「舞い上がる火の粉」 (Mai Agaru Hi no ko)
“Soaring Sparks of Fire”
You know I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Overlord’s romp through the baddies this week, but I can say the results were worth it. Sure we never really got to see Sebas go all out and wreck face (gut punches don’t count), and Brain’s engagement was more bluster than exertion, but never fault the show for making these moments fun. Plus it’s all topped off with an adorable new nickname for Shalltear so life is looking up. Yes, Shallty is confirmed cute name—live with it.
As has been the case for Overlord these past couple of weeks, the theme of inner strength and the importance of its application was once again front and centre. It was an excellent showcase of the talent discussions from last time, for while Climb was constantly made out to be weak, this episode hammered the point home. The kid might have all the necessary tricks and a strong knack for discerning enemy deception, but even against the weakest opponents he struggles at best. Climb might have had Succulent’s number in terms of physical strength for example, but his lack of practical experience doomed him. It was ultimately Climb’s courage and determination which kept him in the fight, a drive his enemies could never understand given their own selfish focus. Of course Climb would have died if Brain wasn’t there to save the day, but this is part of the lesson here of fighting for others: if you fight for your teammates and give your all, you will always have someone there who has your back. It may not be immediate, but mutual support builds mutual trust, and it is these bonds which ensure the team always overcomes the individual in the end.
Part of the satisfaction too (at least for me) was how Sebas again personified this lesson perfectly. While undeniably fighting now to correct his mistake of involving Ainz Ooal Gown with the Eight Fingers for example, Sebas initially went through the brothel to help remove a demon off of Tuare’s back. Sebas never went in with the intention on slaughtering everyone (as Solution would happily do), but simply to find and eliminate the ringleader. Much like Brain’s realization of using power for the sake of others, Sebas did it from start to finish and showed how the results (via the respect of Brain and admiration of Climb) can make the difference in mindset worth it. Whereas Succulent instilled fear in others and took what he wanted, Sebas built up trust which can cash in later for favours (if desired) with Brain and Climb. Sebas of course doesn’t need any help when it comes to such enemies, but the principle of his moral choice stands. In the fight this week only one side received sufficient reinforcements, and it wasn’t the one who got their kicks out of beating innocent girls.
The real fun, however, is what comes next after this opening salvo. Probably to no one’s surprise the Eight Fingers won’t take a beating lying down, and have assembled the remaining Six Arms to show those upstarts who’s the evilest of them all. It might—will—end badly for all of them, but don’t say they didn’t try, especially when the Blue Rose also looks set to pop in at the best (worst?) possible moment. Then we have the Solution shenanigans as Ainz is apparently now ready to find out just what the hell is going on with the head butler. This bit could honestly go either way (given the issue of Shalltear’s earlier rebellion), but I imagine Ainz will quickly see through things, especially when the Eight Fingers inevitably come knocking for their punishment.
Things are about to get a little hectic in Overlord, and I for one cannot wait to see the results. After all, we’ve got one princess just begging for her chance to shine.