Outbreak Company – 06

I swear she’s a dog girl and not a werewolf.

After a sort of break from the action last time, Outbreak Company is back with a vengeance. And with it, a renewed focus on social and racial divisions.




This episode features a soccer game to end all soccer games. We’ve previously seen the elves and dwarves bickering about one thing or another. So the intent of the game is to foster friendship after a friendly and competitive game. A naive belief, which is actually pointed out by the ever mysterious Matoba. But we already know that Shinichi is very idealistic. The game, while hilarious for us, pretty much ends in failure as we might expect. The reality of the situation is, if you take two parties with a deep, long-running rivalry and thrust them into a “friendly” game, it turns into a grudge match. And as entertaining as the over-the-top action in what was supposed to be a simple soccer game is, it’s not enough to cover up the rift between both sides. True, the game could have gone much worse, but I don’t think Shinichi can honestly say it accomplished what he thought it would.

Breaking Boundaries

Unlikely friends.

What worked, however, was Petralka joining in the game. It wasn’t part of the agenda, but the supreme ruler working with a half elf to score a goal against a wild werewolf certainly did more to shake the beliefs of the people than the match between the elves and the dwarves. In fact, I might even call it shocking. Here’s the queen at the top of society, and she’s touching hands with an unsightly halfling? To the typical Eldant citizen, it would be unthinkable for the two to be friends, let alone even associate with each other. So really in the end Shinichi bit off more than he could chew, although there was now way he could have predicted that Petralka would just jump in abruptly. I have to give the guy props for not being thrown off, however. In spite of Matoba’s words of warning, he continues to see the situation as a positive step towards change. That either speaks volumes for his determination or his naivety. Or perhaps both.


Look at that rice.

On a final note, I should mention the picnic during the break of the game. With the strategic introduction of onigiri, rice inevitably ends up on faces. And you know what this means. Time for picking the grains off others’ faces and eating it. Notably, it happens with Petralka, who hasn’t received much attention lately. But this episode signals her comeback, as she sends Shinichi into bliss when he eats the grain on her face. Although I have to say I still think Myucel is the only real contender for our hero’s affections.

Outbreak Company resumes blasting ahead on the social and racial issues at a pace that surprises me. I keep expecting the approach to be much slower than it is for some reason, but this is just fine. And I guess it does make sense to make good headway on these issues at every opportunity as these things obviously aren’t resolved so easily or quickly. At this rate, it’s looking like bringing the otaku culture to Eldant will keep taking the backseat.


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8 Responses to “Outbreak Company – 06”

  1. lvlln says:

    Outbreak Company is just so damn stupid, but it got the physical comedy right this week. Dwarves and elves, flying around in hurricanes, I couldn’t help but laugh at the craziness. Even Petralka was cute this episode, coming on at the end there to score a magic assisted goal. Still, I continue to roll my eyes at the students immediately falling into predictable Japanese high school cliques. It’s a fantasy society learning all this for the first time, damn it, try playing with that instead of doing the same stuff as everyone else. At least the sociopolitical stuff keeps coming back, which I like seeing, even if it tends to hit you over the head with it.

    • skylion says:

      They could be more subtle about it, but it probably wouldn’t be as popular. Most time, entertainment has to drop those big anvils and make a splash.

    • Highway says:

      I dunno, I kind of think that’s part of the joke, that the main thing they’ve learned of otaku culture is the cliques. Maybe I’m giving it too much credit for being meta, because it’s a fine line to walk.

  2. sonicsenryaku says:

    I mentioned this a few eps back, but myucel being the only true contender for shinichi’s affections just seems too easy (and i know its shocking but i actually dont find petralka that bad). I dont want to see her snatch him up that easily; at least keep me guessing as to who shinichi will hook up with till the bitter end.

    • Highway says:

      I agree with you about Petralka. This is another area where I think the show’s being more meta, in that her tsundere is half natural, half strategy.

  3. BlackBriar says:

    What a soccer match! More like an all out war zone. So many casualties. I know Minori allowed magic to used during the match but there should have been a restriction as to what kind would be used. I saw golems. Where do those fit in?

    Things didn’t go the way Shinichi planned but at least he succeeded by having Petrarca and Miusel become friends. Hopefully the other species will look past their differences and follow the same example.

    • skylion says:

      I saw golems. Where do those fit in? Back on Defense. I wouldn’t put them in as strikers, that’s for sure.

      Hopefully the other species will look past their differences and follow the same example. Elves and Dwarves that both enjoy Fujoshi? The mind boggles…

  4. tatsuya says:


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