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Overlord IV Episode 9 Review – Best In Show

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Overlord IV Episode 9 – Quick Summary

In Overlord IV episode 9, “Countdown to Extinction,” Albedo visited Ramposa III, the king of the Re-Estize Kingdom. Her message was simple: because of the stupidity of one nobleman, the Sorcerer Kingdom declared war on the Re-Estize Kingdom. Further, they would kick-off the war in one month. The kingdom went into a panic. How could they possible withstand the might of the Sorcerer Kingdom? Meanwhile, a being Ains had confined to Nazarick requested an audience. What does she want? And why did Ains wonder if he should have brought Albedo with him?

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

Favorite Quote from Overlord IV Episode 9

Overlord IV Episode 9: Albedo did not like to be interrupted

Albedo took a dim view of anyone interrupting the words of her lord. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Albedo takes her responsibilities seriously. When Ains gives her a task, she will do everything in her power to execute. Is she being conscientious? Maybe. But above all else, she craves Ains’ praise. I mean, take a look at her huge smile when he said she’d done a good job with the battles (05:58).

We know her mindset. We also know her offensive capabilities. That’s what makes this quote my favorite in the episode.

She was about to deliver the words of Ains to Ramposa III when a nobleman interrupted her. He interrupted her. The idiot tried to say this was all part of a Sorcerer Kingdom scheme, but that really didn’t matter. He interrupted the words Ains had given Albedo to deliver to the king.

“How dare you interrupt me as I repeat the words of the Sorcerer King,” she said (02:56). She was calm as she delivered these words. Then she threw her head back and gave him a look that I thought would make him spontaneously combust. “Human, do you wish to die before the month is out?”

I almost felt the heat of her rage through my computer screen!

Best in Show Moment for Overlord IV Episode 9

Overlord IV Episode 9: Ains left the problem to his future self

Ains trusted his future self to handle the details. Shredded quill notwithstanding. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Momonga vs. Ains Ooal Gown

Ains (or I should say, in this context, Momonga?) fascinates me. He’s this overly-cautious young man who lacks confidence in himself. He has convinced himself he’s still inside a game, and he’s looking for other players. That part makes perfect sense.

He is also Ains Ooal Gown, Sorcerer King of the Sorcerer Kingdom, a powerful undead monster, who utterly obliterates anyone and anything in his path. In the context of the game, that’s exactly what the denizens of the Great Tomb of Nazarick would do. It’s part of the game’s plot, and it’s consistent with the game’s characters.

Overlord IV Episode 9: Mare wondered why Ains had left survivors

Mare seemed perplexed that Ains had left anyone alive. That’s the kind of attitude Ains was up against! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Yet, Momonga is not in a game anymore. He’s in a world as real as worlds get. And this young man who lacks confidence thinks nothing of slaughtering hundreds of thousands of combatants to try to send a signal to other players. The contrast is so much fun to watch!

Speaking of contrast, my favorite moment riffs on that dichotomy. Ains and his floor supervisors were discussing the war effort. Several of them said they noticed that Ains had let some of the non-combatants escape, and they wondered if that was on purpose. Ains assured them his purpose would become clear.

Delivery: Hesitancy with a New Purpose

Now, at that point I’m wondering if he just screwed up. I mean, that’s kind of his thing! But then we got to see him meet Nigredo. Did the anime tell us that Albedo had a sister? Her character design blew me away! At first, we couldn’t see her face because it hid behind her hair. Albedo is a freaking goddess, so I wondered if Nigredo would resemble her. But talk about a very different look! I loved it. I’d like to see more of this character.

But that’s not my point. My point is that not only does Nigredo look very different from her sister. She thinks in a way that would be utterly foreign to Albedo. She suggested, for instance, that Ains should leave some survivors. Nigredo’s maid Pestonya Shortcake Wanko, seeing that Ains was not buying the idea, offered her own spin: let some people live to spread the tale of the true cost of opposing the Great Tomb of Nazarick. After all, dead folks don’t spread stories!

Overlord IV Episode 9: Pestonya argued in favor of leaving survivors

Pestonya convinced Ains that leaving survivors was a sound tactic. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That was why Ains had let folks live. It really was part of his plan. But here’s the cool part: he was scared that Albedo, Demiurge, and the rest wouldn’t accept that idea. He was afraid of their rejection! He was so anxious about it that he sat with his back to them and plucked his quill apart.

Finally, realizing he had no answer for himself at that time, he thought (13:19), “Yup. I’m sure my future self will take care of it.”

The contrast between the Sorcerer King persona and this scared young man makes the character fun to watch. I wouldn’t myself want to visit this world, but from the outside, it’s a great place to visit.

What did you think of Lilynette Piani’s negotiating skills? What were your favorite parts of the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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