Taking Clothes Off in Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Akiba strip.

Akihabara is a district in the city of Tokyo, Japan. Nicknamed by locals as Akiba, the area is renowned for its collection of stores and arcades featuring an assortment of video games, anime, manga, and electronic wares. Because of this, it has become strongly associated with the otaku subculture.

Set in present-day Akihabara, Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed embraces this subculture. Protagonist Nanashi is an otaku regular in the area who finds himself unwittingly in the position to save the district against demonic invaders. While I was initially hesitant about Akiba's Trip, the 30-minute hands-on preview I had with it on the PlayStation Vita left me eager to explore the rest of the game.

Just a regular otaku, here to save the day.

This was largely due to the game's faithful recreation of the real-life Akihabara. Several areas are incredibly accurate replicas of their real-life counterparts, and developer Acquire has even obtained the licensing to feature genuine advertisements used in Akihabara on loading screens.

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed finds Nanashi drawn into a plot that sees Akihabara taken over by demons. Following a confrontation with a goateed antagonist, a mysterious girl named Shizuku grants him demonic powers to save his life. The two join forces to fight to save the district from control of the blood-sucking demons.

This isn't what it looks like.

These demons are stronger and faster than the average human, but sport a mortal weakness to sunlight. Defeating these demons requires exposing them to the sunlight which burns them from existence, and this is achieved by ripping their clothes off.

The mechanic sounds sketchy, but after my first battle with two (male) demons, I approached it rather seriously. Enemy clothing is divided into three areas: head, middle, and bottom. The player must fight opponents until one of these areas flashes red, indicating an opportunity to dive in and make a show of, well, ripping off an article of clothing from the enemy.

Despite my initial onset of incredulity and laughter, it became clear to me that battles were better approached with a little more strategic intention. Stripping down opponents step-by-step made sense, and the combat itself felt like that of a third-person brawler, with button presses equating to a series of punches and kicks strung together to form combos.

That isn't to say that Akiba's Trip does not shy away from debauchery; fan service of the anime/manga variety was definitely present. Girls dressed as maids and unavoidable panty shots were just some of what I encountered. For the hardcore fans, publisher XSEED confirmed that both Japanese and English audio options will be available upon release.

Pretty outfit, but is it practical?

Still, what surprised me the most was the touch of self-awareness the game alluded to. Akihabara is a bastion of consumerism, and the game's protagonist Nanashi was thrown into his predicament as a result of his obsession for collecting figurines. The promise of new collectibles was the catalyst which set off the initial chain of events, with even the antagonist commenting and taking advantage of this weakness for material goods. This social commentary on consumer culture is interesting given the game's setting, and I am curious to see if it is explored further.

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed was initially unappealing because of its seemingly shallow subject matter, but the game's battle and item system set to the backdrop of a faithful recreation of one of my favourite areas in the world piqued my interest. I'm looking forward to picking this one up for the PlayStation Vita or PlayStation 3 when it makes its debut in the Western market later this year.

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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Discussion

119 comments
jessie_janson_1
jessie_janson_1

i hope this is on PC as well. id like to check it out :( the artcile makes it sound like its more then sillyness.

stevles
stevles

What is wrong with you people? Seriously, seek help.

advocacy
advocacy

AKIBA'S TRIP: Undead & Undressed is coming August 12th for PS3 and PS Vita in North America!

Anutha_One
Anutha_One

Just wondering if any of you Vita owners who utilize public transportation will be willing to fire this title up while using the Vita's speakers?


In-game ripping sound, number of heads turn in your direction and stare at your game screen and see what is taking place.  Classic moment just waiting to take place.

ilego2
ilego2

Coolest Title Ever

megamind12
megamind12

I definitely wii buy this.I watch gameplay and it look fun .If you like anime style game, cute and sexy girl, it have great gameplay and story too, you will like this game

sorry for my bad english

KougaMyazawa
KougaMyazawa

People say this game is equal, as in both men and women get stripped. I doubt it, though. I'm like 78% percent sure it'll be 90% women getting stripped, and if the males get stripped, most of them will be ugly, low quality, and not done in fanservicey fashion. It'll be like putting a black guy in a group of all white guys and calling that group racially diverse when it isn't. Please note, that I HAVE seen a bit of the game. The males that were stripped were generic and unattractive, and just didn't feel as fanservicey as the girls.

