Sunday, September 6, 2015

Overlord Volume 5 Afterword

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I am the author, Maruyama Kugane. In the blink of an eye, 《OVERLORD》 has already published its fifth volume. Thank you to all of my readers who have been supportive of this series. Thank you everyone.

Since the fifth volume and the sixth volume are two parts of a single piece, I wonder if an afterword is actually necessary? Thus I have discussed this matter with editor-sama, and in the end editor-sama said that there should be some readers who look forward to the afterword and hope that I write one… there are people who look forward to reading the afterword… right? Is the kind of stuff in the afterword interesting to read? Hm… editor-sama’s words do make sense, or perhaps he wants me to dig up from somewhere something interesting to write about?

An interesting thing… in order to deal with many various matters relating to the fifth volume and the sixth volume, from August to the end of November I had spent every holiday huddled up at home to rush out this book… that’s the only thing I can think of.

Not only that, because just like the fourth volume, the sixth volume also has a special edition which comes with a Drama CD, the publishing process became even more compact than normal. It was really killing me...

That’s what it’s like as a part-time writer!

Huh. Not one bit… interesting. All it does is simply shatter everyone’s dreams.

Let’s change the topic.

At the same time as 《OVERLORD》 there is also a new web novel. However after the release of the sixth volume, at least 90% will be original material.

Originally, when I had the intention of rewriting the webnovel version as a book, I had to possibly supplement it with some brand new elements. This kind of thought has taken shape in the next volume.

The work itself has already been finalised. So long as there are no incidents, it should be available for sale in January 2014, and I hope to see everyone again in the in the afterword of that volume.

With that, let me get to the part where I credit others.

So-bin-sama for the book illustrations, Chord Design Studio which is responsible for the design work. Osako-sama who is responsible for the proofreading and editing, F-tan-sama the editor, and the various individuals who assisted in the production works. Thank you everybody. There is also Honey, thank you so much for your help.

Finally, I would like to give my sincerest thanks to all of my readers who show up to purchase this book!

December 2013, Maruyama Kugane


  1. So, Rener's name was supposed to be Reneer? Whatever.

    Thanks for the afterwords.

  2. how gay.. doesnt show stats and level for humans.. why not.. hes the author he should know

    1. Levels are in Yggdrasil terms. As this new world they are in is not Yggdrasil, it might be difficult to assign the same level values, especially as the humans in the new world are capable of Martial Arts that did not exist in Yggdrasil. That said, levels were assigned to the lizardmen, but I can't remember if any of them were capable of Martial Arts.

    2. It's possible the lizardmen have levels because they're an Yggdrasil species (or descendants of monsters that came from Yggdrasil)

      Er, crud, ninja'd. Oh well, I'll leave this as a reply just in case the one below gets missed.

    3. Maybe we see their stats because they were tested/observed after joining Nazarick. Like the lizardman showed their skills and they determined their estimated stats and levels in Yggdrasil terms.

      RoyHan: i wish you some nice quality time with Solution...

    4. I personally think it's gay as fuck that the author is using terms like "Skills" and "Classes" in the narrative. It's almost sickening to see an organic, real word being treated as if it's a game.

      "I took up class in Illusionist and Fencer"
      ...How do they gain these skills? Pay 50 gold for NPC to +1 their skills? Every time they invoke their skill, [Strength Perception], and whatnot, I get that douche-feels climbing up my spine.

      I would personally react less disdainfully to the matter, if we had any idea how these people gain their powers. Right now, it's way too ambiguous, as if it's not the giant elephant in the room.

    5. I figured as much when I first started reading that its just there for flavor as they don't even go into the specifics of the guardians classes.
      Most of the novel is infodump, why would you want to destroy that?

    6. "organic, real world"?? In a world filled with magic and monsters, you question skills and classes of all things? Also, we already know how they get them, through experience and training, as shown by Climb who learned his martial art "Limit Breaker - Mind" after Sebas Tian's near-death punch or Enri who gained levels in the Commander, Sergeant, and General after leading her troops.

    7. The reason why people in this world use terms like "class" and "skills" is the same as why they use tiered magic instead of the world's natural magic system that the dragons use: players come and introduce insanely overpowered techniques and abilities, then everyone tries to copy these god-like beings.

      As far as being able to see levels on the character sheets, all characters who are confirmed allies to Nazarick have their levels shown, everyone else is unknown.

    8. Totally agree with the guy that spoke against game terms. It makes sense that Ainz and the NPCs speak like that but it doesnt when the new worlders do.

      Ah whatever I like this so much that I'm willing to suspend my disbelieve.

    9. First you have to let go of the notion that our world and their world are same. Their's is a fantasy world and they are able to perceive skills and classes. It is all based on D&D and it makes sense that way.

  3. That because lizardmen where in yggdrasil thats y they had lvs. and stats

  4. "in the in the afterword"

    duplicated "in the"

  5. Btw the picture links for renner and gazef are broken. You can't go to the source image to read the descriptions of them. (The text size is a bit to small... mhh... or my eyes are just to bad.)

  6. Thank you for the afterword. I was really happy to get some more information :D
    Ah well thank you guys for ur hardwork and so i'll continue to read

  7. i think it's Runner...