「もう一つの戦い」 (Mouhitotsu Notatakai)
You know I wasn’t expecting too much from Overlord this week. A little battling, a bit of shrewd political scheming, heck maybe even some time honoured rape faces for spice. But this? Oh yeah, this I can get behind. Comedy, comeuppance, and the hint of even more to come; Overlord certainly knows how to never disappoint.
The immediate question at the end of last episode wasn’t so much whether our tank of a prince was going to screw with his orders but how. It was very clear from the start the guy wasn’t cut out for intelligence gathering, so lo and behold when first impressions wind up proving correct. Local residents don’t want to play ball? Nothing a bit of weaponized coercion cannot solve. To be fair though the concept of hostage taking isn’t that bad an idea for the circumstances (even if morally repugnant), armies throughout the ages (at least up until the end of World War II) have practiced it as a means to expedite victory, and given what the Kingdom knew of Ainz and his local ties there was no reason to doubt the strategy would fail here. The issue for our chad blondie is that he never banked on the village having the likes of Enri in charge. Carne village might have a good set of walls and a populace willing to defend it to the last man, but when it’s also got a girl capable of summoning a literal army to boot, well darling, that’s something you don’t want to mess with. Just ask Fred.
Beyond the joys of simple comedy, however, is understanding that Enri and her village defense this week were little more than a sideshow. As Ainz briefly summed up Carne village is effectively worthless, beyond a few people it doesn’t matter in the greater scheme of things and spending resources on its protection largely wasteful. What, doubted Papa Bones had truly gone full evil? Yeah time to correct that belief, especially when even the likes of Mare have bought hook, line, and sinker into the Demiurge-fuelled praise of ossified genius. The situation really shows just how far Overlord has come from its more parochial beginnings though, as where the defense of towns may have once dominated the discourse of certain arcs—i.e. Enri’s rise to village leader earlier this season, Clementine in the first season—now the game is all about establishing control at large. Enri and her village may have featured once again, but our big boy prince would have perished regardless of his success with that information gathering attempt because it’s all about armies now, and a nonexistent army is not a winning one.
Not like anyone is in doubt as to the thrashing awaiting the Kingdom in the near future of course, but you have to admit these poor bastards have no idea what’s coming. With goblins, men, and more spooky scary skeletons than you can shake a stick at ready to rumble, the upcoming slugfest is going to be glorious.
Author’s Note: I’ll be away doing oil sands engineering stuff next week from the 23-26 so next post may be delayed. I’ll try and get to it, but it all depends on how nice the camp internet (and my workload) will be.