Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Overlord v12 Author's Thoughts



Here are the thoughts of Overlord Volume 12’s author, a book where hardly any cute girl characters showed up~






To all you readers who have finished Volume 12, please accept my gratitude. Also, my apologies! The story progressed slower than expected, so Ainz did not die. Rest assured, he will die in the next one.


In truth, my plan was to write about someone’s reaction to Ainz’s death in the intermission, but then I considered that it would involve a lot of jumping around the timeline, which would confuse the readers, so I packed it all off to Volume 13. Therefore, the intermission split into two… hm, usually I would have written it into this volume...


Also, perhaps that is why this volume was surprisingly short. Actually, it could have been stretched out more, but this is a rarity for the Overlord series in that this volume is about the same length as the first. (TL Note: v1 was 382 pages long, v12 was 391 pages). No, that should be the norm, because this is very thick for a light novel series. Hopefully the next volume will be the same way, but who knows how it’ll turn out?


Season 2 of the anime is slated to air in January next year. Maruyama would be very happy if everyone looked forward to it the way they looked forward to the light novel. Director Itou’s storyboards are of amazing quality.


Also, the Overlord earphones have gone on sale. They are called the Overlord AH-GC20, Headphones of Ainz Ooal Gown. It seems they’re made to order, but the headphones are completely different from those of the past… Truly technology moves at a rapid pace!


...well, there’s a double meaning to that.
(TL Note: Maruyama says どっぐいやー referring to the rapid pace at which the IT field moves, but it also sounds like “dog ears”)


Finally, the ebooks Maruyama bought were Kaguya-sama, Karakai Jouzu, High Score and Tonegawa.


Maruyama loves love-comedies! He loves them!


Now then, time for the various characters.




Ainz:
The type of MC who plans out almost everything he does. This time round, I would be very happy if, after reading until the end, you re-read all the scenes where Ainz appeared. At least, that’s what I think.


Speaking of which, every time Ainz appears on screen, he shows off his collector’s nature. Everyone, when you play games and you collect a powerful weapon, are you the type that immediately sells off your starter gear (that’s not available anywhere else) to make space for it? If not, do you feel a certain degree of resonance with Ainz’s actions?


Frankly, Maruyama hates those bastards who gain cheat skills through reincarnating and gaining power from god, then think they’re super badass and go around lecturing others. In that scene, what Ain wanted to say was his last sentence, I didn’t go out of my way to write it into a lecture, you know? If it ended up sounding like one, I sincerely apologize.




Neia:
A girl whose mental state is quite unstable. Come to think of it, from what age to what age are girls considered girls? However, this question feels as dangerous as bringing up the Kinoko Takenoko War, so it’s better not asked carelessly. Mm… she doesn’t count a cute female character; rather, she’s an unorthodox kind of female character. That’s why I didn’t write her as a beauty, no?


Even in her normal state, she looks like she’s glaring at people, and so her superiors don’t think well of her. Also, her father is super important, so the people around her don’t dare to offend her either and treat her with kid gloves. It feels like there’s a problem with the way her life was designed. I wonder if you readers like her?
(TL Note: The Kinoko Takenoko War is the endless feud between which chocolate is better: Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato. Like Pepsi vs Coke for you burgers out there)









Calca:
Written as Calca, pronounced “bludgeoning weapon”.


She is a very kind person, and she is a rarity among female Overlord characters: an ordinary, normal and kind person, but Jircniv hates her because her personality is too goody-two-shoes. As a Queen, she is unwilling to use underhanded means and she is too pretty, which really pisses Jircniv off. She has all the talent needed to be a Queen, yet she can’t do the important things, which annoys Jircniv.


In the end, because she didn’t take a hardline stance, she couldn’t fully win over the south. Jircniv, on the other hand, would probably have been able to get the south on his side. Well, all the Holy Kings until now have been male and they couldn’t manage it either.


Incidentally, the ability of various kings are as follows:


(ranked in order of how prosperous their nations would be, after starting with the same conditions and reigning for 20 years)


Renner (beyond comprehension)
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Jircniv (a monster)
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Draudiron (has the most hard-earned rulership experience of all the surrounding nations)
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Zanack (excellent) = Pe Riyuro (experienced and has a good foundation)
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Buser (would probably turn his nation warlike)
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Ranpossa (no great failures or successes)
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Calca (can’t take hardline policies)
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Olasird’arc (puts himself first)
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Barbro (only has the knowledge needed to be a king)
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Shasuryu (very limited worldview)
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Suzuki Satoru (a commoner)


That’s the rough ranking, but Olasird’arc would be the most personally affluent.


