Overlord (オーバーロード) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. It began serialization online in 2010, before being acquired by Enterbrain. A manga adaptation with art by Hugin Miyama began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen manga magazine Comp Ace from November 26, 2014. An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse began airing from July 7, 2015. The story begins within Yggdrasil, a popular virtual reality online game which is quietly shut down one day; however, the protagonist Momonga decides to remain logged in until the very end due to his affection for the game. Momonga however wasn’t logged out and instead became stuck in his in-game avatar of a skeletal lich, known as “the most powerful wizard.” The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) feeling emotions and coming to life. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.
Firstly, unlike the typical hero fantasy animes that are a dime of dozen out there already with almost Similar and Familiar stories and settings. Of course an anime from a villain’s perspective would perk people’s interest than the typical power from friendship troupes, where you always would expect a certain people to survive in the end or just simply no one dying at all. With many things that are being quite common these days, this actually make this anime more unique and stands out.
Secondly, in this world where pretty much everything was cliche, a different, darker virtual gaming world to another world story is actually more new and interesting to people comparing to the typical virtual game or reality to fantasy animes that are quite common out there like no game no life, log horizon, SAO, problem children, etc with similar familiar overlapping fantasy settings or even other different typical animes with a shiny hero or a dense innocent kind mcs, instead a setting different from the typical familiar ones would be fresher one to see.
Thirdly, It is one of the animes that do not fill the screen with censors which is very unpopular these days and certainly some parts of the anime’s story and action may be rated to be more exciting than some long going animes out there. (not my opinion though)
Finally, if people Do want to immense themselves in settings, atmosphere, plots and details of the story other than just immediate mindless action animes that are dozens out there, they would definitely welcome this anime or even the novel. Given how much of a potential this anime’s story have, even till the latest volume I had read so far. I actually personally think that the pacing of the anime is normal or even quite fast looking at the anime’s situation itself.
[Aug 26, 2015] OP: OxT – Clattanoia
[Aug 26, 2015] ED: MYTH & ROID – L.L.L.
[Oct 28, 2015] Overlord Special Voice Drama CD vol.1
[Nov 25, 2015] Overlord Special Voice Drama CD Vol.2
[Jan 27, 2016] Overlord OST 1
[Feb 24, 2016] Overlord OST 2
[Jan 25, 2017] OxT – Laughter Slaughter