Outbreak Company Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary
In Outbreak Company episode 2, “I-I’d better watch it…,” Shinichi Kanou barely escaped his first audience with Empress Petralka Anne Eldant the Third with his head still attached. It seemed the Empress did not like being called a loli. Something about it being disrespectful… Shinichi embraced his new job of spreading anime culture and immediately ran into a huge obstacle: Only noblemen and scribes could read. And the kids don’t even have time to play, even if they could read! What can Shinichi accomplish in such an environment? And how will he react after he was exposed to some of the less idyllic aspects of Eldant society?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best in Show Moment for Outbreak Company Ep 2
Shinichi touched the Empress without her permission. Only the relationship the two were building saved his life. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Brooke Offers Shinichi a Beating Stick
Shinichi grew up in what we’d think of as modern Japan. Like most of our planet, there are remnants of class structures. Some people look down on others. There’s even institutionalized violence against some classes. But outside those circles of incivility (which I hope are on the decline, though I admit progress is glacial), there’s general agreement that harming people because of class isn’t just impolite. It’s evil.
As in morally impermissible. And yes, there are times when my degree in theology hands me a phrase. I try to keep those times to a minimum.
Shinichi felt bad when he learned that Myucel Folan had to study at night because her duties throughout the day kept her too busy. But he seemed to accept it. He was even more concerned when he learned that many younger folks who would be a natural audience for anime and manga not only didn’t have time to play. They couldn’t read, and besides, they were busy in military training. Yes, military training for children.
Myucel’s drive to learn amazed Shinichi. He was also chagrined to realized she could only do so at night because of her responsibilities. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
He might have been able to put that aside, but he couldn’t ignore his encounter with Brooke. Shinichi wandered into a dark room. Two huge red eyes terrified him. He punched in fear and scrapped his fists badly on Brooke’s scales. Shinichi tried to apologize as Brooke handed him a club. “If you wish to beat me, please use this,” Brooke said (13:25).
Myucel happened by, and to Shinichi’s sputtering shock, she said, “But it’s only natural for nobles to beat their servants” (13:57).
Those encounters left Shinichi shaken. I don’t think he realized it, but he had a lot of anger simmering just under the surface. He remembered how he had asked a childhood friend to date him, only to be rebuffed dismissively. That set the stage for my Best in Show moment.
Delivery: Shinichi Lays a Hand on the Empress
Petralka had insisted that he read to her. As Empress, she wanted to understand this manga stuff before he put it before her subjects. She had been a bit jealous of Myucel earlier because Shinichi paid more attention to the maid than the Empress. Now, he’d been reading magna to a raptly attentive Petralka for hours when Myucel knocked on the door to deliver some tea and snacks. Unfortunately, she interrupted an exciting part of the story.
Shinichi gently insisted that he’d like a break. Petralka interpreted that as him taking the maid’s side, so Petralka unloaded on the poor half-elf. The nicest thing she said was (17:52), “How could I ever drink tea made by some half-elf?” Then she added something about swamps before she picked up a bun and pulled her arm back to throw it at Myucel.
Petralka thought she had every right to hurl food at Myucel. Shinichi thought otherwise. But he tried to leaven his reaction with understanding — after he got his emotions back under control. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Shinichi’s control broke. The young man from Earth grabbed the Empress’ arm to stop her from throwing. For just an instant, his expression twisted into fury. He could barely utter her name. There was so much venom in his voice that even the Empress hesitated.
He quickly realized what he’d done and let go. Shinichi didn’t apologize. The young man explained himself, but what really struck me about this moment was his instant of pure honesty. Even better was how Petralka reacted. She’s the Empress. She could have snapped her fingers and Shinichi’s life would be over. But something about his honesty touched her. It touched her so much that she came clean and explained that she was feeling jealous and why. She didn’t apologize, either, but they were both communicating. That’s a beautiful thing!
What did you think of how much Petralka loved manga? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Outbreak Company Episode 2: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Outbreak Company Episode 2 Discussion [Spoilers]
- The Fandom Post: Outbreak Company Episode #02 Anime Review
- The Glorio Blog: Outbreak Company: Episode 2 Class Differences
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Outbreak Company Episode 1 Review: I Landed in Another World
- Outbreak Company Episode 2 Review: I-I’d Better Watch It
- Outbreak Company Episode 3 Review: Thou Art Invaders
- Outbreak Company Episode 4 Review: Furry Spy
- Outbreak Company Episode 5 Review: This Really Is Another World