Am I saying that this will actually be true? No. It could be very equal and both genders are attractive, and stripped equally, etc etc, but I just really have my doubts. On the bright side, if it turns out my doubts are incorrect, then I'll be pleasantly surprised?

lowerclassbrat7
lowerclassbrat7

Games not unlike film can and should be whatever they want to be. If you don't like it no need to cry foul or demand a ban of said offensive material. Speak with your wallet and don't buy it. I think this game will most likely be sexist and lame, but I support it's right to exist and so should anyone who believes in the right to free speech/expression.

technature
technature

I love the people bitching about women being stripped.


And the article specifically states it strips men too.


Double standards are hilarious.

fbgbdk4
fbgbdk4

Oh man, I was totally peaceful in my blood and gore games, and suddenly I'm striken with this inappropriate material...

megakick
megakick

Little weird but unique games are good I can only play so many of the same...

xdude85
xdude85

Game of the year right here.

DefconRave
DefconRave

The gameplay looks fantastic, love the graphics and I hope more games explore this subject matter - Otakubait Magazine

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

I like how you kids in the comments think people in their underwear is more offensive than brutal violence.

psuedospike
psuedospike

I love Suda 51 games and even I think this is juvenile non-sense.

SweetPandaLove
SweetPandaLove

Ahhh, Japan. These are the same people that put used women underwear in vending machines for people to buy. Why is ANYONE surprised?

Bowser05
Bowser05

Considering Zorine tends to love all the games I tend to enjoy, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and give this one a shot when it comes out.

Jasurim
Jasurim

I'm actually looking forward to this game, nice to see that it also has a little bit of depth, I was a little worried about that.

Immortallix
Immortallix

Will be picking this up for the incredible "plot"

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

and a real enemy appears when Nanashi rippsoff some demons cloths Oh such a huge penus Oh such a big booobs Lol just Lol.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

and now is where we cue the Oingo Boingo: ♫ "Oh, I love little girls, they make me feel so good" ♫

kryotech
kryotech

There's a lot of games like this in Japan. Cultural differences I guess. Who knows? Maybe it's not even that mainstream in Japan either. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Oh Japan, gotta love your honey badger attitude.

nobody490
nobody490

Ohhhh I see what they did there, AKIBA STRIP! ;)

thehollowones
thehollowones

First off its not "Akiba's Trip", its obviously an extremely thinly veiled attempt to hide "Akiba Strip" which makes a thousand times more sense as you are literally stripping people...in Akiba.


Second, I can't think of this game without thinking of fat lonely, greasy faced losers hiding their faces in their Pikachu hoodies while getting off on some generic anime fan service wrapped up in a "game"...in public. In other words, these kinds of games justify the kind of stigmata and judgement that the people who fall under them try so hard to disprove. Self defeatism is a b*tch huh? Don't want to be labeled as the above? Don't give people a reason to, and don't play these kinds of games.

hystavito
hystavito

Has Akihabara, either by actual name or clear similarity, been portrayed in any other game?

hitomo
hitomo

its good we can laugh about sexism again ... or is it just japanese sexism ? ... and isnt that alreaday racism?


/watch?v=9Gvs231js1Q

gokuss4z
gokuss4z

Only in japan.............

Tabarnaque
Tabarnaque

@KougaMyazawa In this game you can see girl's bare panties but you can't see the men's bare bank accounts, so you might be disappointed.

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

@psuedospike Fun fact: games are for fun. Not everything has to be a gritty, violent, adult-rated game. Video games are allowed to be complete and utter non-sense.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@thehollowones  Well then you read your homoerotic romance novels and other people will play this game, to each their own.

mineflare
mineflare

@thehollowones Meanwhile it's much more acceptable in Western gaming culture to hit the sheets with aliens, have full blown nudity, stealing and hacking from other people, run over pedestrians with a car and shooting them in the face just for kicks.

Yeok.

penpusher
penpusher

@thehollowones pretty passionate reply to something you don't seem to want to play. As bizarre as I find this concept if that's what floats their boat dude then I don't see the problem, if they want to jerk themselves off to this sort of stuff it's their business. No need to get your knickers in a twist over what someone else does in their spare time, I don't see what you achieve by insulting them since someone elses taste in games doesn't really affect you.

jecomans
jecomans

@hystavito As I recall, there is a part of one of the planets in Hyperdimension Neptunia that seemed based on it a bit; though it's certainly not explicitly so, so just a hunch.

jecomans
jecomans

@hitomo Sexism? This game is definitely fair when it comes to stripping males and females to their underwear. 

KougaMyazawa
KougaMyazawa

@Tabarnaque @KougaMyazawa I'm assuming you're being sarcastic and talking about the stereotype that all women care about in men is money. Nice try, but whatever. (and if you're not, then my bad)

I just wanna see some nice, attractive anime man ass as much as the guy besides me who want to see some nice attractive anime girl's panties, is that really such a crime?