Overlord: Uniquely Un-Unique

Overlord has always been the Isekai I’ve struggled to get into the most. I tried three times to love it, and I couldn’t do it. Then buying the light novels and watching with friends turned me around on it. I still think it is the weakest of the Kadokawa ‘Big 4’, but it is a fun take on a well worn formula that has more than enough effort put into it. My thoughts on the anime series and several of the Light Novels are right here.

The Anime

Quick Thoughts on: Overlord Season 1: This one time, in The Great Tomb of Nazarick

Quick Thoughts on Overlord Season 2: Softcore Lizardman Porn

Overlord Season 3: Death Touching your way to World Domination

The Light Novels

Overlord Volume 1: A Funny Thing Happened on the Last Day of the MMORPG.

Overlord Volume 2: What time? Clementine.

Overlord Volume 3: Shalltear’s lousy, no good, very bad day.

Overlord Volume 4: Hardcore Lizardman Porn

Overlord Volume 5: Climbing the Stairway to Pussy

Overlord Season 3: Death Touching your way to World Domination

Our look at the anime adaptation of Overlord continues! I’ve given you my quick thoughts on the last two seasons already, mostly because I had already gone into those stories with the light novels. For the third season however, this now covers elements I have not yet read, so I figure it is only proper to give it the full Shallow Dive. So after the cut let’s take a dive into the third season of Overlord!

Dem Goats
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Quick Thoughts on Overlord Season 2: Softcore Lizardman Porn

My (quick) look in the anime version of the Overlord series continues! Like I said before, I’ve already gone into what actually happens in this series when I discussed the light novel source material. But now thanks to a friend, I actually sat down and watched the anime series, and it’s only fair that I give out my thoughts on what I saw. Let’s get into these quick thoughts on season 2 after the cut!

My thoughts on the Light Novel source material can be found here and here!

Edited for Television
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Quick Thoughts on: Overlord Season 1: This one time, in The Great Tomb of Nazarick

I’ve made it no secret that I struggled, STRUGGLED to get through the anime version of Overlord. While I found more success with the Light Novels, I knew I should try the anime again. Recently I sat down with a buddy and watched all three seasons. And while I don’t want to re-hash all my thoughts about what is the same stuff, I do want to take a moment and get my quick thoughts out on the first season. Let’s get into this after the cut!

Check out my thoughts on the Light Novel source material here, here and here!

  • The first season remains the strongest out of the three displayed so far. Mostly because the story is focused completely on Ainz and his servants. They have always been the best part of the series, especially as Ainz tries to Mr. Magoo his way through world domination, and his fear that there may be people more powerful of him (but there isn’t)
  • The setting and plot of this first season makes Overlord the most ‘bland’ of the Big Four. It doesn’t have Tanya’s fresh setting, Konosuba’s comedy, or ReZero’s deeper character twists. Still, the use of a unique main character, and the atmosphere help sell the show regardless.
  • Which is why every time the series pulls itself out of the Ainz central story, things just tend to fall apart. I’ll get more into this in the second season, but it is a problem, but thankfully not one that shows up most in this season.
  • I was surprised at fast, but properly paced this season was. It covers three full light novels (and these are meaty books), and there were no major events or anything that were cut. I can’t recall any fine details, but I was surprised at how well structured.
  • Clementine’s death is probably Overlord’s best moment throughout all three seasons. She’s a great baddy and her getting her ass kicked by Ainz was damn satisfying. The fight with Shalltear was a close second, and I like how the close call gives Brain (still a really dumb fucking name) a chance to be a better person.
  • In regards to the way the anime looks and sounds, I will say that the animation is okay, but when put up against the light novel’s fucking fantastic art, and the end-credit pictures, it just doesn’t look good. It’s very bland, and a little bit too ‘clean’ for my tastes. Again it is never rough, but I wish there was a bit more grit and style ala Jobless Reincarnation.
  • The voice cast though, in both dub and sub are top tier though. I love Ainz’s voice as well as Albedo’s and Demiurge. It’s a very solid cast.
  • Overall, like I said, the first season is the strongest, but Overlord has always remained the weakest of the Kadokawa ‘big four.’

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

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Overlord Volume 1: A Funny Thing Happened on the Last Day of the MMORPG.

I have spoken about what I think are Isekai’s Big Four. While there are dozens of isekai series, all of varying degrees of good or bad. There are, in my mind, only four series that have really pushed the genre forward. Who have actually having done something with the basic premise of “guy gets sent to a new world.” These four are: Konosuba, ReZero, Tanya the Evil and Overlord.

Out of those four, I’ve always struggled the most to get into, and stick with Overlord. I’ve tried three times with the anime, and each time I find myself just putting it down out of boredom, or disinterest. Not because the premise is bad, or the characters, but just how to the story pulls away from its central lead. However last year I decided to pick up the light novels (which were on sale) and try one more final time to get into it. How did it end up? Well after the cut let’s dive into the first light novel volumes of the isekai series: Overlord.

Overlord, Vol. 1 (light novel): The Undead King: Maruyama, Kugane, so-bin:  9780316272247: Books - Amazon.ca
Not your daddy’s isekai

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