Overlord Season 4 is right around the corner and there’s every reason for a refresher on the series before it releases. Overlord began as a light novel series created by Kugane Maruyama with illustrations by so-bin in 2010. Online publishing soon shifted to Enterbrain. The Overlord manga adaptation by Satoshi Oshio is also currently at 15 volumes.
The Overlord light-novel series has 14 volumes at present with a note from the author that the story will end with Volume 17. That said, the Overlord anime adaptation by Madhouse Productions still has a long way to go. Given the go sign earlier this year, Overlord Season 4 is already in production and has begun releasing updates on its upcoming season!
The anime is rated 7.92 on My Anime List!
Overlord Season 4 Trailer
In a surprise announcement on the Kadokawa Anime Youtube channel dated December 17th, 2021, the franchise unveiled the first official Overlord Season 4 trailer. It confirmed that the next Season is coming up in 2022. However, no official date was announced, but fans can not stop speculating it to be in Summer Anime Calendar 2022.
There were a few more surprises. Another one is Overlord would receive a feature movie and it would adapt the Holy Kingdom Arc.
But that’s not all, the franchise has decided to launch a “2D Action Game”, titled OVERLORD -ESCAPE FROM NAZARICK. The setting will be around getting out of the underground tombs of Nazarick. The title will be released on the Nintendo Switch and on PC via Steam and based on the original story by light novel author Kugane Maruyama.
Kugane Maruyama’s original Overlord IV has got a release date. The TV broadcast has been revealed in a new trailer by Madhouse.
The Overlord Season 4 premiere date is Tuesday 5th July and it will be a weekly drop. Apart from the release date, the trailer also reveals the opening and ending theme songs. The OxT duo will perform the song “HOLLOW HUNGER” while Mayu Maeshima of Re:ZERO Season 3 OP song fame will sing “No Man’s Dawn”.
What is Overlord About?
Overlord is set in the year 2126 where Dive MMORPGs are a popular phenomenon. Within such a game called YGGDRASIL, the time for the servers of the game to shut down starts drawing close. After having been around for almost 12 years, Yggdrasil has a lot of players who feel attached to the game. A guild within the game called Ainz Ooal Gown is also trying to bid goodbye to its members and players.
Only four members remain, with one of them being the Overlord who maintains their headquarters at the Tomb of Nazarick. The Overlord, Momonga realizes that his friends in the real world have their own lives and their world in Yggdrasil will have to come to an end. As the servers shut down, Momonga tries to live his final moments in the game before it’s over.
To his surprise, the game does not disappear. Nazarick gets warped into another reality where the non-playable characters seem to come to life in a way where they gain their own personalities and act like real people. Confused by this, Momonga discovers that he can’t use any general features of the game or even leave it.
He tries to find other people who may be trapped in this world while protecting Nazarick. As it turns out, the Momonga too gets affected by this shift, where he becomes more like his game avatar who is morally dubious and does not hesitate in killing others.
What will be Overlord Season 4 plot?
The illustrator of the light novel series and character designer for the anime adaptation has stated that the upcoming season will be adapting the trailing Volume 10 of the light novel series which corresponds to the Ruler of Conspiracy Arc.
Ainz Ooal Gown is coronated and now plans to make his nation a peaceful haven for all races alike. While this is well-received in his own kingdom, the rules of the other kingdoms plan to oppose this move. Ainz opts to strengthen the Adventurers and encourage adventurers in his lands, The Sorcerer’s Kingdom.
The rulers of the other countries are shocked at the sudden emergence of Ainz’s country and offer countermeasures against it. As the ruler of his land, Ainz is left to protect his kingdom while maneuvering the other rulers in his favour.
How many episodes will Overlord Season 4 have?
Overlord Season 1 to 3 had 13 episodes each and began airing in 2015. It is expected that Overlord Season 4 will also have 13 episodes, mere speculation based on the past. Each episode will be titled differently.
The Overlord Season 4 studio – Madhouse Productions is well known for One-Punch Man, Death Note, Hunter x Hunter and many more titles!
What is the Overlord Season 4 release date?
Overlord Season 4 has hinted towards a specific release date for the anime and confirmed officially now. While the Overlord Season 4 2022 release is confirmed, key visuals and an Official trailer for the anime have been revealed on the official website.
