「一握りの希望」 (Hitonigiri no Kibou)
“A Handful of Hope”
Alright honesty time: yes we all knew what was coming this week. No one was going to escape, everyone was going to die, and by hell did they die—with plenty of suffering on top. Any doubts about the power and mindset (especially the mindset) of Ainz should’ve been fully erased now because with the chaos wrought and the power play performed, you can bet this week’s inglorious end to tomb spelunking has nothing on what comes next.
While watching Foresight get ravaged by spooky skeleton man was definitely disturbing in parts (we’ll get to those in a bit), some moments were too hilarious for their own good. Take Ainz walking in with wrestling/boxing robe garb. I don’t know what I expecting there, but that setup? Perfection. Then we had our male blondie who after becoming paralyzed made for one humorous mute face in between the rest telling Arche to get out of dodge. Overlord’s comedy as a whole is nothing to really write home about (barring Albedo crazy face—what can I say, I’m biased), but the show has shown a great knack for inserting funnies like these where you least expect it. Or my sense of humour is just not fit for public consumption, but I’ll stick to happy thoughts on that front. Happy thoughts.
There’s no denying though the majority of Ainz’s battle was distinctively not funny, whether that be the slow revelation by our unfortunate Workers that they were going to die, or Ainz’s nonchalant granting of merciful death to Arche for attempting escape. Papa Bones truly went full evil this week, arguably represented best by what happened to Arche after she died. What you think Entoma’s new voice was donated by cute elf girl? Oh no, she acquired it from a more innocent source. Respecting the dead by using the dead might make logical sense (particularly when it comes to livestock), but damn it doesn’t make it feel any better in this case. I guess Arche’s fate is far better than her compatriots though—looking at you memory test subject #1—especially considering we know full well what Shalltear is capable of in terms of live pain and suffering. Sometimes a quick painless death is the best thing you could ever hope for.
The real fun, however, lies in what comes next with Ainz’s political manoeuvring. As suspected allowing the Workers to enter Nazarick was a ploy to gain leverage over another human-run country, pinning the blame for trespass firmly on the empire’s leadership and demanding apology (read: bending the knee) lest they wish to accept the consequences. Compared to Demiurge’s earlier fun as a rouge demon last season it’s certainly more open and ingenious, firmly implying that Ainz, whether he truly wants it or not, is going to quickly be ending up with a country all his own.
The loyal members of Ainz Ooal Gown are ready to start spreading their wings further in pursuit of world domination and this time they won’t be doing so behind the scenes. Stay tuned boys and girls, Ainz’s actual battle starts now.