「迫りくる危機」 (Semarikuru Kiki)
“The Impending Crisis”
Ok, now that’s the Overlord I was missing. Light on action? Sure. Ainz doing what he does without much hassle? Certainly. Getting it all in a way which demands more because the first round wasn’t enough? Oh you best believe it. When this series clicks for me it really clicks – and I love every second of it.
While undeniable Overlord is power (isekai) fantasy wrought anew, I maintain that it’s power fantasy done right. The thing with these series is always one upping what came before without causing too much disbelief to be thrown out the window, something this episode and the whole dwarven adventure help keep in check. Ainz after all was always going to win over his new best friends: he’s got the power, he’s got the army, and he has Shalltear ready to play the penultimate cockblock (Albedo arguably has that crown locked up). What’s not so clear is how Ainz’s latest gambit will fully play out. He may wind up annihilating the jumped up prairie dogs with nary a peep – or stumble across a sign of the secondary reason bony boy has ventured out so far. It’s that measure of uncertainty which keeps things interesting, because for all Ainz’s talents it’s anyone’s guess just what happens if he does finally meet another player in this world. Nothing like the promise of the unknown to whet the appetite.
Speaking of appetite, going to be seeing plenty of that in the near future as the gears shift into full-on LOTR mode with dragons blocking the way to the spoils of dwarven greed. Hell I cannot even be mad at what’s effectively Percy Jackson’s the Hobbit being all anime’d up: Ainz will do what Ainz does best, Shalltear and Aura will have their chance to shine, and there’s no risk of Gondo pulling a Thorin Oakenshield and losing it over a pretty rock. Well, one hopes – this is a dwarf we’re talking about. For good (or bad) all is set for some fun times in Overlord, we’ll just have to see how the skeleton man tackles the next step in his grand strategy.
Or, you know, have Floor Guardian to figure out what that step is.