Shinichi Kanou is an otaku that has recently quit his NEET phase. When he finally get a job, it is in another world where dragons soar through the skies. Shinichi find himself employed as a cultural attache of a Japanese diplomatic mission to the fantasy kingdom of Erdant. His mission is to bring "otaku culture", a novelty in the kingdom, to facilitate effective commerce between the two countries. As an expert in anime, light novels, manga, and dating sims, Shinichi is revered and admired in the new world, and an unexpectedly fulfilling real life awaits him!Will "moe" change the world, or bring its destruction?Outbreak Company is a light novel written by Ichiro Sakaki, of Scrapped Princess, Strait Jacket, and Magician's Academy fame. An anime adaptation is currently airing.Compare Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought There, where the military route is taken instead of diplomacy.
Outbreak Company provides examples of these tropes:
The Ace: Miusel has been said and proven to be exceptional in her ability to use magic. She is also incredibly competent at housework, and has shown to have absorbed the Japanese language at an exceptional pace. In episode 7, she learns how to make omelette rice - complete with a character drawing using ketchup - after seeing it just once at Akihabara.
Petrarca has also been shown to have quickly grasped the Japanese language, easily reciting a tongue twister (twice, no less) without the help of her ring.
Both Miusel and Sherlock shares the same voice actor, Suzuko Mimori. Miusel wears a pink beanie hat and ermine cape as disguise when she goes to Akihabara in episode 8, gets a Sherlock plushie and watched Milky Holmes anime with Shinichi. Later, in episode 10, there's a shot of Miusel trying to tame a wild bear, which references episode 4 of Milky Holmes.
Petrarca shares the same voice as Cure Rosetta. Guess what doujin Shinichi throws to distract the guards in episode 9?
After Petrarca eats rice off of Shinichi's face, he follows suit.
Attention Whore: Petrarca usually demands attention from Shinichi, and only him.
In episode 7, Petrarca becomes depressed and listless when she finds out she cannot see Shinichi until the next day, as he left for Japan without her knowing.
Apologises a Lot: Miusel. She has apologised to Shinichi a lot, often when she feels that she may have overstepped her boundaries and is causing trouble for him.
Elbia, more due to the fact that she constantly falls victim to her natural animalistic tendencies and causing trouble than any other reason.
Badass Adorable: Miusel may be just a cute maid now, but her elven heritage allows her to use powerful magic, and she's even a military veteran. She obliterates a squad of terrorists with a blast of wind in the next episode.
Because You Were Nice to Me / Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Hinted to be the reason why Miusel is quite dedicated to Shinichi despite starting to serve him only a short time ago, even asking him to take her back to Japan when he gets to return home one day. Also justifies Petrarca's attachment to him, because he treated her kindly without having any ulterior motives, so she didn't need to put a guard up around him.
Miusel shows further examples of this, wishing her efforts to be acknowledged by Shinichi, even reiterating her desire for him to take her back to Japan when he gets the chance to return home. She doesn't mind if she can never come back to Eldant.
Elbia also falls under this, as Shinichi manages to get her off the hook for being an unwitting enemy spy.
Blatant Lies: When Shinichi wishes to bring Miusel back to Japan with him, Matoba claims that Eldantians cannot breathe the air of Earth, and that their respiratory system will shut down immediately. Shinichi realises this later when nothing happens to Miusel.
Blithe Spirit: Shinichi inadvertently become one, simply by being able to treat people as people.
Blow You Away: Seems to be the main form of magic used by both elves and half-elves like Miusel.
Brutal Honesty: Shinichi has trouble keeping his thoughts to himself. It nearly gets him killed twice in episode 2.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Minori doesn't seem so at first. But we see she is obsessed with BL, yet is still a competent member of the JSDF as shown in episode 5.
Cannot Spit It Out: Petrarca cannot seem to tell Shinichi that she likes him directly, instead opting for indirect approaches.
