「最強最高の切り札」 (Saikyou Saikou no Kirifuda)
“The Ultimate Trump Card”
Ahh yeah, now that was a satisfying conclusion. It may not have been the most action-packed fight night some probably were expecting this week, but Overlord definitely got the most out of its last hurrah for winter 2018. Ainz and Demiurge got to duke it out in all the act breaking glory, Evileye continued to show why she’s a cutie pie of the highest caliber—and I mean cutie pie, just look at that
vampire face—and by hell did Brain prove his worth as a manicurist in the best way possible I’m not sure Climb and friends appreciate the meaning behind that good nail clipping, but then again he wasn’t the only one having issues this episode. Seems Entoma also has a few full-throated problems of her own, although I imagine Hilma would disagree on the severity. Eaten from the inside out? Sounds kinky.
The highlight though rightfully rests with Demiurge and his plan, which as fully expected involved expanding Ainz Ooal Gown’s reach in ways hilariously unknown to even Papa Bones himself. The Eight Fingers takeover was obvious after a point, but there was also intention on requisitioning all Eight Finger warehouse materials and a few (well, more than a few) citizens for a bit of work duty. Yes, painless death now counts as work, because Demiurge reasons. While Demiurge is one of the more independent Floor Guardians, his scheming is the cherry on top showing just how far Ainz’s subordinates have come since Cocytus’ lizard training, with many guardians considering—if not outright implementing—strategies they previously would never have considered. It’s fantastic for Ainz considering his future intentions of course, but comedic ignorance and lavish displays of loyalty also raise a very real risk: if the Floor Guardians become too independent, some might stumble across thoughts of Ainz no longer being essential to Ainz Ooal Gown. Highly unlikely right now given obedience is literally coded into each guardian’s genes, but if another player or two were to appear? Yeah, all bets are off.
Before we get to deal with the potential intrigues of actual rebellion, however, first Ainz Ooal Gown must conquer the world, and that means starting with the kingdom. This is where the slower burning elements of Demiurge’s plan factor in, as the now permanent Jaldaboath “threat” and increased attention on Momon ensure a fluid political landscape which Ainz (or the Floor Guardians) can easily take advantage of as they see fit. We already have the start of this after all given a certain ruler is now mighty interested in mage and warrior both, and you can bet that curiosity will see some pretty significant political changes before too long.
It’s kind of a good thing then we won’t have to wait long to find out what’s in store because—surprise!—Overlord is back for round three in the summer. That’s right everyone, this season is actually a split cour (god bless Madhouse’s soul), which means no final impressions from me yet because—surprise!—there’s still half the show yet to go. I never imagined we would see new Overlord this quickly, but hey, I’ll gladly take it. With the world conquering adventures of Papa Bones and friends only now really kicking into gear alongside some serious foreshadowing, the best of Overlord is yet to come.
Stick around boys and girls, summer is going to be glorious, and not only for the pleasant weather.