Overlord (novel series)

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Overlord
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Cover art for the first volume
オーバーロード
(Ōbārōdo)
Genre Dark fantasy[1]
Light novel
Written by Kugane Maruyama
Illustrated by so-bin
Published by Enterbrain
English publisher
Demographic Male
Original run July 30, 2012 – present
Volumes 13 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Satoshi Ōshio
Illustrated by Hugin Miyama
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comp Ace
Original run November 26, 2014 – present
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Naoyuki Itō
Produced by
  • Shō Tanaka
  • Kazufumi Kikushima
  • Satoshi Fukao
  • Noritomo Isogai
  • Yuki Yoshida
Written by Yukie Sugawara
Music by Shūji Katayama (Team-MAX)
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, BS11, MBS
Original run July 7, 2015 – present
Episodes 28 + OVA (List of episodes)
Anime film series
Overlord: The Undead King
Overlord: The Dark Warrior
Directed by Naoyuki Itō
Written by Yukie Sugawara
Music by Shūji Katayama (Team-MAX)
Studio Madhouse
Released February 25, 2017 (Part 1)
March 11, 2017 (Part 2)
Runtime 117 minutes (Part 1)[2]
108 minutes (Part 2)[3]
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Overlord (オーバーロード, Ōbārōdo) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. It began serialization online in 2010, before being acquired by Enterbrain. Thirteen volumes have been published since July 30, 2012. A manga adaptation by Satoshi Ōshio, with art by Hugin Miyama, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's manga magazine Comp Ace from November 26, 2014. Both the light novels and the manga are licensed in North America by Yen Press, with a release date of November 8, 2016.

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired between July 7 and September 29, 2015. Two compilation anime films recapping the events from the anime television series were released in Japan on February 25, 2017, and March 11, 2017, respectively. The second, 13-episode season ran from January 9 to April 3, 2018. A third season premiered on July 10, 2018 and will also run for 13 episodes.

Plot[edit]

In the year 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or DMMORPG called Yggdrasil was released. It stands out among all other DMMORPG's due to its unusually high ability for the player to interact with the game. After an intense 12-year run the game servers are about to be shut down. Within the game exists a guild, Ainz Ooal Gown, once consisting of 41 members and credited as one of the strongest guilds in the game. Now only 4 of the members remain, the other 37 having quit the game. Of those 4 only one, an elder lich character named Momonga, continues to play as the guild leader and maintaining their headquarters, The Great Tomb of Nazarick. He invites the remaining guild members but of those only one appears and only for a short while before leaving. While saddened by this, he accepts the reality that his friends have their real lives to take care of and decides to stay logged in until the servers shut down.

When the shut-down time arrives however, Momonga finds that the game hasn't vanished. Instead it appears as if Yggdrasil has been recreated as its own reality along with its various NPCs having been brought to life while Momonga has been trapped in the form of his game avatar, leaving him unable to use the normal player functions, such as General Message, or even to log out. With no other option, Momonga sets out to learn if anyone from 'the real world' is also in this new world with him. Taking on the name of Ainz Ooal Gown, a message to any other players, Momonga begins exploring the world in an attempt to figure out what has happened while searching for anyone, or anything, that could help him solve this mystery, while ensuring the safety of Nazarick.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The light novel series written by Maruyama, with illustrations by so-bin, began its serialization online in 2010 via the novel publishing website Arcadia. It was also uploaded to the novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2012, prior to Enterbrain's acquisition. As of September 30, 2017, the series has been published by Enterbrain in twelve volumes, with the first volume releasing on July 30, 2012,[4] and the twelfth volume releasing on September 30, 2017.[5] Yen Press announced its license to the series in October 2015 for North America and began publishing the novels in English,[6] with the first volume releasing on May 24, 2016.[7]

