Overlord II – 03

In order to build great things, one must construct a solid foundation. The first two episodes accomplished that. At first, I wondered why all of a sudden we were so immersed in the lives and politics of a bunch of Lizardmen. Then, when I got to know a few of them, I became emotionally invested in their fate, even rooting for their victory against the armies of Cocytus, even though Cocytus is a servant of our ostensible protagonist, Momonga.

What was made clear this week is that not only was it well worth all the table-setting, which I enjoyed far more than I ‘endured’; but that Momonga and his court were given heightened mystique by being pushed into the background, such that every time we cut to them (which wasn’t often, or for a very long duration), it felt like an occasion.

Things start out small, with Zaryusu earning Zenberu’s trust and an alliance after fighting him one-on-one. Crusch heals both, and after returning to Zaryusu’s brother Green Claw, the five assembled tribal leaders have a strategy meeting.

The enemy outnumbers them over three to one. Zenberu is confident every lizard can take out three zombies or skeletons each, but they have to plan carefully to avoid being routed. Zaryusu forms an elite squad with Crusch, Zenberu, and his trusty hydra Rororo, to face the enemy commander when they show themselves.

Cocytus orders his army to advance, and Ains Ooal Gown seems slightly disappointed that things aren’t going the way he hoped, and that’s all we see of him. From here on in, it’s all battle, which means it’s all payoff for the careful preparation of the previous two episodes.

The Lizardmen send out their forces to meet the undead army, while their magical units efficiently keep the foes at bay. Cocytus confides in Demiurge for advice on how to proceed (that is, how to salvage what is starting to resemble a defeat on the field); Demiurge muses that their great lord meant to give Cocytus a weak army and a wide berth in hopes it would promote his awareness.

Cocytus is ready to take his medicine, but first sees how his reserves will fare, led by the Elder Lich Iguva, who launches huge fireballs in Zaryusu’s direction, helpfully revealing to the elite unit the position of the enemy leader.

Zaryusu decides upon a direct frontal assault, using Rororo’s bulk to shield himself, Crusch, and Zenberu. Once close enough, Zenberu starts carving up the reserves while Zaryusu faces off against Iguva, who is a formidable opponent from any range. It’s too bad none of the Lizardmen had Holy magic!

For a moment, Iguva has Zaryusu caught trapped in a Scare spell, but Crusch comes through in the clutch and breaks him out with Lion Heart, in addition to healing Zaryusu’s wounds. Good to see Crusch can hold her own on the battlefield, and indeed plays a vital role keeping Zaryusu up and running.

Iguva is full of hubris until the end, when he wrongfully assumes Zaryusu foolishly unleashed the full power of his Icy Burst against him (as a lich he’s immune to ice). However, the ice was only meant to provide cover for Zaryusu’s attack from above, stabbing Iguva through the eye.

After a struggle, Iguva is vanquished, and the Lizardmen are victorious, in what was a hard-hitting, heart-pounding, perfectly-paced battle. From his base, Cocytus congratulates the Lizardmen; it was a very close victory, but a win’s a win.

Not only that, the battle forced the Lizardmen to give up their tribal squabbles, come together, and sacrifice for the sake of their race’s survival. I would think they would continue in peace the unity that was forged by the threat of annihilation, while Zaryusu and Crusch, having come out of the battle in one piece, are poised to marry.

Overall, this episode was as satisfying, complete victory; a sure-handed execution of an intricately-constructed, multi-layered story in which the lines of heroes and villains are blurred. I’m eager to see what Lord Ains has planned next—and for whom.

Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Overlord II – 03”

  1. Hmm that was pretty concisely executed. I can see that the anime had to straddle the line between over adapting and not adapting enough haha. I don’t want to be that guy, but they compressed quiet a lot of material into one episode! Although all things considered, maybe that was the correct choice.

    There’s a lot of material they have to get through and cutting the chaff is part of the job.The LNs went REAALLLY in depth into the Lizardmen’s side of things which can be both good or bad.

    I did miss seeing the details on Rororo’s sacrifice. In the LN they had a whole internal monologue for the poor beast and really sold the stakes of that one encounter. I remember being really moved, which was quiet a feat for such a short scene. Then there are a lot of the small details on the counter play and strategies employed by the Lizardmen to beat the overwhelming odds. Stuff like how the lizard men used clubs which had blunt damage that was more effective versus skeletons as opposed to bladed weapons like swords, and how they prepared for certain maneuver and such. Still, I think the core of what was there was conveyed, just not the depth. A good episode overall imo.

    It does give me an itch to reread the novels and refresh myself on what went on haha. One thing I liked about the fight scenes in the Overlord LN was the way they mixed in just the right amount of Fantasy RPG elements to make the strategies and tactics more interesting, and not diluted the story into a raw numbers game.

    1. Always good to hear from a LN reader, and glad to hear the adaptation was satisfactory. Since the episode didn’t elaborate on Rororo’s fate, I assumed she(?) was healed post-battle.

      Totally agree on the Fantasy RPG jargon not intruding upon the excitement of visceral fighting, and actually enhancing it by lending logic to the chaos. It is definitely a question of balance. Zaryusu vs. Iguva was hardly Momomga vs. Shalltear, but it didn’t have to be, and wouldn’t have made sense (the former duo being of a far lower level than the latter one).

      I’m mostly impressed that Overlord took the risk to start by immersing us into the world of the Lizardmen, with only the smallest checks back to Ains & Co. That I cared about every major combatant involved (except maybe Iguva, though he did seem eager to please his lord) made all the difference in the climactic battle.

      Meanwhile, Death March/Rhapsody is obviously trying to do something far more low-key and procedural with their fantasy RPG milieu, but it’s notable that I still do not particularly care about that show’s MC or his potential love interest, despite all the time I’ve spent listening to his inner monologing.

      Overlord, even with the sheer bulk of everyone and everything it had to adapt in just three episodes, has blown DMR out of the water so far (which probably comes as no surprise to most, but there it is).

      1. lol Iguva poor minor chara who thought we was something more. They actually went into that a bit with the LN! Or rather, they showed Iguva’s fanatical but manufactured loyalty. He was fighting to please his lord, contrasted with the sheer will and tenacity of the Lizardmen who are fighting for their lives and more importantly, the lives of their friends. Sharyu was able to overcome the difference in stats with the difference in will. The whole LN was structured in a way that made it seem like the Lizardmen were the good guy underdogs fighting against a great evil, a common fantasy book scenario! And if you think about it that’s more or less on point, I mean Ainz and CO are aiming to kill these Lizardmen for no other reason than to get a few strong bodies for their undead minions!

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