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Overlord: The Undead King Oh! Manga Volume 1 Review

Overlord: The Undead King Oh! Manga Volume 1 Review

-Written by: SJ

I initially picked this manga because I love Overlord. The series is one of my favorites in the fantasy genre because of the overall development of the characters, such as Ainz, and how the plot grows. Plus the art style from the original series is clean and pretty. Because of the above points, I picked Overlord: The Undead King Oh! Manga Volume 1 to read and review!

For those who haven’t read or watched Overlord, Overlord is about a 12 year run game that is coming to an end. A player, the leader of the strongest guild, remains out of the 41 players of his guild. He stays until the very end, waiting for the game to kick him out, and realizes that he is no longer a ‘player’. The game is now reality, and his avatar is his actual body. He must go through trials of maintaining his status as one of the Almighty Forty-One Supreme Beings and protecting Nazarick.

Normally, I don’t read any spin-off gag manga of series I love and had very low expectations for this title. With that in mind, I do love the way the author, Kugane Maruyama, approached the variety of scenarios and how the characters react to them. The chibi art style is very adorable, and it doesn’t feel too exaggerated. A nice touch they added before each chapter is having normal character art; every chapter displays a different character. The best one in my opinion is chapter six. It’s primarily because it’s such a great drawing of Albedo. She’s my favorite character other than Ainz.

A lot of the scenes began in a pretty cringeworthy fashion, but as you continue through the chapter, the punch lines grab you! The first chapter began pretty badly in my opinion. I’m not sure when it happened, but it started to get better, and I found the scenes pretty funny. My favorite chapter has to be chapter two. In this chapter, there’s so much misunderstanding between the servants and Ainz. The servants want Ainz to stay in the Great Tomb of Nazarick and hack up a plan to make him laugh as they think this will be the solution. Ainz takes it as a test of superiority and being a worthy lord. You can see the struggles of both sides. The manga sticks true to the characters of the original series. It didn’t feel as if any of them were out of place. I do have to say some parts are a bit exaggerated, but it doesn’t take away from the manga since it is chibi base.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It’s pretty hilarious and gets better with each chapter. Plus there’s a little extra surprise at the end that was enjoyable. It is also a longer read, which leaves you feeling satisfied with the manga. Will I grab the next volume? Probably not, but that is due to me not collecting manga that are closer to being spin-off gags. I believe they’ll get even better with other volumes if they choose to continue with this series. I can’t really imagine what the next manga will be named, although I have a little bit of an idea after reading the manga. I could tell you, but that would be...spoilers! Read the manga and you’ll figure out what I’m talking about. I definitely recommend it if you’ve enjoyed spin-off gag mangas previously. I don’t believe it’ll disappoint.

Overlord: The Undead King Oh! Manga Volume 1

Overlord is back with a humorous four-panel twist that'll have you rolling on the floor! Featuring the Great Tomb of Nazarick and your favorite characters, Overlord guru and extraordinaire Juuami is here with a new spin-off of the super-popular series!

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