Draudiron would be lower-ranked if she weren’t so experienced. Pe Riyuro would rise in the rankings if he had more knowledge. Ainz would be amazing if he used his overwhelming might and forced his policies through, but we’re ranking them by their aptitude for rulership and not their power, right? For similar reasons, Tsa has been excluded from that list.


If she were willing to do dirty deeds, Calca, with her tremendous charisma, beauty, and high-level priest skills, could possibly end up just below Pe Riyuro.




Buser:
A demihuman king of considerable strength. He’s not as high-levelled as Pe Riyuro, but since he was born in a tribe that occupied land that was constantly contested by other demihumans, he’s accumulated a great deal of knowledge and experience, and he is optimized for the task. In addition, he uses magical arms and armor traded from the Dark Dwarfs to strengthen himself so he might be able to beat Pe Riyuro in a fight. In fact, he might even be able to overcome Pe Riyuro’s resistance to metal weapons through brute force and win…


From the perspective of his species, he is a charismatic leader who is respected by all. His karma value is positive (but he is not a good person). When he meets a strong foe, he leads his men from the front. Using the skulls of one’s food as ornaments does not penalize one’s karma rating.


Also, people who are immune to fear might be able to resist all fear effects inflicted from the outside, but internal fear still has some effect, in order to avoid a situation where complete immunity to fear leads to unfavorable circumstances. That was why Buser reacted as he did when Ainz revealed his hidden power. If one had to describe his state of mind at that time, it would be along the lines of “Ah, it’s it’s impossible for me, I’m definitely going to die.”




Jaldabaoth:
There’s an A-san and B-san for him, and if you know the true identity of B-san, you must have spent a lot of money on Overlord. Thank you very much.


Incidentally, not every prison camp contained demons. These demons worked in pre-arranged prison camps to make preparations for the future.


The main purpose of the farms is to strengthen Nazarick. In light novel terms, it would be like an isekai protagonist receiving a magician’s cheat abilities from the gods, but still working hard to hone his sword skills and other martial arts.




Remedios:
The strongest paladin of the Holy Kingdom, but unfortunately, she is only the strongest in the Holy Kingdom, and not the strongest in the region. The first is someone in the Black Scripture, the second is one of Enri’s(?) subordinates, and then her. Even so, she’s very strong, so nobody dares to scold her even if she does things which she ought to scolded for. When the country is at peace, people can probably wave it off with a bitter smile, but annoying people probably still annoy them. For instance, the three people running around probably felt that way.


Incidentally, some of her lines were modified from things spoken directly to Maruyama in real life, or from things he overheard in conversations with others. Therefore, if you read these lines and they make you mad, please shake hands with me! If you can laugh after hearing about a grown man bursting into tears after being loudly scolded by someone else, that proves you’re working in a happy company.


These are my thoughts.


And so, I would be happy to meet you again next time.


See you.



Art shamelessly stolen from masiro-sama and 2ch.

101 comments:

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    1. Itu intermission mesum di volume ini beneran ya??? Apa cuma fiksi khayalan si Niger... Nigel.

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    2. Fanfic, gila aja kalo asli..

      Btw,, Good job nigel!!

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    3. wkwkwkkwk, intermission mesum ktnya

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    4. Rated 18+ lah tapi ga kata2nya ga sevulgar bokep, lebih ke impretasi ga direct kyk "she got fckd with big fookin cock"
      good doujin material tho

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    5. Hey...ternyata banyak juga pengikut Ainz-sama dari Indonesia hahaha...

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  3. So~ are neia will dead in next vol or not? I hope she not died~ cuz i think she begin to respect ainz-sama more :v
    *ainz-sama don't look in her eyes, that's just normal eyes not glare LoL*

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    1. yeah me too what a waste if she die.

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    2. Based on my Ainz-sama + Suzuki Satoru simulator, Neia-chan might die or not:

      First scenario:
      Because Suzuki Satoru thought there is no one is loyal to him, Ainz-sama said to kill everyone. When Neia-chan got killed, Ainz-sama will mourn for her. Then the people including the soldiers will completely believe in his kindness. This one has very low chance to happen.

