Overlord Season Four Review: Only Evil Gets the Power of Friendship.

I quite enjoyed the first three seasons of Overlord, once I got around to watching them,
Based off the light novel by Kugane Maruyama, Overlord follows the story of Sataru Suzuki (Satoshi Hino), a salaryman who, while playing a video game, was isekaied into a fantasy world, along with various other NPCs loyal to his character, Ainz Ooal Gown.
Seasons One through Three followed Ainz’s journey to learn about the new world around him, while his NPCs misinterpreted this as an attempt to take over the world, practically steam-rolling every culture they came across due to being so overpowered.
Season Three saw Ainz’s conquest of the Re-estize Kingdom begin in bloody fashion and this follows through to become the main plotline of Season Four, with the CGI being being much more digestible than it was in that third season, where it was pretty terrible
The first and third act of this season are also great, with the first few episodes wrapping up storylines in the Baharuth Empire in humorous fashion, while also setting up the dark third act by introducing the colossal idiot known as Philip (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka).

Say hello to Overlord‘s stupidest character, Philip.

It is the second act of the season where things falter a bit, though, as the Dwarf storyline did feel pretty rushed to me compared to the other ones.
Along with this, there were two whole volumes cut from the anime after the Dwarf arc, so there was a bit of confusion surrounding some events in the third act.
However, we will still be getting an adaptation of the cut volumes in a movie, so we have that to look forward to.
As for the third act, it does a great job of bringing the season together, especially with how it handles its characters.
Ainz continues to both be funny and cruel, Pandora’s Actor (Mamoru Miyano) finally gets more screen time, and the other Floor Guardians also have their moments.
It is the side characters I was most impressed with this season, however; specifically Renner (Kiyono Yasuno), Zanac (Kouji Fujiyoshi) and Brain (Koji Yusa).

The side characters really stand out in Overlord Season Four.

Renner continues to be the entertaining psychopathic yandere that she is, with her manipulations being fun to watch play out.
Brain has a great standout moment in the last few episodes.
As for Zanac, he really surprised me with his heroism this season.
When we were introduced to him in Season Two, I expected to hate him but, much like Ainz, I had a newfound respect for him after this season. 

Zanac went from another suspicious noble to the future king his kingdom deserves.

Coming back to Ainz and the Floor Guardians, if viewers somehow did not get we were following the villains after the third season, they should definitely realise it now.
As I mentioned in my review for the first few seasons, Ainz and his crew are so overpowered that all we can do is hope that the heroic characters can survive their genocidal actions and, sometimes, they do not.
At least there is plenty of humor to provide levity for following such evil characters.
And if there’s one thing we can always count on Overlord for, its providing a good OP.
Season Four’s, “Hollow Hunger” by OxT, is another excellent one that I never skipped throughout. 

Overlord OPs are always killer.

Overall, Season Four is a pretty good one for Overlord.
The quality of animation is much better than Season Three, the beginning and ending of the season are great, and side characters like Renner, Zanac and Brain really shine.
Now, I am just curious about where the anime goes from here?
Maybe we will get an idea when the movie finally releases?
I have heard from Light Novel readers that the volumes the movie will adapt are some of the best in the entire series so that it exciting.   

Overlord Anime Review: How to Take Over the World… Unintentionally.

After watching and loving Tanya the Evil, I decided to be more open to watching isekai’s and my first stop was Overlord.
I had actually tried watching this anime about a year or so ago but, for whatever reason, only got to episode three before I gave up.
This time, I actually committed to watching all three seasons and I enjoyed each one.
Adapted from the Light Novel by Kugane Maruyama, and directed by Naoyuki Itō, Overlord follows the story of Satoru Suzuki (Satoshi Hino), a salaryman in the future who is playing his favourite video game YGGDRASIL on its dying day.
Role playing as the skeletal overlord Momonga, Satoru decides to stay logged in until the game shuts down for good, only for him and the game’s NPCs from his tomb of Nazarick to be transported to another world.
Trapped in the body of his player character, Satoru takes on the name of his guild, Ainz Ooal Gown, and seeks to spread his name throughout this new world in the hopes of discovering other players trapped with him.
It’s just too bad that the NPCs, now very real monsters, see this as an attempt at world domination and now Ainz has to act like he is this all knowing overlord to keep their trust.
This makes Overlord different from many other anime out there because our main characters are quite literally evil.
And by “quite literally evil” I don’t mean, “oh, they’re just morally grey characters.”
No, what I actually mean is, “Jesus Christ, Ainz! Did you really have to go THAT far?”

