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Overlord IV Episode 11 Review – Best In Show

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Overlord IV Episode 11 – Quick Summary

In Overlord IV episode 11, “Well-Prepared Traps,” Shalltear Bloodfallen teleported into the royal city to evacuate Hilma Cygnaeus and her followers who were loyal to Ains Ooal Gown. One of their number had never visited the Great Tomb of Nazarick, though. And Shalltear seemed determined to rectify that. Meanwhile, Albedo faced off against the man in battle armor. He seemed determined to draw her away from Ains. Does that mean Ains is in danger? Is that even possible?

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

Favorite Quote from Overlord IV Episode 11

Overlord IV Episode 11: Albedo was shocked at how weak her opponent was

Albedo was more than a little disappointed in her opponent. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I really enjoyed hearing Albedo’s interior monologues as she engaged her opponent. As soon as Ains sent her after the man, she began analyzing his every move. She seemed amazed that he might not be aware of how transparent he was.

“Does he really think I’m so blind that I can’t tell what he’s doing?” she wondered at one point (07:31).

She felt disappointed when his large-caliber machine gun only spat magic-less bullets. Then she correctly predicted he would try a magic attack – which had as little effect as the bullets.

Annoyed that he might actually have thought those “low-level” assaults would do anything to her, she attacked. Her first blow practically knocked him from the sky.

“Huh?” she thought (08:18). “He’s so weak! He’s like tofu!”

Looks like Albedo was more than a match for the poor man.

Best in Show Moment for Overlord IV Episode 11

Overlord IV Episode 11: Albedo is highly intolerant of disrespect towards Ains

Albedo was ready to take that suit of armor apart! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Studying for the Exam

This is one of those occasions where I wish I had time to re-watch all of the episodes leading up to this, starting with the first season. I felt like the scenes near the end of the episode should have made more sense to me. They gave me the feeling that I’d missed something important.

For example, the dragon who had remotely controlled the armor that attacked Ains (well, Pandora’s Actor playing the role of Ains): should I have known him? I could look it up, sure. But I want to experience the story revealing it to me since I’m an anime-only viewer. Which is usually great – except when I wonder if the narrative did in fact reveal it to me, and I just missed it!

Overlord IV Episode 11: I feel like I should know this dragon

I have a feeling I should know who this dragon is. Did I miss it? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Still, it was great to hear the dragon wonder (18:52), “Could Albedo be the epuh-layer and the Sorcerer King the en-pii-see?” Is the dragon a player? I doubt it, or they wouldn’t say “en-pii-see” as if it were some mysterious phrase. They’d know what an NPC was. But they clearly know what a player is, too! So who are these people?

Delivery: Albedo’s Loyal Fury

That said, I’m going to award my favorite moment to Albedo coming to Ains/Pandora’s Actor’s rescue. She had heard the armor say, “I cannot stay silent and accept your actions, so I will have you perish.”

That’s when the armor raised its weapon to strike.

Overlord IV Episode 11: The remotely-controlled armor prepared to strike Ains

I guess I should give him points for trying! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

But Ains/Pandora’s Actor had recalled Albedo. She crashed right through the force field that the armor had projected. As she fell towards him, she yelled (16:29), “You insignificant worm! How dare you speak like that to the Lord Ains!”

Her blow sent him flying.

There’s just something infinitely appealing about Albedo’s dedication to Ains – and her willingness to back up that dedication. It’s kind of touching and romantic in a hideously violent sort of way!

What did you think of Ains’ right against the armor? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Overlord IV Episode 11 Review – Best In Show

    1. In retrospect, there were a few clues, weren’t there?

      Interesting question — there’re several layers to it, in fact. Pandora’s Actor can probably extend an offer, but if the armor accepted, what would that even mean? The armor alone is just an RC model!

  1. The dragon was BRIEFLY introduced awhile ago, I believe. Like, a season or two ago, which was years ago. One of Overlord’s abiding flaws is that it’s narrative structure is anything but tight.

    1. I’m a big fan of “show don’t tell,” but even I have my limits! I shouldn’t complain, but a throw-away fact from multiple seasons ago, especially when there are years between seasons, is just tough for me to keep track of!

      1. Exactly. Like earlier this season, they showed the theocracy bigwigs talking about two godborn or something like that, and showed a picture of the two of them, and they were introduced very early in the second season, I believe, but only long enough to establish that they think themselves stronger than Shalltear and that the girl would love to meet a man stronger than her and bear his child. (if I recall correctly) And then they haven’t done anything with these two characters since, not even in this season, where they explicitly mentioned sending them into action! Sheesh!

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