Outburst Dreamer Boys is a light novel series inspired by Vocaloid producer rerulili's song "Outburst Dreamer Boys" (Chūbyō Gekihatsu Boy), written by Minato Tonami with illustrations by Hojima. The series under its original name ends at 5 volumes, but it received a continuation, Outburst Dreamer Boys: Youth Syndrome, in 2018, named after the original song's own sequel composition "Youth Syndrome" (Seishun Shokogun). This series was instead illustrated by Coffee Milk. A third series began in 2020 under the subtitle Pride Supernova (Pride Shoushinsei).
An anime series produced by Studio DEEN premiered on October 4, 2019 in the Fall 2019 anime season. It ran for 11 episodes on television, with the final episode included in the series' home video release.
The anime is available for Streaming on HiDive.
Outburst Dreamer Boys contains examples of:
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Eccentic as they might be, the Hero Club is pretty good at what they do, as seen when they help Mizuki earn a real friend and Nanako in getting rid of her stalker.
- Class Representative: Nanako Watase, Mizuki's Only Friend outside the Hero Club.
- Chromosome Casting: Hijiri and Nanako start out as the only truly relevant girls, but later on in the series they acquire an Elegant Gothic Lolita as well to add to the craziness.
- Chuunibyou: The Hero Club, of course. Only one of them hides this by being a Closet Otaku.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Outburst Dreamer Boys" as a Cover Version is performed by all of the male members of the Minakami High School Hero Club.
- Magical Eye: The Hero Club thinks Mizuki has one hidden behind her eyepatch. It's just an eye infection. (Or is it?)
- Mythology Gag: Multiple different references are made to Vocaloid songs, rerulili's discography, or the original "Outburst Dreamer Boys" song, due to the series' origin as a rerulili Vocaloid composition:
"The number you have reached is out of range or turned off. Calls will not be accepted unless from cute girls."
- Nanako informs Hijiri that she can also choose Vocaloid songs at the local karaoke joint, and seems interested in "Spinal Fluid Explosion Girl" being on the setlist (another song-turned-adaptation composed by rerulili).
- The poses the five boys do in the opening are all the poses their original designs had in the original PV. The black silhouettes are also how they're shown in that video up until the end.
- An answering machine message Hijiri receives is taken from the break in "Outburst Dreamer Boys". Similar messages have been left in many of rerulili's "Girl/Boy" songs.
- Only Sane Man: Mizuki, much to her misfortune.
- Tamer and Chaster: Takashima compared to his original design in the PV is quite a different boy. The PV associates him with sex and vulnerability, as he's seen in intimate situations with a similarly vulnerable girl at different points and his verse also includes condom imagery. Takashima, on the other hand, is a very pure, virginal boy with an interest only in 2-D. Even the context of his pose is changed; the anime adds a phone screen with his beloved Sora-chan on it.