Overlord is more popular but still less popular than other isekai anime, and that’s probably an accurate reflection of the quality of the series.
Kodoani.com – For all the errors and criticisms of the isekai genre, it still has a few gems when it comes to critical reception. One of these is Overlord, a series whose popularity has seen it crowned as the true king of the isekai. However, even with this reception, it hasn’t quite made waves in the mainstream like series like Sword Art Online. At the same time, it can be argued whether this is worth it or not.
After all, just as for them, Overlord definitely falls into some of isekai’s worst over-the-top spots, especially in its anime form. It’s definitely still better than the overrated Sword Art Online, but the show still might not be in the “overrated” category. This is why Overlord’s current popularity is probably the right kind of “rating” for anime.
Overlord is quite well received for an Isekai Anime
In recent years, isekai has begun to attract the attention of anime fans, with many belittled how popular the genre has become. Any new isekai anime is immediately seen with skepticism, especially if it is based on a novel or manga that has already failed to impress its detractors. Though, Overlord continues to be a critically acclaimed isekai series, with the anime adaptation now having a fourth season. Even those who don’t like the genre tend to admit that the Overlord is the “isekai that did the right thing”.
After all, Sword Art Online, considered by many to be the king of modern isekai, is now relatively hated by many anime fans. It has been criticized for being a lousy version of what many of its imitators have done, as well as being a symbol of the much mocked isekai craze. Overlord are not treated in such a way, instead seen as an example that the genre can produce something good. It makes discussion and popularity more modest than disappointing SAO, but given some of the sins Overlord commits, it does its fair share.
Anime Overlord still makes mistakes like other Isekai
Despite being hailed as a “really good” isekai, Overlord still echoes some of the genre’s most notable issues. The biggest of these is having a protagonist who is so strongly overpowered, that nothing can reasonably threaten him or those around him. Isekai is considered a mostly male power fantasy genre, with heroes quickly adapting to their new world and wreaking havoc on anything that gets in their way. Be it through magic or other means, once these heroes reach a certain level, they will be unstoppable or even challenged.
The same goes for Overlord, even if this is believed to be correct. Ainz Ool Gown is meant to be an unstoppable force, essentially the villain of the story, with all others merely helpless victims of his awakening. The problem is that the anime doesn’t really do this concept justice, especially compared to the source material. The original light novel and even the manga did a much better job of building the world and making everything around Ainz Ool Gown interesting, thus making his last rebellions interesting as well. than. Without these elements, the Overlord anime simply feels like an even more exaggerated version of isekai’s greatest things. Sure, it can do well, but it still does.
The worst part is that the show is rarely criticized for this like other isekai anime. Even fans who have read the Light Novel Overlord fail to mention how they handle these story elements better than the much-praised anime. This would seem to make the film overrated, but when compared with its relative lack of popularity compared to anime like Sword Art Online, it simply makes Overlord “underrated”. For all its flaws and problems, the series remains a very enjoyable anime, whether viewers like isekai or not.