The buzz was real, and now it's confirmed: anime fans are in for a treat with the new Overlord movie, Overlord: Sei Oukoku-hen. It's set to bring the "Holy Kingdom Arc" from the light novels by Kugane Maruyama and So-Bin to life on the big screen.
Japan's theaters will play host to the premiere this year, a teaser featuring Demiurge setting the stage. The production's helm sees the return of director Naoyuki Itou with the renowned Madhouse studios crafting the visuals.
Since July 2012, Maruyama and So-Bin have been the brains behind the light novels, courtesy of Kadokawa. The manga adaptation, thanks to Satoshi Oushio and Hugin Miyama, has been gripping fans since November 2014. With Madhouse at the reins, the anime has spanned four seasons since 2015, totaling fifty-two episodes. The latest season aired in the Summer of 2022.
Meet the Production Squad
- Naoyuki Itou, the visionary behind hits like Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, returns to direct at Madhouse.
- Scriptwriting Yukie Sugawara brought her expertise to the fourth season.
- Satoshi Tasaki designed the characters and led the animation direction in the latest season.
- The soundscapes of the fourth season were the craft of Shuji Katayama.
Overlord: A Synopsis
Yggdrasil, a virtual reality game, was famed for its boundless possibilities. After a brief tutorial, players could shape their journey, from classes to weaponry. Yet, in 2138, the game's final chapter loomed as servers shut down at midnight. Momonga, a dedicated Yggdrasil gamer, chose to spend these last moments in his guild, Ainz Ooal Gown. But as midnight struck, instead of logging out, he found himself in a new world, mirroring Yggdrasil. The NPCs now sentient, Momonga, trapped in his avatar's skeletal form, seeks to uncover this mystery and dominate this new realm with his loyal followers.
Source: Comic Natalie
(c) Kugane Maruyama, KADOKAWA / Overlord Production Committee