「エンリの激動かつ慌ただしい日々」 (Enri no Gekidou Katsu Awatadashii Hibi)
“Enri’s Upheaval and Hectic Days”
If there’s one thing you cannot fault Overlord for it’s the series’ willingness to stick to its guns. Slow pacing and development are this show’s bread and butter, time nothing more than opportunity to flesh out minor cast and crew who often have little direct involvement with the one skeleton and friends who made the series so damn popular in the first place. Depending on personal taste it can be downright aggravating at times, but when Overlord sets its mind on something it’s damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.
Case in point is this season’s current arc involving Carne village and our little goblin—and ogre—tamer Enri. Overall it’s a bunch of minor characters and forgettable faces squaring off against a threat with seemingly little relevance to Papa Bones—pretty much the Lizardmen arc all over again right? No denying it is in a sense, but whether due to better writing and/or better ties to the main cast (particularly for future events) Carne village’s predicament is an improvement over the usual “world building” strategy. Enri for example, in part due to her rescue by Ainz in the first season, maintains contact with Ainz Ooal Gown through the rambunctious Pleiades maid Lupusregina, and while the exact reason may be unclear right now, there’s enough hints right now to show why Ainz may be favouring the village for more than personal interest. Likewise there’s Ainz’s blame for creating the situation in the first place, as subjugating Hamsuke left a power vacuum one shrewd individual apparently decided to take advantage of. Yes, the hamster is actually that important. Unlike our new reptilian friends there’s already a deep rooted connection between Ainz and Carne village, one he won’t be so eager to sever—especially not with Demiurge holding the place high as the first piece of Ainz Ooal Gown world domination. Ainz Ooal Gown’s village demands help; Papa Bones will provide.
Whether Carne village actually needs any other-worldly assistance though will come down to Enri. The girl may have doubts and lack any combat prowess, but she as shown possesses a form of command authority capable of subjugating more than basic goblins—there’s a lot of magic (and charm) at work under that cute exterior. When Carne village is properly attacked (and you can bet your Ainz daimakura it will be, courtesy of sadistic Lupus happy face) there’s no reason to think Enri won’t manage holding on thanks to the trust and respect she’s built up among its denizens, but should things fall apart having a second goblin summoning item—and Ainz influenced guild support—doesn’t hurt matters. Love it or hate it we have another “minor” fight on the horizon for an episode or two, albeit with a little more protagonist involvement to ease those impatient hearts.
We all know Carne village will come through fine in the end thanks in part to Papa Bones, the only question is how our lordly skeleton will see to removing the threat once and for all.