「王都動乱序章」 (Outo Douran Joshou)
“Disturbance Begins in the Royal Capital”
Now that’s what I’m talking about. Slow and steady with a heavy dose of dialogue may be Overlord’s modus operandi, but damn does the show know how to make it three kinds of tasty. Ainz going philosophical? Princess Renner proving her worth? Albedo doing her thing? Oh yeah we got it all—and then some. And to think some people believe you always need action to make things interesting.
Probably to no one’s surprise Sebas’ “trial” went about as expected: he proved his loyalty, Ainz found a use (albeit unexpected one) for Tuare, and Solution was left wondering why the world secretly hates her. Given the previous fanfare with Shalltear it’s to be expected that Ainz would worry hard about Sebas’ intent and actually test in the most efficient manner possible, but it’s quite surprising that the idea for it was ultimately Demiurge’s—honestly I never saw that coming. Once again it shows the subtle, but significant change reverberating among the floor guardians, as where Ainz’s old dictates are now open to objections and suggestions that Ainz is willing to use when the situation allows. Part of it may be Ainz already having the idea and waiting for another to voice it, or even a sense of pleasant nostalgia, but Ainz is slowly allowing his subordinates to assume greater, more independent duties. As the remark about blind sides to Demiurge shows, Ainz understands he cannot know everything and must use others to cover for certain weaknesses. Conquering the world—let alone ruling it—takes more than one man, and Ainz is doing everything to ensure he has the best team possible for the task.
What shows just how “moral” (i.e. won’t kill you without a reason) Ainz’s approach is becoming are the actions of this week’s other titular character in Princess Renner. Last episode’s tease was more than enough to hint towards great terrible things, but I never thought we would learn the truth this fast, nor that it would be of this particular variety. Marrying Climb and having his babies all the while leaving him tied up in the dungeon? I like my kinky sex games as much as the next person, but there’s something seriously wrong with this picture. That, however, wasn’t even the best part. Watching the faces of brother and noble shift between disgusted shock and horror and hesitant interest was hilarious, especially after Raeven realized he would get some royal grandkids out of the process (whether they live and thrive is another matter entirely). For such an unassuming girl that obscene display of psychopathy arguably makes Renner the greatest and most intriguing danger this size of Ainz Ooal Gown and openly raises the question of some characters’ fates going forward. We know what’s coming for Climb for example (i.e. not the satisfying snu snu), but the Blue Rose? Something tells me our little princess won’t hesitate to make them die horribly if it makes Climb look more like the man of her fantasies. There’s a lot more scheming than originally thought occurring, and all of it is going to very quickly come to head.
With a Demiurge-led taskforce going after a kidnapped (unsurprisingly) Tuare and Renner sending her newly minted cannon fodder off on a raid or eight, next episode is going to be spicy. I couldn’t get more excited.