Momonga has been trapped in the form of his game avatar, leaving him unable to use the player functions, or even worse, log out. Sounds familiar? Leaving him with no other option, he starts exploring the world, taking the name of Ainz Ooal Gown, to see if anyone else from the ‘real world’ is trapped in the game like him and to find anyone who could help him understand what is happening. Did I mention that he made one of the NPCs, Albedo, who was originally programmed to be a bitchy slut, to fall deeply in love with him by changing her personality settings the last minute? Ah yeah, that too.
Art & Music
Very pleased with the aesthetic qualities of the anime, even though that kind of style and design is not my cup of tea. Madhouse animation once again was up to some really good standards, with the CGIs and the character details being top notch. The artwork is very colorful with really nice character designs and the overall flaw of the anime is pretty much flawless. Especially the magic spells effects! Really well made.
The music and sound were such a big surprise to me. The opening song is so catchy and to-the–point with the plot of the show, which makes it very interesting. It’s been a while since I saw an opening song with lyrics that come from the actual world and environment of the anime, quite refreshing. The sound effects of the anime are quite impressive as well. There was no budget issue in the making of Overlord.
Themes & Trivia
Momonga: Did you know that Momonga (モモンガ) is the Japanese word for ‘flying squirrel’? I don’t know what kind of similarities our skeleton guy can have with flying squirrels but it’s fun to know this kind of things. And, no guys, Hamsuke is a hamster, not a flying squirrel, thank you very much.
Why are VMMORPG anime so alluring? With Sword Art Online considered one of the most popular anime lately, it’s interesting to talk about why this kind of genre makes people go mad the last few years. The answer is quite simple. Most of us crave for a distraction, an escape from real life, and anime like SAO or Overlord with very immersive environments work pretty damn well in making everyone feeling absorbed in them. Anime fans are usually introverted people and avid online gamers. Getting trapped in a visual reality would obviously appeal to this kind of fandom. Who wouldn’t want to avoid their mundane routines and be free, strong, attractive (or just cool looking) with magic powers and insane fighting skills instead of having to deal with real-life problems?
It might sound like a very typical fantasy MMORPG, Person–in-a-Strange-World-kind-of-feel anime, but as someone who binged it in one day, I believe it’s very entertaining to watch. I think what made me like this anime the most was the fact that it sticks to the plot while keeping it interesting. Sure, it’s not a mind-blowing story with amazing plot twists, but does it really matter? It has humor, good animation and voice acting, great environments, and fairly stimulating characters. It pleases the fans with Momonga being all tsundere and Albedo being all over him, with no more need for romance. Things like Momonga riding a giant hamster, Pandora’s Actor who looks like a dramatic Nazi, and Shalltear wetting her pants from the presence of Momonga to her being mind-controlled and wanting to kill him manage to keep it exciting.