Miusel suffers from this as well; she was content with her current situation until the appearance of Elbia. She also tends to drop hints that she has feelings for him that are deeper than a mere servant-master relationship but never outright tells him that.
Captain Ersatz: No character in particular, but every manga, light novels, and whatnot are clearly meant to be something that is published in Real Life.
In episode 2, Petrarca is trying to read Gaishi. Later in the episode, Shinichi is reading Attack on Titanic Godsnote Shingeki no Kyoshin for Petrarca, especially the part where Hannes tries to save Carla from being devoured by a Titan.
In episode 3, Shinichi does a dramatic reading of Attack on Titanic Gods for the students in his school. It's the scene where Eren vows to kill all Titans.
From the same episode, it's revealed that Shinichi is a big fan of RentalMadoka and honors the birthday of the eponymous Magical Girl. The alarm he sets in his cellphone is pivotal in bluffing the terrorists later.
Chekhov's Skill: Miusel's startlingly quick mastery in speaking Japanese turns out to be the reason the group was able to uncover the plot of the insurgents, as she manages to act as a translator while their translator rings are off, with their enemies none the wiser. She goes from awkwardly able to speak the language to being quite fluent in just twenty days.
In episode 7, because the rings have no effect outside of Eldant, she is shown to speak Japanese fluently enough that the ring isn't necessary.
Chivalrous Pervert: Shinichi. He reacts with excitement to his harem and Minori, but he is also the kindest guy in the series.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Petrarca, and it's the main reason why she antagonized Miusel in the beginning.
Miusel is one to a lesser extent. She obviously doesn't like Elbia hanging on Shinichi so much, as she feels her usefulness to Shinichi isn't as important. She also tries to wordlessly brush off Elbia's advances towards Shinichi, but Minori calls her out on this, and she lets slip that she'll have to work harder.
In episode 7, Miusel is shown to be attached to Shinichi, enough that she actually disguises herself as luggage and sneaks into Japan with him.
Petrarca gets jealous over Shinichi's suggestion that Miusel should become a teacher at the school, teaching Japanese. She realizes the implication of them spending pretty much 24/7 with each other.
Conditioned to Accept Horror: At least Miusel and Bluk are. When Shinichi accidentally started hitting Bluk, Bluk just said the attacks were weak, as he had scales to protect himself, and offers Shinchi a stick to hit him with. Miusel was much more worried about Shinichi getting hurt than Bluk. It turns out that masters beating their servants was a common occurrence in their world, and thus they accept it accordingly.
Crapsaccharine World: Eldant looks like a gorgeous fantasy world, complete with magic and dragons and pretty girls. But it's a medieval fantasy world. Classism and Fantastic Racism are rampant, 80% of the people are illiterate, and it's perfectly fine for nobles to beat their servants. Shinichi tries to build an integrated school to teach Japanese, and it's nearly blown up by terrorists who hate the "lesser" races.
Cunning Linguist: Matoba, the diplomat who is Shinichi's boss, is able to save Shinichi's neck by convincing the queen that 'little girl' (see Lolicon, below) has positive connotation.
Dark Secret: Petrarca is an elf. The kingdom will crumble if it ever gets out.
Which also makes her a particularly unnerving example of Boomerang Bigot, when you consider her initial treatment of Miusel. Then again, half-elves being half-breeds do have it even worse than pure elves.
Deadpan Snarker: Petrarca can be really to the point when she sees through someone's attempt to put wool to her eyes.
Shinichi often does this in his head as well, especially when in the school.
Death World: Earth is supposedly this to people from Eldant; they'd quickly suffocate because of the high air density or something. Actually, they have no difficulty surviving on Earth. Matoba made this up to prevent Shinichi from dragging Miusel with him to Japan.
Digging Yourself Deeper: Shinichi tries to convince Petrarca that Elbia is not a foreign spy. Unfortunately, Elbia kept on blurting out lines that made it obvious that she was a spy. Petrarca isn't amused.
