Outbreak Company

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Outbreak Company:
Moeru Shinryakusha
Outbreak Company volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Outbreak Company volume 1 featuring Myucel Foaran.
アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者
(Autobureiku Kanpanī: Moeru Shinryakusha)
GenreComedy, Fantasy
Light novel
Written byIchirō Sakaki
Illustrated byYūgen
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintKodansha Ranobe Bunko
Original runDecember 2, 2011August 7, 2017
Volumes18 + 1 special
Manga
Written byIchirō Sakaki
Illustrated byKiri Kajiya
Published byKodansha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineGood! Afternoon
Original runNovember 7, 2012November 7, 2014
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKei Oikawa
Written byNaruhisa Arakawa
Music byKeiji Inai
StudioFeel
Licensed by
Original networkTBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS
Original run October 3, 2013 December 19, 2013
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

Outbreak Company, known in Japan as Outbreak Company: Moeru Shinryakusha (アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者, Autobureiku Kanpanī: Moeru Shinryakusha, lit. Outbreak Company: The Moe Invader) is a Japanese light novel series written by Ichirō Sakaki, with illustrations by Yūgen. Kodansha published 18 volumes from December 2011 to August 2017. A manga adaptation by Kiri Kajiya was serialized in Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine. An anime television series adaptation aired between October and December 2013.

Plot[edit]

Shin'ichi Kanō is a young secluded otaku who is offered a job thanks to his vast knowledge of anime, manga, and video games. However, just after meeting his new employer, he is kidnapped, awakening in an alternate world with a fantasy setup. Shin'ichi is then informed that he was in fact selected by the Japanese government to help improve his country's relations with this new world by establishing a company to spread the unique products of the Japanese culture to this new, unexplored market.

Characters[edit]

Shin'ichi Kanō (加納 慎一, Kanō Shin'ichi)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae, Maaya Uchida (childhood) (Japanese); Tyler Galindo (English)
Shin'ichi is the protagonist. He is a hardcore otaku who is true and honest to his interests. Shin'ichi learned the hardships of being an otaku after confessing to his childhood friend, where she denied him, just because he was an otaku. He was so depressed, that he dropped out of school and became a NEET for a year, before his parents gave him a choice, rejoin society or be disowned. Having little choice, he looked for a job in order to escape the hikikomori lifestyle. He found a fishy job for otaku and took it and as a result he ends up employed in spreading otaku culture for the Holy Eldant Empire. Shin'ichi has romantic feeling for Myucel and confesses to her at the end of the series.
Myucel Foaran (ミュセル・フォアラン, Myuseru Foaran)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese); Juliet Simmons (English)
Myucel is a half-elf who is Shin'ichi's maid in the Holy Eldant Empire. Due to her half-elf nature, she is disdained by both elves and humans as half-breeds like her are looked down upon. For that reason, Myucel often hides her elf ears. Having no discrimination at her origins, she then began showing them whilst in the mansion when Shinichi found out about her heritage and praised Myucel for it, calling them attractive instead of ridiculing her. Shin'ichi quickly befriends Myucel and starts teaching her the Japanese language. Myucel often thinks of herself as a lowly servant and often talks down about her self, however Shinichi did not see Myucel for her class and treated her as an equal. In response to his kindness, Myucel eventually falls in love with him and becomes his most trusted supporter. Myucel is a powerful mage who was trained in the Eldant military. She officially becomes his girlfriend/love interest after he confesses to her at the end of the series.
Petralka Anne Eldant III (ペトラルカ・アン・エルダント三世, Petoraruka An Erudanto Sansei)
Voiced by: Mai Fuchigami (Japanese); Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
Despite looking like a child, Petralka is actually sixteen years old and is the monarch of the Eldant Empire. She takes an interest in Shin'ichi after seeing how casually he speaks with her and after learning about otaku culture. Petralka starts visiting him on a regular basis to have him read manga for her which in turn causes her to develop deep feelings for him. Petralka usually complains at Myucel out of jealousy due to her closeness with Shin'ichi and how well she learned to speak and write in Japanese. Not wanting to fall behind a "lowly peasant", she asks him to teach her the Japanese language as well. Petralka usually demands attention from Shinichi, and only him. She tends to give Shinichi a leery look whenever he fawns over girls who are obviously much more well-endowed than she is and often assuming any requests he asks of here are of a sexual motive.
Minori Koganuma (古賀沼 美埜里, Koganuma Minori)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Genevieve Simmons (English)
A well-endowed female member of the Self-Defence Forces. She is another one of the ambassadors from Japan, assigned to serve as both a bodyguard and an advisor for Shinichi. She is part of the Japan Ground Self Defense Eastern Regiment First Engineering Group JSDF, Ranked as First Class there. She is assigned to help Shin'ichi with his task of spreading the otaku culture in the Eldant. Minori is also an otaku but unlike him, she is a fujoshi specialized in boys-love merchandise and usually fantasizes about Shin'ichi with Garius becoming a couple. For the sake of being recognized by her own father, she started training early in her childhood, attributing to her impressive battle prowess. This is also one of the reasons why she entered the JSDF. Minori is an accomplished fighter and is capable of defeating a group of armed vigilantes without the need of a weapon.
Elbia Hanaiman (エルビア・ハーナイマン, Elbia Hānaiman)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese); Sara Ornelas (English)
A werewolf who has large dog ears and a large chest. Elbia was initially recruited by the neighboring Bahailm Kingdom to spy on Eldant. She apologises a lot more due to the fact that she constantly falls victim to her natural animalistic tendencies and causing trouble than any other reason. Elbia is a great artist and is able to sketch large-scaled castles and structures with ease. Elbia develops a crush on Shin'ichi after she is saved by him when she was captured and about to be executed. She is later entrusted as Shin'ichi's personal artist. During the full moon, Elbia has a tendency to forget herself and act much more doglike, like jumping on Shinichi and licking his face when she's happy or chasing a ball on all fours while barking. Elbia once attacked Shin'ichi at night while she was in heat because of it. She has a tendency to glomp Shinichi whenever he makes a statement about not minding her race.
Jinzaburō Matoba (的場 甚三郎, Matoba Jinzaburō)
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese); Andy McAvin (English)
The man from the Japanese government who hires Shin'ichi to the task of spreading the Japanese culture in Eldant. However, he only reveals him the true nature of his mission after having him drugged and taken away from Earth.
Garius En Cordbal (ガリウス・エン・コルドバル, Gariusu En Korudobaru)
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese); Chris Patton (English)
Petralka's cousin, knight, and the captain of her guard. He is initially incredulous and dismissive of Shinichi's mission at first, but later warms up to him and comes around to enjoying it. His and Petralka's parents fought for the throne which ended with their mutual deaths, leaving Petralka to become a ruler despite being a child. Thanks to Minori's influence, Garius becomes interested in BL manga (boys-love) and developed interest in Shin'ichi.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Outbreak Company is a light novel series written by Ichiro Sakaki, with illustrations by Yūgen. Kodansha published 18 volumes from December 2, 2011 to August 2, 2017 under their Kodansha Ranobe Bunko imprint.[1][2] The novels are published in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press.[3] North American online light novel publisher J-Novel Club have licensed the series.[4]

