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The final hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has come. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last few moments in the game as the servers begin to shut down. To his surprise, despite the clock having struck midnight, Momonga is still fully conscious as his character and, moreover, the non-player characters appear to have developed personalities of their own!

Confronted with this abnormal situation, Momonga commands his loyal servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, with the hopes of figuring out what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same predicament.


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Associated Names
Повелитель (Манга)
オーバーロード (Manga)
오버로드 (만화)

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/ak/ Scans
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Latest Release(s)
c.36 by SA Scans 21 days ago
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (271 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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 4% (11 votes)

Last Updated
April 16th 2018, 11:31pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comp Ace (Kadokawa Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #371 increased(+121)
Monthly Pos #278 decreased(-8)
3 Month Pos #267 decreased(-57)
6 Month Pos #272 increased(+45)
Year Pos #342 decreased(-49)

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On 374 wish lists
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Doesn't do the novel justice   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Seregosa
July 18th, 2017, 10:19pm
It's clear that it must've received its ridiculously high score by fanboys and fangirls that didn't even care to evaluate it properly... There's no way it can be rated as above average(6+).

Why? Well, the main issue is the pacing being ridiculous. It's pretty much exactly the same as the anime(everything you read in the manga except for the special chapters are portrayed in just about exactly the same way in the anime), there's hardly any difference, only that the manga omits a lot more details compared to the anime. There's hardly any need to say how much is omitted from the novel since that is the case. It skips over everything so fast that you don't get any important details whatsoever. It's like reading a summary with the absolute biggest details written out and the rest skipped, often leading to false information when comparing it to the LN, plot holes are everywhere and if you didn't read the LN or watch the anime beforehand you'd think "what the hell is this, I don't even understand what's going on". You know when he's starting out playing as an adventurer and that nfirea guy comes along? Yeah, it's summarized as "You got a special request", then they see him in one panel and nfiera goes "yo" and in the next panel they're all traveling together. The ogre/goblin fight ends in a page or two, when they reach the village, the poor goblin henchmen just get one page before enri shows up and enri only gets one or two pages where she says that she's indebted to Ainz and that she got a red potion and then all of a sudden we're in the forest picking herbs and nfiera goes "hey, you're Ainz, right? because that potion is unusual"(albedo wasn't mentioned). Then we'll directly skip to the scene where hamsuke comes rushing and Ainz just briefly says that aura lured him out without giving any other details or showing their meeting. Well, this is just one example of how rushed it is, it skipped over 99% of the content and just went for a summary explanation of some highlights, even going to the extent of changing the story slightly.

Well, as if this wasn't enough, the author of the manga clearly felt that volume 4(lizardman arc), that most people hate and that is almost completely disconnected from the story and will never be really relevant, was extremely interesting and worth spending a lot of chapters on. Up until then, the author had spent 14 or so chapters on THREE LN volumes worth of content, 1-3, that is the complete season 1 of the anime, 13 episodes... So, the worst LN volume of them all got a whopping 13 chapters, about the same as the 3 volumes before it combined. Maybe the author is one of those guys that get really horny when looking at and drawing bipedal lizards. Really, rush like hell on everything that is important and make it so that there's almost no information and the story is all over the place, but slow down on the worst parts to extend the suffering of the readers. This manga version is horrible, no way around it, usually it just becomes shitty like this when the mangakas get liberal with the original stories and starts twisting it and changing it to something completely different, but here the pacing was the main problem since there is absolutely no difference between the manga, anime or novel except for the pacing and amount of information. The changes are minimal, yet it's horrible all the same, it's as if the author tried his best to screw it up without changing the script.

So... I recommend reading this anyway to overlord fans if you have some extra time, but really, it's hardly worth it. 2/10 because of some nice/cool art and the specials which are worth reading since they're not related to the novel.
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Still it is awesome   
Rating: N/A
by 8aka
July 21st, 2015, 3:08pm
Of course a lot of things are omitted, novel is the source, manga is still really great but it is rushed, anime - it looks like there will be more things included in anime than it is in manga now. However i can say that it is epic story whatever novel, manga or anime.
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Ruff start   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by jdniff
June 11th, 2015, 11:29pm
Gotta say, the first chapter was good but then after waiting forever and finally getting to read the next chapters I'm kinda disappointed. Was expecting an epic tail of how this guy is trapped in a game world and becomes the villain/demon lord of the story. But so far it's nothing like that, still it's interesting enough but I wouldn't bother waiting for the releases. I would recommend waiting a year or two when this manga is at least halfway scanlated then coming back to it. As it is right now it's not really worth my time sad
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well crap   
Rating: N/A
by Creeper
March 7th, 2015, 6:23pm
I was really excited about this, I didnt think it would be possible to ruin this story. I know how to do it now. Just....Dont tell the story. Leave all character and plot development on the floor of the editing room and crap out this hacked up version that makes cliffs notes giggle at its lack of depth.
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Rating: N/A
by 4techlock
February 26th, 2015, 7:25am
Left out a lot of details from the novel out (then again, majority of mangas based on novels does that)

Then again, the art is good and the pacing is acceptable. If you want an evil MC, read this; unlike re:monster's MC chaotic alignment- Overlord's MC is absolutely, totally evil alignment. You have been warned.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by JetGT
February 5th, 2015, 5:07pm
The manga is wayyyyyyy tooooo rush. There are a lot of important stuffs being omitted, which had make the world alive. The first chapter was alright since it is the prologue, but second and third are really bad.

I suggest you read the novel instead. It's more interesting and detailed. The protagonist do explain his reason for doing things instead of just doing it.

... Last updated on February 28th, 2015, 9:23pm
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by TheRWS96
February 5th, 2015, 1:59am
this manga feels like it was rushed and then I mean really rushed. it has taken (almost) all of the background story and the flow of the story does not make sense anymore and a great opportunity to make a good manga has been wasted! my advice is to read the novel: (the novel is amazing)
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Another web novel adaptation   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by imercenary
January 11th, 2015, 4:54pm
Whats there to say? 2 chapters translated and theres already 34 votes giving this manga a perfect 10. OBVIOUSLY this is a perfect manga that everyone and their mom should read. /sarcasm

Just read it yourself and form your own opinion. Score ratings for web novel-turned-mangas are always hyper inflated. I'm giving this a 1 just to piss off the fanboys.

... Last updated on January 11th, 2015, 4:55pm
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Not as good as the novel   
Rating: N/A
by drunkguy
January 11th, 2015, 2:17pm
I hate to say this typical critique but it is really true in this case. The first chapter was alright but the second was so rushed that it felt like a barrage of random elements. It is such a shame since the novel really is a great read.
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