「東の巨人、西の魔蛇」 (Higashi no Kyojin, Nishi no Majuu)
“Giant of the East, Demon Snake of the West”
If last week was trepidation at Overlord’s penchant for side stories and minor characters, this episode should have done the trick to alleviate some fears that all was lost when it comes dear Papa Bones. From beating on the weak and helpless (relatively speaking) to ensuring that already deadly love triangle becomes a love square—not like Albedo needs any more reason to jump the
penis bit—we received a good return to form when it comes to all manner of ossified evil. And the best part? It’s only the first taste of the carnage to come.
Considering the focus on areas and individuals outside of the Ainz Ooal Gown inner circle of late, it’s interesting to see Overlord continue pushing its recent theme of construction and development. Ainz’s mission may be world domination (to his chagrin), but such a mission requires more than simple conquest, destruction, and indiscriminate death. To take control implies an ability to retain control, and such a state can only exist with subordinates capable of both exercising control and doing in a matter consistent with their overlord’s (heh) desires. We saw this play out a lot last season, particularly in the lizardmen arc, but Carne village’s predicament now arguably showcases the idea better. Instead of Cocytus’s lesson largely appearing out of nowhere, the importance of Nphirea and Enri is well-stated in word and picture, with the need for Lupus to understand the importance of communication easily established from this foundation. Carne village, like the lizardmen, may ultimately be secondary to the Ainz Ooal Gown cast (barring some hilarious on the spot reasoning), but by quickly tying its importance to Ainz the events of these past few episodes start making sense and have a purpose for their emphasis.
Of course the real reason this arc may work better is that we actually get to see Ainz in action again. The fun of watching overpowered Floor Guardians/Pleiades maids or not, there’s just something about watching the man himself effortlessly pound the living hell out of others, especially after going full daddy on one adorably tsun Aura (be thankful she’s nearly 70 years old). A troll and a naga may not be the most unique enemies of late, but as a means for a bit of family bonding, Hamsuke insulting, and physical exercise I don’t think you can go too wrong with it—especially when it’s Ainz finally flaunting his true (and well-practiced) leader charisma. Plus considering these two cretins had supposedly joined together to face off against a different, more powerful threat now marshalling towards Carne village, I don’t think we’ve seen the full extent of Ainz Ooal Gown monster taming just yet.
There’s a new enemy approaching on the horizon, and this time it’s the duty of one lackadaisical maid and newly minted goblin tamer to help put it down. Stay tuned boys and girls, next time is battle time.