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  • Recs for "Overlord"?

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    How is Overlord? Strengths, weaknesses, cool ideas? And is it just another "stuck in a video game" (a la .hack or Sword Art Online), or is there something more?
    "The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man."

    -William Blake, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"

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    Overlord is only nominally like .hack and sword art online. The main difference is that the main character Momon is a villain - Evil Overlord. This was the character he was playing in the mmorpg when he was transferred to a new world. He arrives as an almost god-tier character, a castle and with a slew of extremely powerful NPC's that are now no longer NPC's that have pledged their loyalty to him. On paper this would be boring but what makes the show work is the fact that Momon is still a normal human being on the inside. So while he plays the role of an Evil Arch Lich partly out of habit and partly to keep the loyalty of his minions he is really just a normal guy largely freaked out by all of this.

    The story is balanced by Momon's extreme cautiousness, loyalty to his minions and his need to find ways to logically explain to his minions why they should treat humans with respect and not just slaughter everyone and rule by fear. His NPC's all have wild personalities and the show is most interesting when it is focused on the core group and the occasional internal conflict erupts because these are the only scenarios in which there is any real tension. The show is weak once it moves outside of Momon's group. There are not a lot of compelling characters outside of Nazerick and they are zero threat to the main team and have a habit of getting curb stomped. It is really hard to get invested in characters who will get swatted like flies once they encounter any member of Momon's group.

    I found it quite entertaining watching MR. Evil Overlord build his kingdom while sorting out internal squabbles and being ridiculously cautious.

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    • #3
      Lesterf1020 does a great job of covering the details. Other positives are that Momom's human self is a mature man, probably middle-aged and definitely not the typical 15-year-old high schooler. His guild was important to him because of his friendships with the other adults, and he stayed in the MMO while it counted down to shutdown as a last farewell to his online friends. The Nazerick NPCs are important to him because they were all hand-crafted by his departed friends, all of whom apparently stopped playing the MMO before the shutdown. That lends a bit of weight to his caution - he's protecting the memories of his good times.

      Sadly, Overlord season II is nothing like this, it's all side stories about other characters and the NPCs.

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