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Overlord IV Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

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Overlord IV Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary

In Overlord IV episode 2, “Re-Estize Kingdom,” Ains Ooal Gown weighed his hopes for the future of his kingdom against his need to entrust said kingdom to Albedo and Demiurge. Can he find a way to entice them to follow his wishes without appearing weak or sentimental? Can he translate his vision into a language they would respect? And can he talk Fith into not blaming herself for his deep sighs? Because if he can’t, she might do something drastic!

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

Favorite Quote from Overlord IV Episode 2

Overlord IV Episode 2: Tina ruined an almost touching moment with Evileye

Evileye doesn’t get enough respect. And her affection for Momon seems so pure! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

By and large, Overlord strikes a good balance between showing and telling. One of the ways it does that is by building memorable and interesting characters. The instant I saw Evileye and Tina, I remembered them. And as soon as I remembered them, I wondered when they would start picking at each other. I didn’t have to wait long.

Princess Renner (talk about a memorable character!) talked about the possibility of finding a swordsman or mage among the orphans. She implied that was a great reason to fund an orphanage. The camera focused on Evileye as a voice said (04:19), “Charity without anything in return is always suspicious as hell.” At first, I thought Evileye had spoken, given where the camera focused. But as it pulled back, we saw that Tina had actually spoken. 

Excitedly, Evileye said, “You think just like me!”

“I’m pure,” Tina replied. “You’re the dirty one.”

Well, I guess that’s one way to bond.

Best in Show Moment for Overlord IV Episode 2

Overlord IV Episode 2: Hilma's reaction made complete sense

Hilma’s reaction was completely reasonable. Philip, on the other hand, had no idea his question was so ridiculous. But I think he’s going to learn. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Philip, the World’s Densest Man

I write science fiction/political thrillers, so I love multi-layered scenes where multiple political schemers collide. I especially love them when one of the players is all puffed up with his own importance – and he doesn’t know that his opposite has powers bordering on those of a goddess.

I knew something was up when Albedo exited the carriage and smiled sweetly. Smiling, much less sweetly, among humans? Albedo? Then that idiot Philip pushed himself forward and introduced himself to her. I paused the video when he spoke, and in my notes I wrote, “Even odds say those are among his last words.”

Overlord IV Episode 2: Surprisingly, Albedo let Philip live -- for now

When she didn’t immediately smack him in the head with her scepter, I knew something was up. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

And then, astonishingly, she didn’t rip him to shreds. Now I really knew something was going on. As in, Albedo has a plan, she’s executing her plan on behalf of her Lord Ains, and she’s not going to let some little pissant get in her way.

She was actually way ahead of me. He’s actually part of her plan. But I didn’t know that at the time.

Delivery: Hilma’s Incredulity

Remember when Philip asked her if Albedo was married? Or when he put his arm around her? Those moments just heightened my anticipation for… something. I didn’t know what. But isn’t that a fantastic feeling? The story had engaged me; I felt excited to see what happened next. Those are the kinds of moments I search for in fiction!

We didn’t get Philip’s ultimate payoff. I suspect (though I don’t know, being an anime-only viewer) that’ll come later. What we did get, though, was a reality check for those of us in the audience. And it was a delight.

Overlord IV Episode 2: Hilma was horrified at Philip's density.

I shouldn’t have laughed as hard as I did at this scene. Hilma’s reaction was so spot on! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Philip went up and asked Hilma Cygnaeus (who looked like a cadaver – she’s apparently had a rough way to go!) (20:01), “How would I go about courting the Lady Albedo?”

Shock hit Hilma so hard she could not speak. Philip just blathered on about how he was Albedo’s political equal while Hilma’s horror grew.

Knowing Albedo, seeing later how she really reacted to Philip touching her shoulder – man, this guy is in for such a lesson. And the Great Tomb of Nazarick is not a gentle teacher!

What did you think of Albedo and Princess Renner happily discussing their loves? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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    1. I struggled at times with season 3, even though I think I understand why they had to go that direction. I’m having as much fun with this season as I did with 1 and 2. It’s one of the highlights of the season for me, too!

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