Episode 5 – Overlord IV

Episode 5 - Overlord IV


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Overlord IV ?

Group rating: 4.3

Regardless of its obvious levity, this episode is definitely all concerning the gaping emotional wound within the coronary heart of all of the denizens of Nazarick (excluding Pandora’s Actor and Ainz himself). All these demons and monsters had been created by the 41 members of the Ainz Ooal Robe guild. Within the recreation, they had been simply NPCs with personalities written by their creators. However as soon as they had been transported to the fantasy world, these personalities turned actual, and extra importantly, the occasions of the sport turned their pasts.

Which means every of them remembers the final day their varied creators logged on—the day they had been endlessly deserted by their literal gods. That is made worse by the truth that every of the previous NPCs is aware of precisely why they had been created—they do not query the that means of life; they understand it. And but, day after day, their gods disappeared from their lives. Think about the doubt and ache they will need to have felt then: “Did I not do my job effectively sufficient?” “Did I offend them indirectly?” “Was I a mistake?”

This emotional turmoil is why the monsters of Nazarick comply with Ainz with such fanaticism. He alone didn’t abandon them. He alone can proceed to present them the aim they so crave. However maybe, most significantly, he alone cherished them sufficient to remain—regardless of the loneliness he felt at being separated from his dearest pals.

Every scene specializing in our monstrous protagonists on this episode is constructed round this interpretation of their existence. Albedo and Demiurge argue about the way to comply with Ainz’s will, trying to find a deeper that means inside his phrases and actions. In the meantime, the not-so-intelligent Cocytus has been particularly coaching to be a cushty seat for Ainz—simply in case he ever wanted to be punished as Shalltear was. Shalltear herself is striving to do something and all the things she will be able to to make up for being mind-controlled within the first season, even doing issues wildly out of character like taking notes and reflecting on what Ainz says and does. And Aura finds herself in a sort of management function, educating the often-clueless Shalltear what she must know and the way she must assume to higher serve Ainz.

All the ground guardians in Nazarick are striving to dwell as much as Ainz’s expectations—to be greater than they had been made to be—in their very own methods. What they at present are was not sufficient to cease their gods from abandoning them, in any case. And as deep as their love and admiration of Ainz is, deep down every is dominated by worry: the worry that in the event that they fail, he too will disappear and go away them aimless and alone in an uncaring world.

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Random Ideas:

• Regardless that Albedo and Demiurge are naturally antagonistic, even Albedo will not mock Demiurge for returning when he does not essentially must with a purpose to doubtlessly get some reward from Ainz. In spite of everything, such reward is what she and all the opposite NPCs crave greater than something.

• I do really feel sorry for Demiurge although. Think about possessing an unequalled mind and being tasked with the job of planning all of the logistics to make your god’s will a actuality—solely to really feel you are probably not wanted as your god could make any plan you’ll be able to however higher.

• I’ve this psychological picture of Cocytus doing pushups every day after which having the lizardmen sit on his again to present suggestions on how snug he’s and the way he can enhance.

• Ainz feeling offended that the albino lizardman would worry he’d take her child away—solely to confess he’d accomplish that if she had extra infants—obtained fun out of me.

• Working right into a dwarf who’s tremendous obsessed with runes in a random tunnel when that is precisely what you are considering is one hell of a stroke of luck.

• After being on the backline for therefore lengthy, it is good that we get a reminder of simply how insanely highly effective Shalltear is. And the truth that she has put her ego apart and is listening to Aura’s suggestions is welcome character growth.


Overlord IV is at present streaming on
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Richard is an anime and online game journalist with over a decade of expertise residing and dealing in Japan. For extra of his writings, try his Twitter and weblog.

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