The 2014 anime adaptation of the Outbreak Company series has been dormant since the home video releases in 2015 both in Japan and here. We had a new Japanese box set in 2016 and then J-Novel Club picked up the light novels back in 2017. Sentai’s release had a trailer for it that accompanied numerous home video releases but it never made its way online, which has now been corrected. The series is still available for purchase through distributors and it’s also streaming on HIDIVE.
Check out our review of the series here.
Studio feel worked on the animation for this series, which is an adaptation of Ichiro Sakaki’s light novel series of the same name. The fantasy/comedy series was originally published in 2011 with art by Yuugen and has had a positive response overall. eighteen volumes of the light novels have been published before it ended in 2018 and a manga adaptation with artwork by Kiri Kajiya began back in November of 2012 that ended with four volumes in November 2014.
Plot Concept: Shinichi Kanou’s father writes novels and his mother illustrates erotic video games, so it’s not unexpected that he’d end up as a fan of comics and science fiction. However, rather than channeling his efforts into creating like his parents, he has instead become one of the world’s foremost experts on “moe,” with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things cute and adorable in every conceivable form of animation and media. This sort of explains Shinichi’s recruitment as an ambassador for moe to the Holy Erudanto Kingdom, a parallel world where things that previously only existed in anime actually exist! So how will a hot blooded young otaku react when dropped into a world with actual cute and adorable elf maids and dragons? More importantly, how will THEY react to this drooling devotee with diplomatic credentials? And even more to the point, exactly WHY does the Japanese government feel that sending someone to represent Japan’s moe interests is a good idea in the first place? Sorry, no spoilers! If you want to learn more, you’ll have to come along for the adventure as the ultimate anime fans’ fanboy fantasy unfurls in OUTBREAK COMPANY!