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NEET: Short for “Not in Employment, Education, or Training.” Asahi Tachibana is a textbook NEET, living a lazy, cozy life in Akihabara, the infamous Tokyo district renowned for its proliferation of anime and video game merchandise, maid cafes, pop idols, and all other forms of counterculture indulgence. To him, every day is Sunday.
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While I can most definitively say that Akiba’s Beat is a marked improvement over its predecessor, I can’t help but feel that in its aspiration to become like the much beloved Persona and Tales series, it has lost an identity of its own. Despite its improvements, with the stellar lineup of games all bidding for your time this year, it’s hard to recommend Akiba’s Beat over its superior alternatives.
Akiba’s Beat is a superb game for players who want an anime imbued, character driven experience that refuses to take itself seriously. The very enthusiasm that the makers obviously have for their subject pulses through the title, giving it a true personality that helps it stand on its own. It keeps the rhythm like me behind the drum set: the heart is absolutely in it but the sticks get dropped a few times.
Alas though, long dialogue, a bland battle system and very little to do in between really does let Akiba’s Beat down. If you’re a hardcore veteran of the JRPG genre, you may get some fun out of this in small doses, but anyone casual will be switched off by the third chapter.