Outbreak Company Review

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Sometimes the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” can ring so true. At first glance Outbreak Company seemed like a typical “Otaku is transported to a mythical world.” What it ended up being was something far more clever and entertaining. Producing loads of laughs and even heartwarming smiles.

Story:
outbreak1The plot involves a shut-in otaku named Shin’ichi Kano, who after passing an online questionnaire for a job, ends up transported forcefully to an alternate world. Turns out, the government was looking for an ultimate otaku in order to spread the “Japanese culture” to a new world that the government had discovered through a temporal rift that was found.

Suffice to say, this “Japanese culture” was indeed anime, manga, games; everything otaku. This alternate world in question was world filled with elves, dwarfs, lizards, and dragons. A world that would not only fill Shin’ichi’s many desires, but also a project that he felt really passionate about.

While the story isn’t deep, there’s never a desire to have one. The draw here is the characters and the comedy. That said, the setting and situation keeps your interest when the jokes aren’t flying. Outbreak Company is essentially a satire show. It takes the elements of the otaku culture and pokes fun at them. Even to the point of playing off directors, writers, and other shows.

Thankfully, while Outbreak Company plays off of satire, it never uses them in unpleasant ways. For example, right off the bat you may assume a harem is being formed, it doesn’t focus on it and ruin the experience with a typical harem sequence being crammed down your throat. Nor does it spend a lot of time playing each scenario out til it’s dead. It’s witty, precise, and brief enough with each joke.

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Oddly enough, the show also addresses quite a bit of serious subjects.  While it doesn’t get preachy or overly serious, it instead provides for heartwarming situations.  The world in which Shin’ichi is thrown into is quite segregated, and through his use of the otaku culture, he attempts to change the culture for the better.  This created many moments that had me smiling an entire episode.

Animation:
The animation is done well enough. While it lacks in detail or vibrance, it still manages to produce some cute and likable character designs. Some characters even to the point of being adorable. Which matches the humor in every way. Being deep-rooted otaku, Shin’ichi even plays off this element with a great deal of hilariousness. So while Outbreak Company won’t win any awards, its style provides for an ideal world to play off its jokes.

Conclusion:
In the end, this show has plenty to offer any viewer. With a ton of laugh out loud moments that will suit any anime fan and plenty of interesting dialog to keep the pace moving. It’s a classic monument of good satire that had me eagerly awaiting the next episode every week. This show is a must watch.

VERDICT: 4 / 5

Pros:

  • Hilarious satire and comedy
  • Great characters and setting
  • Many heartwarming moments

Cons:

  • Overarching plot was predictable
  • Not a deep plot
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Co-Founder of OtakuSpirit.com and Co-Host of the OtakuSpirit Animecast. A huge fan of anime since the early 1990s, consuming over 800 shows. While he's late to the collecting scene, he's found a lot of joy in filling his DVD/Blu-ray collection as well as collecting figures. Once a week, he posts unboxing and feature videos on anime goods to YouTube.