Outbreak Company

TV (12 eps)
2013
Fall 2013
3.932 out of 5 from 11,316 votes
Rank #1,764

After suffering a heart-wrenching rejection, anime and manga-loving Shinichi Kanou shuts himself off from the world and becomes a hikikomori. But the boy's solitary life soon comes to an end when he's hired as an ambassador to a newly-discovered world, where the only job criteria is to be a hardcore otaku! Now the boy must work hard to spread the word of this unique, nerdy culture in hopes of strengthening relations between the other world's citizens and Japan. And in a land filled with dragons, half-elf maids, and a teenage queen, it shouldn't be that hard... right?

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I Landed in Another World

Episode 1

I Landed in Another World

I-I'd better watch it...

Episode 2

I-I'd better watch it...

Thou Art Invaders

Episode 3

Thou Art Invaders

Furry Spy

Episode 4

Furry Spy

This Really Is Another World

Episode 5

This Really Is Another World

Soccer... Soccer?

Episode 6

Soccer... Soccer?

Maid in Japan

Episode 7

Maid in Japan

The Melancholy of Her Imperial Majesty

Episode 8

The Melancholy of Her Imperial Majesty

Swimsuit of the Dead

Episode 9

Swimsuit of the Dead

Magical Girl Petralka

Episode 10

Magical Girl Petralka

Plot Silent, Plot Deep

Episode 11

Plot Silent, Plot Deep

Shoot the Invaders!

Episode 12

Shoot the Invaders!

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Reviews

JohnWatchAnime
7

This review is about to show Outbreak Company. Outbreak Company aired in the fall season in 2013 and that's when I watched the show. I won't be giving any spoiler, since this review will be to inform you about my thoughts of the anime and if you should watch it. Story: The story is about Shinichi Kanou. After being rejected he got into anime and manga and became one of the greatest otaku. Then he got hired by the governement. The governement found a portal to a fantasy world and they want to interact with that world. They want Shinichi to get the people of that world involved with anime and manga. When Shinichi arrives in that world he decides to build a school and teach the ways of anime and manga to the chilldren. During this time he goes through lots of adventures and funny things. Animation: The anime looks really nice and the animation is pretty smooth. It looks nice because of the amount of bright colours, this makes the fantasy world extra extraordinary and different. there isn't really anything else to say about the animation, so I'll just leave it at that. Sound: The opening of the anime is really nice, I especially ike the beginning and the end of the opening. I don't really have an opinion about the ending, since I barely listend to it and always skipped it. In the anime the sound didn't really stand out and didn't make a big impact. I cannot remember any background music at all. Characters: The characters in the anime were awesome. The most important characters were Shinichi, Myucel (a half-elf maid), and Petralka (the suppreme ruler of the new discoverd world). Myucela and Petralka were really cute. The charcters go thought a lot of character devolepment, especially Shinichi. He goes from being hikikomori (somebody who barely goes outside) to being a teacher with lots of good friends and he gets more confident in everything he does. Overall: Overall I thought this show was pretty good and a lot of fun to watch. It really was one of the better shows this season and I really recommand you to watch this.

MikaEhara
8

Outbreak Company manages to take otaku culture and fanservice and combine it with the complexities which come with diplomacy and the mixing of cultures. While the serious tones of the plot bring a certain maturity to Outbreak Company, the inclusion of fanservice and other tropes helps to lighten the overall attitude of the series.  However, Outbreak Company still fails to live up to some of my hopes. The characters are bland and lack depth. Where many anime are able to make characters feel deep and real in a single 12 episode season, Outbreak Company is not able to live up to this expectation. I liked Shinichi and Myucel, who were both funny and cute in their own ways. Myucel for her naïveté, Shinichi for his awkard nerdiness and genuine nature. My issues came from the fact that other than her innability to understand social norms or cultural references from Japan, Myucel is lacking in other character traits, and those which could have been built upon were neglected. Her former military service is not expanded upon, or really brought up more than twice in 12 episodes, and the only thing she really ever says is "Master this" "Master that". I felt that Myucel could have been a much deeper character. Same goes for The Empress, Petralka. She was just annoying, and although she learned to be more forgiving and let go of some of her racist and bigoted ideas, she still really didn't mature all that much as a person. Perhaps if the creators were to have played more to the fact that she is literally a child and is still expected to be in charge of a whole freaking country, I might be on board with her slow character development, but this angle wasn't explored. And no other example was provided for her lack of growth.  Outbreak Company does manage to come through with it's animation and voice acting. The animation is what one would expect from recent years, clean and colorful. Not incredibly styalized or anything. Plain old nice to look at. The voice acting is par for the course as well, and I don't think anyone's talent was wasted on the project. All in all, I didn't hate Outbreak Company, and I think that another season would be good for the series. This would allow the creators to expand the story and the characters, as well as allow for more interesting plot devices. Overall 8/10

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