Original Story: Kugane Maruyama
Character Design: so-bin
Art: Various artists
Translation: Emily Balistrieri
What They Say:
Meet your favorite characters from the mega-popular Overlord in its first-ever comic anthology! Whether it’s to reaffirm your undying love for Ainz-sama or further explore the world of Yggdrasil and Nazarick, this book will satisfy all your fan cravings!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Ever wonder what Ainz and the gang are up to when they aren’t preoccupied with world domination? Luckily for you, Overlord a la Carte has the answer! Silliness, lots and lots of silliness. As a fan of the Overlord franchise, I found it quite amusing seeing all the hilarious moments that the characters get themselves into. Such shenanigans include a meeting where Ainz wants to incorporate more seasonal events in Nazarick such as Valentines, Halloween, and Christmas in an attempt to liven things up. However, when he tries to explain each one to his loyal floor guardians they misinterpret them as events for killing, torture, and complete destruction. Other funny moments include a Nazarick talent show, Mare and Aura switching outfits, and Hamsuke trying to look cool while everyone gives her terrible advice on how to do so (such as stripping her fur off so she can be a skeleton just like Ainz.)
To no one’s surprise, a good chunk of the stories involve either Albedo or Shalltear. After all, their rivalry over Ainz-sama’s affection makes for good comedic material. My favorite story involving them was a fight they were having over which of Ainz-sama’s bones is the best. For Albedo, it is his collarbone. For Shalltear, it’s his pelvic bone. Naturally, they argue intensely with one another about the charm of each one. This leads to them to bringing out replicas of his bones and eventually they see the appeal of both. And then…they begin to erotically lick them because why not? While they’re having what seems to be the time of their lives, Ainz enters their room and they are forced to swallow the bones.
The Albedo and Shalltear stuff is fun but my personal favorite story of the entire anthology is when Ainz is presented with seven spear-needle pups. He finds them adorable and names one Cuddle Ball. What he doesn’t realize is that he said that aloud and everyone heard him. He feels embarrassed…but everyone thinks it’s an adorable and elegant name! He questions their taste in names but they all want to own a spear-needle pup named by him. Seeing that they all have really excited faces, Ainz has no choice but to agree. Wanting to see how far they would accept his taste in names, he gives them all ridiculous names such as Spearpippi and Roly Poly Cuteus. Everyone ends up loving his names. Fun times all around!
I would definitely recommend Overlord fans to give this a read. The comedy was great. A lot of the humor won’t make sense if you’ve never watched the anime or read any of the light novels or manga. I would advise that you be familiar with the franchise before giving this a try. That being said, I wouldn’t mind at all if they decided to animate this someday. I also want to mention that Overlord a la Carte is actually a collection of 15 short comic strips, each one illustrated by a different artist. I loved that each story was done by a different artist and it was an absolute treat getting to see all their unique art styles.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: YEN PRESS
Release Date: 8/27/2019
MSRP: $13.00 (US), $17.00 (CAN)