Your Childhood Friend Can Beat Up Vampires In Akiba’s Trip 2

By Sunjun . September 17, 2013 . 1:52pm


Acquire has introduced one of the heroines of Akiba’s Trip 2, the action-RPG in which you hunt vampire-like creatures by getting into fist fights with them and ripping off their clothes.


Touko Sagisaka is a student at a women’s college in Akihabara, as well as the main character’s childhood friend and older sister-figure. She’s not much of an otaku, but she has been a member of the Akiba Vigilance Committee for two years. As a central figure of the group, she is a reliable person with fast reflexes.


Touko is one of several partners with their own sub-plots whom you can join forces with to explore Akihabara and beat up demons. Akiba’s Trip 2 is scheduled to be released for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita on November 7.

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  • John Diamond

    i don’t know why… the childhood friend cliche is so overused it’s not funny. i just cringe whenever we have an anime and they just outrightly say it

    • Cliche, but realistic, since who else would be helping this guy beat up female vampires and rip off their clothes? Even with that, the situation as it stands is already teetering on the edge of absurdity.

      That said, it is a cliche, but it is a realistic cliche that applies for many situations and walks of life…whether anyone likes it or not.

      • Sakurazaki

        I moved around a lot as a kid, so unfortunately I never had one, haha.

        Agreed though.

      • John Diamond

        It just sorta weakens character development to an extent. Rather than having two people build up a relationship or whatever, it’s just a quick (and in my opinion lazy) shortcut to save time.

        But again, To answer your first question. anyone, Is that yellow haired chick from hellsing his childhood friend? no. Does she follow him to kill vampires? Yes, it’s easy enough to simply invent a character or scenario which bonds people together

        • Odin

          A childhood friend is just a friend you knew from a young age who you might still know today… That’s all. There’s no other meaning behind it. It’s just a term.

          You can have one in reality too, so I’m not sure why you find it so odd.

          • John Diamond

            i didn’t find it odd. just cringy, boring and unoriginal. They aren’t even trying and seldom is the trope executed well. Like Tsundere’s, Big boob tropes and most tropes used in harems.

          • DyLaN

            Its just a character designation/title…. She can be a space vampire or w/e but her character/personality is the real deal breaker.

            Hardly anything is original nowadays anyway.

          • John Diamond

            Doesn’t make it any less or worse of a story element. Lots of people do the whole Damsel in Distress trope but does that make it any more or less bad?

            I’m just saying. Childhood Friend trope is just extremely lazy a story element and just ‘Hardly anythng is Original nowadays’ doesn’t mean they should repeatedly use the same trope time and time again indiscriminately and not trying to innovate

    • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

      The childhood friend is the easiest way to create a love interest, plus its a trope that is very rooted in the JP media.

      Personally i never get tired of it.

      • FlamingFirewire

        ..unless it’s Minami from Oreimo :D

    • almostautumn

      Kind of like a Loli, or a quirky character/clumsy character/over-privelidged character, or a chick-magnet afraid to talk to girls falling all over him, or—

      Dude; anime/manga are absolutely loaded with pop-culture trash. You either love it at the base/core, or hate it like other pop-cult nonsense, like Justin Bieber, or comic-book films.

      • John Diamond

        how on earth does ‘everyone does this’ justifies the poor usage of such a cliche?

