Outbreak Company: Episode 3

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Recap: Building a school for the masses threatens the balance of power. Shinichi is forced to become a hostage for some radical group who don’t like the things he wants to teach.

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Lifesong’s Thoughts: Heart-attack time! The scene where Myucel tells Shinichi that she wants to return with him to his world someday nearly killed me! And then we get a death scare at the end of the episode? I think Outbreak Company might be out to kill me.

Myucel is already climbing high on my all time favorite heroine rankings and we are only at episode three. That knife she took had me pretty good for a moment, but I don’t believe for a second that she will die after surviving this episode. If Myucel was going to die, the place to kill her would have been right there. I’m just holding out faith that she will recover! Actually they spoil it in the next episode preview so whatever. I do wonder how she recovered though. Did they send her to Japan maybe? That could be a neat twist.

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Speaking of faith, I am impressed by how well this anime relates religious belief with otaku behavior. Otaku culture as religion is a very natural transition here, it’s almost scary, enough so to make me stop and think about my own beliefs. A post for another time maybe?

One thing I wasn’t expecting to see in this episode was Petralka owning up to her position as queen. So far she has been an annoying brat, and I assume that will continue, but she saved Shinichi when he was in trouble and she gets points for that in my book.

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I think the thing that really makes Outbreak Company so interesting is the way it plays off Shinichi’s intentions in educating the people of this kingdom. Education will turn their entire society upside down and he knows it. Petralika thinks he isn’t after anything, but that isn’t true. He is just after something for her people and not for himself.

I think the thing that really makes Outbreak Company so interesting is the way it plays off Shinichi’s intentions in educating the people of this kingdom. Education will turn their entire society upside down and he knows it. Petralika thinks he isn’t after anything, but that isn’t true. He is just after something for her people and not for himself.

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At this point I think it’s safe to say that Outbreak Company is one of the best anime currently airing if you are amused by or accepting of otaku culture. I imagine it would be less enjoyable for anyone who isn’t. I think it’s been a very well told story so far though. I am particularly impressed by how well done the info-dumps are. Fitting an info dump into a conversation a natural way is something that a lot of light novel adaptations well… they don’t even try. It’s worth mentioning because not only is this anime trying it actually feels natural!

I wonder if anyone remembers Rental Magical at this point. We have had a few Rental Madoka gags now, and the theme song for it even saved the day!… kinda. I thought that anime had a really neat premise, but I also thought it was pretty bad. I barely remember it at this point honestly so it’s interesting to see it get referenced so much even if it under the guise of Madoka.

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Petralka learned a valuable lesson this week, or at least I hope she learned it as she was desperate to get Myucel help. I wonder how this will change the relationship dynamic between the characters. It seems pretty obvious to me if there is going to be any real romantic direction in this anime it will be between Shinichi and Myucel which makes me wonder if they will just keep the same trio dynamic going indefinitely.

If Shinichi does take Myucel back to Japan with him that probably won’t happen until the story ends and so it safe to say that won’t change any character dynamics. I am worried that character development might suffer because of that, that tends to happen in harem-esc anime. Outbreak Company isn’t really a harem, but I could see that dynamic going either way.

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I am really loving this anime, I can’t wait to see what education will mean to this nation and I appreciate how seriously Outbreak Company is taking that aspect of the story. Everyone is aware of how dangerous the situation is and that just makes it all the more interesting. Looking ahead we have an angry Petralika, but I assume she is just mad that Myucel hid how much better than Petralka she is at Japanese…

6 thoughts on “Outbreak Company: Episode 3

  1. I thought Kill la Kill would be my favourite this season. It has been wonderfully subverted by this one. Education reform so the consumption of a niche commercial product by the masses may be profitable, with the terrifying social consequences for the upper class who would be better off without a well-educated proletariat to rule over.

    All deviously packaged into standard anime tropes with hints that the story is actually aware of the probable repercussions. Needless to say, I am looking forward to the next episode.

    • I would call this the surprise of the season, but there have been many of those this season. I was expecting something more along the lines of Henneko or Zero no Tsukaima. Sometimes it’s great to be wrong.

  2. Outbreak Season passed completely under my radar. It’s always good to discover shows like this, and I’ll be sure to give it a shot. Maybe I should watch Rental Magica first though, since it gets referenced by Outbreak Company.

    • Your mileage may vary with Rental Magica. It has some neat ideas, but spent much of it’s time playing out more like a typical harem anime. The references in Outbreak Company really aren’t that important anyway. I was just a bit surprised to see such an obscure reference work it’s way in when most of the other references are from the last few years or major hits that plenty of people remember. (Like Bastard‼ for example and I think that is still ongoing.)

      • That reminds me of how happy I was to have my sister convince me to watch some of Kaicho wa Maido-sama. The show, much to my astonishment, actually alluded to Gokudo! That’s a little known favorite fantasy series of mine which stars a rather obnoxious anti-hero. I had no idea that anyone would ever consider to refer to it!

    • I agree, It’s kind of neat to see something a bit more obscure get a reference. In this case It makes me wonder if Ichirō Sakaki is a fan of Rental Magica, they do have some similar themes I suppose. Both involve a protagonist running a company and an annoying tsundere rival!

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