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.