Don’t you hate it when the purest of intentions gets twisted for devious ends?
Falling in-line with, to an extent, KinMoza or Ikoku Meiro, Outbreak Company delivered an interesting perspective as to how cultural barriers can be challenged with unconventional methods such as anime and manga.
The concept is hardly new by now (points to Kaminomi) but it is still a fresh point of view as to how this series delivered its message and how the twist came to light that they planned on using it as an invasion scheme – Which actually worked.
To be honest, I never expected a plausible resolution to this entire conflict. The fact that Shinichi was able to thwart the government’s plans is absurd but with how the eleven previous episodes invested on his efforts and gained enough allies, it makes sense. It justified Shinichi’s gambit in facing Motuba’s superiors as well as the threats on his life.
Overall, this series was satisfying. It showed a proper process of how otaku culture can invade and break communication and cultural barriers. The hardships and discrimination associated with it as well as its joys in accepting. I’m not too sure what to expect should there be a second season since this felt like a happy end of sorts but hey, if they have a reason to milk their cow and it sells itself well, then why not?
This is probably the second time I heard Hanae Natsuki in detail. The first was in Tari Tari and even though extremely brief, the other was in Crime Edge (which this series references most of the time). Though I disliked Crime Edge anime adaptation, I have to say that his role as Shinichi is the most significant for me.
His way of acting fits the character and the plot well and I really enjoyed his antics.
Since I didn’t watch Girls and Panzer, this is my 1st time being familiar with Mai Fuchigami’s style on a lead role for this season (the 2nd is in Arpeggio). And looking back, her style in voicing Maekawa in Denpa Onna showed no hint that she’s capable of acting this well. I do hope she lands on more roles in the future. She’s a good seiyuu but needs more exposure.
Maaya Uchida already had a lengthy profile but I never expected her voice range to enable her to take on such roles. I was under the impression that she’ll be famous with moe-type and ditsy characters but nee-san roles? Well color me surprised!