      Second scenario:
      Because Suzuki Satoru thought there is no one is loyal to him, Ainz-sama said to kill everyone. The resistance army will be reduced greatly while Ainz-sama is having a mortal combat against Jaldabaoth(foreshadowed that Ainz-sama will fight with small amount of mana). The demon emperor might get cornered with serious wound or die but before that he will use a powerful attack but Ainz-sama will shield everyone or just Neia-chan with his body and he will die. Because of his heroic feat, the remaining people will revered Ainz-sama as their new god.

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    3. The second choice for me and in vol.13 everything will be clear with that dead of ainz-sama.
      But, what i want to know is how ainz-sama will back to life and not really dead in that battle with jaldaboath :v we will know who loyal and not loyal to sorcerers kingdom :v
      (Sorry if my english bad)

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    4. Another scenario: Neia will use the bow to fight with the army. At the fight between Jaldabaoth and Ainz, she will sacrifice herself to save Ainz from a deadly attack, or something like that. Thus prove her loyalty. Ainz will realize his mistake, then choose to revive Neia. Then they live happily ever after.

      Neia hasn't used her bow yet so I think she will use it in the next volume. Also her character has been built a lot. More than half of vol 12 have her role in there, so I doubt the author will give her a meaningless death (like a certain pretty blunt weapon of Jaldabaoth).

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    5. This is my take on this one... Ainz said that there's no one loyal to him... But Demiurge will kill a lot of people and all of a sudden Neia uses the bow Ainz gave her. This bow turns out to be a very powerful weapon that manages to kill a few demons impressing nearby paladins and priest thus evaluating the weapons of The Great Tomb of Nazarik at a very high level. Demiurge sees then and be like "I see... as expected of my lord" which gave him the impression that Ainz gave him multiple tasks of slaughtering the people to lessen their moral before Ainz swoops in and save the day (before dying)but at the same time actually testing how the weapon would be useful in live battle. Neia will at some point interfere in the fight of Ainz against Demiurge by shooting at him and wounding him (Demi pretends to be hurt) then attacks her. Since most people around Neia about this time has respected her by killing demons earlier, she would become their hope so her dying here would shatter their morale. As Demi tries to kill her, Ainz steps up and protects her getting heavily wounded at the same time. This heroic acts earns praise from the entire Holy Kingdom army (except that bitch Rameris - hopfully she's dead by then) then Ainz unleased a skill that manages to kill "Jaldabaoth" however he succumbs and dies earning a heroic death that spreads throughout the entire continent as the Merciful Undead King offers his life for the living (Before reviving that is). Then END... (Enter Intermission with Ainz and all other guardians having a meeting)

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    6. im just guessing this and it is farfetched but in the battle were there is a high chanse ainz dies Jaldabaoth will charm humans to attack ainz/the other paladins. one of those humans being neia will shoot with the bow she got from ainz ( possible a lvl 60+ weapon) and accidently kill/weaken/debuff him.

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    7. Did everyone forgot someone here..
      Dat brother of Holy Queen is a one of demiugre demon who shapeshifting..
      And he'll kill remidios!!

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  4. Anyone know when Nigel will release the vol.12 on blog? I mean like "http://overlordvolume10.blogspot.com/2016/10/v12c1.html" not on pastebin

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    1. he'll prob release it like that in 2 weeks or so.

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  5. Nice art. I feel it was really short. I know Maruyuma said he wanted to make it shorter. But if the story is good and the reader would rather have more then I don't see the problem. Either way thanks Nigel.

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  6. I dont want Neia to die I really like her T^T

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  7. Maruyuma probably have evil laugh with that last line of the volume

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    1. At this point I just doing all I can to exorcise the spirit of George R. R. Martin from Maruyama-sensei soul, I hope it's just me ..... but I think this long range exorcism is starting to fall apart.....

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  8. Mr Doppelganger is transforming into...

    :P

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    1. Personal opinion: Gustav
      Reason : he is the one that leading the captain by the nose, and the high noble are just too obvious choice

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    2. Royal brother Caspond. It's easy to make arrangements for swapping him with Doppelganger and he launches the "let's wait here 'till Enemy army arrives" plan.

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    3. Yea, I'm guessing Caspond, too. It's a bit too convenient for a royal that's this important to be here, and also he spoke a bit too well of his little sister, whom he was supposed to despise.

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    4. The third translation part mentions that she had 1 brother she could trust. The name is slightly different but close enough that it seems like a consistency error.

