「大虐殺」 (Dai Gyakusatsu)
Note to self: camp internet sucks. Also my old laptop sucks (and dies half the time), but when you’re stuck with a 300kbs public wireless connection hardware problems aren’t that big of deal. Thankfully for me and every fellow Overlord lover though I Pancakes have returned from the struggle of unconventional oil extraction to preach the word of Papa Bones. Or, well, our favourite skeleton’s capacity for mass murder, but same difference really. Man came, man fought, man died, and regardless of 3D CGI oh boy was it a blast to watch. And the best part? It’s just getting started.
At the end of last episode we all knew Ainz’s battle for sovereignty would be a relatively quick affair, but damn were expectations thoroughly trashed when it came to the extent of the ass whooping. Seventy thousand killed in the blink of an eye, several thousand more (at minimum) trampled to death by the face (faces?) only a mother could love, and the horrified realization by all that this pile of bones hasn’t even broken a sweat—yeah you might have a problem on your hands. Even barring the absurdity of a medieval-esque kingdom somehow fielding 240,000 men in one battle (most armies of this time could barely support a few thousand, let alone tens of thousands) the sheer scale of destruction rams home the point the “evil” Ainz seen during the earlier arc is the actually true Ainz, the one who simply does not care about humanity outside of a select few. If the act helps Ainz Ooal Gown (or in this case helps identify the presence of other players) Ainz won’t bat an eye seeing a good chunk of life prematurely ended. After all, they’re little more than insects in the eyes of our skeleton sorcerer.
The one irony of Ainz’s magic showcase though is that it easily accomplishes what El Nix intended: everyone and their mother is seriously afraid of the power Ainz possesses. Alliances won’t be immediately formed, but once the war is over (and it will be pretty quickly) it won’t take too long before both Kingdom and Empire start seeing eye to eye over the 800 pound gorilla staring intently at both. Of course it won’t matter once any grand alliance is formed given Demiurge has already planned for such an event, but you got to hand it to the emperor; there’s some serious smarts residing behind that face. The real fun though will be seeing how Ainz intends to push the likes of Gazef into accepting his dominance, for while Gazef for example may be willing to stand up to Ainz out of loyalty, there’s no indication yet that Ainz is willing to kill those he deems off limits. Our magical skeleton holds dear anyone part of or associated with Ainz Ooal Gown, and they, whether of human persuasion or not, are all but guaranteed permanent safety (a la Tuare). There may be a duel in the works between loyal knight and the sorcerer king, but Gazef (and Brain/Climb) actually dying? Yeah I’m not seeing it happening, not with that quip about marrying a princess.
Of course the same doesn’t apply to one particular king and the ragtag remnants of the Kingdom’s military force, but how Ainz intends of putting home their complete destruction is something we’ll just have to wait to find out.