Outbreak Company

Director - Kei Oikawa

Cast - Various

Country of Origin - Japan

Discs - 2

Distributor - Sentai Filmworks

Reviewer - Scott MacDonald

Date - 03/25/15

The Series (2.5/5)

 

     Outbreak Company follows Shinichi, a young man whose parents both work in creative fields. Shinichiís Father is a novelist, and his Mom is a writer for pornographic video games.  Being young and mostly directionless his main pursuit was watching and reading anime and manga, and developing a deep knowledge of the subject.  His knowledge is so vast that when Japan decides to send a cultural ambassador on the subject of anime/manga to a fantasy like Kingdom (which appears like something out of an anime) they send Shinichi. His early efforts to bring these cultural elements to the "Holy Erudant Kingdom" prove difficult, and give rise to his desire to start a school on the subject in the land. The show follows Shinichi as he attempts to bring his cultural message to the kingdom.

 

   Outbreak Company starts out as a nice blend of comedy, adventure, and drama as Shinichi sets out to prove himself, and spread anime to the Holy Erudant Kingdom. It then descends into a realm of near self-referential comedy, which may work for some viewers, but fell  largely flat for me.  The series began well with the humor being present, but not over the top, but gradually becomes a more self-referential leaving it only for hardened fans Things do pick up a bit plotwise at the end, but by that point itís a bit too late.  The animation itself is quite nice, and offers a lot of beautiful detail in the Holy Erudant Kingdom, and of course having somewhat of an arc to latch on to makes the series more compelling as a whole.

 

Audio/Video (4/5)

 

   Sentai Filmworks have presented Outbreak Company with an excellent 1080p AVC encoded transfer preserving the series original OAR. The animation is quite nicely detailed with solid colors.

The audio is presented in a Japanese and English 2.0 DTS-HD MA track, both tracks sounded quite nice with dialogue, music, and score being mixed well and sounding excellent.

 

Extra (1.5/5)

 

   Clean opening and closing animation, trailers for other Sentai releases.

 

Overall

 

   A gorgeously animated, but a bit too self-referential comic anime. Still this one should be able to find a fanbase, with it's story of an outsider looking to make a name for himself in a faraway land.  The A/V on the Blu-ray looks quite good, the extras are limited which is expected. RECOMMENDED.