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Overlord


Alt Names: alt 不死者之王alt โอเวอร์ ลอร์ดalt オーバーロードalt 오버로드alt OverLord
Author: MARUYAMA Kugane
Artist: MIYAMA Fugin
Genres: Action ActionAdventure AdventureComedy ComedyDrama DramaFantasy FantasyPsychological PsychologicalSeinen SeinenTragedy Tragedy
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: The story begins with Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is quietly shut down on its last day. Our protagonist Momonga decided to stay until the last moment in his beloved game and wait for the force logout. Unexpectedly, the server did not shut down and Momonga is stuck in his skeleton body and got transferred to another world. "The powerful Overlord" needs now to discover a new world and face the continuous challenges.

Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary man strives to take over the new world the game has become.

Based on the light novel of the same name.
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Ch.24: Episode #24
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Ch.24: Episodio #24
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Exactly if people hates this story for being a power tripping fantasy, then they should stick to stories with weakling shounen MCs who believes in the power of friendship and will train for hundreds of chapters so that they'll get stronger, there are tons of them more so than power trip stories like these.

Well, I read all of the currently available LNs, and it is interesting in its own way for quite a while. In a lot of ways it's much better than most of the drek in the genre. The issue is that interesting stories are driven by good antagonists, tension, uncertainty, and the like. However...  

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Lizard cloaca~ ♡

 
At the start I agreed with you, Ainz is a paranoid coward and is just putting on the façade of the Evil Overlord, but somwhere along the line I had to start to wonder if you read the Novel or if you are just jumping to conclusions based on what you saw in the manga, which while it stays truer to the Novel doesn't go nearly as deep and is not nearly as far along in the story.
 
Ainz is far from dumb and he is pretty capable at what he is doing he is just not the infallible supreme ruler the Inhibitors of Nazarick see him as, and judged by human morality he is certainly evil, not the random "I just want to see the world burn" evil or the "evil for the sake of being evil" Evil but still plenty evil.

 

It isn't deep. All Momonga is doing is for one purpose, from the very beginning of the story to the current one. He is only driven by his fear of being left alone. The main reason he's doing "evil" things is because he thinks the Guardians would notice it and call it "weak", thus making him look disposable/not worthy to serve anymore.

 

His whole conquest is pointless from an "evil" perspective, because his motivations are dull. You can feel he's still a gamer at heart and see things from a gamer's perspective. That's why it doesn't make it for me - this feeling of "a game world" is far too present. That also why he's still looking as a very weak character to be labelled an "evil" one.

 

The problem with the Guardians is that you can feel they are initially AI characters. They rarely get out of their main purpose. Cocytus' reaction, while understandable, is barely a development. You get more of it with the Lizardmen, which tell a lot where the weakness of this LN is.

 

Albedo and Shalltear are the usual female characters in a fantasy manga, completely fascinated by the "male protagonist", even if he's a wimp. Yes, it's his Japanese typical persona in usual manga that's showing here. And true, Albedo is like this because he did rewrite some things in her background, but still...she's so singleminded it's not that interesting to follow. Shalltear has a bit more development, but she's not really going out of her "I have to please master Ainz so that he can notice me" narrow picture.

 

The thing is, story is not that focused on character motivations, since they don't evolve that much in this field. It's mainly a succession of "evil" acts one after the other, and Momonga discovering more about this new world around him. So it's not that surprising the focus on their development is weak.

 

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So, what I'm saying is basically that all he's doing is, from his point of view, more Neutral than really Evil. It shows more the cynical view of the author, though still quite mild since he can't write all horrors in details and lose some "mainstream" audience. And from what I read so far, I don't see that as particularly interesting from an evil point of view. It's just rather bland.

 

What I find funny are people focusing on the "romance", while fully knowing Momonga can't do anything in his state (and he clearly doesn't really want to get involved on that matter with his Guardians, anyway). It's the typical "good-for-nothing guy from real world getting throwed in fantasy world when his "hidden" abilities makes him wonderful, and all girls fall for him but he can't get attached to them/is too wimp to get a real flag with one", with just a mild "evil" flavour on top of it.

