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?
Story: 7/10 The story took an interesting take on the Japanese otaku culture that I, as someone who has watched a fair amount of anime, enjoyed. That is not to say that someone who has not injested as much anime would not also enjoy this series it will just let you enjoy them more. Animation : 7/10 There was nothing wrong with the animation with this show it was generic and therefore did not add but did not take away from the anime. Sound: 7/10 Just like the animation there was nothing wrong with the sound it just wasn't amazing. Characters: 8/10 I gave the characters a higher score than the rest of the anime because they were what most of the story was founded on since nothing else particularly stood out. Also what they did with the main character was unique enough that I was interested in wanting to know what happened to him without getting sick of him. Overall: 7/10 This was a cute anime that is a good one to pass the time with. This will not pull at your heartstrings or have you rolling on the floor laughing but it keeps you interested and amused enough for you to finish out the series.
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.
I'm not sure if this show was trying deliberately to be an extended metaphor on the 19th century westerniation of Japan, but it succeeded at it marvelously well regardless. In fact, that's what kept me watching (what earned it the more than mediocre rating). For a show about otaku culture that lacks eroticism, situational comedy, gratuitious action, or cheesy repeat changes and special moves, it survives only on its ambition to be a show about otakus without limiting its appeal to otakus. The setting in a magical land of fairies and elves is almost accidental, as most of the basic storyline would have been just fine if the protagonist had travelled in time or even just to an "undiscovered" country in this world. So don't let the cheesy fantasy setting--complete with elf maid and loli empress--turn you off, as it normally would me. All in all, this show is inoffensive, for lack of a more descriptive term. But I guess even that is an accomplishment when your subject matter is the misadventures of an otaku evangelist.
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