「動乱最終決戦」 (Douran Saishuu Kessen)
“The Final Battle of the Disturbance”
While still unclear whether this season of Overlord will match up to what we got before, there’s no denying this one is seriously determined to try. With Demiurge doing, well, Demiurge things and bringing Ainz aboard with little warning, we got the full meal deal of one hit knockouts, crazy love at first (or second) sights, and one princess who definitely doesn’t belong behind the levers of power. It was a slow buildup getting to all the tasty goods, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t worth it.
I mentioned last week how Demiurge’s appearance was likely orchestrated with the intent on advancing Ainz Ooal Gown’s position, and while this still holds true, it seems it wasn’t as thought out as originally hypothesized. Ainz hilariously enough had no knowledge of what Demiurge intends (although it helps for authenticity), only learning after receiving a job request from Lord Raeven of all people and serendipitously encountering the masked guardian. Considering Ainz as Momon was contacted before Demiurge appeared, this suggests Demiurge’s contact was someone high up the power chain, with Princess Renner being the top candidate. Why? Because Renner holds a lot of sway, and that power comes in handy for doing for Ainz Ooal Gown what certain government officials did for the Eight Fingers. How Demiurge actually plans on benefitting Ainz Ooal Gown by involving Ainz as Momon remains to be seen, but full bets now on that mystery off-limits person last time being someone important to Renner or the likes (*looks at Climb*). Someone high up literally made a deal with the devil and the reward was not insignificant.
Of course Ainz’s prominent involvement was overshadowed by other forces this time, most notably another masked vixen. Never imagined Evileye for the smitten cutie pie type, but lo and behold cutie pie swooning for Papa Bones—why yes I’ll take a second helping of that please. Also extra points for the cargo carrying tactics, 10/10 best way to impress princesses in the making. It’s unclear what’s up with Evileye’s comments about her age and silent heart right now, but considering her strength (and that mask) I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she’s a closet undead of some variety—it’s certainly been hinted towards previously. Wouldn’t hold a candle to the Renner shenanigans obviously, but then when does anyone outside of obsessive female Floor Guardians match up to blonde yandere crazy face? You have to feel for Climb at this point, when your wannabe lover is willing to see you dead just to bring back in a more “manageable” form you got to wonder if the destination is worth the trip. Well, unless Climb happens to be that mystery person mentioned above and winds up surviving the trip to hell. Now that would be ironic in all the best ways.
With only one episode left and Overlord setting up to give us the best fight(s) this season, the show is certainly ready to go out with a bang. We might not get all the missing answers to some questions or even wind up with a proper conclusion (because cliffhangers are a thing), but I imagine the results won’t disappoint. After all, got to send off this winter season in style somehow.