Overlord is a Japanese light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama. It is illustrated by so-bin. The series began its serialization online 2010, after which it was acquired for publication. As of April 2021, 14 volumes have been published, with Maruyama planning on writing a total of 17 volumes. There is also a possibility that the series is going to continue after volume 17 if it remains popular, as per Maruyama. The series has been adapted into an anime, starting in 2015. The adaptations include an ONA series, one OVA episode and a two-part anime movie. As of April 2021, three seasons of the Overlord anime have aired. Today, it’s time we talked about Overlord Season 4, its release date, plot details, returning and new characters, trailer and more.
Overlord season four has not yet been officially green-lit, but based on the show’s popularity and the availability of the source material, anything but a continuation of the show would be a big surprise. Season four is probably going to air sometime in 2022, or – in the worst case scenario – in 2023.
In today’s article, we are going to inform you about the fourth season of the Overlord anime series. Not much is known about the series, but we are going to provide you all the information we have about the fourth season, the fourth season’s plot, trailer and the cast and crew. Definitely keep reading if you want to know everything about Overlord season four.
Overlord season 4: Is Overlord season 4 confirmed?
As of April 2021, three seasons of the Overlord anime have aired. The first season aired in Japan from July 7, 2015 to September 29, 2015, consisting of 13 episodes. The adaptation was successful and another two 13-episode seasons have since aired. Season two aired from January 10, 2018 to April 4, 2018, while the third season started on July 11, 2018, and ended on October 2, 2018.
Now, Overlord became one of the more popular anime series of the late 2010s, which, of course, prompted people to ask themselves whether there is going to be a fourth season of the anime. Namely, Overlord is based on a light novel series that is still ongoing. The three seasons have, so far, adapted three volumes of the light novel series each.
Now, as of April 2021, 14 volumes of the light novel series have been published, which means that there is more than enough material to adapt in a new season. So, are we going to see Overlord season four?
Overlord is immensely popular and although we don’t have an official confirmation, we would be highly surprised if the show was canceled. Franchises that are so successful and popular rarely get canceled, even if we do have to wait several years between seasons. Overlord is not like One Piece or Detective Conan, which has a full-season weekly schedule and that is why it is perfectly normal that we have breaks between seasons, as we did between seasons one and two.
As far as confirmation is concerned, we don’t, as stated, have any, but we do have some information. Namely, during the AnimagiC convention, that took place in Germany back in 2019, Kugane Maruyama and scriptwriter Yukie Sugawara were special guests and they answered some questions during their stay. They were, of course, asked about the fourth season of Overlord and while Maruyama had no comments, Sugawara stated that the fourth season is likely to happen.
Some initial reports also suggest that Madhouse had already started working on the fourth season when the pandemic put the project on hold, but that was just a temporary postponement. Rumors circulate that we are going to get some official information before the end of 2021.
What is the plot of Overlord season 4?
Now, seeing how the first three seasons adapted three volumes of the light novel series each, we assume that season four is going to function in the same way. This is a list of the currently released volumes:
|1||Overlord 1: The Undead King|
Ōbārōdo 1: Fushisha no Ō
|July 30, 2012|
|2||Overlord 2: The Dark Warrior|
Ōbārōdo 2: Shikkoku no Senshi
|November 30, 2012|
|3||Overlord 3: The Bloody Valkyrie|
Ōbārōdo 3: Senketsu no Ikusa Otome
|March 30, 2013|
|4||Overlord 4: The Lizard Man Heroes|
Ōbārōdo 4: Rizādoman no Yūsha-tachi
|July 31, 2013|
|5||Overlord 5: The Men of the Kingdom (Part 1)|
Ōbārōdo 5: Ōkoku no Otoko-tachi (Jō)
(オーバーロード5 王国の漢たち [上])
|December 28, 2013|
|6||Overlord 6: The Men of the Kingdom (Part 2)|
Ōbārōdo 6: Ōkoku no Otoko-tachi (Ge)
(オーバーロード6 王国の漢たち [下])
|January 31, 2014|
|7||Overlord 7: The Invaders of the Large Tomb|
Ōbārōdo 7: Daifunbo no Shinnyūsha
|August 30, 2014|
|8||Overlord 8: The Two Leaders|
Ōbārōdo 8: Futari no Shidōsha
|December 26, 2014|
|9||Overlord 9: The Magic Caster of Destroy|
Ōbārōdo 9: Hagun no Mahō Eishōsha
|June 29, 2015|
|10||Overlord 10: The Ruler of Conspiracy|
Ōbārōdo 10: Bōryaku no Tōchisha
|May 30, 2016|
|11||Overlord 11: The Craftsman of Dwarf|
Ōbārōdo 11: Yama Kobito no Kōshō
|September 30, 2016|
|12||Overlord 12: The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom (Part 1)|
Ōbārōdo 12: Sei Ōkoku no Sei Kishi (Jō)
(オーバーロード12 聖王国の聖騎士 [上])
|September 30, 2017|
|13||Overlord 13: The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom (Part 2)|
Ōbārōdo 13: Sei Ōkoku no Sei Kishi (Ge)
(オーバーロード13 聖王国の聖騎士 [下])
|April 27, 2018|
|14||Overlord 14: The Witch of the Falling Kingdom|
Ōbārōdo 14: Mekkoku no Majo
|March 12, 2020|
Now, if we’re judging by the previous seasons, season four should be adapting volumes ten, eleven and twelve of the light novel series, effectively concluding with the first part of “The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom” arc. But! Seeing how the production was delayed due to the pandemic and how volumes 12 and 13 form one narrative arc (but are split into two parts), there is a possibility that season four – when it comes out – might adapt both parts of “The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom” arc. This would mean that season four could possibly have more than thirteen episodes, but since we don’t have any official information, this is just mere speculation. We shall have to wait and see how it develops.
