An announcement has come from a livestreamed event for the anime adaptation of Overlord. The special announcement for the series based on Kugane Maruyama‘s Overlord light novel series was titled “Overlord IV Special”. The program debuted a second promotional video for the upcoming fourth anime season on Saturday. In the video, it was revealed that the new season will premiere in Japan this July.
The returning cast members include the following:
- Satoshi Hino as Ainz Ooal Gown
- Yumi Hara as Albedo
- Sumire Uesaka as Shalltear Bloodfallen
- Emiri Katō as Aura Bella Fiora
- Yumi Uchiyama as Mare Bello Fiore
- Masayuki Katou as Demiurge
- Kenta Miyake as Cocytus.
Naoyuki Itou returns to direct the series. Also returning to produce is studio Madhouse. Yukie Sugawara also returns to the series as its lead writer. Lastly, Satoshi Tasaki rejoins the series as its lead character designer.
At the special event announcement, the new series’ illustrator (for the light novels), so-bin, said that the 10th novel volume — which so-bin particularly enjoys — is “finally” being animated. The fourth season will be adapting this volume.
Another announcement has detailed that the Overlord franchise will also receive a film based on the anime. The film will adapt the Sei Ōkoku-hen (or “Holy Kingdom Arc”) story from the light novels.
The franchise’s story takes place in the year 2138 when gaming in virtual reality has reached its peak. Yggdrasil, a popular online game, is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out of the game. This causes Momonga to then be transformed into the image of a skeleton as “the most powerful wizard”. The world continues to change, with non-player characters beginning to come to life and feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man, Momonga, begins striving toward taking over the abandoned new world that is coming to life.
The first season of the Overlord anime series premiered in Japan in July 2015 and ran for 13 episodes. Funimation streamed the series on simulcast as it aired in Japan and then released the series with an English dub on Blu-ray and DVD in November 2016. The anime’s third season premiered in July 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired, and Funimation again streamed an English dub.
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