Now, this begs the question – When is Overlord Season 4 coming out? With the announcement for the season coming in Spring 2021, A potential release for the anime could be Spring 2022 – Summer 2022 at the earliest.
Well, a new and recent Overlord 4 trailer also confirms the news about the arrival of Season 4 in July 2022. The video duration is of 1 minute presented by Madhouse. It shows Ainz Ooal Gown preparing for a new battle along with faithful followers Albedo, Cocytus, and many others.
The Overlord Season 4 premiere date is Tuesday 5th July and it will be a weekly drop as revealed in the latest trailer.
Where Can You Watch Overlord Season 4?
Overlord was released as a television anime series with its first few seasons. Crunchyroll streamed the anime and Funimation streamed the English dub version of it. That said, an Overlord Season 4 Crunchyroll release is definitely on the cards and Funimation should be joining the English Dub team as well.
As for other platforms like Netflix, the site only hosts two of the movies in most regions with the Overlord anime seasons unavailable for these regions. Overlord The Undead King and Overlord The Dark Hero are streaming on Netflix!
Currently, it is only possible to watch the previous seasons on HULU, although I trust that Crunchyroll wil soon acquire the broadcast rights.
A New Overlord Movie on the Way!
Along with the announcement for Overlord Season 4, a new untitled Overlord movie has also been announced! The details for the project will be revealed subsequently but for now, it is confirmed that the new Overlord anime movie will adapt the Holy Kingdom Arc which corresponds to the Paladins of the Holy Kingdom Arc of the light novels. The movie will adapt light novel volumes 12 and 13.
The movie will be the third major movie release from the franchise following Overlord The undead King and Overlord The Dark Hero not counting the side-stories with chibi characters.
Overlord Season 4 Characters, Cast and Staff
The main production staff from Madhouse is set to return for Overlord Season 4 along with the main cast of the anime that was recently confirmed:
- Satoshi Hino as Momonga/ Ainz
- Yumi Hara as Albedo
- Emiri Kato as Aura
- Yumi Uchiyama as Mare
- Sumire Uesaka as Shalltear
- Masayuki Katou as Demiurge
- Kenta Miyake as Cocytus
- Director: Naoyuki Itou
- Series Script Supervisor: Yukie Sugawara
- Original Character Design: So-bin
- Character Design: Satoshi Tasaki
Frequently Asked Questions – Overlord Season 4 Edition
Q. Is Overlord finished?
A. Overlord is far from over! The upcoming Overlord Season 4 will take up Volume 10 and 11 of the light novels while the untitled Overlord movie will adapt the Holy Kingdom Arc, taking up volumes 12 and 13 of the light novels. The creator of the series has stated that the light novel will end after Volume 17 which means there is plenty of room even for Overlord Season 5!
Q. What is the correct order of watching Overlord?
A. The proper order for the main Overlord plotline follows
- Overlord Season 1
Number of episodes: 13
Air date: From July 7, 2015, to September 29, 2015
- Overlord The Undead King
- Overlord The Dark Hero
Duration: The 2 movies together last a little over 3 hours.
Issue date: February 25, 2017, and March 11, 2017.
- Overlord Season 2
Number of episodes: 13
Issue date: From January 9, 2018, to April 3, 2018
- Overlord Season 3
Number of episodes: 13.
Issue date: From July 10, 2018, to October 2, 2018.
- Overlord Season 4
Number of episodes: 13.
Issue date: From July 5, 2022, to September 27, 2022.
- “Overlord The Movie: The Holy Kingdom” movie
The Overlord movie got announced along with Overlord season 4 of the anime. It will follow the canon events of the story. It is expected that the franchise will expand history rather than summarize it. It is a signal that Overlord Season 5 might get announced.
The list excludes the additional spin-offs which are not relevant to the main story.
Q. Where does the Overlord anime leave off in the manga?
A. Overlord Season 3 dropped off with episode 13 which corresponded to the Magic Caster of Destruction Arc. It’s the third major arc in the Overlord series and covers volume 9 of the light novel series. However, for the manga itself, The last chapter released for the manga is Chapter 68 which was released in November 2021.
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