Overlord
Title ID:
14048
Alt name(s):
  • Le Souverain Suprème
  • Maharaja
  • OverLord
  • Повелитель
  • โอเวอร์ ลอร์ด
  • オーバーロード
  • 不死者之王
  • 오버로드
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Rating:
  • 8.67
  • 8.70
  • 1,610
Pub. status:
Ongoing
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  • 33,276
  • 138
Description:
The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!
Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.
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I watched the first 3 seasons of the anime, which I mostly liked, but it did leave out a lot of lore and backstory from the LN. Is the manga any better with that? I also haven't read the LN, I only know bits of the lore from the wiki, but how is it in comparison to the anime?

Also, the only way the I can see the story end is if (speculation, but spoiler tag just in case):
However, there's very little indication that the author would actually do that, to my knowledge. The author seems to just really like continuing the story to write more messed up stuff, so it seems like they're content just having Momonga search forever.
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This manga is bad.. slow development and the artist drawing is very bad.. can't draw battle scene properly.. the fighting scene very lame..
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Where can I find the LN?
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@Shieldhero22
Read the LN (Light Novel) version, it's the main source material of this series
Though I don't know which chapter did the anime left off knowing it kinda messed up most of the details that the LN version has (Plot holes, arc skipping, etc)
But, good luck on finding it though
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Light novel.
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Where could someone read further into the series? Past the anime?
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Thanks for the chapter
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@Beastmanga 57 first, then 53,5.
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Is 53.2 next to translate? @MrSpoon
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@KreamPunk I agree till we reach the sebas arc, since then the manga have been offering a superior adaptation of the light novel.
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@KreamPunk manga had more explanation than the anime since it gave more inner thought and more scene than anime. while anime had a good nice soundtrack. LN had even more scenes, inner thought, world-building, and character building. would recommend to read it while listening to anime ost
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Do people actually like the manga? I watched the anime and then tried reading the manga... I nearly threw up from how bad it was compared to the anime. I don't know about LN, but don't read this. Watch the anime.
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invite me on group
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World building? Half of anime just for half building?

Ok
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@lulehcam
Please, calling 'Lizardmens', 'Dwarfs', and 'Paladin' arcs just different is no better than calling SAO a masterpiece. The first two are simply unnecessary, and the third one shouldn't be two-books in length. If it isn't a shitty pace, then what? Though the multiple POV is ok, I don't mind it at all.
Regarding SAO, it's true that I like it. No, it isn't anything amazing, call it 'garbage' if you need it. But not the ultimate garbage, contrary to popular belief. I can't help but try and defend it when I see fit.
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@vodkavodka I never read so much non sense to defend a crappy piece of media. If you like SAO is OK just don't try to sell it as something amazing because it isn't. Alicization (at least the anime) has A LOT of shortcomings (which I can state if you want.)

On the other hand, Overlord pacing isn't "shitty", is different, which is its greatest strength and what makes it unique: it uses worldbuilding and weak characters to bring "humanity" which acts as a contrast to the MC that is losing it.
If you want to shit on its production quality do it, nobody can defend it, but the story is way more interesting than SAO's.

But remove the nostalgia googles. If you want to add an * right next to the name and say it was one of the first and we should give it credit for it, do it. But it didn't age well and, like I already said, the story I saw on Alicization ends up falling to the same problems: bring some "complex" looking situation that ends up being solved by: "Kirito is the chonsen one, you either get better by being his friend or you are a bad guy."
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@PyroclasticFlow At least SAO's anime adaptation has a better quality. Maybe the story suffers from many problems, but Kawahara launched it in 2002. Since then he rewrote the first ark and his Alicization at least is not bad. Well, except for a cringy 'gaijins on a submarine' part. SAO together with .hack started the VRMMO genre basically. In 2002 it was very 'novel', what Kawahara was writing; knowing this, I can forgive him for using shitty tropes. Alas, SAO's manga adaptation is garbage.

Now, Overlord started in 2010... The internet and bookshops were overflowing with isekai light novels (anti-hero included) by then, just pick any 20 and study them. So why Overlord suffers from such a juvenile problem as shitty pacing? Why the editor has ignored it when LN got published? Was Maruyama a pioneer of his genre? No. Does he even like his own novel? No, more like he got tired of it a long time ago. Maruyama was even blaming the English community for pirating his shit, with a remark that his motivation is gone because of it.

As you can see, there are not much similarities between SAO and Overlord. If you'll ask me to name one, both have excellent illustrators. Sao has Abec (though it isn't its first illustrator) and Overlord has So-bin. Looking at how much fan arts Overlord generated, So-bin is a major contributor (if not the only one) to Overlord's success.
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@vodkavodka I haven't seen the anime but figure it's along the lines of sword art: hooked a lot of people with decent production value, good enough setting, "dark edgy such a badboy uwu so powerful senpai" main character, but it's just trashy and non-cohesive if you give it any critical thought

I agree the art is good, though. A shame the source material is unworthy.

So basically it seems that there is no actually good incarnation of this story, it's just a project that gained steam somehow and has continued under that undeserved momentum
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@PyroclasticFlow Pacing is shit because it copies the novel. Characterization suffers because of the same reason. I don't mean it's a problem of comic format, more like the artist skipped some stage of conversion and optimization before adapting the novel into the manga. Maruyama is not the best writer; it's a mistake to use his text as a reference so literally.
But the artist is good, so I rated this manga high just to show respect for his artistic skills. Maybe its honest rating is 7. Anime isn't worthy of mentioning, except for seiyuus and ost compositor's work (and design of characters, but it wasn't Madhouse's merit), everything else is crap.
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i take it this isnt the light novel...