Having a light novel author father and an eroge illustrator mother, Kanou Shinichi is a thoroughbred otaku. However he does not have any special power except for his broad knowledge, sharp insight, and impeccable instinct about “MOE” and its products, from manga to anime to games to light novel to figures. One day he found himself transported to a fantasy world where elves live and dragons fly. And he is given a task—not to fight monster or embark on a quest, but to enhance cultural exchange by becoming a “moe missionary” in this fantasy world! He meets a palace guard who has a bit of fujoshi taste, a half-elf maid, and the empress who is a little girl. He comes up with the idea of building a school. At first it runs as a comedy but later there are serious matters that Shinichi needs to face: ethnic discrimination, social problems, conflict with neighboring countries, sabotage by opposition elements including Japanese government, etc. Can he overcome the obstacles, successfully bring “moe” culture to the fantasy world, and help the people there as well? – My Anime List
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Our protagonist was hired as a representative to achieve that goal, who is a full blown otaku with questionable social skills. He meets up with his half-elf maid, the human queen (16 years old), and Japanese assistant, then the chaos commences.
Anime News Network
Although the first six episodes have not been flawless (the series is not entirely above using cheap gags, for instance), so far Outbreak Company has yet to have a major stumble and typically gets far more humor or sincerity out of its content than one would reasonably expect to be possible; the scene from episode 6 depicted in the screen shot, where Empress Petralka very publicly shares her joy and friendship with one of the despised half-elves, and is suggested to have made quite an impression by doing so, is one such scene. This is one of the year’s biggest and most pleasant surprises, and it deserves a broader audience than it is probably getting.
As I mentioned previously, I did not expect this series to be more than a typical trip through a world in which a hapless, normal guy winds up with a harem of girls who experience a surprising amount of saucy accidents, as is the norm in certain anime. And whilst those elements are undeniably present, I was honestly shocked by the well thought out plot that permeated the series. It’s just impressive that a series with such a fan placating premise could be turned into a coherent and legitimate story. Of course, a constant sense of self referential humour keeps the humour flowing for the most part, stretching through an impressive selection of series, from Madoka Magica, to Attack on Titan, even series like Star Driver get a homage or two. You can pretty much make a game of trying to pick the references, though don’t make it a drinking game (if you’re over the legal drinking age) because you’ll probably…don’t make it a drinking game. So basically, to sum it all up, come for the far fetched story and reference bonanza, but stay for the grounded development of both character and plot.
Although it may have a strange sounding premise, Outbreak Company is a surprisingly intelligent series that finds a nice balance of humor that comes in many different forms and drama that touches upon serious issues in a fantasy land. Outbreak Company celebrates otaku culture while also taking plenty of humorous jabs at various fanbases and relishing in its tropes, creating an entertaining and very enjoyable series that any fan, especially hardcore anime fans, will enjoy.
The comedy did turn to drama at the end (which I usually complain about) but for Outbreak Company I have no complaints, as it was the main character’s realization of his complicity to a campaign of cultural imperialism. The show didn’t arrive to much of a conclusion regarding this problem, but it was still infinitely more intelligent and thought-provoking than any ideas Maoyuu Yuusha barfed up.
For what it’s worth, I really appreciated just about all of what Outbreak Company had to offer, but if I had to pick something to complain about, then that would be how this “season” chose to end. I said earlier that the show could get rather sinister, and nowhere else in it does that become more clear than in the last two episodes. Shinichi does learn why he was the one who was chosen for the job, and it’s a chilling truth for him to confront, not to mention having to deal with. It all leads up to a bit of a season ender of sorts, and, sadly, it looks like a sequel is an unlikely prospect, given that the anime did rather poorly in Japan… supposedly. It’s a shame, because on an overall scale, Outbreak Company is fun, and as a cherry on the top of that cake, it has a male lead who earned his affections from his main love interest. What’s not to like?
Talk Amongst Yourselves
I think it’s because I wasn’t expecting anything at all going in, I hadn’t heard of the series and didn’t really think much about it that I found myself truly enjoying the series. I wouldn’t say it’s the best of the season, but I would squarely put it in the top five, seeing as there were 49 new series this fall I’d say that’s pretty damn good.
Overall, You should watch Outbreak Company if you’re in for some fun because this show is floured with silliness. But, if engaging story is a factor you’re more interested in, then this show could be quite a disappointment. As instead of a deep story with complex elements, this anime likes to make more fun of the typical otaku culture and community. With an outbreak of references to anime and manga, expect many ideas to be wheeled in from your favorite series. So, if you watch Outbreak Company it will definitely bring forth a charming experience of the otaku culture where you’ll learn more than what just meets the eye!
Outbreak Company certainly was a whole lot of fun, replete with harem comedy hijinks and pop-culture references, and it’s one of those rare anime comedies that actually had me laughing out loud, rather than just knowingly smirking. But there is far more to Outbreak Company than just the comedy, there’s a lot of depth to its social commentary as well, and that makes it worth seeking out.
“Outbreak Company” has quite a lot to offer for a 12 episode series. Unfortunately, it IS 12 episodes, so the goodness doesn’t really last too long. However, with the ending, its entirely possible that we’ll see a season 2, but I don’t know how long that’ll take. I really hope this one does well enough for another season though, because Kanou Shinichi NEEDS to get together with Miusel ASAP.
My Anime List
Great anime for the fall season with an amazing soundtrack. I will be listening to Univer Page for a long time to come, especially when I need a pick me up.
The anime tends to switch to serious and funny especially at the end of the anime. But i somehow rather enjoyed this a lot. The characters are generic and the animation is the same. The opening theme really does stand out as well. But all in all, i enjoyed it and i hope you do too!
I really wish Shinichi’s parents had been mentioned in the series. I only remember reading about them on the back of the box. That really bothered me and lowered the overall grade.
The Sushi Times
A fun otaku comedy that has plenty more to say if you want to dig beneath the surface.
While I think Outbreak Company was a good show, I can’t say it’s amazing or spectacular. Its problems with the story towards the end, and not all the jokes being funny makes this show somewhat good at best. I would recommend Outbreak Company only to those who can relate to the main character, or like a show that parodies a lot of the trending things in anime. I don’t think Outbreak Company will age well since anime trends will always change just like with any medium, but
you can enjoy it for what it is currently. It was definitely one of those sleeper shows of the Fall 2013 season.
Although entertaining, Outbreak Company is by no means groundbreaking in terms of storytelling. Focused on the moe otaku market, it succeeds in providing that market with exactly what they like – cute character design, cross-references to other shows and moe maids.