Outbreak Company ~ Review
“References… references everywhere…!!”
You gotta love it when you’re watching a particular anime series and they reference a series that you love or have seen before. But how often do you come across an anime series that not only refernces the f**k out of every single series ever made; but also the concept of otaku, anime and manga lifestyles itself?? Well, this series right here just happens to do just that… and oh what a way it does it!
Outbreak Company revolves around otaku and hikikomori Kanou Shinichi, who applies for a special job online, where he is tested on the one thing that he believes can’t be beaten in; otaku knowledge. After getting 100% in the quiz, he is called to a meeting, where he awakes in a world with a totally new world; Eldant Empire. Here, it is Shinichi’s job to close ties between Japan and Eldant by introducing this new world to the concept of otaku way of life. However, as Shinichi begins to change the system and change the empire (for better or worse) there are many of those who are out to stop him from causing such changes.
The series uses heaps of anime and manga references to create a new kind of humour that only otaku’s would understand.
The series contains 12 episodes that aired during the Fall 2013 Anime Season (October 2013 – December 2013). The series is based off a light novel series written by Sakaki Ichirou and illustrated by Yuugen. The series is animated by Feel Studios, who have animated such series as Yosuga no Sora, Kissxsis and the Da Capo series.
The series conatins a cast of talented voice actors and actresses including Hanae Natsuki who voices Kanou Shinichi (and is also known as the voices of Haimura Kiri from Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge and Sakishima Hikari from Nagi no Asukara), Mimori Suzuko who voices Myusel Foaran (and is also known as the voices of Himiko from Btooom!! and Sherlock Shellingford from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes) and Uchida Maaya who voices Koganuma Minori (and is also known as the voices of Sanka Rea from Sankarea and Takanashi Rikka from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!).
All in all, this series is pure hilarity. But there’s a catch, like I said at the start of the review… if you haven’t watched a lot of anime, you may not be able to get all of the refernces and jokes. There are many jokes which rely heavily on a particular series, while other jokes use otaku knowledge as the base to create a joke for otaku’s, by an otaku. Thus, for an otaku such as myself, this series was hilarious. It is certainly a very different kind of comedy that I have seen from others. The series also blends in some drama, romantic comedy and action sequences to make this series a very enjoyable time. I would definitely recommend this to those with a lot of otaku knowledge; you’ll be rofling the entire time. Trust me.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 7.5/10