        • almostautumn

          It doesn’t; this is why I’m saying it’s ‘pop-cult trash.’ There’s nothing to be said or done about it though; the static usage of these cliches are what majority fans are looking for. Look at western games and you see the same thing, except with a stern ‘Every Man’ who’d rather get things done than lament— it’s the same cliche as anime cliche, and the truth is that many people are just as sick of the western trite as those sick of the eastern—
          and yet, it’s familiar, and so when these mass-market entertainment items like videogames, manga, anime, and film are being designed, there is a constant requirement for these projects to meet contemporary models of what is currently hip. Utilizing pop-culture so openly does, indeed, negate the overall value of these items— but we’re talking about big business here, and the truth is that this constant utility of cliche is not going to change until the entire market supporting the cliche is washed up. How many people are crying they are sick are of zombies and vampires, yet still there is a reliance on this trend in mass-market products? Truly, cliches, in regards to their being placed in entertainment items, are not neglected until truly the entire market comfortable with them has moved on.
          There’s just no point to be bothered. If it is bothering, than just move on to a different field of entertainment until the trend blows over, or you find yourself reabsorbed into it. But it’s big-business; the fans don’t matter, only the mass-market identity of what appeals, and what does not.

    • French

      eye agree

    • MattDaemon

      Its cliche, but in many of that type anime, the focus is more toward the comedy in comedy anime, the ecchi in 18+ anime, or the combat in action anime. You will barely notice the “she is my childhood friend part” Most of the time, she act more like a friend, albeit a normal very close friend than anything else.

    • Göran Isacson

      Ha ha I know, right. It’s like… yes, I know you are my childhood friend. I know this because guess what, I have known you since childhood.

  • That’s right vampire demons. If anyone is going to bite her, it’s gonna be me. =^_^=

  • leingod

    Game looks really fun, it’d be a shame if it doesn’t get released in the west. Also, you guys sure it’s Akiba’s Trip 2 and not Akiba Strip 2?

    • DuskSharkEX

      Trip. Logo is designed to trick you.

    • InfectedAI

      The first one didn’t get released outside of Japan right? I doubt this one will either.

      • leingod

        Yeah, probably… although we’ve been getting some quirky japanese titles lately.

        • Vesperion

          We better call up Xseed

          • ishyg

            Since this is for the Sony platforms better pester up @giocorsi over at the twitters.

      • Kevadu

        Not being stuck on the PSP does give this one a slightly better chance…

    • Arcana Wiz

      this game name was designed to be read as a akiba strip, but “officially” is akiba’s trip…..

  • Sardorim

    She does look athletic so I can see her beating the crude out of Vampires.

  • Guest

    Hello Saito Chiwa

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    I need to know if MC will be nameable, otherwise not interested.

  • Arcana Wiz

    but only one more question….. can i strip her?
    slowly walks away.

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      The real question is… will this game be localized? Will it? Willlllll it?

      • Sergio Briceño

        I don’t really think I would get this game for its dialogue.

    • MattDaemon

      That’s the hope, brotha.

    • XiaomuArisu

      May after you complete her subquest she will let you strip her
      nudge nudge wink wink

  • Chaos_Knight

    The words “Childhood Friend” brought me here.

  • Kotorin

    I can tell she’s voiced by Saito Chiwa, who also voiced a certain favorite childhood friend character of mine :3

    • sonicgamer07

      You, of course!

  • Sardorim

    Hey wait… She has Biker Shorts!


    • Richard N

      This guy has a good eye for fetish fashion. I like him.

  • DyLaN

    Her design kinda reminds me of Karen Araragi. I like.

    And her character/personality is kinda OK too.

    • XiaomuArisu

      Toothbrushscene in Akibastrip?

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    Why are they doing the visual novel thing when the in-game sprites look pretty good?

    Also, when is this game getting localized?

    • DyLaN

      I doubt the 3D models are good enough to convey facial emotions. Not to mention the VN cutscenes are pretty much the norm.

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        They weren’t good enough to convey emotions during the PS1/PS2 era either, but body language goes a long way. VN cutscenes might be the norm, but it’s lazy storytelling, especially given the power of today’s systems, even the handhelds.

        Oh well, it’s doesn’t matter. We’ll probably never even see the game over here.

  • s07195

    Finally able to watch the video~ Now let’s see….
    Reused BGM- check.
    Junk-doori- check.
    Arena challenge- check.

    Yup, getting the game. :S

  • TheExile285

    childhood friends are nice~

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