If you’re not watching Overlord, then what the Hell is wrong with you?

Although Overlord is in its third season, it doesn’t seem to be getting the hype like the third season of Attack on Titan or Sword Art Online. To be frank, that really pisses me off. This is an anime everyone should be watching.

It has relatable characters, a fantasy world we’d all want to jump into, formidable allies, and magical power beyond belief. Add to that a bevy of gorgeous vampires, succubus, and battle maids at your command, and you’ll realize it’s every nerds dream come true.

Overlord, in a nutshell, is about a gamer who stays logged into his favorite fantasy game while they shut the server down for the last time. Then he suddenly finds himself and all the NPCs (non-player characters for any noobs reading this) transported to a fantasy world with all their powers and abilities intact. He decides to set out and take over the world.

Anyone who has spent a weekend playing D&D nonstop, or pulled an all-nighter on Warcraft can relate to the main character, Ainz Ool Gown. Here is a guy who spent all his free time away from social angst by gaming, creating the most powerful undead sorcerer ever. Now he really is that sorcerer in a real fantasy world. Besides his constant monologing, it’s fun watching him read self-help books on being a good leader, learning how to interact socially with others, and ward off the affections of a certain succubus who lusts after his bones.

Other guardians who serve him are also creepy and fun. Demiurge is the coolest demon ever. You never know what he’s capable of. Shalltear is a vampire who will kill you without thinking and yet is the biggest where (when it comes to Lord Ainz that is). Albedo is, well, Albedo. She wants nothing more than to love Ainz, serve his every whim and wish, and have his baby too. These guardians are as ridiculously overpowered as they come, and yet, they have some very human flaws. It’s what makes them endearing.

That’s what I find so interesting about this anime. Here you have a collection of the most evil undead monsters ever assembled and yet you want to be with them. Their funny, cute, sexy, and even caring (at times). Even some of the people in this new world are more monstrous than they are.

Anime has its share of gamers going to worlds based on their in-game experiences, but Overlord is different. Because the main characters are not human, you see more of the humanity in them, and less in the other characters.

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Mark Piggott is the author of the Forever Avalon book series. Forever Avalon is available for purchase as a book/ebook at Amazon. The Dark Tides is available for purchase as a book/ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iUniverse publishing. The Outlander War, Book Three of the Forever Avalon series is coming soon.

4 thoughts on “If you’re not watching Overlord, then what the Hell is wrong with you?

  1. kasaiaragosta T says:

    This is a nice little read. Always good to see another fan of overlord πŸ™‚
    Fun little fact did you know the author started writing overlord the light novel when his friends got too busy to play D&D with him?
    That right Maruyama Kugane, the author, is a D&D fan.
    Overlord is great in my opinion, is because of the world building, character developments and the lore of this new world that Ainz and co. find themselves in just really speaks to me.
    If you have not check out the Overlord light novel, you must read it.
    The light novel have a much greater detail than the anime.
    Sadly there are some scene and inner thoughts that gets left out because of either the budget or the time constraint of a 24 minute episode.
    Anyways I hope you get the chance of reading the light novel.
    Hope you have a great day.

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    • authormpiggott says:

      I just ordered the books off Amazon. You can tell that he was a fan of D&D from a lot of the nuances in the series that reflects off the RPG. This season has been so crazy, I don’t know what to expect next. Thanks for reading!

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