“Wait. Wait. So if I want to rip off her top, I just have to… keep punching her? Or do I have to punch her in the chest?”
The above statement isn’t really something I would recommend anyone to say, unless of course you’re talking about playing Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed!
That’s the future of this article, and every good story must have it’s origin, so here’s the past.
There are times when I aimlessly, with a secret hope, scroll through the list of games on PlayStation 4 looking to find that unheralded, unknown game that will catch my eye and distract me, nay talk me out of, once again, of buying a copy of the latest Dynasty Warriors game. It’s true that when new consoles have launched in the past, Sony and Microsoft forgot to launch them with, well… video games. The thought of the future is the bright promise that gamers tuck themselves in with every night, knowing that something better is just around the corner, arriving in the next couple of months or in some cases a year later – I’m looking at you The Order 1866. But this last perusal brought me in contact with something beautifully strange – Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed.
Akiba’strip is satirical in nature and it borders on something completely different and you as a reader can decide what that “different” is. Akiba’strip is an adventure game with street fighting reminiscent to the rumbles between the Sharks and the Jets, with a rather divergent twist – the finishing moves of your character are – stripping off clothing. The website for Akiba’s puts it more eloquently – “Fighting isn’t just about felling your foes, but dropping their drawers too!” Or to follow that up with the quote de jour when describing a “unison strip” – “If there’s anything more romantic than stripping people of their clothing in broad daylight, it’s stripping people of their clothing in broad daylight… together!” It’s exactly like you’re picturing it – one character holds the baddie and your character strips the clothes off.
So why the stripping of clothes in broad daylight? I’m glad you asked, let me explain. The game is played through the eyes of an unsuspecting, typical teenage high school student named Nanashi (no-name in Japanese), who is turned into a “synthister”, saved and recruited into a gang of freedom fighters who are synthister hunters. Synthisters are vampire-like creatures who feed off the social energy and willpower of those souls who visit the Akihabara district of Tokyo. And the only way to stop these synthisters is to strip their clothes off! It’s a necessary evil because the only way to defeat them is to expose them directly to sunlight (even though some of the bad guys are already wearing shorts, skirts, or t-shirts?).
If you’re like me and unfamiliar with Akihabara, Akihabara is the cradle of life in terms of everything otaku (Otaku meaning), video games, and anime. Acquire and XSEED, who created the game, have recreated over 130 real-life shops in Akihabara, along with something called “pitter”, which as you might guess, is the replacement to that poorly named thing called twitter. I personally much prefer the name pitter over twitter. So when you’re not busy stripping baddies of their clothes, you can check your email and browse comments on “pitter”.
Now if you’re unfamiliar with this anime (Clothe Exploding Fight Scene) and now you’re overly familiar whether you want to be or not, explains the satire of the clothes bursting and ripping during fighting. It’s a clever and creative game, it puts a loving and funny spotlight on anime fandom and its great haven Akihabara. I’m not sure if something like it has ever been attempted. It’s a very original game that is aware of its own absurdity, yet I’m still uncomfortable with the idea of the game, no matter how absurd or satirical. For now I’ll keep scrolling, sad and lonely, waiting for that unheralded game to stave off the disastrous purchase of the latest Dynasty Warriors game. If you’ve played the game already on Playstation 3 or if you haven’t, and you’re looking to use your Playstation 4, Akiba’strip will be available sometime during the holiday season.
Justin Tripp is a professional writer without a body of work who used to live in Cleveland but now lives in Oakland, California. A hermit’s hermit, he often visits the gorillas who live and play in the mist that enshrouds the Oakland Hills. Justin hopes that one day he can join his fellow Harmonians in Harmontown once it is established as a colony on the moon.