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As a big fantasy fan, I don't like Overlord. It's not because I hate a villain driven narrative, cause Overlord has all the same flaws that made me outright hate Arslan no Senki. A group of like-minded characters that have virtually no internal conflict and proceed to bull-doze entire civilizations because no one can challenge their archetypes.
I found Nazarick's comedy to be the best part of the show, as it has an ensemble cast of different designs regularly clashing against each other over the most mundane of circumstances, and because they are all evil, they can exaggerate these conflicts for all they are worth. Nazarick is great, but only when you don't take them seriously. Unfortunately, because they are the major shakers of YGGDRASIL, the plot requires the readers to take them seriously. The plot brings out characters with great presence, dedicated backstories, and perceptions of the world and has them jobbed by a bisexual, virginal, lusty, murderous, sadist, sex avatar. The author throws DBZ level super weight into a relatively Low Fantasy setting and throws commentary on how they aren't able to keep up.
Yet in spite of this, all of the kingdoms have the textbook fantasy complications, racism, economic competition, and class stratification. In Game of Thrones, while the White Walkers were a very real threat to Seven Kingdoms, but the Kingdoms still had resources capable of defeating the White Walkers, with the question looming if their continued infighting would cost them those resources. Contrast this with Nazarick more or less curb-stomping most of the characters that came to face them. Plots started including more things like if Nazarick's new recruits could fight people that were once their superiors. In other words, it wasn't about whether a Y hero could fight Z Nazarick member, it was about whether they could fight Z member junior. As befitting a villain, Ainz never fights fair, but with these power scales, I really wonder why he bothers fighting dirty at all.
On the heroes' end of the scale it was pretty much impossible to like anyone. Many of them were Mauve shirts that simply died and others existed simply to get humiliated. The exceptionally minor victories became more laughable as the plot continued including Brain cutting off one of Shaltears nails or Zaryusu striking a single (useless) blow against Cocytus. Apparently, being as inconvenient as an eight year old kicking your shin is worthy of accomplishment.
Overlord puts a lot of weight on political intrigue, but political intrigue only matters when there is significant enough blowback for physical force to look unappealing. The Red Wedding was brilliant because it was a study on how political armor could shift and leave a person vulnerable to a swift blow of physical force. With a spell or two, Ainz can destroy any armor and kill any person that stands against him. It's really just a question of whether or not he is bored enough to kill his opposition outright.
I have only watched the anime but I do know that it's a fairly faithful adaptation. Overall, I found season 1 rather fun for two reasons: watching Ainz flail around in confusion like an ordinary person and exploring the setting. After that everything just became tedious. There is only so many evil deeds a Villain Protagonist can commit before they become impossible to root for. But it's not like anyone else in this world is worth rooting for either. Between obscenely OP villain sues of Nazarick and the helpless extras that populate the rest of the world, it's just plain boring.
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