Also Shinichi trying to convince Petrarca that he's interested in Elbia just for her drawing ability.
Dull Surprise: Miusel, when she sees Shinichi supposedly getting it on with Elbia, and tries to walk away. Just moments later she displays the same expression when Elbia glomps Shinichi once again.
Actually all characters do this, when really shocked. It is played for laughs.
Elves Versus Dwarves: Even though they are both oppressed by humans, elves and dwarves don't get along with each others. This causes some problems in the desegregated school.
Half Breed: People with mixed heritage like the half-elf Miusel have it the worst, since they are viewed as abominations.
Non-humans have a difficult time landing a respectable occupation. For many of them, the only way to a decent life is by enlisting in the militarynote This is Truth in Television.
Feed the Mole: Shinichi's excuse plan to keep Elbia alive and in his company.
Flame War: An interesting version, Shinichi's students have taken this to real life. They argue what makes a game, the actual game or the figures that come with it. It goes to the point of them insulting each other.
First Contact: Happened some time before the story actually start. A conflict nearly erupted because the Eldantian initially perceived the bumbling JSDF scouts as alien (human) invaders. The diplomatic mission is established to prevent even bigger faux pas from happening in the future.
Freudian Slip: Miusel unknowingly lets out affirmation of her romantic affection towards Shinichi near the end of episode 5 when Minori teases her.
Minori: Looks like you can't rest on your laurels anymore.
Miusel: R-Right. I'll try my best. *silence* O-Oh no, I didn't mean it like that!
Genre Blindness: Though Shinichi recognizes a lot of anime/manga tropes, he never seems to catch on that he's surrounded by girls like the main character of a harem series. Petrarca even calls him out on it at least once, but Shinichi never catches onto her seemingly Clingy Jealous Girl status.
That's because it's subverted as it's due to him actually acknowledging one of the girls having a crush of him and is only pretending to be oblivious because he got dumped once simply for being an otaku.
Girl in a Box: Miusel does this to herself: she manages to successfully sneak into Japan by hiding in one of Shinichi's bags. He doesn't notice because he was sedated and the military carried his luggage for him. Cue Shinichi's moment of Stunned Silence when he opens the bag.
Green-Eyed Monster: Petrarca is extremely nasty to Miusel because the latter gets more attention from Shinichi. Whether the abuse is exacerbated by or masqueraded as racism is up to debates.
Guile Hero: Shinichi. In episode 3, he manages to trick the insurgents by pretending his cellphone alarm is a deadly incantation.
Hidden Buxom: It's surprising, but Miusel's actually quite stacked underneath that maid outfit of hers.
Hostage Situation: Some conservative terrorists raid the Japan-built school in episode 3, taking hostage of the queen.
Humanity Is Superior: The foundation of Kingdom of Eldant: humans are not as magical as elves or as industrious as dwarves, but humans are the best to rule. Therefore humans rule, and other races must be 'grateful' for being 2nd-class citizens under human governance.
A group of dwarves appeared to stop some of their classmates from arguing heatedly about Dating Sims, only to declare that they should be debating the relative merits of lolitas.
I Know Mortal Kombat: Nothing fazes Shinichi in the fantasy world, as he's exposed to every fantasy tropes in the anime. The guys they sent before him failed because they were not as Genre Savvy as him.
Klingon Promotion: Gallius's parents tried to do this, but it backfired: Petrarca became the Empress instead, and the murderous parents are MIA. See Wham Episode.
Love Makes You Crazy: Apparently Elbia's heat cycle was triggered by Shinichi. Minori later asks if she'd just jump any guy out there when it happens, but her second guess that only Shinichi was able to trigger that was correct, as Elbia later confirms.
Love Redeems: The story of the demon king and his female slave. It really tugs Miusel's heart-strings.
Luminescent Blush: Miusel gets plenty of these whenever she's alone around Shinichi. It doesn't help that he constantly tries to go out of his way to make her life easier.
