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I was delighted to see this long overdue sequel to Overlord turn up for the Winter 2018 season, and hurriedly rewatched the original series to refresh my memory. This new season both picks up just where the first one ended and introduces a number of new characters who will no doubt be either opponents or allies of Ails Ooan Gown as the story progresses. Yet it sort of 'felt' different somehow; it's hard to put into words, but the storytelling technique seemed to have been changed slightly. Perhaps I was impatient to get on with the story but this episode was more about refreshing memory and introducing new characters. One fairly obvious difference was that the ED song wasn't nearly as raucous and naughty as the original one (there was no OP song in episode one). I hope the overall quality will be comparable to season one, but so far I can't tell.
Episode two was frustrating as well, because it was overwhelmingly about a tribe of lizard men who are facing a new threat while what I wanted was to concentrate on Ails (who didn't appear in the episode at all) and his people. I was sure that Ails would somehow save these reptile men from the unprovoked, unashamedly evil attack they were about to receive, but in episode three what we got was about the last thing I was expecting: Ails--or, more accurately, his underling Cocytus, is their attacker! Why pick a fight with these lizard men who apparently have never even heard of him? It makes no sense at all, and this show is only frustrating me even more. In season one he saved the helpless people of a village who were about to be massacred (though not entirely out of the goodness of his heart), but here he seems to be fine with committing a massacre himself. Perhaps he still sees this as only a game, but we viewers have largely suspended disbelief and see it as reality. I am disappointed. Previously, assholes would make trouble and get their comeuppance from Ails, while here he's kind of behaving like an asshole himself. In episode four Ails backs off a bit from his naked aggression but I don't see why it was necessary to begin with or whether it will ever seem justifiable. Isn't the issue of who managed to possess Shaltear in the final arc of season one far more important than this? That person would pose an infinitely greater threat to Ails then the lizard men ever could. I wish that thread would be pursued instead of this one. Or, Ails might go after certifiably evil people and kick their asses, which would be fun.
It is still unclear what Ails hoped to achieve by getting the lizard men to submit as a new arc takes off in episode six. This time, Sebas, Ail's butler, is acting as a sort of spy, and he stumbles across a drug and prostitution ring. I have mixed feelings; I'd much rather Ails be fighting certifiably evil opponents like this 'Eight Hand' network, but it seems somehow discordant with sword & sorcery--more like something you'd read in the newspaper than something you'd encounter in a video game. Perhaps it's all too clear from real life that drugs and prostitution are intractable problems that are unlikely to ever be solved, which makes them depressing and discouraging.
Last updated Friday, February 23 2018. Created Tuesday, January 02 2018.