Outbreak Company

Title:Outbreak Company
Outbreak Company - Moeru Shinryakusha
Outbreak Company: The Moe Invader (literal translation)
アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者
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Notables: FUCHIGAMI Mai
HANAE Natsuki
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
Shut-in otaku Shinichi Kanou stumbles across a seeming dream job, in which his questionable skills can be transformed into serious money. The truth, however, is not exactly what he had expected: he is to be a trade representative supervising the transfer of Japanese anime, manga and video games to the people of a parallel dimension!

[TV series, 2013, 12 episodes, 24 min; based on an ongoing light novel series with 7+ volumes since December, 2011; licensed by Sentai Filmworks for release in 2014.]
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Rent 8 7 8 6 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:2790#1552]
Outbreak Company depicts our otaku male lead Shinichi being recruited by the Japanese government to integrate otaku culture into a medieval society found within a parallel dimension. The series mixes around comedy and serious moments in depicting Shinichi's efforts to teach the otaku culture to the populace of the kingdom he's in and learning of the ways that the society within it runs. The majority of the comedy within the series comes from Shinichi's efforts at teaching otaku culture to the populace of this parallel world and the oddball moments that come along when they implement it into their everyday lives. I found the humor of the series to be a bit hit-or-miss as the series often relied on referential humor or parodying common cliches of anime genres to carry along its comedy, the majority of it not getting my interest. However I did get some fun out of how modern conveniences brought from Japan become implemented within the medieval world, a particular one being a rather over-the-top soccer match between elves and dwarfs. The serious developments within the series also lend to some exploration and development to the characters and medieval world of the series; particularly the prejudices between fantasy creatures, the medieval kingdom adjusting to the modern conveniences that Shinichi and the Japanese government bring to their world with the otaku culture, and a later incident where Shinichi reflects on the problems that came along in his life from being a hikikomori. The only issue that came from the title's serious developments is the sudden introduction of a conflict that Shinichi gets into for the final two episodes in the series that was never built up or hinted to. Still in spite of having hit-or-miss comedy and a sloppily handled final conflict, Outbreak Company is still an engaging series to check out having its moments of effective comedy and development with its world and characters.

Last updated Saturday, August 01 2015. Created Saturday, August 01 2015.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2790#628]
(Two episodes watched):

This strikes me as a show which starts off with a premise which has infinite potential for comedy and adventure--and elects not to stretch the envelope any more than absolutely necessary. Instead it goes with the usual dumb jokes, and is about as predictable as possible. If only a little storytelling skill had been employed instead of dumping the whole absurd premise at our feet, so that the show could get on with the usual stereotypical stuff, something notable might have been accomplished. Outbreak is one of those shows where I can't help wondering why they didn't hire someone like me to spruce things up, because it's obvious that there are countless opportunities which are going unexploited. Not everyone who takes an interest in shows with an otaku protagonist is an idiot; why couldn't there have been a touch of sophistication? Instead, the show is like a convoy of ships which moves at the speed of its slowest member. A little wit, instead of sorely overused gags, would have gone a long way. This show will hardly be brilliant; it doesn't compare well to Ixion Saga DT, another recent anime about an otaku transferred to a fantasy world. The reason I complain so much is because it really does have potential and I am frustrated that so little of it seems to be going to be put to use. Maybe some odd and amusing situations will crop up anyhow; but the chances of that seem so low that I can't see spending my valuable time on a show like this.

Last updated Sunday, November 10 2013. Created Sunday, October 06 2013.

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