That said, I am surprised that many people were surprised by the terrible things Ainz does in the third season, when he had been doing terrible things in the first two as well.

It’s a good thing that many of our central characters are so entertaining because, if they weren’t, then we would hardly be able to stomach their evil acts.
There’s Demiurge’s (Masayuki Katō) constant and humurous overestimating of Ainz’s abilities, Albedo (Yumi Hara) and Shalltear Bloodfallen (Sumire Uesaka) fighting over Ainz, Cocytus’ (Kenta Miyake) warrior code, and Sebas (Shigeru Chiba) the butler who is the one good guy of the bunch.
All of these characters are incredibly overpowered, which could have been a big problem because, in most shows with characters like this, their power makes it obvious that they will win any fight they have, resulting in zero tension.
However, because of the characters’ evil status, this is not the case with Overlord, though, as the ones our main characters face off against actually are good people and likeable.
Thus, the tension of these fights come not from us wondering if our main characters will win, but through us wondering if the likeable side characters will survive.

Every time a relatable character goes to fight Ainz, you will find yourself hoping that someone or something can come along to save them.

Despite the overpowered characters not being an issue because of how their fights are handled, I do hope that in the future of this story there is a point where Ainz has to actually struggle in a fight, without secretly having it all in the bag.
Maybe he could finally come across another YGGDRASIL player trapped in the world with him and they could offer him a real challenge?
Well, even if that does not happen, at least there will still be the entertaining characters with great humor accompanying Ainz’s continued unplanned takeover of the world.
These elements really do hold the show together though because the animation is nothing special.
It’s usually pretty good but there are some atrocious instances of CGI, especially in the third season.

Please. No more CGI goblins in the fourth season.

One thing that stays consistently great about Overlord, though, is its openings.
“Clattanoia,” ‘Go Cry Go,” and “Voracity” are all top notch openings that do a great job of showing what you can expect from their respective seasons.
I’m glad I picked up Overlord again.
I may have given up on it the first time after episode three, and I also felt like the first season did not grab me very well, but from season two onwards it’s been an enjoyable time.
Fingers crossed that Season Four can be just as good when that arrives, maybe with some improved CGI too.

Overlord: A+ B Movie that has to be Seen in Theaters.

4 stars
The concept of Nazi zombies has been around for some time so it is a wonder this crazy idea has never given a big budget action film to go along with it until now.
When I saw the trailers for Overlord I was very intrigued by it but I was not expecting it to be a must-see film in theaters.
However, it definitely is.
This is not because Overlord is a perfect film but because it is a perfect B Movie, only with a bigger budget.
The plot of Overlord centers around a group of soldiers who are dropped into Nazi occupied France the night before D-Day to destroy a radio tower so the troops will be able to invade.
However, upon arriving, they discover the Nazis are using villagers for inhumane experiments that bring the dead back to life and set out to stop them.
I was on the edge of my seat the entire time when watching this film and it never got dull.
Yes, the characters are pretty cliche with nothing more than basic depth and the plot goes pretty much how you expect, but this works because the film knows what is is.

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Even though the main character Boyce, played by Jovan Adepo, and various other characters like Ford, Wyatt Russel, are fairly generic, they still work for this kind of film.

Overlord never tries to create meaningful characters or go anywhere deep because that is not what it is trying to do.
I think the director, Julius Avery, was trying to create a fun, edge of your seat action movie first and he definitely succeeded.
If there were any legitimate flaws I had with the movie it would be that there are a few plot holes in the story, one of which really drew me out of the moment.
However, other than this, the film is great.
The opening scene alone is reason enough to see this movie because it is well-shot, has brilliant sound design and is exploding with tension.

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The opening scene of Overlord is the best of film by far and gives a Saving Private Ryan  feeling to the film until the zombies show up.

While Overlord never does meet the extreme heights of this opening sequence the rest of the film is still edge of your seat exciting.
It was rumored that Overlord was a Cloverfield continuation because of J.J Abrams’ involvement but this is false, which is good because this film stands better on its own.
I cannot stress how highly I suggest seeing this movie in theaters.
I saw Overlord on Xtremescreen at Hoyts and it made the experience all the more memorable through how it heightened the action and already fantastic sound design.
Another reason I suggest seeing this in theaters is because the film deserves it.
Overlord looks to be a flop in terms of Box Office as not many people are going to see it, which is a shame because of how fun it is to watch.
Just to be clear, even though I am singing praises for this movie, Overlord is not a perfect film.
The characters are cliche and the plot does not go anywhere special.
However, as a B Movie that knows what is it, Overlord is fantastic for a fun time at the movies.