Overlord (Anime Review)

Last week the summer 2015 anime Overlord finished airing. Overlord offers a different view on the “trapped in a MMORPG”-genre which gained popularity in recent years.

You have been playing an MMORPG for years achieving the maximum level and you build up an impenetrable fortress with very strong non-player controlled bosses defending all the treasure you and your guild found over the years. You are the guildmaster and the ruler of this fortress but now your favorite MMORPG is finally closing down. You decide to spend the final moments in-game waiting for you to automatically log out. The deadline passes but you are not logged out and all of a sudden you find yourself trapped inside the game. This is how Overlord starts off.

This may sound like a regular “trapped in a MMORPG” anime which it is in a way. It’s similar to anime like Sword Art Online and Log Horizon but here are two big difference. The first difference is that the main characters becomes the supreme ruler of the impenetrable fortress of Nazarick. He now commands all the bosslevel NPC’s besides being almighty himself. The second difference is that the main character is an undead and not a human. During his travels he finds out he can easily kill humans without feeling anything. I really like the way they visualize this in the anime.

Ainz Ooal Gown the almighty Overlord

Overlord manages to be different from the regular “trapped in a MMORPG” genre in the right way. The main character called Ainz Ooal Gown is overpowered and destroys everything and everyone that crosses his path easily. While this may sound boring they manage to keep it interesting by showing him off as an intelligent being. This intelligence shines in the way Ainz Ooal Gown tries to gather as much information on the new world he is now trapped in. He knows his strengths and weaknesses and tries not to stand out too much at first. The character buildup is great this way. At first he thinks of finding a way out but then it becomes more and more fun for him. The sound effect and animations really manage to show how he is feeling even though he is an undead with a rather stale face.

OverLord Anime

The strong beings living in Nazarick are the second part that keeps Overlord interesting. After Ainz Ooal Gown found out he was stuck in the game he also found out the NPC’s became living beings that can think on their own. These creatures are created by the guild and thus have characteristics programmed in them by their creators. This gives us loads of funny moments and more character backgrounds to dive into which the anime does in some way or another. All these creatures are also crazy strong making you believe that there is no one that can oppose the might of Nazarick. After a while you find out that nothing is less true. Without trying to spoil too much I must say that the last fight is not only surprising but also brought brilliantly.

The animations of Overlord are great. The colors are vibrant and I didn’t manage to spot any mistakes. The action scenes are awesome to watch and the funny moments are directed well. The opening fits the anime really well and the sound-effects strengthen the great animations. I really enjoyed watching Overlord and it became my favorite Summer 2015 anime. The ending leaves me longing for more and it seems the manga is still ongoing so who knows? Let’s hope Overlord is renewed for a second season sometime soon as many answers are left unanswered. If you like the trapped in a MMORPG genre you should certainly check out Overlord.