probably get the Tokyo Realtime audio guide. I listened to an excerpt and it sounded intriguing. Not like being in Akihabara itself, but it’s all I can afford right now. XD

  • http://twitter.com/JakeL168 Jake L.

    haven’t found a game worth playing on PSP yet… this might just be it!