「張り巡らされた罠」 (Harimegurasaseta Wana)
Well, did promise things were going to get interesting and Overlord certainly delivered on that front. From the start of putting bony boot (or is that a robe?) on the face of upstart mortals to dropping some seriously enlarged tidbits on future developments, we got it all and then some this time. And the best part is the fight for Re-Estize’s capital hasn’t even begun.
Much as alluded to over the past couple of episodes, Azuth happens to be both the first true threat to Ainz and company as well as being, well, not that big a threat overall. Albedo shows the true extent of his abilities here, as the powers provided by his suit do well enough against Ainz Ooal Gown’s various mobs, but run into serious trouble the moment a Floor Guardian enters the picture. Honestly makes sense given how Overlord has gone to date – i.e. skeleton does power fantasy – though leaves me a tad disappointed four seasons has only yielded a threat to this degree. Somehow you’d imagine someone would’ve come across a similar weapon before now capable of doing the same.
Of course the above is slightly disingenuous in Azuth isn’t alone in his powers courtesy of Tsa, himself arguably the dragon Ainz was originally curious in obtaining – rather than, you know, the dragons found instead (*insert we have dragons at home meme here*). While Tsa has been shown off before in an earlier season, the commentary here should be enough indication of what to expect: other beings besides Ainz are aware of player existence, Ainz is very likely not the only player currently active, and others have the capability of actually holding their own against Ainz and friends. Sure, this was technically a fight with Pandora’s Actor (in all its hilarity), but one shouldn’t ignore the implications, especially if it sees Tsa and others like him try pressuring Ainz more given the chuckle-worthy idea he’s the NPC to Albedo’s player character. When it comes to this franchise things are always teased well in advance, and this is certainly the first moment hinting towards significant things coming down the pipeline.
It’s only a question of what thing happens first following Re-Estize’s demise, and whether one poor innocent Riku Aganeia gets found
and thoroughly tortured by the bony boy before it happens.