Overlord (WN)


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The story begins with the last day of Yggdrasil, a popular online game which is being quietly shut down. Our protagonist Momonga decides to stay in his beloved game until the last moment, so waits for the forced logout. Unexpectedly, the server does not shut down and Momonga is stuck in a skeleton avatar in another world. “The powerful Overlord” needs now to discover the new world and face the continuous challenges that arise.

Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary man decides to take over the new world the game has become.

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shuiko rated it
December 28, 2015
Status: --
There is no Albedo is the WN... so yea its sort or dumb, don't waste your time on this.

Also the TL itself is very unpolished.... which doesn't help when the WN raws aren't that good originally.

There is a HUGE difference between the LN and WN in terms of quality, character development, and world plot.
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Taroprinny rated it
August 4, 2016
Status: c37
For the people who read the light novel first, gotta remember that a light novel is the polished, fleshed out version of the web novel so reading this will feel raw, hurried, etc.. BUT HERES WHY YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!! 1) It only seems raw/hurried in the first 20ch, after that the quality jumps up. 2) The plot of the light novel and web novel are different, starting with what happens with shalltear around ch 20ish. Especially where I'm caught up to at the time of this review, ch37.... more>> The epicness of the plot is on the same levels of the light novel. 3) If like me, your reading this after being caught up with vol 10 of the light novel, THERES A TON of supplementary plot points that wasn't mentioned in the light novel but are mentioned here. Even thought the plot starts to deviate starting around ch20, there are still a lot of things that are similar. Case in point, the story behind the new dryads that live on the 6th floor. 4) Again, the web novel is very raw, there are a lot of plot holes and points that are never explained but are very well thought out in the light novel, but it is still worth reading if you liked the light novel. <<less
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TimeVoid rated it
May 18, 2017
Status: c58 part6
This WebNovel is very good compared to the Light Novel, Since of course the annoying (noisy) Albedo is taken out from the story (once and for all) including the cross dressing elf Mare. I dislike them to improper attitude including the annoyance of those foolish men who dare to propose Nabe.

This is what you call the true route of Overlord compared to the Light Novel.

Additionally, The WebNovel were not some idiot women competition for Momonga love but instead they do it in the way of achievement and work which... more>> to earn the trust from Momonga or perhaps a chance affection from himself.

I love Naberal Gama in the WN and LN, due to her having a good behavior and cool beauty ponytail hairstyle (not to forget, her face is cute and beautiful) . <<less
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Seregosa rated it
June 25, 2017
Status: c60
Well, the WN was somewhat interesting, but it's clear that the WN version is far inferior to the LN is just about any way possible.

The characters are often lacking (both in depth and how many there are) and not as fleshed out, the reasoning and logic used are flawed and riddled with holes, the MC turned into a fool amongst other things. Constant hypocrisy and contradictions and actions not fitting of an undead overlord. He's got all the bad parts about human personality, except for aversion to killing enemies, such... more>> as being too kind, wanting to remove s*avery and "Black" companies amongst other things. He said he's kinder than he was in the past, yet kills easily, more than being kinder he's probably just more of a busybody since he isn't afraid of getting killed. In the beginning he's wary and repeatedly states how he needs to be careful and gauge out the power levels of this world, yet in that first "fight" where he saves the village and kills the soldiers, he shows that he's an undead to the soldiers, tells them who he is, the location of his base and sends them away with a threatening message to the kingdom. Then he uses enri as a messenger to tell people about him in another direction. Isn't that great? Now he can wait peacefully for the holy crusades of humanity to come and try to wipe him out and he didn't even know if there's any strong people (he did say that he needed to be cautious just a short while before that and then did it again afterwards because people might be strong). He also makes sure to give 200 ancient gold, worth EXTREME amounts of money in this world for enri to go and be a messenger, pretty much inviting trouble to them and telling the world that a player is there when circulating the money.

