「二人の指導者」 (Futari no Shidou-sha)
Normally it would be easy to be disappointed with Overlord this week. We got a fight which wound up being little more than CGI ogres going against a few goblins, some pretty damn cheesy love lines from the man of the moment, and a resolution to the whole predicament that never really provided any answers. Yet I’ll be damned if the half hour didn’t feel like five minutes and seriously leave me wanting more. Overlord may take its sweet time, but when it hits the right notes, it hits them loudly.
While well-known for anyone who has stuck with Overlord by now, part of the series’ strength is not so much the showdowns featured, but the events playing out within and between them. By itself for example this week’s village brawl wasn’t as impressive as Ainz’s showcase of power during the lizardmen subjugation last season, but it had the benefit of both tying closer to the main cast and teasing a few things on Ainz’s mindset. Just take the troll “leading” the attack, pretty obvious he’s the undead version of Guu from last week, indicating Ainz personally ordered the attack on the village. Why of course is completely unknown considering how important Ainz holds the village to be (and given Lupus was watching over it—well, Enri and Nphirea—from the start), but it’s not that hard to make a guess. Remember the magical sword Ainz thought could be useful? Wouldn’t be out of place for him to use a roundabout method for presenting it to those who could make the most use of it considering the whole evil skeleton of doom thing hiding under the mask. Besides being hilarious to consider, such a plan also has the added benefit of getting Enri with Nphirea and solidifying a relationship guaranteed to help keep the potion brewing going. Never say that bony edifice has forgotten about the power of love.
The real humour though came with the dinner afterwards and Enri’s visit to Ainz Ooal Gown. I might call Ainz Papa Bones for the jokes, but hell who knew the guy was actually pretty damn fatherly. Well, barring a few choice scenes mind you (Albedo and Shalltear weep at the missed opportunity). For all the human inconsideration on Ainz’s part he’s got a surprising caring streak at times that’s wonderful to see, showing a respect for the humanity from which he originally came. It may not be entirely honest of course—i.e. just a front to hide what Ainz Ooal Gown is actually about—but our lovable skeleton certainly didn’t have to give any grand tours to the kids by himself. Whether out of altruism or pragmatism Ainz just ensured Nphirea keeps happily working away, and did it all with minimal resources spent. You just know there’s another leadership lesson here for Floor Guardians and Maids both.
With this side arc more or less finished however, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s next in the plans for old Papa Bones. Who knows, it might just be actual conquest this time!