OP: 「Clattanoia」 by O×T
「終わりと始まり」 (Owari to Hajimari)
“End and Beginning”
Another story – about a man trapped inside a video game.
But not the same story that I would expect from a virtual reality game. This is not about a man trapped inside a game who has to kill all his opponents to escape or has to struggle to survive in the wilderness. No, this is a story about a man, trapped inside a game with no other players. Only NPCs (non-player character) seem to exist (so far?). As Overlord starts, we’re given some context for Yggdrasil – a virtual reality massive multiplayer online role-playing game (VRMMOPRG) which is extremely popular in the year 2138. However, like all games, Yggdrasil eventually dies down and the creators decide to cancel the game and shut it down (turn off the servers, pull the plug, etc.). Our main character, Momonga (Hino Satoshi) is a loyal player to the game; despite the fact that his other guild members stopped playing and rarely log on anymore. Momonga, being a strong player, prides himself for being a part of the best guild in the game. They even created the strongest weapon possible – sought by other players – and protect it with NPCs within their castle. After this quick introduction to Momonga and his fellow NPCs, Momonga decides to stay logged in just as the game is supposed to shut down. He opens his eyes again and his player scene is no longer visible. His avatar has basically become his body and the NPCs are talking and responding like real individuals. Crazy! Momonga experiments by ordering his NPCs around, doing inappropriate things… to test the boundaries of this “game” that he’s still playing in. Unfortunately, he soon finds out that he’s not just playing a game anymore – he’s living in it and he’s the only other person there.
Although I’ve seen the whole “trapped in a game” concept before, Overlord shows different signs of potential by giving almost little to no explanation for how this is all happening. First of all, the main character never reveals his human face – we’re introduced to him in his avatar and that’s how he will remain until he gets out. Next, there is no one else around – no human like himself anyway and the NPCs are his only forms of companionship. Which to me, is so awkward because no matter how human-like they are and how many emotions they display, they’re still just NPCs to me. It’s like a kid giving life to his stuffed animals which is still – just a stuffed animal. Finally, I’m on the fence with how I feel about the lack of explanations. Normally I would be dying to hear how and why Momonga is stuck in this world, but at the same time, I think that’s the whole point of the series so you can’t be given the answers right away. Momonga will have to venture out to find out how to get out (if he even wants to) and see what’s out there in this “life” now. Being stuck in a game isn’t bad when you have a goal or objective and friends to help you pass the time. But Momonga, he really has no one else there for him. I just hope he doesn’t get carried away with Albedo (all that fanservice…).
Overlord surprised me, not by being the best premiere this season, but by being different than what I’d expect from an anime about VRMMORPGs (compared to Sword Art Online, DanMachi, or Log Horizon). All the game play and lingo/terminology is still there and I think it’ll continue to resemble a game of sorts, but it’ll be less focused on leveling up and being the best. Momonga is already the best (and only one) so what’s a guy to do with his time? The NPCs are probably the most interesting thing to come out of this abnormal game, given that they’re like AI – they’re programmed a certain way but have potential to learn and grow over time. The Yggdrasil universe is also a fantasy one so I’d expect a lot of magic and wizardry from Momonga. How cool would it be to generate mana and summon powers from within rather than with a push of a button?
So while this anime is new and different, I can’t say that I’m too captivated by the first episode. I watched the whole thing from beginning to end because I thought it would lead to more answers… but then I figured out that there probably are no answers anytime soon. The characters aren’t exactly unique – Momonga being the typical calm, strong MC with a bit of a pervy side; Albedo (Hara Yumi) being the typical female lead that has a programmed crush on Momonga… and all the other NPCs whom blindly follow Momonga’s orders. It’s not incredibly fast-paced with a lot of action or mystery… nor is it slice-of-life with comedic moments. Overall, I don’t see the potential for this anime beyond the first few eps because I think the novelty of it will wear off. The characters leave next to no impression on me; like I said, the NPCs still don’t feel like living human beings to me. There’s not a lot that holds my interest in Overlord even though I always hope that anime prove me wrong by being unexpected awesome. I’m definitely cautious of spending more time on it, but I’ll wait and see before I completely write it off.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: So tired & the only anime I watched was #Overlord_anime. Interesting tactic by never revealing the players’ faces =X Can’t imagine what it’s like to be surrounded by NPCs all the time Must be lonely T_T
ED: 「L.L.L.」 by MYTH&ROID