Overlord (LN)

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In 21st century, world entered a new stage of VR games…and “YGGDRASIL” is considered top of all MMORPG…but, After announcing that all its servers will be off, the internet game ‘Yggdrasil’ shut down…or so was supposed to happen, but for some reason, the player character did not log out some time after the server was closed. NPCs start to become sentient. A normal youth who loves gaming in the real world seemed to have been transported into an alternate world along with his guild, becoming the strongest mage with the appearance of a skeleton, Momonga. He leads his guild “Ainz Ooal Gown” towards an unprecedented legendary fantasy adventure!

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Ōbārōdo
オーバーロード
不死者之王
오버로드
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Overlord (WN) (Web Novel)
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Date Group Release
05/20/18 Overlord Translations v13 afterword
05/20/18 Overlord Translations v13 epilogue
05/20/18 Overlord Translations v13c7
05/20/18 Overlord Translations v13c6
05/20/18 Overlord Translations v13 intermission
05/20/18 Overlord Translations v13c5
05/20/18 Overlord Translations v13c4
10/17/17 Overlord Translations v12 afterword
10/17/17 Overlord Translations v12c3
10/17/17 Overlord Translations v12c2
10/17/17 Overlord Translations v12c1
10/22/16 Overlord Translations v11 afterword
10/22/16 Overlord Translations v11 epilogue
10/26/16 Overlord Translations v11c5
10/26/16 Overlord Translations v11c4
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achronous
achronous rated it
December 24, 2015
Status: --
The strength of this novel is in it's uniqueness. The protagonist is OP, but unabashedly evil and becomes more so, with a huge cadre of followers. The novels do not create conflict through the question of 'who will win', but through lively characters, grim endings, and a sense of scale. I have tried to look for similar novels, as I did earlier on an 'isekai' binge, but beyond the 'Kyuuketsu Hime', which is markedly less evil, there is nothing. If the themes appeal then it will be an enjoyable read.
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Raphael
Raphael rated it
October 24, 2015
Status: --
Wow talk about overhyped, the fans of this thing are hard cores with their praise but honestly I fail to see this series living up to the hype. Granted the series is decent but the main character is OP without need because he barely ever uses his OPness to do anything, he is afraid of his own minions and despite going for the Dark Overlord theme the dude is not exactly the big bad at the end of the game like the series wants you to believe, he comes across... more>> as a guy with abandonment issues. I don't particularly hate the vibe it has but I think people who praise it so highly only do so because they have not come across something better, like maybe the one hundred thousand xianxia web novels out there with OP characters or cruel characters or ruthless characters or game elements etc... Regardless the series seems to be doing well for itself and in all honesty it's not terrible or bad just not exactly top material when measuring it alongside other series with similar tags or genres. *** Disclaimer this is all personal opinion and it is in no way meant to stop readers from trying it, good luck to all you readers who try it and I hope you enjoy it more than I do *** =D <<less
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Mishor
Mishor rated it
February 6, 2020
Status: v13 afterword
Ive red Overlord back to back several times so I think my reviev holds some merit.

First of all this is a Character driven story its not so much about what they do as it is about their interactions. Second of all it really is not like other OP MC Novels This is much more of a actuall book. What I mean by that is its not spewing out chapters every day. The story is planned out and well executed, things don`t happen for no reason. (There are some cases of... more>> PLOT but its rather funny doesn`t happen often). Id also like to addres what some are saying is a boring MC. Its true that he has a lot of contradictions but he is meant to have them.
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He is literraly a everyday joe thrust into a position of unimaginable power. That can`t show weakness.

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. You should not expect things to move at a breakneck pace and everything to be resolved with either voilance or friendship. This is another strong point of this novel there are motivations and goals behind every character that keeps the story going. There is a lot of scheming and politics involved. The fact that MC is the way he is allows for some mysteries if he was truly who his comerades see him as the story would be boring not having any unknowns. He also doesn't choose the voilence option all that often in fear of future repercusions, there is a lot of finese almost every time when a fight breaks out.

This spoiler is about MC power level nothing significant.

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It is true that as of right now there are no people able to chalange him directly, altho there is always a looming threat.

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Last thing I wan't to say is about the side stories. There are a lot of them some see them as unneeded but think about them this way can you truly care about a world or a character if you know nothing about them ? There is a slightly to long of a side story considering that it becomes irrelevant pretty quick (you know witch one im talking about if you read it). But the worst part about it is not that its bad, it's the fact that you can't wait to see what happens next with the main cast.

That is my opinion on the book if you wan't a generic OP MC it won't deliver, but if you want an interesting read with actuall characters and story id recomend it with my whole heart. <<less
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TimeVoid
TimeVoid rated it
December 27, 2019
Status: v13 afterword
first of all, I rate this novel 3 stars. The reason is simple. The Author Maruyama committed 2 big mistake in my opinion. The first is that the 41 guild players were missing in the story where they should have transported together were preferable much better than a single lonely man. I can laugh and excited to see next volume but I feel empty inside that Momonga was still looking for his enemy while he still looking a possibility meeting his guildmate. But yet, it was very much TOO Long... more>> to wait of how many Volume needed to appear his guild friends or his target enemy. That's right, reach 13 volumes his friends and his target enemy is still not appearing on the otherworld.

