Overlord II Anime, an underwhelming sequel
I had made a review about Overlord over a year ago, and yeah, it took me a long time to watch the 2nd season. I haven’t even touched the 3rd season.
Don’t blame me, blame the overflowing animes every season. LOL.
For this 2nd series, I admit I had a few high expectations for it as I enjoyed the 1st season alot. The hype for it didn’t help too as many people keep on saying that the series would get better and better.
But, why am I disappointed?
Ainz Ooal Gown, the undead sorcerer formerly known as Momonga, has accepted his place in this new world. Though it bears similarities to his beloved virtual reality game Yggdrasil, it still holds many mysteries which he intends to uncover, by utilizing his power as ruler of the Great Tomb of Nazarick. However, ever since the disastrous brainwashing of one of his subordinates, Ainz has become wary of the impending dangers of the Slane Theocracy, as well as the possible existence of other former Yggdrasil players. Meanwhile, Albedo, Demiurge and the rest of Ainz’s loyal guardians set out to prepare for the next step in their campaign: Nazarick’s first war…
Overlord II picks up immediately after its prequel, continuing the story of Ainz Ooal Gown, his eclectic army of human-hating guardians, and the many hapless humans affected by the Overlord’s arrival.
What I love about the first season was the unique take of the isekai genre and how the story unfolds. The characters were really interesting, too, and I can really see that they have a huge potential to grow.
Unfortunately, it seemed my expectations were too high.
Overlord II continues the story where the first season ended. I admit I had a bit of lag as I couldn’t remember immediately what happened in the last moments of the first season. Still, I was able to catch up and enjoy the series. Compared to the first season, this sequel focused more on the stuff happening around the main cast. This meant Ainz was put at the back seat, and the supporting characters took charge. Personally, I wouldn’t have no problem with this kind of storytelling as I also wanted to know what’s going on around Ainz, but the anime wasn’t able to execute it properly. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed all of the arcs in this sequel, they have huge potentials, but I feel like they were poorly adapted and that disappointed me a lot.
I think if I would read the source material instead, I would understand the sentiments of people that had been sharing how amazing Overlord is. But this is an anime, we just need to settle with this adaptation.
For the characters, there’s alot of them. With Ainz staying in the background, a lot of his underlings shined all throughout the series. I think you guys know who I mean. Yep, its Sebas. I didn’t expect he would have this much development. He was sooooo amazing in this season. His arc not only shows us growth on his part, but also how he, and maybe soon Ainz other underlings ( I dunno, really), would actually gain sympathy or empathy to the humans. It wasn’t only Sebas who shined brightly in this series, but also alot of human characters. I can’t really pinpoint who exactly as most of them shine on their own arc and moments.
I am a bit bummed that Ainz wasn’t able to shine as much as I wanted him to, but his moments were nice and memorable enough that I’ll just accept whatever is presented to me.
Okay, just like the first season, everything went downhill because of the animation. I thought that it might improve after one season or something, after all, this franchise is quite popular, but it did not. The quality was still the same. Uh no, there were some moments that it was worse than before. Sigh. But I’ll just accept it as is.
I really liked the designs of the humans, as it represents the personality of the characters well. I am not much of a fan of the lizards though, as some of their animation movements were stiff and unappealing to me.
Speaking of the lizards, their arc was the most interesting and meh. Why? Well, story-wise, their arc was very interesting and logical, but execution and story-telling wise, I wasn’t feeling it at all. I didn’t feel anything to them, even pity or sympathy.
And yeah, that “scene” (you know what I’m talking about) definitely was a shock to me. I wasn’t really offended or anything, it was more on I was taken a back as I didn’t expect that kind of scene at that time.
Anyway, let’s move on to my final thoughts.
Overlord II was…okay. It wasn’t amazing as I want it to be and it had some deep faults, but I enjoyed watching it. I guess, I just had high expectations for it, and that’s my mistake.
I’ll definitely take note of this once I see its 3rd season, and lessen my expectations.
That is all.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.