「謀略の統治者」 (Bouryaku no Touchisha)
“The Ruler of Conspiracy”
Well, at least it was something, right? Right. Not sure what exactly I was expecting from Overlord this week, but something a little more than what we got is probably right on the money. There may not be any serious issues rearing their heads right now (comparisons to the last season are more than enough to eliminate that fear), but I guess the light novel curse is a curse for a reason. Change for the better do be hard at times.
While I’m not going to make excuses for my love of this series clouding all, there is no denying Overlord got the short end of the adaptation stick this week. Backstory fillers and fleshed out duels to the death (hey, it was technically death!) might not need excessive amounts of time, but slow buildup can pay dividends, especially when geared towards moments that are as significant as they are random. Jircniv’s absolute submission to Ainz and desperate appeal to be made vassal are case in point: it’s a major shakeup, it’s absolutely hilarious when you realize what Ainz is thinking, yet it likely could’ve been made better with some more time spent having Ainz run roughshod over the Empire’s hopes and dreams. Particularly when it came to explaining Ainz’s presence there in the first place. Oh well, cannot complain that much; considering we got a 2D animation fight and enough context beforehand all went about as well as it could’ve.
Going forward though the real fun will be in the fallout of Jircniv’s impulsive decision, because oh boy if that’s not going to yield some fun in terms of a particular kingdom and princess. Cannot forget after all that Ainz technically allied with Jircniv against the Kingdom; to suddenly have Ainz control both it and his own personal fiefdom gives a powerbase that Re-Estize won’t be able to pretend isn’t there. Sure, it was never like the kingdom was ever able of actually defending against Ainz and friends, but once the Empire’s latest move comes out it’ll accelerate some timelines and force some very agonizing choices.
Does Re-Estize try its luck in negotiations? Or does it bite the bullet and hope a preemptive attack rescues their fortunes? Plenty to play for and only so much room for manoeuvre. Ainz is certainly going to have his hands full as the man of the hour.