「蒼の薔薇」 (Aoi no Bara)
While action aficionados may have a week or two wait before the baddy beat down begins, never fault Overlord for knowing how to hype these moments up. We may have received some further introductions and new faces yet again, but with the pieces being united and certain group(s) now making their moves, this arc is setting up to be a jolly good ride. Just ask Solution.
Probably the most important aspect revealed this episode was the Blue Roses, the previously unnamed adventurer group. Besides featuring some great characters (looking at you Tina you adorable oni-boss lover) and a thing for tea parties, they have direct ties to the monarchy which you can rest assured will become paramount before too long. Why? Ainz Ooal Gown. Both girls and butler both are after the same group of baddies, and it will not take long before both parties run into each other. Simply have princess Renner encounter some troubles for her targeted support—I imagine her unctuous brother (who’s very likely involved with the Eight Fingers) wouldn’t take much to turn on her if given the opportunity—force someone like Climb to go seeking help (remember Gazef talking about Ainz Ooal Gown?), and viola, serendipitous opportunity for papa bones to acquire some real political power. No guarantee of it happening exactly like this of course, but all the breadcrumbs are being dropped for a reason and it’s not to liven up two independent, separate plots. Much like with the lizardmen there’s a deeper purpose here which will see Ainz Ooal Gown grow in some capacity.
How Ainz Ooal Gown is impacted though is up in the air, and it’s all thanks to another character finding a sense of independence. It should probably be unsurprising Solution would actually go over Sebas’ head and report directly to Ainz, but goddamn was it surprising, and a bloody cliff hanger to boot! At its core Solution’s lie is just a temper tantrum (she’s been sullen ever since Tuare defiled her sense of aesthetics), but it takes on serious connotations when Shalltear’s little act of (unintended) rebellion is remembered. Simply claim Sebas is under the influence of a cute face and it won’t take long before floor guardians and Ainz both come to sort matters out. The problem for Solution is the situation will probably not turn out the way she wants. As Sebas showed he’s well aware of what Ainz desires and acts in accordance with that will. He may have brought a random human girl in, but did so with the intention of finding a suitable use for her and in a manner concomitant with her human status. When Ainz finds this out (and make no mistake, he will soon enough) he’s bound to be delighted because it provides a perfect opportunity to show why humans need decent treatment by everyone involved. Doubly so if the brewing situation with the Blue Roses and the Eight Fingers ends up netting Ainz Ooal Gown some brand new political sway.
Buckle up boys and girls, Overlord is going to show us the magic of a little cold calling.