When the shut-down time arrives, however, Momonga finds that the game hasn’t vanished. Instead, it appears as if Yggdrasil has been recreated as its own reality along with its various NPCs having been brought to life while Momonga has been trapped in the form of his game avatar, leaving him unable to use the normal player functions, such as General Message, or even to log out. With no other option, Momonga sets out to learn if anyone from ‘the real world’ is also in this new world with him. Taking on the name of Ainz Ooal Gown, a message to any other players, Momonga begins exploring the world in an attempt to figure out what has happened while searching for anyone, or anything, that could help him solve this mystery while ensuring the safety of Nazarick.
When I first started watching the Overlord anime, I was pretty wary. A harem anime with an MMORPG isekai plot? Like that haven’t been done a hundred time already. However, I am glad I was wrong and this anime had incredible writing and characters. These aren’t just some one-note characters where the only thought put into them was their burst size. I would be happier if the harem part was completely removed, but I’ll take the bad with the good.
The animation is gorgeous and crisp. Character design is also great as they are distinct and unique. The only exception would be all the battle maids may look the same.
Both the opening and closing themes of this season are great. The opening theme being “Clattanoia” by O×T (Masayoshi Oishi × [email protected]) and the ending theme is “L.L.L.” by MYTH&ROID. Both are fast pace rock song with a hint of metal and j-rock.
Overlord hits a lot of the trending and over-used tropes like a harem, isekai, and video game theme. Thankfully, these were well thought out. It’s about the detail. For example, the buff spells used during combat shows thought was put into them. The first season wrapped up with one of the best representation of an MMORPG fight scene.
I highly recommend Overlord to the more mature audience, as this may not be appropriate for children. This is a dark fantasy comedy, and some of the events make you wonder if our main character has completely lost his humanity. This anime contains graphic violence, suggestive themes/dialogs, and some foul languages. Intended for mature audiences.
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