No.TitleJapanese releaseEnglish release
1Overlord 1: The Undead King
Ōbārōdo 1: Fushisha no Ō
(オーバーロード1 不死者の王)
July 30, 2012[8]
ISBN 978-4-04-728152-3
May 24, 2016[9]
ISBN 978-0-31-627224-7
2Overlord 2: The Dark Warrior
Ōbārōdo 2: Shikkoku no Senshi
(オーバーロード2 漆黒の戦士)
November 30, 2012[10]
ISBN 978-4-04-728451-7
September 27, 2016[11]
ISBN 978-0-31-636391-4
3Overlord 3: The Bloody Valkyrie
Ōbārōdo 3: Senketsu no Ikusa Otome
(オーバーロード3 鮮血の戦乙女)
March 30, 2013[12]
ISBN 978-4-04-728689-4
January 24, 2017[13]
ISBN 978-0-31-636393-8
4Overlord 4: The Lizard Man Heroes
Ōbārōdo 4: Rizādoman no Yūsha-tachi
(オーバーロード4 蜥蜴人の勇者たち)
July 31, 2013[14]
ISBN 978-4-04-728953-6
May 23, 2017[15]
ISBN 978-0-31-639759-9
5Overlord 5: The Men in the Kingdom (Part 1)
Ōbārōdo 5: Ōkoku no Otoko-tachi (Jō)
(オーバーロード5 王国の漢たち [上])
December 28, 2013[16]
ISBN 978-4-04-729259-8
September 19, 2017[17]
ISBN 978-0-31-639761-2
6Overlord 6: The Men in the Kingdom (Part 2)
Ōbārōdo 6: Ōkoku no Otoko-tachi (Ge)
(オーバーロード6 王国の漢たち [下])
January 31, 2014[18]
ISBN 978-4-04-729356-4
January 1, 2018[19]
ISBN 978-0-31-639879-4
7Overlord 7: The Invaders of the Large Tomb
Ōbārōdo 7: Daifunbo no Shinnyūsha
(オーバーロード7 大墳墓の侵入者)
August 30, 2014[20]
ISBN 978-4-04-729809-5
May 22, 2018[21]
ISBN 978-0-31-639881-7
8Overlord 8: The Two Leaders
Ōbārōdo 8: Futari no Shidōsha
(オーバーロード8 二人の指導者)
December 26, 2014[22]
ISBN 978-4-04-730084-2
September 18, 2018[23]
ISBN 978-0-31-639884-8
9Overlord 9: The Magic Caster of Destroy
Ōbārōdo 9: Hagun no Mahō Eishōsha
(オーバーロード9 破軍の魔法詠唱者)
June 29, 2015[24]
ISBN 978-4-04-730473-4
January 22, 2019[25]
ISBN 978-0-31-639886-2
10Overlord 10: The Ruler of Conspiracy
Ōbārōdo 10: Bōryaku no Tōchisha
(オーバーロード10 謀略の統治者)
May 30, 2016[26]
ISBN 978-4-04-734089-3
11Overlord 11: The Craftsman of Dwarf
Ōbārōdo 11: Dowāfu no Kōshō
(オーバーロード11 山小人の工匠)
September 30, 2016[27]
ISBN 978-4-04-734230-9
12Overlord 12: The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom (Part 1)
Ōbārōdo 12: Sei Ōkoku no Sei Kishi (Jō)
(オーバーロード12 聖王国の聖騎士 [上])
September 30, 2017[28]
ISBN 978-4-04-734845-5
13Overlord 13: The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom (Part 2)
Ōbārōdo 13: Sei Ōkoku no Sei Kishi (Ge)
(オーバーロード13 聖王国の聖騎士 [下])
April 27, 2018[29]
ISBN 978-4-04-734947-6

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by Satoshi Ōshio, with art by Hugin Miyama, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's manga magazine Comp Ace from November 26, 2014.[1]

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 26, 2015[30]ISBN 978-4-04-103071-4June 28, 2016[31]ISBN 978-0-31-627227-8
2 July 25, 2015[32]ISBN 978-4-04-103072-1September 27, 2016[33]ISBN 978-0-31-639766-7
3 December 26, 2015[34]ISBN 978-4-04-103857-4December 13, 2016[35]ISBN 978-0-31-643425-6
4 June 25, 2016[36]ISBN 978-4-04-104399-8October 31, 2017[37]ISBN 978-0-31-647643-0
5 August 26, 2016[38]ISBN 978-4-04-104400-1January 23, 2018[39]ISBN 978-0-31-651724-9
6 December 26, 2016[40]ISBN 978-4-04-104679-1April 17, 2018[41]ISBN 978-0-31-651727-0
7 May 24, 2017[42]ISBN 978-4-04-105764-3
8 December 26, 2017[43]ISBN 978-4-04-106389-7
9 April 26, 2018[44]ISBN 978-4-04-106390-3

Anime[edit]

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired between July 7 and September 29, 2015.[45] The opening theme is "Clattanoia" by OxT, and the ending theme is "L.L.L." by Myth & Roid. Both are bands of the musician Tom-H@ck. The anime adaptation covers light novel volumes 1 to 3. A 30-minute original video animation was bundled with the eleventh limited edition volume of the light novel series, which was released on September 30, 2016.[46] Two compilation films acting as a recap to the anime television series were released in 2017;[47] the first compilation film, titled Overlord: The Undead King (オーバーロード 不死者の王, Ōbārōdo: Fushisha no Ō), was released on February 25, 2017, while the second compilation film, titled Overlord: The Dark Warrior (オーバーロード 漆黒の戦士, Ōbārōdo: Shikkoku no Senshi), was released on March 11, 2017. The film's theme song, titled "Crazy Scary Holy Fantasy", was performed by Myth & Roid.[48][49]

A second season was announced at film screenings of the second compilation film.[50] It premiered on January 9, 2018.[51][52] Funimation has licensed the second season for a simuldub.[53] The opening theme is "Go Cry Go" by OxT and the ending theme is "Hydra" by Myth & Roid.[54]

A third season premiered on July 10, 2018.[55][56][57] The opening theme is "VORACITY" by Myth & Roid, and the ending theme song is "Silent Solitude" by OxT.[58][55]

Reception[edit]

In June 2015, prior to the release of the anime and manga, the light novel series had about 600,000 copies in print in Japan with 8 volumes. By August 1, 2015, the light novel and manga series had a total of 1 million copies in circulation in Japan. On August 4, a 600,000 copy reprint of the novels was announced. As of August 20, 2015, the nine-volume Overlord light novel series and two-volume manga series have, together, more than 1.5 million copies in circulation in Japan.[59] As of September 18, 2015, Overlord light novel and manga has over 2 million copies in circulation.[60] As of May 2016, the Overlord light novel series had 2.5 million copies in print.[61] Overlord has since been named the top-selling light novel series of 2015.[62] As of April 2018, the light novel and manga combined had over 7 million copies in print.[63]

The light novel ranked first in 2017 in Takarajimasha's annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the tankōbon category.[64] It ranked fourth in 2018.[65]

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