2. Sure there is the anime and manga version. However, look at them, the anime was a mess. Problem 1. They used CGI on out of nowhere but still its okay level. The big problem was they create a movie that just compiling the Anime outof Season 1 into one Long hour movie (it was a waste of budget seriously) which even worse that they ruined the season 3 at the episode of the masscarce in the plains. As for the manga, they were wrong picking on the artist. I mean the art style doesn't fit in comparison with the novel version. I am hoping still waiting for the OVA of the 41 guild members to be announced. <<less
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June10
June10 rated it
November 7, 2018
Status: v8
Overlord is a novel that certainly goes above and beyond with it's massive world building that isn't often seen in other works of similar genres but that's basically where most of my praise ends. The novel starts off phenomenally, providing you with a character that's quick to think and act despite the strange situation he finds himself in and a world that's quickly built on through multiple perspectives; whether it be Ainz, his servants, or native residents of the world, the setting is quickly expanded and given life in a... more>> sense. Unfortunately, for me this is where it's biggest problem also lies.

Eventually, there comes a point when there's too much world building and it just gets dull for the wrong reasons. The initial pull of the novel is Ainz, a character that is overpowered and seemingly a good person but forced to act evil for the sake of his guild, and his actions upon this world he finds himself in. However, it doesn't take long for the author to shift focus to other characters and basically leave Ainz in the dust. Most moments involving Ainz are just comedic relief moments of him trying to act the evil part and having his servants cover for him, with the very scarce moments of him in the spotlight actually doing something that's befitting of the title "Overlord".

Another issue I have is the overpowered factor this novel has. Normally I wouldn't find issue with overpowered characters, as is Ainz and his servants, or I wouldn't be reading this in the first place. The author, however, focuses so much on characters that aren't overpowered and ends up making far more compelling stories for them, such as the lizardmen, Climb, and Enri, that it becomes a huge disappointment when most of them simply end with the interference of either Ainz or any of his servants.

Maybe it gets better and all my issues are solved eventually. But as of Vol 8, there really isn't much going on outside of knowledge gathering and base building that Ainz has been doing since Vol 1. Obviously if this is your thing then by all means, give it a go. Overlord definitely has alot of potential and if you go in expecting a VERY slow climb with moderate expectations you'll certainly find an interesting take on the "trapped in an mmorpg/isekai" genre. <<less
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Imon
Imon rated it
October 27, 2018
Status: v13
Overlord, even though it fall's inside isekai genre, it is still one of a kind with only downside that you get introduced to many character so that in the end they will end up as a pawn or die, #sorry-for-the-spoiler.

its something you will definitely enjoy, but if you are weak hearten then its not for. For action, adventure, fantasy etc and there is so many things. Even though the Overlord series doesn't happen in the game of Yggdrasil, you still get to explore the game and understand it.

P.S: The story... more>> take place in a completely different world, not in a game world with a few game mechanic's. <<less
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Grarg
Grarg rated it
July 26, 2017
Status: v11
Overlord is what consider to be near the pinnacle of an OP MC in a fantasy world story can be. The setting is incredibly fleshed out, with the various nations, religions, and creatures being well thought out and seem natural, not forced or convenient. All of the various characters are unique and have their own quirks, strengths, and roles in the novel. All in all, Overlord is a must read for anyone who is a fan of light novels.

I took off one star because I feel like the author is... more>> stretching out the story a bit too much, with a lot of exposition and even entire novels devoted to characters and settings that end up being completely unimportant to the main storyline (the two story arcs I'm referring to are the one involving the lizard people and the one involving the invaders of Nazarick). Without spoiling too much, both those arcs spanned entire novels and ultimately resolved in a way in which the characters in the spotlight ended up not being essential or have any long-term bearing on the main plot. They were what I consider to be "filler novels". Fortunately, the most recent novels has gotten us back on track. <<less
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mechafanboy
mechafanboy rated it
November 27, 2016
Status: v8 epilogue
Hmm... I'm a bit conflicted about this novel.

The overall plot is pretty good but the way it's laid out is relatively complex. Complex tends to be a good thing if the writing is up to par and that's where the first conflict lies. The style of the author is to set up a single main point of view per volume and then swap it constantly near the end of the volume to allow the reader to understand what happened from multiple viewpoints, the problem is that with each switchup of... more>> characters, the readers are forced to reevaluate if they like the current character or not and there's enough variety of them that reading each volume can feel like a brand new experience separate from the last. Which is good if one is looking for world building, but deals a serious blow to the consistency of quality, particularly if a reader has a positive impression of certain characters and that character doesn't appear again for a long, (long, long, long) time.

