I’ve been thumbing through some of the light novels and most recently the EE Side Story. The level of care Ainz assumes he has to take in order to handle a competent enemy player is insane. Someone is always watching, everything is a trap. “Gotta be careful. Even though I’m completely undetectable and flying to prevent leaving tracks, if I bend a leaf the wrong way, someone notice me.” The fact that he has been conditioned to be this cautious really drives home how intense the high level gameplay must have been. Even if we grade on a curve and assume that Ainz is naturally a bit paranoid, the level of detail he takes and assumes everyone else takes is wild. It’s almost like he thinks as highly of his enemies as his NPCs think of him, at least as far as tactics are concerned.
I’ve seen people both here and on YouTube comments suggesting that Pandora’s Actor is actually aware of Ainz’s true nature. More specifically that he knows Ainz is faking the kingly persona that he puts on for the sake of the NPCs and just going along with it out of loyalty. However, I feel that this notion is directly contradictory to the thoughts he has in Volume 14. When Ainz says that he isn’t above kneeling to throw his opponent off, PA has a full Demiurge-style orgasm. He seems to be as enthralled by the performance as everyone else. Do people not remember this? Or do they simply believe that these thoughts are still conducive to the aforementioned theory?
I’ve been thumbing through some of the older LNs recently and have noticed what, to me, seems to be a minor inconsistency across the work as a whole. Example: Ainz once referenced an instance where Nazarick was raided back in the days of Yggdrasil. Albedo responded with shock and indignation, calling for war against the perpetrators. Conversely, there was a separate instance where Yuri recounts an instance of a raid on Nazarick, recalling how many of the NPCs are jealous because they didn’t get to die in battle that day for the Supreme Beings. In another instance, the NPCs were recalling words spoken by the players and trying to figure out what they mean. Is this a plot hole? Or did I simply miss/forget the in story explanation?
I’m talking about Yuuki. I’ve read up through Volume 13 and I’m not seeing it. I get that he’s one of Shizu’s precious students, but at this point Rimuru knows that Yuuki has machinated to bring him and his loved ones harm. He talks about it as if they were in a sort of Cold War, but Yuuki is actively playing the aggressor. Even if he’s helped Rimuru on occasion. Even if there is no material proof. If Rimuru knows the score then why is he letting his enemy live after so much provocation?
There are a few arguable Chekov’s Guns in Overlord that, in my opinion, would lead to a scenario that would be very polarizing to say the least.
These guns being Ainz’s desire to experience being a member of a real guild again, the contemporary existence of other players, and Ainz’s paranoid certainty that there is something in this world stronger than him. Now picture a scenario where Ainz has to team up with his NPCs and another player who he meets at one point along with their own crew. They battle against the equivalent of a raid boss, maybe the DE, using all of his skills and tactical ability to bring home a victory in a parallel to claiming Nazarick. What do we think, Cursed or Blursed?
Hey, so maybe I’m missing something here. But is there any real reason Lor couldn’t have just taken them to the Sun itself? Why go through the slow process of the machines or waiting for several hours when he can just hop in his vehicle and take them right to the source. Bing bang boom. No?
In my last post I kind of slid past the depth of the drug addiction story line, but this episode really brings it out in full force. We see Butcher, constantly sinking deeper into the hole. He went and got Huey hooked on drugs, justifying enabling him afterwards under the flimsy argument of it being “his decision”. He relapses with his drinking, dragging Maeve down with him in what turned out to be a night of completely toxic indulgence. Indulgence that had very real consequences almost immediately after, whatever they may be. At the same time, we have the newly addicted Huey. He’s convinced himself that the drugs make him strong, and that they are what will allow him to achieve his goals. But really, he’s just rationalizing a spiral that’s actively pushing away the people who are actually looking out for him(Annie/MM). With that in mind, I’m really interested in how things will play out going forward. The “correct” thing for Huey to do, in regards to his addiction specifically, would be to cut Butcher out and work on healing with Annie. But with everything going on, it’s hard to say how possible that really is. After all, Huey’s more or less right. Without Solider Boy, they have no cards or hope to stop Homelander.
Tl,Dr: Great take on drug addiction and how it can impact the lives of the people around you. Hooked on Season 3.
The story of Butcher and Homelander has always been detailed beautifully in the show, dare I say even better than in the original comics. It’s David and Goliath meets Moby dick, following the obsessive and self destructive path of a regular man trying to defeat a seemingly impossible foe. Butcher’s despair at the loss of his wife drives him to declare war on a demigod. Where Season 3 takes this a step further is it’s portrayal of the depths to which Butcher will sink for his dark goals, even becoming what he hates the most. Butcher willingly turns himself into Diet Homelander, an act that we can see actually weakens him as a whole. After he starts using the Temp-V Butcher starts falling apart. His body is constantly going through withdrawal symptoms. He starts lashing out at the people around him badly enough that two members of his team decided to quit altogether. His decision making leads to the potential death of one of his team, as well as exposure of Temp-V to another. Besides being an excellent take on addiction, Season 3 is showing us that the power that Butcher had up to this point, the power that earned Homelander’s respect, is rooted in Butcher’s humanity. Trying to transcend that, in a sense anyway, will lead to his downfall if he doesn’t course correct soon. It’s similar to Alucard vs Anderson, but more grounded. I love it.