No.Release date ISBN
1 December 2, 2011ISBN 978-4-06-375203-8
2 December 28, 2011ISBN 978-4-06-375211-3
3 May 2, 2012ISBN 978-4-06-375237-3
4 August 31, 2012ISBN 978-4-06-375255-7
5 November 30, 2012ISBN 978-4-06-375271-7
6 May 2, 2013ISBN 978-4-06-375306-6
7 August 30, 2013ISBN 978-4-06-375323-3
8 November 1, 2013ISBN 978-4-06-375337-0
9 February 28, 2014ISBN 978-4-06-375340-0
10 May 5, 2014ISBN 978-4-06-375359-2
11 October 1, 2014ISBN 978-4-06-375360-8
12 February 27, 2015ISBN 978-4-06-381443-9
13 July 31, 2015ISBN 978-4-06-381463-7
14 December 2, 2015ISBN 978-4-06-381505-4
15 July 1, 2016ISBN 978-4-06-381521-4
16 December 2, 2016ISBN 978-4-06-381552-8
17 March 31, 2017ISBN 978-4-06-381591-7
18 August 2, 2017ISBN 978-4-06-381611-2
Gaiden August 2, 2018ISBN 978-4-06-512948-7

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation, illustrated by Kiri Kajiya, was serialized in Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine between November 7, 2012, and November 7, 2014.[5][6] Kodansha published the series in four tankōbon volumes from September 2, 2013 to January 7, 2015.[7][8]

No.Release date ISBN
1 September 9, 2013ISBN 978-4-06-387916-2
Chapters 1-5
2 October 7, 2013ISBN 978-4-06-387925-4
Chapters 6-11
3 June 6, 2014ISBN 978-4-06-387975-9
Chapters 12-18
4 January 7, 2015ISBN 978-4-06-388027-4
Chapters 19-25

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation, produced by Feel and directed by Kei Oikawa,[9] aired from October 3 to December 19, 2013, on TBS and later on MBS, CBC, and BS-TBS. The anime was simulcasted in North America by Crunchyroll.[10] The opening theme is "Univer Page" (ユニバーページ, Yunibā Pēji) by Suzuko Mimori and the ending theme is "Watashi no Hōsekibako" (私の宝石箱) by Mai Fuchigami. Sentai Filmworks acquired the anime series for streaming and home video release,[11] later releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD on March 3, 2015.

