overlord is an anime series that first aired in 2015 in the dark fantasy and isekai genre. Isekai anime, in which the story is shaped by journeys to game universes, has had an important place in Japanese culture for years. Overlord, which ranks among the 100 most popular anime of all time according to many lists, is one of the products of this culture. Adapted from Kugane Maruyama’s light novel series published since 2012, the anime has had three successful seasons so far. Successful studio Madhouse has been involved in the adaptation all seasons, and the possible season four is expected to be out of the studio again. The studio is also known for its long-running animes such as Chihayafuru† Seasons of the anime licensed from Funimation are viewed worldwide and broadcast locally on leading channels such as Tokyo MX and AT-X. Now the fans in Japan and around the world are excited about the fourth season from the anime. Let’s remember the series and see the details of the fourth season.
What is Overlord’s storyline?
Our anime begins by announcing the closure, 20 years after the opening of Yggdrasil, a Dive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (DMORPG)-like game presented in 2126. On the last day of the game, Momonga, the leader of Ainz Ooal Gown, one of the strongest troops in the game, who wants to stay here until the game ends, falls asleep hours before closing. When he wakes up, he realizes that the server has been shut down and that he has been transformed into his avatar, the Skeleton Mage. He immediately controls the NPC (Non-player Character) Pleiades in his troops and realizes that they also have consciousness. He leaves their territory, the Great Tomb of Nazarick, to look around and realizes that this is not the game card. This is now a new world! Momonga now wants to take over this world and find real players, if any, who have been dragged into this world just like him.
Our character is the most powerful mage in Yggdrasil. Indeed, we have seen in all seasons that his power is enormous. However, it is a bit difficult to say that there are opponents who will force him. Despite being so strong, Momonga moves forward by making very careful moves. In addition, Momonga’s effect on the peace and diplomacy of the three major kingdoms in the region where Nazarick was teleported was enormous, and new wars, new alliances, and new enemies were inevitable.
Will Overlord have a fourth season?
Overlord anime has finally come renewed for a fourth season. On May 8, 2021, according to the news on the anime’s official website, a fourth season is on its way and the good news is not limited to this; a movie of the series will also be released to the public (the movie will cover the Sacred Kingdom Arch of the novel. Funimation has also officially confirmed the news and announced it on their website. on December 17, 2021, more information about the new season was shared on the anime’s official website. According to the announcement, the new season of the anime air in 2022† While an exact date has yet to be announced, speculation suggests Overlord could hit the screens in the summer of 2022†
Has a trailer been released for season 4?
Along with the season date announcement, the first Overlord teaser for the new season was also released. The teaser, which also has English subtitles, was viewed more than a million times in a short time.
How many seasons can the anime have?
How many more seasons the anime will get in the future depends directly on two main factors: the light novel and its popularity. As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the light novel, the original of the series, is written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. The LN has been published by Enterbrain since July 30, 2012. The anime is still ongoing and has reached a total of 14 volumes. However, last year Maramuya announced that the light novel series would be end in part 17† The first 9 installments of the light novel series were adapted for the first three seasons of the anime. The other parts are 5 for the time being and a total of 8 with the parts yet to be published. In this case, we think the anime might have a 5th season, but maybe the fifth season could be a finale due to the limited source material.
What about the popularity of the anime?
We said that anime is at the top of many lists. The popularity rating of the anime is 97.1% and according to Myanimelist, Overlord is the 74th most popular anime of all time. The anime is official Twitter account is followed by 128k people, not a bad follower count. On the other hand, the anime’s Google search volumes are comparable to popular animes like Goblin Slayer and Dororo†
Another important criterion is the disc sales figures. Disc sales have often directly influenced the decision for the new season. On average, an anime is expected to sell at least 4,000 copies to get approval for a new season. Overlord Season 2 and Season 3 Disc Sales took place in 2018. Season 2 Disc Sales Average 6280and in season 3 it increased its sales by selling 7.222 units. Both seasons seem to have achieved their goal.
Chance of Overlord in Season 4
2022 (expected in the summer of 2022)
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Above average ratings (7.93 on MA, 7.8 on IMDb)
Success in disc sales
Good Light Novel Sales (7+ million copies in print)
Major distributor like Hulu
Extra income with video game
Enough light New source material availability
Ongoing light novel
Major distributor like Hulu