「少年の思い」 (Shounen no Omoi)
“A Boy’s Feeling”
Ah there’s nothing like when you get the band/party/assassin crushing super group back together. While it seems the fallout from Solution’s sly appeal to ossified authority may have to wait a week or two yet, Overlord certainly made up for it by finally linking together all (well, most) of this arc’s key players in an amusing fashion. It may have been an episode for the chitchat and philosophical musing, but that doesn’t mean the fun and games aren’t close at hand.
Arguably the most intriguing part this week wasn’t so much bringing together Sebas, Climb, and Brain as the talk of mindsets and talent versus effort. This debate always comes up in one form or another in every walk of life; whether due to logical simplicity or momentary ignorance we always tend to treat talent as an end all be all, the binary determinant which predicts all matter of success and failure. Such thought, however, is naïve because talent is nothing more than a head start. Sure a talented individual can reach greater heights than the eager upstart, but if that guy doesn’t invest in his talent (i.e. improve it through effort), the upstart putting in the effort will eventually become better than him. Climb for example may be the upstart in question, but his determination and drive is why no one (including Sebas and Evileye) ever refuses to help him. That singular focus ensures Climb will only keep improving, and while he may never become as great as say his idol Gazef, he will be able to outmatch those who’ve grown complacent and make it through scenarios others can only dream of. After all Brain, for all his latent warrior talent, buckled under the weight of certain death when Shalltear came knocking last season, and yet Climb stood firm (well, mentally firm) in a similar situation. As Sebas succinctly put facing death shows the true measure of a man, and Climb proudly displayed his for all to see.
What makes this life lesson the more impressive was who was doing the teaching. We knew about Sebas’ honour from rescuing Tuare for example, but his brief lesson with Climb and accepting the help of retainer and warrior both showcase a level of chivalrous manliness not at all expected from a member of Ainz Ooal Gown. Treating humans fairly and aiding them when it helps Papa Bones out sure, but actually giving time and energy with no clear benefit in return? Now that’s just awesome. Whether due to Sebas’s nature (and his creator’s influence) alone or more recent development is unclear, but it further reinforces the idea that Ainz’s Floor Guardians and Pleiades are not living in a void, that they will change over time as new situations and experience make their presence felt. As mentioned last time Ainz is going to love seeing what Sebas is getting up to, and while the head butler may have to tone down his courteous acts (or at least tune them more towards benefiting Ainz Ooal Gown) once Solution’s call is investigated, don’t expect these pleasantries to simply disappear. I still wager Sebas, much like the new and improved Cocytus, is going to quickly become the new face of Ainz Ooal Gown’s public relations strategy, grumpy blonde maids be damned.
In the immediate future, however, it’s party crashing time as butler, warrior, and retainer head off to show us their stuff. Whether as fun or not as watching Sebas catch daggers while helping struggling apprentices is up in the air, but I do know the results are going to be glorious.
Lakyus may not be Darkness of Konosuba
infamy fame, but damn can she channel her inner masochist on request. Extra points for Evileye, Gagaran, and Climb all taking the playacting seriously too, now that was perfection.
Also who can forget Gagaran: “you praise me, we do snu snu—god wills it.” 10/10 would fear again.