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  9. Please let neia survive!
    She deserves to be added as the 2nd human outsider to join the ranks of nazarick!

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    1. I pray that Maruyama-sensei will spare Neia, the rest can eat bricks and fire

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    2. 3rd acutally we already have tsurare

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    3. Who is the first? Only tsuare joined so far. Younger sister of other supreme being is not joined nazaric. Just a visit.

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    4. Only outsiders. Aureole Omega are one of NPC.

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    5. Yes omega are NPC, she's race are human (immortal).. So, human in nazarick are 2 for now.

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    6. What about Enri's family? Sure they weren't originally part of Nazarick, but I'm sure after Ainz took over her village was included, he did save the village after all, so it would make some sense that Enri is part of Nazarick.

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  10. thank you very much Maruyama-sama, So Bin-sama, and Nigel-sama

    anyway,
    who is more curvaceous, Calca the Queen of Club, or Draudiron Oricrus (i.e. her mature form)?

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  11. I dont want Neia to die I really like her

    you can kill Custodio or Gustav and also the elder brother of Calca but not Neia T^T

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    1. But, they have other kind of... plans for Custodio.

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    2. ... Yes. Other plans to Custodio: die in horrible agony in the eyes of rest paladin would despair and when Ainz would be their only savior.

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    4. I want Neia to keep on living, spreading the name of Ainz Ool Gown and the Sorceress Kingdom.

      The rest can have a date with Kyohouku, or/and Neuronist

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  12. nigel-sama a shameless person posted your work overload 12 on nyaa without your name attach on it and claiming it as his own

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  13. thanks for the great translation 'with a boost'.
    hope that v13 will not take long. and that Neia wont die.

    but what i wanted more is so that Remidios join her sister and calca

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    1. me too, 3 sister as demiurge said
      well, i dont like remidios

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  14. We all know that Maruyama-sensei kills off all characters the reader has built a relationship to (especially female ones) and therefore Neia will probably die in vol 13...
    But maaan can't you cut us some slack and let her live? I mean you weren't quite nice to that worker girl... Arche Eb Rile Furt. (I even thought of quitting to read Overlord then...)

    Anyway...
    Let's start a petition to Maruyama-sensei to let Neia live! It was said the next volume wasn't finished yet... was it? Let that thick head realize her respect for him and resurrect her as a heteromorph or something alone that line...

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    1. I don't thing soo. Neia are nice character to be a puppet hero for Demiurge. Very likely that Demiurge will recognize her bow as a sign from her master that she will try promote her as a new champion of Roble Holy Kingdom in the eyes of citizens. He probably does not see the point in killing someone who has received a weapon from his master.

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    2. Great observation! I can totally see that happening. Gives me just the tiniest bit of hope for Neia.

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    3. maruyama didn't killed every character we build a relationship to.
      the only ones that were killed were "the dark swords" and arche. ainz-sama has saved a lot of characters.
      i really hope calca isn't dead, and i'm pretty sure papa bones will be fine.
      however, i think "ainz's dead" will be another crazy luck from papa bones

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    4. Ainz did not know her personally, so there is no chance of a sentimental background or a statement that will be helpful. Anyway, its uptake, though, will stir up the mood in the north, and it will definitely cause dissatisfaction in the south, where they are probably ready to choose a new king.
      Her resurrect by Ainz can cause additional grievances with the church who decides to excommunicate her as a servant of the undead. In a religious country like Roble Holy Kingdom where some of its inhabitants had previously called for a war with the Sorcerer Kingdom, a crusade against her could come.
      In addition, the annihilation of her and all the major contenders for the throne, will give you the chance to break the state and perhaps join a part of the lands to the Sorcerer Kingdom or associate with a smaller pretender to the throne, who would have a puppet. I would do that.

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  15. Thank you all very much, for your work.

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  16. Pls... Just adopt Neia D:

    Also... Grandma Ainz is too much for me to handle right now >_>

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  17. Nigel sama we love u work keep it up

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  19. I personally think that “Ainz’s Death” will the death of the presona of Ainz. I see him fighting with Jaldabaoth and being “on the ropes” then Neia sacrifices herself to “save” Ainz from an attack. This will be the final straw that breaks the camels back for Ainz, who is already filled with self doubt at his skill as a leader and under stress at not being able to keep up with Demi. He will be shocked that he misjudged Neia, haveing told the doppelgänger that no one was loyal enough to him to spare. This will make him teach the conclusion that he is unworthy of the name Ainz Owl Gown, thusly Ainz Owl Gown will have “died” in that battle.

