「カルネ村再び」 (Karune-mura Futatabi)
“Carne Village Once More”
Oh Overlord, I hope you never change. With the pleasantries (read: Albedo rape) out of the way, the show is now ready to get down to business—or at least tease the business to come. Alliances of evil are forming, complex schemes of domination are being drawn up, and one poor lich lord is quickly discovering the role he’s destined to play in it all. Yes Ainz, learning is hard.
As has been spoken since the start, the ultimate objective of Ainz is to dominate the world, but until now such a goal has been tertiary in importance at best. Ainz’s “arrival” and his subsequent confusion demanded knowledge for the sake of survival, something he naturally prioritized, resulting all those previous arcs fleshing out the details if not really getting anywhere specific. Now though, thanks to a little zealous Demiurge over-analysis (got to love those eager subordinates), Ainz’s hope of solidifying survival for the sake of finding others stuck like him just turned into actual conquest. Dominating lizardmen, helping Sebas and saving a village, all in the name of learning and caring? Please everyone knows there’s no kindness in the black skeletal chasm of Papa Bones; those choices were made solely to increase the glory of Ainz Ooal Gown and pave the way for its eventual ascension—or at least as Demiurge hilariously understands it. Say what you will but it’s irony at its finest, and the best part is Ainz, thanks to his magical calming trait (and ridiculous inability to steer a conversation), is going along with it because the strategy still completes his goal. Conquerors are not as much born as made and Ainz just got the biggest source of “encouragement” possible. Of course how the Great Tomb of Nazarick will actually seize land remains to be seen, but hey, early days yet.
For the immediate future though attention returns to Carne village and two characters last seen in the first season. Nphirea, the pharmacist who wound up being rescued by Ainz from everyone’s favourite rogue Clementine, is now a part of the village and as well shown is still firmly enamoured of Enri, the first person Ainz saved in this world. Those goblins of course were Ainz’s gift to Enri for her (and her village’s) protection, although their purpose may have grown a little since such humble beginnings. While not unreasonable to have some inklings of Lizard arc part two emerging out of this, Carne village at least has a good connection to Ainz already, which as the foreshadowing behind the Barghest attack indicates, is about to become even stronger. An alliance between the Giant of the East and the Demon Snake doesn’t sound particularly good after all, and when you factor in Ainz’s care for the village, you know pretty well what’s coming next.
We have ourselves a fight on the horizon, and the only question is how much effort Ainz will have to expend to eradicate it.