There's also a side issue of the way the novel approaches plot points through a view point that naturally arises from the current main character's view point in my opinion becomes a large loss of focus, one minute you could be reading about how the novel's titular character is wrapping up the plot then the next, you could be thrown into the viewpoint of a villager with no apparent relationship to the storyline. Compound this with the fact that most of those characters then become irrelevant out of necessity (focusing on a different person's story where that character hardly shows up) creates a giant loss of points of reference, alienating the readers even more.

Additionally, although the first 2 volumes have the titular character as the main POV for most of it, every volume thereafter has relegated him to being a background character. My understanding of this is that the author made the character too powerful and is using "lower level" characters to create a more even playing field for world building but that's a problem in and of itself, I started reading this novel to get more of the main character and his ideas. I did NOT start reading it to learn more about every Tom, d*ck and Harry.

Adding to this, the text is heavily descriptive and overblown to the point of ridiculousness at times. Consistency of power levels is something that is next to impossible to even consider given that at the very start of the novel, many fights happen between high level protagonist characters and high level inhabitants of the world. Those fights are so flowery that readers who are trying to gain an understanding of the world probably use them as a yardstick. Problem? given the power differential shown by those fights, every single fight thereafter feels like the author is rewriting the rules for the same general level of power (i.e a level 100 vs level 40 fight is written the same way a level 100 vs level 10 fight is). Frankly speaking, as a fan of DnD I'm highly annoyed by this inconsistency as it becomes next to impossible to judge anyone's rough abilities whether they are strong or weak. Additionally, the character sheets that are shown at the end of the volume make things even worse as human characters are given no levels but express various levels of belief that monsters in general MUST be stronger than humans. Again, conflicting heavily with the text in the novel itself that implies that for the most part, levels of humans and monsters are equal aside from rarer monsters.

Putting those these major issues together honestly gives me a headache. If I wasn't curious what the overall goal of the novel is, I'd have frankly stopped reading it by now because of being forced to care for people I honestly find boring. I think I am forced to give it a low score due to a huge lack of focus. There's gold to be had here, but only if you're willing to sift through mountains of words of less than interesting characters, an effort I feel would be better spent on finding a novel that more consistently delivers on what it promises.

Edit: Having read a bit of the Web Novel and seeing what the author intended and differences between them, upping the rating. My thoughts remain unchanged, the novel's style isn't the best for this kind of storytelling but seeing the alternative route which is more straightforward, I think the LN's polished nature shines through enough that it's worth upping the rating. I think this is one where reading the WN as a supplementary reference enhances both experiences. Something that is rare in most LN/WN translations. <<less
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kedar080340119014
kedar080340119014
November 12, 2016
Status: --
A decently written novel.

Cons:
1) Writer has this tendency to portray the story telling in a very convoluted and lengthy manner. The manner of thinking and though processes of the MC and his subordinates is just too weird and convoluted. Considering the fact that MC is so damn powerful and the sheer difference in strength between MC and his team and rest of the world, it makes me wonder 'Why go through all the trouble of the convoluted planning (and believe me, it is convoluted), when MC can just steam... more>> roll all over the world?'
2) MC has severe contradictions in his way of thinking. At one end, he has absolutely no regard whatsoever at all for human life. Considering such nature and sheer strength, he still feels the need to justify his conquest on the neighboring kingdoms with some weird and overly thought-out plans. This just does not make sense AT ALL
3) The chapters are overly long for an 'LN'. And believe me when I say this that there is a LOT of fat that can be trimmed of the novel (in terms of words) to make it shorter.

Pros:
1) Decent writing
2) Overpowered MC are always liked by everyone (lets be hones, we all wish to see ourselves in these kinds of OP MCs)
3) OP subordinates (OP enough that each and every subordinate on their own are sufficient to bring down entire empires)
4) Likable MC (It is fun to see how MC struggles with his overbearing inherent cold bloodedness conflicting with his 'humanity' from the previous life (life before he was transported in this world))

Overall, to be frank, I do not usually like Japanese LNs, they are too flowery and light hearted for my liking. But atleast this has some dark elements and decent writing. <<less
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Zone Q11
Zone Q11 rated it
October 30, 2015
Status: --
MC's problems and reactions are funny. Great stories and detailed too! Though most of the NPC's who came alive are a bit..., well at least they are loyal to him.
Recommended for people who likes RPG games.
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Rafis
Rafis rated it
February 4, 2020
Status: --
There will be no instance where someone will ever beat Ainz or his minions, which makes this story meaningless. The author doesn't provide adversary that match the protagonist strength. All the conflict, and adversary are mostly orchestrated by the MC and his minions. In every occasion its predetermined that Ainz and his minions are going to be victorious making this pointless and predictable. Ainz character decisions/mistakes have no retribution or weight to them that makes this pretty disappointing. I am not sure whats the point of all the scheming... more>> and charade with the Ainz or Momon personas. If the final plan is to rule the world or whatever, why not just do it by taking his army all the way to the capital of each kingdom and force them to surrender? He has an overwhelming power and many subjects at his disposal to easily achieve such an objective. But the charade continue... <<less
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