This is what I was waiting for! I am glad that this episode justified all the previous filler material that we were shown. And that Ainz-sama is so OP and cool that I was amazed by his cockiness during the ‘I challenge you’ scene.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 死の軍勢
The lizardmen are victorious and are celebrating. Back in Nazarick, Ainz and the guardians are gathered in the throne room for a meeting. A new guardian is introduced by the name of Victim. Ainz makes an example out of Cocytus’s defeat and tries to see his point of view on the whole situation. After discussing strategies, Ainz decides to spare the lizardmen in order for Demiurge to conduct some kind of experiment on them. Later on, they all go together to showcase how bloody awesome Ainz and his power is and challenge the lizardmen to a duel with Cocytus. If they manage to win they are free, if not, they have to pledge loyalty to him.
Are you guys at it? When Sasha and Crush were sleeping together and all of a sudden the Dragon Tusk clan dude comes in to see if they are ‘going at it’ made me giggle.
Momonga and his bed: He might be an overpowered vicious Overlord but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be all cute and cozy in his ‘flower-perfumed’ bed. Uhm, Albedo must have been spending a lot of time in that room.
The ‘I am so awesome scene’: Hahaha, he is so cocky! He even made a ladder out of soldiers so he can go up the stone that he put there in order to sit down to his throne and look down on the lizardmen. He even sent ten monsters to deliver a message that he could have just yelled at them. That was an awesome scene.
Demiurge’s power: I think that from all the guardians, he is my favorite. He has wits, and in this episode, we saw that he has awesome powers.
The farewell scene: Cruch thinks that Sasha will die and they are being all lovey-dovey and emotional. In the last second of the episode, she asks him to basically well… get down on her.
Nazarick’s quote: ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’
Themes & Trivia
Victim, the guardian of the 8th floor: It is not mentioned in the anime, but apparently in the novels, Victim is said to speak in the language of the angels: Enochian. Despite not being able to make sense of what Victim says verbally, the other NPCs can still understand what he tries to express through some kind of integrated translating magic. He is also characterized as a Sacrificial Fetus, which makes sense of his power and makes the whole thing a bit too dark…
I really enjoyed this episode. We finally make sense of the lizard arc and we get to see a bit of Momonga’s plan and strategy. I like how he is trying to experiment to see if the NPCs can grow on their own and develop more their personalities. His worries about their loyalty though made me think that probably in this season one more of the guardians is going to be led astray. And if I judge by the opening, it’s probably Demiurge. Also, about Momonga, I just noticed that in his character design, in his belly his bones create a heart. And I noticed this in the bed scene where he was being all cute, and I was like ‘Awww’.
This episode had so much good material that made all my previous complaints go away in an instant. The throne scene and the ‘showcase how OP I am’ scene were seriously so god damn good. It’s nice to see that Momonga is treating the guardians like his friends’ kids and sometimes acts like a father figure to them. It is also kind of sweet to always see the guardians looking up to him and having a ‘SasugaAinz-sama’ delirium every time.
The opening is starting to grow on me a little bit. I thought that the opening of season one was a bit more fitting but this one is not that bad after all, not bad at all!
Their mating calls and the whole romance of those two is seriously hilarious. I love the humor of this anime so much. Looking forward to the next episode where we gradually step away from the lizard arc. Yay, guys finally! For those who read the novels, is the anime up to your expectations so far? Let me know in the comments! Cheers!