No. Title Original air date
1"I Landed in Another World"
"Kigatsukeba Isekai" (気が付けば異世界)
October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)
Shin'ichi Kanō is a secluded otaku who takes an online exam with an offer for a job. After passing the test, Shin'ichi meets his new employer just before he is drugged and taken to the Eldant Empire in another realm with the task of spreading the otaku culture to the locals.
2"I-I'd better watch it..."
"Moeru Osewagakari" (萌えるお世話係)
October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)
Shin'ichi's unusual behavior draws the attention of Eldant's ruler, Petralka Anne Eldant III, who starts visiting him regularly. Meanwhile, Shin'ichi keeps teaching the Japanese language to his maid, the half-elf Myucel Foaran which brings forth Petralka's jealousy.
3"Thou Art Invaders"
"Nanji no Na wa Shinryakusha" (汝の名は侵略者)
October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)
Thanks to Petralka's support, Shin'ichi establishes a school for the nobles as part of his plan to spread the otaku culture in Eldant. However, a terrorist group opposes his plan and launches an attack that puts him and his friends in danger.
4"Furry Spy"
"Kemono na Supai" (ケモノなスパイ)
October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)
With Myucel absent to recover from her injuries, Shin'ichi meets Erbia Hanaiman, a werewolf woman from a neighboring kingdom and becomes astonished with her drawings, but when Erbia is imprisoned under suspicions of being a spy, it's up to him to save her from being executed.
5"This Really Is Another World"
"Hontō ni Betsu no Sekai" (本当に別の世界)
October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)
Erbia moves to Shin'ichi's manor, but she starts displaying some strange behavior and he starts believing that she is coming after his life, unaware of her real intentions.
6"Soccer... Soccer?"
"Sakkā... Sakkā?" (サッカー……サッカー?)
November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)
To deal with the divide between the elf and dwarf students, Shin'ichi organizes a friendly soccer match between both sides and it does not take long for it to become a vicious battle between them.
7"Maid in Japan"
"Meido in Japan" (メイド イン ジャパン)
November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)
Shin'ichi returns briefly to Tokyo to make some shopping just to later find that Myucel had sneaked her way to accompany him and he spends the rest of the day showing her the city.
8"The Melancholy of Her Imperial Majesty"
"Kōtei Heika no Yūutsu" (皇帝陛下の憂鬱)
November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)
Fed up with all the responsibilities piled upon her, Petralka shuts herself in her room and refuses to leave. Shin'ichi, who used to live as a shut-in in Japan, decides then to show her the life he used to have, with all the ups and downs that come from it as well.
9"Swimsuit of the Dead"
"Mizugi no Mokushiroku" (水着の黙示録)
November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28)
When Minori is awarded with some days of vacation, Shin'ichi decides to take the girls to swim at a nearby lake and they have some fun together until they realize that they are being observed by some uninvited guests.
10"Magical Girl Petralka"
"Mahō Shōjo Petoraruka" (魔法少女ペトラルカ)
December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)
When footage from the soccer game leak to the internet in Japan, the government's secret operation in Eldant is at risk of being exposed to the world and Shin'ichi comes with a plan to deceive the public opinion by announcing it as part of a fantasy film production in collaboration with the JSDF, inviting Petralka to play the main role.
11"Plot Silent, Plot Deep"
"Fukaku Shizuka ni Inbō Seyo" (深く静かに陰謀せよ)
December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
Shin'ichi's efforts to spread the Otaku culture bear fruit. However, when there is a shortage of products from Japan, leading to various conflicts amongst the people in Eldant, Shin'ichi learns the true intentions of the Japanese government and falls into despair upon it, until Myucel inspires him to come up with a solution.
12"Shoot the Invaders!"
"Shinryakusha o Ute!" (侵略者を撃て!)
December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)
In response to Shin'ichi's act of defiance, the Japanese Government orders the JSDF to kill him. After two failed attempts, Shin'ichi comes with a plan to convince the politicians in Tokyo to spare him and keep supporting his efforts to spread the Otaku culture in Eldant instead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者1 [Outbreak Company: Moeru Shinryakusha 1] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  2. ^ アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者18 [Outbreak Company: Moeru Shinryakusha 18] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "萌萌侵略者 OUTBREAK COMPANY(01)" [Mengmeng Qinluezhe: Outbreak Company (01)] (in Chinese). Sharp Point Press. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "J-Novel Club Licenses Outbreak Company Novel Series". Anime News Network. September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Good! Afternoon Manga Magazine Goes Monthly". Anime News Network. September 7, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Outbreak Company Manga to End". Anime News Network. November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  7. ^ アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者(1) [Outbreak Company: Moeru Shinryakusha (1)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  8. ^ アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者(4)<完> [Outbreak Company: Moeru Shinryakusha (4) <End>] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "Outbreak Company Anime's Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. September 6, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Fantasy Anime Outbreak Company". Anime News Network. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Outbreak Company Anime". Anime News Network. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.

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