Petrarca falls victim to this when Shinichi claims she's a "bishoujo".
Bonus Point: Shinichi is here to sell addictive stuffs (namely Moe), just like any good capitalist. His improving the country is just part of building the market. You know, just like the old British Empire.
Moe: Played with In-Universe, for all seriousness. Moe will either make or break diplomacy.
Not only that, Shinichi even considers Miusel this In-Universe.
Moment Killer: In episode 8, Miusel is having an almost tearful confession to Shinichi about she doesn't want him to get hurt (complete with dramatic background music) when suddenly her bikini top falls off, the music promptly stops and the next few seconds is Shinichi staring in awe.
Mood Whiplash: We have a fun-filled episode 7, with lots of gags and cute moments from Miusel... then the tension drops to zero almost immediately when Petrarca trudges off depressed because she couldn't meet Shinichi.
NEET: After he was rejected by a girl for being an otaku, Shinichi spent some time being one. He already got over it, though.
Never Learned to Read: Played straight for the demi-humans in the other world. Only nobility get to learn to read and write, and they're all humans. Later subverted when Shinichi sets up a school for them and starts to teach them how to do so.
Played straight and subverted in the case of Miusel. She can read, write, and speak Japanese thanks to Shinichi's guidance, but apart from being able to speak Eldantian, she is unable to read or write in her native language.
Nosebleed: Shinichi gets one whenever he sees a well-endowed woman.
Oblivious to Love: Subverted, Shinichi notices that Miusel might like him. Due to past experience, he tries to pass it off as him reading too much into the situation. Played straight with Petrarca.
Off with His Head!/Protocol Peril: Petrarca nearly executes Shinichi after he cheerfully calls her 'little girl' in a burst of excitement. In episode 3, he is almost beheaded again by a group of insurgents.
Older Than They Look: Petrarca qualifies; she's already turned 16 years-old but doesn't look to be older than a 10 year-old girl.
Out of Focus: Played straight. Petrarca's involvement seems to have greatly diminished after the initial episodes. Episode 5 has her reduced to having a gag scene, and she's actually one of the main heroines. Justified in that her public presence had to have been toned down in light of the terrorist attack on her life.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Parodied. Gallius promises Petrarca he'll summon Shinichi if she finishes a huge stack of paperwork, only to discover that he's in Japan and can't be brought back quickly enough. So Zaharl puts on a completely unconvincing Shinichi disguise... which Petrarca sees through immediately.
Patriotic Fervor: The conservative terrorists ain't gonna let no stinkin' foreigners change their way of life, especially if it means liberation of lowlives and equalization of the citizens.
People of Hair Color: Elves, including half-elves, have hair in the lighter shades of brown and eyes in the shades of purple.
Pragmatic Hero: When a terrorist has a magical fire bomb about to go off, what does Shinichi do? Put it out with a fire extinguisher.
All things considered, Matoba is a very reasonable boss for Shinichi. After the terrorist incident, Shinichi wonders whether he's actually an invader and that the ultra-nationalists are right. Matoba reassures Shinichi that he is not, as long as he doesn't hold the invader mindset.
Retired Badass: Miusel and Bluk were part of the military before taking their current jobs as a maid and gardener respectively.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Surprisingly, Petrarca quickly transitions into this, diligently learning Japanese and helping Shinichi build an un-segregated school (even though she's leery of the idea). Her cousin, Gallius, has an active role as a military leader.
Running Gag: Shinichi's tendency to go into outbursts and illiciting disdainful glares from everyone in the vicinity.
Minori's obsession with BL and insistence on pairing Shinichi and Garius. Later on, her repeatedly asking Shinichi if he's considering including BL into the lesson curriculum.
Self-Deprecation: Done at the start of episode 7 when Shinichi outright calls the director of a Minami-ke Okaeriparody "terrible". The director of its real counterpart also directed this anime.
