Overlord Volume 4: Hardcore Lizardman Porn

Our look at the light novel series Overlord continues! We have now reached the point in the story where I pretty much lost interest in terms of the anime. How does it shape up in book form though? Will it be able to carry my interest? Well I did end up finishing the book, so that should give you the answer. After the cut let’s take a dive into the fourth volumes of Overlord!

Overlord, Vol. 4 (light novel): The Lizardman Heroes: Maruyama, Kugane,  so-bin: 9780316397599: Books - Amazon.ca
War of the Scales

The point where I dropped the Overlord anime was the lizardman arc for many reasons, but the most important reason was the sudden change of focus in the cast. I’ve spoken before about the “Bleach problem”, where the secondary cast ends up being vastly more compelling than the main one. Well in many ways Overlord can suffer from a reverse of that. Every time the story pulled away from Ainz and the rest of his gang and focused on something else, I found myself bored and uninterested. I would much rather see more of our isekai hero trying to take over the world, than the frankly boring escapades or other characters. It was this reason why Overlord, despite me trying three times to love it, never stuck with me. 

The fighting is brutal and thankfully not one-sided, though Ainz never was going to lose.

But thankfully, I’m happy to say that light novels are able to fix most of my issues. This entire volume and its story of the lizardman tribes fighting for survival was a brisk, interesting and fun read. The expanded prose and time spent on the lizardmen did wonders to flesh them out and endear them in my eyes. Instead of the usual throwaway cast that are forgotten after their arc, the lizardmen are fully developed characters and their history and culture is explored and touched upon that always kept things interesting. Despite the hopeless situation they are in, the lizardmen are devoted to protecting their home, and make the forces of Nazarick bleed, if only a little. I also enjoyed the shotgun romance between Lulu and Zaryusu, and the text wastes no time letting you know that lizardmen don’t waste anytime.

Lulu and Zaryusu’s romance works because they are lizardmen, and not bound by our logic.

Another excellent thing to see, was the continued growth of Cocytus as a warrior and individual. Instead of a mindless yes man, a barren NPC, the change into this world has given a chance for the guardians to become real people. Ainz seems to have realized this, and seems content in hanging back and letting his servants learn, grow and make mistakes. It makes Ainz come off more as a loving father figure, wanting to nurture his children, instead of the omnipresent lord of death. Four volumes in, there is a clear sense of attachment Ainz has towards them, as they are the only reminder of the days with his guild. I look forward to seeing how that develops as the story goes on.

The guardians are rapidly developing their own habits, likes and even regrets.

Overlord volume 4 shakes off a lot of the problems I had with the anime at his point. The expanded text and solid prose help paint a fuller world, and make you care about the lizardmen’s plight. There were times when I legit was rooting for them to succeed, even though they were pretty much doomed from the start. With this story done though, we now move the story back to the Re-Estize kingdom, and apparently an insane princess. I hope you’ll stop by and see my thoughts when I get to them!

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