Overlord Anime Review Pt. 1

Name: Overlord
Media: Anime
MAL Score: 8.06/10, 7.92/10, 8.11/10
Episodes: 36 (total in 3 seasons)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Magic, Supernatural

This review will be divided into two parts, as I cannot fit everything I want to tell about this masterpiece in one review. So in this part I will be talking about the story and characters. The review contains some spoilers, so watch out. Enjoy!

Summary

Video games have always served as a way for people to entertain themselves, a way to pass one’s time, and for others as a means to escape from real life and immerse themself in a world where one can live and do as one desires to.
Adapted from the light novel of Kugane Maruyama, Overlord follows the sudden change of reality for the character Momonga as he suddenly finds himself in a new world together with a team of former NPCs turned into fanatically loyal servants in tow, with his life about to suddenly change in a way never thought possible.

The setting

Initially set in the late 2130s, the story follows the character Momonga who had chosen to stay online during the last hour of service for the DMMO-RPG (Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) Yggdrasil, which was to shut down its servers following a decade of service, only to wake up in a new and unknown world as the ingame character he had been playing as. Waking up alongside him in this unknown world, given consciousness and life, are the many servants and former NPCs of the guild he was in, along with the great tomb that housed it during the service of Yggdrasil.
Through the adventures and exploits of the former salaryman Momonga and his following of fanatically loyal servants goes through in this new and strange world they are finding themselves in, the show’s plot progression introduces the viewer to the world’s many factions and the people who are members of them.

With a deep world building from start to finish, a thing that in my eyes manages to set the story of Overlord apart from the crowd and ranks of isekai stories, is through how it handles the many elements of its story and the qualities of its characters, able to keep their offence capabilities balanced through providing the characters with built-in flaws in their personalities which can be used as a means to lower their guard if figured out.

The characters

What truly can make or break a story like the one Overlord is working with, is most importantly what sort of characters that is introduced in it as it progresses through the story’s plot, along with how these characters evolve along it. From Momonga, the guild master and ruler of the Great Tomb of Nazarick, the fanatically faithful followers in the former npcs under him, to the humans and beings of the new world our main characters were put into, each character we are given not only serve a purpose within the story but also has qualities that doesn’t cause them to significantly overlap with the rest.

With a highly diverse cast introduced across and throughout the series’ episodes and factions, the viewer is given a look into how the events that occur not only benefits the denizens of the Great Tomb of Nazarick, but also into how they affect the lives of those around them as they solidify their position within the new world. While the majority of the characters go through heavy development, the one who evolves the most is the character of Momonga, a person who himself doesn’t feel he fits well in a leadership position being forced into a tough and difficult situation as he is suddenly required to act as the supreme being his underlings regards him as, taking the name of the guild he and his friends labored so hard to create as his own, evolving through the encounters and situations that he gets thrown into and involved with.

That’s all for now, the second part will be posted really soon, so stay tuned!

Written by Steenberg.

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