 

Still readable, sure, but to me, it's not the main characters that makes it that interesting. More like the interactions of some Undead throwed in fantasy world and the reactions of their surroundings. Actually, I find secondary characters much more interesting than the main ones. And to me, that's a problem in a story.

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While I agree that Ainz' wimpy Japanese persona isn't something to like, I disagree however at calling him a fake evil villain. If there's anything the later volumes says louder about Ainz, it's that his alignment is clearly "evil".
He's faking his omniscience though, hah.

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Watches reality TV
Ainz: I so didn't give you 4hrs to ensure an offspring
Albedo: Ainz-sama
Shaltear: Hah hah hah, will it be my turn?
Ainz: %$&#(&$

What are you talking about ? The MC is a spineless guy. He does all of this just because he's afraid of losing the last remnants of his guildmates. This is not about an Undead Lich wanting World Domination, this is about a coward who doesn't want to be left alone. And to be honest, his development is as boring and simple as the original role of his AI NPC.
 
Just because it's labelled "evil" doesn't mean it's interesting evil to watch.
 
That story is no better than the usual shonen guy counting on friendship - because that one is actually looking for the same thing, just choosing a so called "dark path" by trying to do so.
 
Too bad, so many things could be tried. But no, let's go classical dumb guy from real world stuck in his MMORPG-like game setting doing stuff and calling it "evil" in an attempt to make it look different. Yeah, right.
 
Note that's it's a good thing he choose Undead. Doesn't have to sleep, doesn't have to eat, drink or poop. Really practical to avoid all interesting questions of a game character actually coming to "life", but hey, it's a light novel for wannabe villains, you can't expect to go too deep in the "realistic feeling" to destroy that nice narrative of angry youngsters thinking you just need a black cloak with a skull as face to be called "evil".
 
This arc on the lizardmen is a good example of the typical problem of this LN: it just shows how dull and empty the "main characters" are. That's why you feel more for the lizards, especially when you heavily insist on their story like this. The speech Momonga does in this chapter is... 
 

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At the start I agreed with you, Ainz is a paranoid coward and is just putting on the façade of the Evil Overlord, but somwhere along the line I had to start to wonder if you read the Novel or if you are just jumping to conclusions based on what you saw in the manga, which while it stays truer to the Novel doesn't go nearly as deep and is not nearly as far along in the story.
 
Ainz is far from dumb and he is pretty capable at what he is doing he is just not the infallible supreme ruler the Inhibitors of Nazarick see him as, and judged by human morality he is certainly evil, not the random "I just want to see the world burn" evil or the "evil for the sake of being evil" Evil but still plenty evil.

 

Spoiler

Exactly if people hates this story for being a power tripping fantasy, then they should stick to stories with weakling shounen MCs who believes in the power of friendship and will train for hundreds of chapters so that they'll get stronger, there are tons of them more so than power trip stories like these. 

 

What are you talking about ? The MC is a spineless guy. He does all of this just because he's afraid of losing the last remnants of his guildmates. This is not about an Undead Lich wanting World Domination, this is about a coward who doesn't want to be left alone. And to be honest, his development is as boring and simple as the original role of his AI NPC.

 

Just because it's labelled "evil" doesn't mean it's interesting evil to watch.

 

That story is no better than the usual shonen guy counting on friendship - because that one is actually looking for the same thing, just choosing a so called "dark path" by trying to do so.

 

Too bad, so many things could be tried. But no, let's go classical dumb guy from real world stuck in his MMORPG-like game setting doing stuff and calling it "evil" in an attempt to make it look different. Yeah, right.

 

Note that's it's a good thing he choose Undead. Doesn't have to sleep, doesn't have to eat, drink or poop. Really practical to avoid all interesting questions of a game character actually coming to "life", but hey, it's a light novel for wannabe villains, you can't expect to go too deep in the "realistic feeling" to destroy that nice narrative of angry youngsters thinking you just need a black cloak with a skull as face to be called "evil".

