「氷結の武神」 (Hyouketsu no Bushin)
“The Freezing God”
What is this, the week of kinky sexual shenanigans? First Franxx goes all out in the art of deep thrusting and now we have Overlord exploring the frontier of interspecies bestiality. Well, necrophilia technically, we are discussing skeletons after all. Weeks of lizardmen were made up for with some choice reaction faces provided by best girls and Shalltear’s punishment revealed in all its spicy glory. Personally I’m not sure at all how being a living chair is remotely alluring, but if the punishment can set off Albedo it must be doing something right. What can I say, I like my girls lively.
As expected from last time the end of the lizardman was determined with relatively little fanfare. Cocytus came, he saw, and he conquered with barely an arm lifted. Not as visually exciting as say the previous fight, but it did reveal a lot regarding how Cocytus has grown in just a few short days. From rigid, unthinking machine to an honour bound warrior truly living up to the name. Our ice throwing insect(oid) gave the lizardmen every opportunity to beat him, he faced them alone, mostly attacked via counters, and deliberately restrained his power output. Cocytus wanted the lizardman to force him into giving more, and while they never could, the courage showed by the Shasha brothers was enough to encourage Cocytus into reconsidering their personal futures. It was arguably inevitable considering the talk of independence last episode, but this bit was still honestly surprising. Just recently Cocytus was afraid to even voice his opinion, but now he pre-emptively came out with a desire to Ainz and was so convinced of the boss skeleton would like it so much he brought Crusch before the call was made. Whatever Ainz was specifically looking for in his lesson to Cocytus he definitely got it back and then some, as his most bullheaded of floor guardians can like Demiurge now think in broader terms. Still not up to the level of sticking human skulls on chairs and conveniently ignoring them of course, but we’ll get there eventually.
Arguably the more important part of this development, however, is what it indicates going forward. Overlord has always focused on the relations between Ainz Ooal Gown and the surrounding world, but now Ainz literally has another people pledging allegiance to him personally. Even with OP as hell powers ensuring those lizardmen stay loyal to him is no easy feat, which is why so much attention was paid to Crusch’s collaboration and Zaruyus’ resurrection. Cocytus may be of a different mind now, but having Crusch keep her masters informed ensures any necessary punishment is pinpoint rather than blanket—easier keeping the peace and solidifying trust if you don’t kill innocents. Doubly effective too is how Zaruyus will keep Crusch on the straight and narrow by ensuring she doesn’t falter in her duties. Loyalty spell or not (and that lie will eventually be found out), Zaruyus owes his life to Ainz and will protect him out of that strong sense of honour Cocytus initially liked so much. It’s a robust control system with multiple checks and balances, and one which would be incredibly easy to implement for different people if successful. The lizardmen may not have been turned into undead as originally planned, but they have still proven their experimental worth. All that talk of world domination? It just took one big step towards realization.
Only thing left is to figure out in the meantime is who’s best fit to enlighten little Aura and Mare on the inner workings of baby making. Yeah, good luck figuring that one out.