It gets even more hilarious when you consider that Okaeri was actually well-received, compared to the previous season, which was widely regarded as awful.
Brick Joke: The director gets his payback by removing Miusel's lewd scenes with Shinichi in the episode, as revealed in the next episode preview.
Shown Their Work: Despite the initial silly premise, it seems as if a lot of work was done in accurately representing a "What If?" situation in the face of such a culture clash. Many logical steps are taken in developing the Erdant Empire to become a country fit for enjoying foreign entertainment, including access to better technology (the windmill power plant) and better education (the school). It even takes the class structure aspect seriously, as even though Shinichi is shown to be teaching mostly nobles, he helps Miusel study just as much and intends on integrating the other races in his school as well.
The next episode preview is framed as part of videogame played by Bluk. When he starts it, he first blows the root part of the cartridge, just like how you start problematic copies of old NES or SNES games.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Used to hilarious effect when Elbia constantly shoots herself in the foot as Shinichi interrogates her to prove that she's not a spy.
Terrorists Without a Cause: Subverted in episode 3. While they seem like your typical racist supremacist group and they claim to view Japan as nothing but invaders, only taking captive of a few nobodies in our world to make a statement, when Shinichi calls the leader out on their Fantastic Racism motives, the leader AGREES. At the same time, the terrorists want to maintain the status quo, and continue to see Shinichi as a threat.
The Glomp: Elbia, who has a tendency to glomp Shinichi whenever he makes a statement about not minding her race.
Took a Level in Kindness: Petrarca after Miusel took a knife for her is much kinder to Miusel and seems to have abandoned her racism.
In episode 6, she is happily chatting with Miusel.
Translator Microbes: Come in the form of rings that enable its wearers to understand and speak Eldantian. It's a telepathy-based magical artifact and doesn't work on recordings or if speaker and listener both aren't wearing a ring. For this reason, when the diplomatic mission need to discuss sensitive matters, they simply take off the rings.
The only kingdom citizen who can 'talk' to Shinichi without rings is Miusel, who learned Japanese kana from him. She's, in fact, become so fluent in Japanese that she was able to spend a whole day in Japan without much trouble aside from some cultural issues.
Trailers Always Spoil: Parodied. A post-episode preview reveals that Miusel survives being stabbed, since it shows her perfectly alive in an upcoming scene. The narration pretends that we still don't know if she survived, until a second narrator interrupts to lampshade her obvious not-deadness.
Trapped in Another World: Downplayed. Shinichi is shanghaied to another world and forbidden to return to his home country, but he's enjoying this latest twist to his life.
Wham Episode: Subverted in episode 3; Miusel appears to die, but the next-episode preview intentionally reveals her survival. And subverted again in the beginning of the next episode, in which Petrarca and the doctors seem to be mourning the loss of Miusel, but it turns out they were mourning the death of Petrarca's fish, Elizabeth.
Episode 8 is a straight example. Gallius reveals that his parents murdered Petrarca's parents, and the former emperor (her grandfather) died from grief. Since Petrarca inherited the throne, Gallius's parents were presumably exiled or executed. Unusually for this sort of trope, Petrarca knows all of this, and her bossy tsundere attitude is apparently a facade to cover up how upset she is over this situation.
Yandere: In-universe, one of the characters in a gal game that Shinichi was showing to his class is this.
Yaoi Fangirl: Minori, she seems to ship Shinichi and Gallius, based on the second episode and the opening.
If he is ever allowed to go back to Japan, he has to get drugged willingly before the special forces bring him back to his home.
Younger Than They Look: Male dwarves are this trope to eleven. At age ten, they have full beards. The anime even lampshades, when we see a male dwarf, there is a caption saying age 10. However, this is apparently averted for female dwarves like Romilda.
Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Minori helpfully points out that inequality is in the fabric of Eldantian society, and that forcing the issue may be detrimental to Japanese interests.