Hardware: Chip • Install: 1 • Influence: 1

+1memory unit

The Akamatsu company was founded on three principles: first, to make the fastest mem chips on the market, second, to turn a profit, and third, to serve as a front for the manufacture of illegal neural-stimulants. It is the last principle that perhaps explains their rabid brand loyalty.
Shaper • Outland Entertainment LLC • System Core 2019 48
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Akamatsu Mem Chip
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(Core Set Perspective!)

Almost always handy to have around. If you don't need spare it'll pad out your hand against damage (and give you a little extra confidence runnng against Jinteki, I've found). When you do need it gives you what you need, when you need it at a price you can almost always afford. Good stuff! Not a whole lot more to add really, so I'll finish by saying I also like how it looks like someone just insulted Elizabeth Mills' mother


(Fear the Masses era)

For a long time this was considered the Shaper ‘Console’ - Because cards like Monolith and The Toolbox are so expensive to play, the simple cost and memory boost for the program heavy Shaper decks made this an ideal card.

Now there are decent consoles that give the memory boost and an effect, so Akamatsu has fallen out of favor for that use. In terms of pure memory, there are a lot of options, and if you need cheap +MU, Akamatsu is the place to go. It doesn’t really have an impact on the game outside of the need to increase MU to support a rig, and it does that job admirably and cheaply.

(Written during the meta of Breaker Bay, part of the SanSan Cycle. For more reviews like it, visit wyldside.blogspot.com)

(Breaker Bay era)
Don't forget that if you aren't running a console in a Shaper build that's running Akamatsu, always include an Astrolabe in place of one of your Akamatsus. It's a straight upgrade. The only exception to this currently is if you are also running Replicator. —