As for the potential plots, this is what the three (or four) volumes in question are about:
Volume 10, “The Ruler of Conspiracy”, focuses on the narrative after Ainz’s coronation. The synopsis is as follows: “After his coronation, Ainz decided to turn his kingdom into a utopia, a forever thriving world with various races that submit to him. As the first step, Ainz turns toward the Empire with the intention to strengthen the Adventurer’s Guild and nurture the adventurers. Meanwhile, rulers of each country were taken aback by the sudden emergence of the Sorcerer Kingdom, and have devised their own countermeasures. How would Ainz, the immortal ruler of the country, influence them with his actions?”.
Volume 11, “The Craftsman of Dwarf”, focuses on Ainz’s journey to the Dwarf Kingdom and his adventure there. The synopsis is as follows: “Ainz Ooal Gown heads towards the Dwarf Kingdom along with Shalltear Bloodfallen and Aura Bella Fiora in search of the lost rune magic. Upon arrival, Ainz finds the country being threatened by an impending invasion by the demi-human race called the Quagoa. The Dwarf Runesmiths promise future endeavors with the Sorcerer Kingdom if Ainz would help them retake the capital. What awaits them there is not just the Quagoa, but also the strongest race of the Azerlisia Mountains, Frost Dragons. The Sorcerer Kingdom shall carve its magnificence on the unknown world in the upcoming Volume 11.”
Volume 12, the first part of “The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom” arc, features the events that unfold after Jaldabaoth, the Demon Emperor, attacks. The synopsis is as follows: “The 12th volume, where justice is confounded. Featuring the attack of the heinous Demon Emperor, Jaldabaoth. The Holy Kingdom, which takes great pride in its long peace and which is defended by a Great Wall, is assaulted by an allied army of demi-humans. The supreme commander of the allied forces is the Demon Emperor Jaldabaoth. The Holy Kingdom faces destruction at the hands of the cruel and merciless Demon Emperor. The liberation army that seeks to aid the suffering citizens requests aid from the Sorcerer Kingdom, a nation of the Undead that are also the mortal enemy of the Holy Kingdom. Led by the Sorcerer King Ainz Ooal Gown, the Holy Kingdom sets out to destroy the Demon Emperor Jaldabaoth.”
Volume 13, the second part of “The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom” arc, continues the events after Ainz’s death. Now, we don’t know whether this volume is going to be part of season four or not, but just in case it is, we bring you the official synopsis: “Ainz Ooal Gown dies. The Roble Holy Kingdom is surrounded by an allied army of 40,000 demi-humans. Commanded by Remedios Custodio who is the strongest paladin of the Holy Kingdom, the human army is too fatigued due to their defensive battle to keep the demi-humans from trampling them. In order to fulfill the promise he made as a king, the Sorcerer King Ainz stands alone against the Demon Emperor Jaldabaoth and the Demon Maidservants under his command. And then… Can the flame-wreathed Holy Kingdom be saved? Volume 13 points the way toward justice.”
This is what we can expect from the fourth season of the Overlord anime. How it’s all going to play out – we shall have to see, but our brief guide will at least give you an insight into what you might expect. Now, let us continue.
Overlord season 4 trailer
As of April 2021, there is no official trailer for Overlord season four. Due to the production being halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything about the fourth season of Overlord was pushed back, including the trailer. If the production sticks to our current prediction, we might be getting a trailer for season four sometime during the 2022 anime season.
Who will return for Overlord season 4?
As far as the cast and crew of the anime are concerned, information is quite scarce. Since we have no official confirmation, we also don’t know which staff members and voice actors are set to return. Unless something unpredictable happens, it is quite probable that Yukie Sugawara, who wrote most of the episodes for the first three seasons, is going to return as the main writer for season four. Naoyuki Itō is also probably going to return as showrunner (main director) with Madhouse probably producing the series.
As for the voice actors, it is quite probable that all the main actors are set to return for the fourth season. This means that we are probably going to hear Satoshi Hino (Momonga), Masayuki Katou (Demiurge), Yumi Hara (Albedo), Kei Shindou (Zeta), Shigeru Chiba (Sebas Tian), Manami Numakura (Narberal Gamma), and the other main voice actors. There is nothing to indicate that they are not going to return for season four of Overlord.
If you want to check out the whole series while waiting, you can stream the show on Hulu and Crunchyroll in the United States. It is also available to buy on Amazon and Google Play.
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