 

This arc on the lizardmen is a good example of the typical problem of this LN: it just shows how dull and empty the "main characters" are. That's why you feel more for the lizards, especially when you heavily insist on their story like this. The speech Momonga does in this chapter is... 

 

Spoiler

Exactly if people hates this story for being a power tripping fantasy, then they should stick to stories with weakling shounen MCs who believes in the power of friendship and will train for hundreds of chapters so that they'll get stronger, there are tons of them more so than power trip stories like these. 

 

Wish-fulfillment?  You definitely haven't read any other isekai stories then. And I'd advise you from doing so, cause you might really stab yourself in the eyes... multiple times... for the rest of your life.

Overlord is one of the more very few that's decent for the genre. If it's something that's not up to your "standards", then it's better to stay away from the whole genre. Just because everyone else is enjoying it, doesn't mean you have to force yourself.

I never read the LN so I didn't know there was such an arc but this sounds nothing short of incredible.

 

FUND IT!

There isn't such an arc, though she does play a bigger role in the next arc. Sadly after that it begins to devolve into even more of a straight power fantasy.

LIZARD PORN

Ainz : You only have 4 hours left to live!

 

IMPREGNATE ME! <3

Flag erected at full mast, mate

I will forgive the mistreatment of the lizardmen after this arc only if they have an Entoma arc where she just kinda wanders around and eats random shit for like 40 chapters until someone from Nazarick finds her and is like "What the fuck, where have you been?"

I never read the LN so I didn't know there was such an arc but this sounds nothing short of incredible.

 

FUND IT!

I will forgive the mistreatment of the lizardmen after this arc only if they have an Entoma arc where she just kinda wanders around and eats random shit for like 40 chapters until someone from Nazarick finds her and is like "What the fuck, where have you been?"

This series is like when you read a bad, wish-fulfillment fanfiction that is so vapid and dry that you start to yearn for the backstory of characters who aren't introduced because anything is better than this drivel.

 

Like, there are interesting concepts and ideas, but it is all executed so uninterestingly and without any investment whatsoever that it makes me want to stab myself in the eyes.

Wish-fulfillment?  You definitely haven't read any other isekai stories then. And I'd advise you from doing so, cause you might really stab yourself in the eyes... multiple times... for the rest of your life.

Overlord is one of the more very few that's decent for the genre. If it's something that's not up to your "standards", then it's better to stay away from the whole genre. Just because everyone else is enjoying it, doesn't mean you have to force yourself.

somehow , the second season will only covers the Lizard arc. I just hoped the SPLAT SPLAT SPLAT season will come too

This series is like when you read a bad, wish-fulfillment fanfiction that is so vapid and dry that you start to yearn for the backstory of characters who aren't introduced because anything is better than this drivel.

 

Like, there are interesting concepts and ideas, but it is all executed so uninterestingly and without any investment whatsoever that it makes me want to stab myself in the eyes.

You should honestly just stop reading it now since all the Nazarick group just continue to do more and more depraved things while Ainz initially is ignorant of them, and then handwaves it because he's a skeleton, and there ends up being a big disconnect between the slice of life stuff and realizing that they're all monsters.

Well its an instinct of all animals to leave offspring behind(humans included), i think male soldiers on past did that as well.

 

They definitely did that ! :o

Reading this chapter with a kinda tense mood, then all of sudden that last line.

Boom. Burst out laughing.

Well its an instinct of all animals to leave offspring behind(humans included), i think male soldiers on past did that as well.

Reading this chapter with a kinda tense mood, then all of sudden that last line.

Boom. Burst out laughing.

I was not expecting that last page, and from the looks of it neither was he.

Well he sure knows how to make an entrance...

Niceeeee

This series is like when you read a bad, wish-fulfillment fanfiction that is so vapid and dry that you start to yearn for the backstory of characters who aren't introduced because anything is better than this drivel.

 

Like, there are interesting concepts and ideas, but it is all executed so uninterestingly and without any investment whatsoever that it makes me want to stab myself in the eyes.

Rejoice, ye faithful followers of Nazarick!
 

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SAUSAGE AINZ SAMA!

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