'Overlord' Creator Sends Special Thanks To Fans

Overlord's first season was a cult hit among fans during its debut three years ago, but being exclusive to Hulu in the West meant that it didn't quite the get the amount of appreciation it deserved.

Nonetheless fans of the series have been so passionate about the franchise that the second season premiered this year. The creator of the series hasn't forgotten fans either, as the end of the first episode of Overlord II comes with a special message for them.

Series creator of the original Overlord light novels, Kugane Maruyama, slipped a thank you note to the end of the first episode for both Japanese and Western fans. The note reads, "To all who have supported Overlord both domestically and internationally, it is because of you that we obtained the chance to produce this second season."

Fans were already happy to have the series back for a second season, but have definitely appreciated the fact that the author recognized the passion from overseas fans as well, which isn't always the case for smaller properties. It's definitely made the second season that much more special.

New characters and their voice actors have been announced for the season, including the likes of Hiroki Touchi as Zaryusu, Naomi Kusumi as Shasryu, Sora Amamiya as Crusch, Kouji Ishii as Zenberu, Kiyono Yasuno as Renner, and Ryota Ohsaka as Climb.

Madhouse is producing the anime's second season with Naoyuki Itou returning as the director. Yuki Sugawara is returning to compose the music for the series, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu and Satoshi Tasaki handling the series' character designs. The previously released trailer for the seriesteased more of a focus on often not seen characters in the original series as its 13 episode run could not spread its time across the entirety of the guild's NPC characters.

For those unfamiliar with Overlord, the series was first created by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. The series is set in a Massive Online Role Playing game named Yggdrasil, as the game's servers are going to be shut down after 12 years. One of the strongest guilds in the game, Ainz Ooal Gown, is now down to its last four members as they countdown the server's final moments.

Their lich leader, Momonga, decides to stay logged into the game as he sadly realizes the rest of the guild have real lives to live. He suddenly realizes, however, that he's been transported to the world of Yggdrasil and has taken on "Momonga's" identity. Now the player travels through the world in search of anyone else who knows how he got trapped there.

The light novel series began serialization in 2010 with 12 volumes published since 2012. It was adapted into a manga series by Satoshi Oshio, with illustrations by Hugin Miyama and published in Kadokawa's Shoten magazine. It was licensed for an English language release by Yen Press, and adapted into a 13 episode anime series by Madhouse and two films compiling the events of the series.