Overlord

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From MADHOUSE Inc., the studio behind ‘Death Parade’ (one of my favourites), ‘Parasyte’, and ‘No Game No Life’, comes the ultimate “trapped in a game” anime; ‘Overlord’.

On the night his favourite MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) is scheduled to be shut down, veteran player Momonga stays logged in until the clock hits zero. The screen goes dark for only a few moments before he finds himself completely immersed in the online world of Tggdrasil. Left with all of his character’s devastating powers, total dominion over his loyal NPCs (Non Playable Character), and nothing better to do… Momonga decides to try his hand at taking over the world.

All the hours he’s spent grinding and dungeon crawling have certainly paid off, and as he tests his strength on local rogues and legendary beasts, he comes to realize that not one opponent can stand against his might. Embracing his new identity as the fearsome mage Ains Ooal Gown, Momonga continues his search for bigger, badder adversaries. Leaving the people of Tggdrasil to wonder – who exactly is trapped with whom?

Most nerds at some point or another have played or still play a MMORPG, and if you’re one of those nerds like me then you’ll have no problem understanding the lingo in this. And if you’ve never played a MMORPG before then don’t worry, most of it is self explanatory; and the things that aren’t get explained by Momonga so you’ll be fine. But just hearing all of the terms used was kind of nostalgic for me and made me smile like the nerd I am lmao.

I found it quite cool how the NPC characters aren’t that complicated personality-wise: how they stick to their original programming and are not only aware that they were created by the original members of Tggdrasil by lines of code but remain satisfied with that and take great pride in who they were created by. That does of course mean that there’s only limited personal growth for the NPCs, as they only act upon their original programming and whatever new orders Momonga gives them. This bothered me a little bit at first, but as the story continues and new elements are introduced, the plot becomes thicker and thicker and external forces pose greater and greater threats – the NPCs are just side characters and are literally just there to follow whatever order Momonga gives them, so I had to just remind myself of that. They’re not minor characters, they’re side characters, and that difference really matters in the progression of the plot, which revolves around Momonga.

Speaking of Momonga though, OP (Over Powered) as fuck!! You know that one character in a game that has max level everything, all the items, all the skills, just so OP that you have to actually THINK to beat this character – that’s Momonga. And again, I was concerned for the limited direction of the plot if he is the biggest baddest thing around, but I was happily surprised with the direction everything went. I’m trying my hardest not to give any spoilers away here lmao, but just trust me, it was awesome. BUT FUCK THAT CLIFFHANGER ENDING JUST SAYING.

February this year they made an anime film for ‘Overlord’ called ‘Overlord: The Undead King’ and then a month later in March they released another anime film ‘Overlord: The Dark Warrior’. Both films are named after the first two titles of the original light novel series they are based off of. The new films added brand new scenes and new characters designed by the character designer of the original novel. The reason this is relevant is because in the second film ‘Overlord: The Dark Warrior’ they announced that ‘Overlord’ would finally be getting its second season. THANK GOD. Whilst I really enjoyed ‘Overlord’ it really did feel like one big set up to something that was going to be even greater and more intense in plot the longer it continues, so I’m ECSTATIC to hear that it will continue because what follows is going to be INCREDIBLE.

This DVD set is rated R13 for violence and sexual themes. It’s 13 episodes split over two discs and has the extras of textless opening and ending themes. Comes in both English dubs and Japanese with English subtitles so whatever you prefer you have. A total time of 325 minutes.

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