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Overlord IV Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

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Overlord IV Episode 10 – Quick Summary

In Overlord IV episode 10, “The Last King,” the army of the Sorcerer King marched on the capital of the Re-Estize Kingdom. The Crown Prince, Zanac Varleon Igana Ryle Vaiself, rode out to meet Ains Ooal Gown alone in an attempt to sue for peace. And if his appeal to mercy didn’t work, he planned to rely on argument, knowing that neither he nor his kingdom possessed the might to withstand the undead army. Does the prince’s plan have any chance for success? Why does Ains insist on this attacking the city? And is it possible that the prince has some other plan in mind?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Overlord IV Episode 10

Overlord IV Episode 10: Ains really wants to keep his people safe. But only his people.

The prince had to accept Ains’s answer. After all, the prince would likely have done the same, had their positions been reversed. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’ve always had a soft spot for philosophical discussions. Yeah, they slow down the action. But if the conversation is good enough, I gotta be honest: I prefer a good philosophical discussion to any action, any day!

Ordinarily, I gravitate to discussions that are deep and nuanced. But on rare occasions, simple and easy to understand can be even better. That’s why I chose this as my favorite quote for the episode.

Zanac rode alone to talk to Ains. The prince was polite. He didn’t make any demands. He simply asked to speak to Ains, who responded in kind. I found it touching that Ains went to the trouble of conjuring a table and glasses of water for the occasion.

They spoke honestly. So much so that Zanac became animated. However, after every outburst he thought might have been rude, he apologized. Ains waved it off – honestly so, I think.

Zanac finally asked what Ains’s ultimate goal really was. His answer is my favorite quote from the episode (16:09): “ “If I can bring happiness to the ones I treasure, I don’t care about what happens to anyone else.”

As he spoke, the images of his floor supervisors flashed through his mind. He might be an undead monster, and he might be playing as an evil character. But the guy is a hell of a leader for his people. And I’d hate to be on the other side.

Best in Show Moment for Overlord IV Episode 10

Overlord IV Episode 10: Ains would spare the treacherous nobles -- for torture

This is about as angry as I’ve ever seen Ains Ooal Gown. Damn. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: The King and the Prince

I loved the scene between Ains and Zanac. Zanac in particular impressed me. He knew he had no chance in battle, so he wanted to exhaust every diplomatic option. In the end, he built a strong rapport with Ains – strong enough that Ains promised that “I’ll make sure to kill you as gently as I can.”

Hey, that’s an improvement over what might have happened! 

Ains’s respect was clear from his thoughts as he watched Zanac ride back to his people. The undead sorcerer reflected that Zanac must be true nobility, and in that moment, I think Ains had every intention of just obliterating the army and the capital city in a painless flash of power.

Overlord IV Episode 10: Zanac and Ains came to an understanding

Zanac and Ains parted on if not good terms, then civilized terms. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That’s when Full Blown Stupidity(tm) entered the picture. Several members of the “nobility” decided that since they had no chance, they had nothing to lose – not their dignity, not their morality, nothing. They decided they would kill their prince and offer his head to Ains Ooal Gown as a symbol of their allegiance. They murdered their leader, hacked off his head, and offered it in a bag to Ains Ooal Gown.

I knew those nobles were in trouble when Ains handed the bag to Albedo and said (22:20), “Bury him with respect.” In fact, I figured he’d do the heart-crushie thing to them right then and there. What I didn’t count on was just how furious Ains really was.

Delivery: Ains’s Cold Fury

Have we seen him so angry that he was stone-cold calm? I don’t think we have. I don’t know about you, but I found it terrifying. Much more so than a screaming rage. When he said to them that he would give them a reward “comparable to your efforts,” I thought he was simply fine-tuning their means of death. When he said he would grant their wish to keep them and their families alive, I was momentarily confused. Had I misjudged his calm?

Yes, I had misjudged it. He was even more pissed than I thought. He turned to Albedo and said (23:05), “Albedo, send them to the Neuronist.”

Overlord IV Episode 10: Albedo would be delighted to send the traitors to the Neuronist

Albedo seemed a little too happy to hear Ains’s order. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The Neuronist. The most horrifying character in the whole series. One of the most horrifying characters I know of. I’d rather face Cthulhu. And then, just on the off chance I hadn’t appreciated the full scope of his wrath, Ains sent Aura to tell the Neuronist not to kill them, unless they begged. When Aura turned to dash off, Ains grabbed her arm and said in an intense voice (23:27), “Even if they beg for death, don’t kill them too quickly.”

Those noblemen deserve what they get. Sure, their situation sucked, but they could have accepted it with dignity and grace. Instead, they betrayed their lord and put their families in harm’s way. Their families are the ones I feel badly for. They might have been killed quickly. Now they’ll be test cases for the Neuronist. Talk about a bad way to go!

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2 thoughts on “Overlord IV Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

  1. Overlord has certainly taken a very dark turn. The last time he went on a killing rampage it was against soldiers. He even agreed not to kill the dragon queens. He spared many of the lizard people. Now he’s annihilating entire villages and cities full of innocent noncombatants.

    Does he think he’s still in a game and all these people are just bits and sprites? Or is is demonic persona starting to overwrite his humanity?

    1. That’s a really good question. I’ve been wondering about that myself. Right now, I’m leaning towards him still thinking like he’s in a game. But honestly, I’m not sure! He seems to be buying more and more easily into his persona. I’m think of how comfortable he seemed comforting Albedo — something the Lord of Nazarick would be able to do, but not Momonga (if I’m getting the distinctions right!).

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