All in all, he turned into a fcking vegetable in some ways, the characters became mostly uninteresting/shallow, the story became mostly boring and yet for some reason a lot of people seem to like the WN far more than the LN. Perhaps it's a matter of taste, but I'd rather not that the MC become a foolish jackass that contradicts himself all the time and takes ret*rded decisions constantly. I don't know if it makes it better or worse that he sometimes, inexplicably, becomes seriously intelligent before going back to being s*upid and opening plot holes all over the place. His personality is not stable at all. Ah, he's also pretty much a loner, almost forgot about that. He acts alone a lot of the time and usually doesn't bring companions with him, perhaps not even informing them properly. The interaction with the people in Nazarick is minimal at best compared to the LN, another reason for it to feel lacking. Hell, even Ainz own scenes are very limited at best since most of the story telling is only from the perspective of other people.

Is it worth reading? I would say yes, it's certainly worth the time (it's fairly interesting, even if it sounds like I'm complaining a lot, I still liked the WN a fair bit too), but if you've read the LN it might make you pissed off... Even if you haven't read it, the WN is by no means a masterpiece, saying it's a bit above average does it justice (3.5/5), it wasn't too bad, but thanks to the LN you repeatedly try to compare the both of them, destroying your enjoyment, it's probably better to imagine that it's another novel altogether if you want to enjoy this. It was no surprise that the whole novel was discontinued and written anew with a lot of changes, pretty much everything changed after a few chapters. It also feels so damn empty without albedo, she was a perfect comic relief character that made everything flow in a more natural way. In the WN everything feels more unnatural and mechanical... I don't know how to describe it, but the new characters introduced in the LN was sorely needed for me to truly immerse myself without it feeling unnatural, the flow is just that much superior.

Well, it's one of the novels that I consider to be a "must read for fans, but certainly not worth it to read again". After a few dozen chapters, the writing gets a bit better and it turns somewhat more interesting. A lot of people seem to really love it and prefer the WN above the LN, so I guess it's really attractive to some guys, especially if they didn't like albedo or ainz personality from the LN. I personally think that the different in rating between them say enough though, about which is superior. I must say that the WN does get better in later chapters, after about 30-35 chapters the quality starts to increase, then there's the lizard arc for chapter 40-52 or something (damn that arc sucks, volume 4 in the LN is pretty much a copy paste of it), it's hardly worth reading at all since it's dissociated from the main story, but a few things were different so just try to skip through most of it and find a few different parts. Then the quality becomes better again with the invaders arc around 53-59 or something like that, it's quite similar to the invasion of the tomb from the LN with some differences, but that was so good so it's worth reading again. <<less
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admira rated it
December 15, 2015
Status: --
Honestly, I believe that the LN is better because it is more polished and the characters are more steady from the start. However, I enjoyed reading the web novel as well (I have read all of part 1 as well as all of part 2 that has been published online at this time.)
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Frick the noob rated it
January 10, 2019
Status: c94
For me the LN is far more superior than the WN. The WN is fine but when I reach the part where the kingdom and the empire visits Ainz he


KNEEL he f*kingly KNEEL and he SUBORDINATE HIMSELF (becoming a noble) to the Empire


That is the part I hate the most that I immediately stop reading but before that part, the story is good, nice and clearly different than the LN
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Upheaval rated it
July 19, 2016
Status: c13
So, I'm reading this and the light novel at the same time. What are the differences? The web novel is a bit more raw, and it's like reading a different story with the same characters.

This is because Ainz takes different decisions. He just doesn't care about being low profile, he doesn't lose his humanity at the start of the novel, etc.

Some characters like Albedo and Mare are not in the novel, however I don't really care about them even if I thought I would. I mean, there is no romance... more>> in the light novel so Albedo's character is only for the laughs. Since there is no progress with the relationship it just doesn't mattere if she is there or not. The same for Mare.

The light novel is also a wall of text, and while some can like it, in my opinion is a bit too much so I'm happy with the difference of the web novel.

It's like reading the story of the shield hero, but with the spear hero as the main character. Because you know the story but the reactions are different, it could be interesting to read both.

However you'll skip a bit of the chapters sometime since some parts are copy-pasted in the light novel. <<less
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yhanicu rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: --
i think the WNis much better than LN

its annoying that the WN TL is bad but character development, and world plot is muh better than LN.