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    1. that's a good theory I like it, and support it.

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    2. seria una pena que en el epilogo lupusregina mencione que ains murio en batalla y tu teoria se destruya :v

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    3. that a good theory, but i hope it wont be the end of overlord
      i just always need more overlord to read

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    4. I don't thing soo. No sign of anger, or sadness on Lupusregina's side testify to the "planned" death of Ainz. If he was a collapse, Lupusregina and other Nazarians would panic.

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    5. I failed to even consider something like that...
      I thought he'd be the one sacrificing himself for Neia (in front of a huge audience) and then that would earn him far more than Demiurge expected because it's obvious that Ainz simply can't fail to exceed his expectations. Maybe it'll even go as far as the currently dead queen becoming an follower later on and therefore giving him the entirety of the North holy kingdom? Can't really think up the events leading to that though...

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    6. I did not mean his life I meant the presona or him being known as Ainz Opal Gown, I meant him thinking himself being unworthy of the name of his guild. Eg “Ainz” dies, the guild and name and such, and it’s just Momonga leading Nazarick. Most likely after haveing a long heart to heart with the floor guardians in his office.

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    7. ... Then Lupusregina don't have any reason to say this to Enri

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  20. Wow,, enri subordinate second strongest in region?

    Goblin Commander Jugem-san, isn't it?

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    1. I don't think soo. If I good remember Redcaps have 43 lvl when Jugem have 13 lvl. Much more propably one of them, goblin paladin or other minions are second in power.

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    2. Second strognest Paladin in the rehionand it's the leader of her Paladins that she summoned with the second horn.

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    3. maybe redcaps didnt count since it's from nazarick
      if i am not mistake

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    4. Sitinur Fatimah they don't only count Nazarick forces. Enri's forces are counted separately. Otherwise in her village there would be no chance of anyone in the top three strongest.

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  21. Chibiurge first errand>>>Smolbedo first errand

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  22. >I wonder if you readers like her?
    Gee, I wonder.

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  23. when i read intermission i think read something i must no read

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    1. Yeah murayama went yo the dark side, i think is unnecessary and waste to use Calca in that way.

      Maybe he want write H-novel now

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    2. I'm 97.8% sure that was fanfic, otherwise Nigel would have put the link for it on main page instead of hiding it at the end of pt2. Though I am confuse why the actual intermission was left out.

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    3. We just need wait when he finish a put the whole volumen here, maybe is fake since this volumen hasta no prologue i hope has no intermission

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  24. Thank you for your hard work. And now I can get bored until March ... I guess

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  25. Thank you for your hard work, Nigel sama

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  26. -Kaguya-sama and High Score Girl, I SEE YOU ARE THE MAN OF CULTURE AS WELL MARUYAMA!!
    -Sasuga Ainz-sama, your rank of rulership can't be lower

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  27. Overlord Headphones.....
    Truly I cannot grasp the genius of Ainz Ooal Gown's marketing sense

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  28. Thank you for your hard work, Nigel sama

    and such a cute demiurge pic there >.</ tbh demiurge is my fav char so i am really excited with this vol and next, hope there is pic from demiurge seriour mode hhe

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  29. and just a question cause i ever get an aprilmop, the intermission is real right? not an aprilmop

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    1. I guess it's real you know what kind of monster is demiurge,i hope is just a joke but reality is cruel for sure

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    2. I hope its a joke. I dont want overlord to become a hentai

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    3. Pretty sure that was fan fiction, as Japanese publishers generally don't want that level of explicit material in a general public work. Also, it's the only portion that has no Chinese and no direct link from the post.

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  30. Btw, look at demiurgus eye in the picture..

    Hmm.... Kinda cute.. but..

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  32. I really hope Maruyama is trolling us about Neia O_o

    Edit: I wish I could edit comments ....

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  33. Where do you get those red and white comic strips?

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  34. I didn't read anything you guys posted, I just came to say: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

    Now I'll go read the updates (:

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  35. Was it just me or did this one feel really short? I wanted more! I waited a year for this! make it into a full novel!

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  36. ahhhh dont u dare kill of NEIRA !!!! i love her >_<

    she needs to be a part of ainz-samas kingdom !!!! x

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