Overlord Volume 5: Climbing the Stairway to Pussy

Our look at the light novels of Overlord continue! I’ve been slacking a bit on these lately, but I’ve finally finished the next one! This is a special case, because it is right here where I dropped the anime series. Will the light novel version be able to carry that forward? After the cut let’s find out as we dive into the fifth volume of Overlord!

Get dat coochie.

As I said at the top, it is around this point that I just really couldn’t care about the series anymore, at least in anime form. To me, I felt Overlord was strongest when the story was about Ainz, him running around kicking ass, taking names, and having the mortals bow down to him. I wanted that classic isekai hit, stuff that (at the time) I was getting from shows like Another World with my Smartphone. I just couldn’t fucking care about any of the other characters, so when the story shifted focus to them, I lost interest.

However, upon reflection and getting a fair bit of distance from the genre in general. I see the value in what was done here. By having Overlord expand it’s story through another points of view, to take time and explain the human world, we get a bigger and frankly better picture of the universe in general. We see how the world reacts to the arrival of Ainz, the inner politics of the kingdom, and most importantly, how the servants of Nazarick are adapting to their new freedom and roles.

With that, the fifth volume follows two interconnected stories. One is about Sebas, the leader of the maids who is working with Solution in order to infiltrates’ and gather intelligence in the kingdom of Re-Estize. The second follows the young Climb, a would-be solider who has no special talent, but devotion and loyalty to the Princess Renner, a woman with more than a few screws loose, is palpable. Together along these two, along with help from the shell-shocked Brain Unglaus, work to uncover a secret plot from a group of thieves and assassins, made only compliment by Sebas taking in a young woman named Tuare.

Sebas saving Tuare represents a change in him that no one in Nazarick expects.

To my surprise, I found myself really enjoying this story now, being able to read the written words and form the images in my own head. The story is again brisk and to the point. The action is detailed and quick, and there is more than a few chapters that can turn the stomach with their brutality and content. Most importantly though, enough time is spent on the new characters that you get a feel for them. Climb endears himself to the viewer quite well, being the plucky under-dog waiting for his shonen powerup that will never come, and Brain eating his humble pie turns him into a wiser and more accepting person, mentoring Climb when he can.

Brain and Climb make a good team, and they show the effects Nazarick are having on the doomed mortals of the world.

However the big character of the volume is Sebas, and serves as the first example of the effect the world is having one people. His saving of Tuare, a beaten, raped, and abused slave, is something that is unheard of by the other denizens of Nazarick, and could represent a changing of views and ideas that may go against their beloved Ainz. While it is not resolved in this volume, I was happy to see that the characters if Nazarick don’t stay as the mindless NPCs they were created as. In this world where they are living breathing things, they may develop attachments, goals and ideals of their own, and if that clashes against Ainz’s grand plan, then who knows what might happen. It makes me want to keep reading, which is something that anime wasn’t able to do.

All in all though, Overlord Volume 5 is another solid entry, and finally helped me get over ‘the hump’ that I had with the series. I’m invested in characters I didn’t care about before, and I want to see how all of this fits, good or ill, in the grand scheme of Ainz and the others. While this is the last volume I actually own for now (something I hope to change soon), I will absolutely be reading this series going forward. That’s what I wanted from the light novels, and I am glad it was able to deliver.

Then there is this psycho bitch.

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