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English: Overlord
Synonyms: Over Lord
Japanese: オーバーロード


Type: Novel
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jul 30, 2012 to ?
Authors: Maruyama, Kugane (Story), so-bin (Art)
Serialization: None


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The story begins when Yggdrasil, a popular online game is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out until the end. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to have personalities. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

(Source: ANN)


Overlord has been published in English by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint in hardcover format since May 24, 2016.

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Aug 10, 2015
"Conquering the world is a very interesting idea."

(There are quite a few allusions to minor spoilers in this review, fair warning.
I have read 9 Volumes.)

There is an inherent truth in the world of anime, manga, and light novels; this truth is that far more often than not the protagonist will bear remarkable similarities to the image of a "Virtuous Hero"! That guy with the friendly demeanor who will help anyone and everyone. That often times young hero will hold the mindset of not letting anyone they know get killed. They won't give up and believe that even the villains deserve a chance at redemption. If read more
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Apr 14, 2016
In the author's own words:

"The main character of the book is a skeletal mage, leading a large evil organization like the last boss of a game.
I don't believe the main characters in novels and movies who rescue people without asking for anything in return.
Readers who acknowledge that prioritizing yourself is the right mentality will enjoy this book.
It's very direct."

After reading it, he was right.

Story + Character + Enjoyment -
This series is in the view point of the invaders instead of the more common angle of the invaded.
It takes heavy inspiration from d&d and other mythology and has a distinct "strategy + game" feeling to it.
The read more
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Jul 20, 2015
This is my first time writing a review of a piece of literature from a very different culture than mine (western) and as such there may be critical cultural views that I miss in my critique of this. I also hope that you will forgive me for skipping art critique as there is not much to be said.
I would love feedback if any readers of this would have any.
I have read up to and including volume 5 (can't find any further translated).

Here we go...

The story is set in a vast fantasy universe of unknown size that we aren't told anything about. Instead the readers read more
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Apr 26, 2015
Before I get into talking about the LN I need to point out that the art in this series is amazing... Seriously the picture where Ainz is face palming after talking to Pandora Actor had me laughing for minutes. Anyway the story is pretty simple, our MC/Ainz loves a virtual reality MMO and well the one he spent hundreds of hours and any spare money he had is ending. The guild members he considered his family are all gone and when hes in tears and the games last day is about to end he is transported to a mysterious world that even after 4 volumes read more
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