LN- the MC literally so low-key that im irritated to read that ainz actually the weakest but treated like a god by his followers, honestly..... his other guardian is more op than him, more intelligent, then here comes albedo her youngest sister *lubedo if im not wrong* that can be called a god in floor 8. Infact he can trample any kingdom he wants, his... more>> only enemy is the group who controlled shalltear, so there is really no reason to stay low in a lower kingdom.

WN- even though the translation quality is bad the character development is much better. he doesnt want to stay lowkey and fix the problem in a hard and easy way because he had a lot of confidence for his guardians unlike LN who drags the whole story and he become more matured. <<less
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UnknownSaint171 rated it
July 8, 2016
Status: --
I think its not bad. We see a different side of our beloved characters. Rating it 1 star just because Albedo is not there is not very fair. Sure the grammar is bad and quality too. I even hate how Ainz is half of the time. His character without revision is a huge wuss. But its still really nice to read. I'm happy as a OverLord fan reading something I thought would never be translated.

To be honest not having Albedo here gives it a new taste. I like it. Though... more>> I hate how Shalltear Yuri scenes are more descriptive here. And I don't like it. I do love Naberal though <<less
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seedo002 rated it
December 22, 2019
Status: v2c1
I like this version better. It explains everything. It is the backbone of the story. You can really tell that the light novel is just an edited version of this. While reading, many times I think of 'so that's why', 'so it's basically like this that those happened', and so on. After comparing the two versions, I realized the inconsistency of the light novel. LN seems like a patched story to me now.

Also, demiurge (of the LN) is correct, it really is all Ainz plan, not by him (though only... more>> in the webnovel). <<less
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Chulloswag rated it
July 13, 2017
Status: --
I read the WN because I was a huge Overlord fan and wanted to get my hands on everything related to the LN series. This included the anime, manga, and side stories. However if you were to choose between reading this or the LN it's pretty obvious which you should go for. One thing I did find interesting were the plot changes, such as ... more>>

Brain being turned into a vampire, or Naberal taking on the guise of Momon by herself.

If you are really into Overlord than you might be intrigued by the the author's original work. If anything, treat it like a concept or rough draft when reading. <<less
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kalich411 rated it
June 2, 2022
Status: v2c29
Without Albedo is the best!!!

story is going another way, and motivation of the main protagonist is somewhat different. So it is another story compared to LN version

But it is still very pleasant to read. Characters are lovely and there is enough humor. So it is a excelent read as "spi-off" "what if" story

A lot of Ainz's and other's decisions are different in the similar situations, so it is good to compare them
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Kedluben rated it
June 29, 2021
Status: v2c29
This is very good and relaxing novel about man, who is trying to protect everything, what is dear to him in different world. Very serious in some parts and very funny in others. I fully recommend it.
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Nvelist rated it
June 20, 2017
Status: --
So sad. No wonder the Light Novel is good than the Web to this one. There's no Albedo and Mare. Although in the LN romance were not progressing because that is only that Momonga/Ainz is a undead skeletal being with no bearing flesh, emotion, expression and warmth at all. If he has he would have already succumb to his desire and bedded Albedo in full thrust. He did say in the early chapter and in later volumes that he would done that and be happy having a beautiful girl as... more>> his first time. The drawback is he can't is because he's bone and all. And having take responsibility if Albedo's creator comes back. And for Mare there's no excellent "trap" to be seen. He's important for having an innocent bloodthirsty role. <<less
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mechafanboy rated it
December 9, 2016
Status: c50
There's quite a lot of difference between this and the LN, and in general the plot is significantly more rushed.

Plus side, less characters making apperances means that Momonga/Ainz gets to actually play a role rather than be sidelined, the chapter flow significantly faster (as of chapter 50, the WN has covered content up to volume 8 or so of the LN, true there's a few characters cut out and the details are less polished but it does move faster at least.) and Ainz doesn't feel like an afterthought.

That said, the... more>> overall storyline seems to be still developing at the current level of completion and no real major movements have happened as of yet, meaning that the overall plot could/should be considered as "weak" at the moment. I still think like the LN there's potential, and it probably has been realized in the Japanese raws but for right now, I can't give it more than 3 stars for showing the beginnings of being great but not quite being there.

I am going to say that I enjoyed reading the WN moreso than the LN because frankly, the LN is overly verbose for no apparent reason. <<less
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