The stripping anime of the season, Akiba’s Trip makes its amusing and visually appealing debut. It’s fun but not really earth shattering in any way.
The first episode shows how the MC, Tamotsu, ends up in the stripping business with the cute tsundere, Mayo. While with his imouto, Tamotsu constantly runs into Mayo as she chases down, beats up, and then strips some people who subsequently fall unconscious after a purple explosion.
Skipping the parts about the kinpatsu with the annoying way of speaking, Niwaka gets caught in an incident involving Mayo and those she was chasing. Mayo gets injured and Tamotsu decides to go after her because he’s the MC of course. And there he gets killed but then brought back to life through the magical kiss as Mayo’s underling of the undead. There are some clichés here but we can let them slide since they don’t really take away from the enjoyment.
The next episode has Tamotsu getting to know exactly what his job entails. He can’t leave Akiba, he can’t take off his clothes (which means he can’t take a bath like normal people), he doesn’t get paid for stripping all those people; in short, it’s really not the best kind of job. But on the plus side, he may get to see some nice bodies after ridding them of their clothing.
The first episode gave us something to look forward to as Mayo was called a traitor by the scantily dressed female enemy. But disappointingly it turns out that Mayonnaise is only the same species as they are and she and her ancestors have been fighting these photosensitive fiends for quite some time.
As is obvious, the story is an excuse for some nudity. But that doesn’t mean that it’s bad; these two episodes are quite fun to watch. The comedy has been consistently good throughout these two episodes. Tamotsu is coming off as a fun guy. He has his chuuni past, which he isn’t anymore; but he brings up things from back then to get out of some sticky situations occasionally.
The best thing about this show is how good it tends to look during its fights. Anyone who has watched Deen’s KonoSuba will immediately recognize that there are similarities between the two’s art style. There are two different people at the helm, but nevertheless they have, more or less, the same approach here.
The director here isn’t going for overall consistency in the visual department. You can see that the movements are cartoonish, rubbery and exaggerated at times. This does complement the absurd premise the show has pretty nicely. The character designs aren’t exactly that good, but they’re easy to animate and allow for more freedom for the animators to go all out with their skills.
The part where Tamotsu awakens to his newly found powers in the first episode and his running on the big guy’s arm are the standout animation scenes of these two episodes. The second episode was light on the action but there still were some solid animation scenes which give hope that it won’t fall apart with below average scenes later on.
This looks like it’s trying to follow a similar formula to what Keijo!!!!!!! did: absurd premise and going all out with it. But whether Akiba’s Trip manages to execute that well enough will be something we’ll have to see in the coming episodes. Episode two gives some hope with nice animation and comedy and it’ll be great if it stays this way.
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