「滅亡への始まり」 (Metsubou e no Hajimari)
“Countdown to Extinction”
Damn Overlord, you do be teasing with the best of them at times. From the relatively tranquil antics of dwarves and dragons and even earlier runarounds with the Kingdom’s up and coming it can now be said we’ve arrived at the true heart of this season. After all, it’s hard ignoring the potential when you get the one-two shot of Albedo declaring war and red mecha man doing war. Oh yes, we’re going places.
As I’ve been wont to describe over the weeks, the big moment for Ainz and company was going to be putting the kingdom in its place. Even outside of secondary tangents with Floor Guardians learning independence and critical thought such a moment was inevitable sooner rather than later: the only way to world conquest is through every independent power, the kingdom is one such power, and the kingdom also has the unfortunate distinction of being Ainz’s immediate neighbour. Couple on the desire of Nazarick’s denizens in general to put mere mortals in their place (oh Albedo never change) and the only real surprise is that such an escalation didn’t happen sooner. Guess you could say Ainz’s teachings are starting to pay off. Mostly.
Of course diplomatic manoeuvring isn’t the real star of the episode – that would be the little upset towards the end concerning one little port city. To get the obvious out the way (since it’s not much of a spoiler) no, fantasy Gundam man is not Ainz in disguise and yes, he’s a proper threat; easily dispensing with the two death knights should show the power level being dealt with here compared to the usual array of adventurers and baddies. Such a development isn’t really out of left field though considering this season has effectively been all about hyping up an opponent equivalent to Ainz Ooal Gown in raw strength; we keep getting it with the Shalltear talk at times, the dwarf arc had the idea in spades, and Ainz of late wastes little opportunity to reinforce the possibility. Frankly such a development has been long overdue in this show, even if its status as true danger vs. momentary flash in the pan remains to be seen.
Keep the popcorn handy boys and girls, things are about to get interesting.