First Impressions on Akiba’s Trip – Electric Burlesque

I guess it’s about time to cover this one. I’ve seen the game on Steam sales a couple of times and admittedly was tempted to give it a try, but fortunately Neptunia and Senran Kagura are already occupying my gaming timeslot for kusoge with hot chicks. Anyway, I thought I’d at least check the anime out, and surprisingly the first episode was actually decent. It didn’t try to take itself seriously and the action was unexpectedly slick. Was GONZO about to, dare I say, deliver a solid show for the first time since antiquity?

Haha, of course not.

So it’s another trashy video game adaptation anime, which is hardly surprising because video game adaptations are the only thing lurking further down the shit creek from light novel-based shows. I always tell myself this and yet here I am again. I’m sorry, Ma, you told me I could become anything, so I became a 30-something reviewer of garbage entertainment. Where did it all go so wrong? I can only escape the despair by drowning myself in useless photographic junk and meme lenses.

A-at least they love still me.

As for the show, it can be handily boiled down to the following screencap:

Also there’s the bubbly gaijin girl with the bizarre combination of a Finnish last name and a stereotypical American accent, who is single-handedly saving the whole show.

The poor army store owner got both the Chinese animator and villain-of-the-week treatment, but you know, I kind of sympathize with him here.

Now this is what I call customer interaction.

Anyway, this is pretty garbage show, but with any luck Alisa’s demented antics will keep it afloat. As long as GONZO’s production does not completely collapse upon itself, which would not be surprising in the least.

For those interested in the nuances of practical Finnish beyond the word “Moi”, here’s a crash course:

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