Funimation Confirms 'Overlord II' Acquisition

The first season of Overlord ended three years ago, so fans have been anxious to see it in the West. Unfortunately, the weeks passed as the release date drew closer without a hard confirmation whether or not it would actually make it to one of the streaming services.

Luckily for fans, Funimation has confirmed it has gained the license for an English broadcast release.

The first season of the series was exclusive to Hulu, so this is going to be great news for fans. Funimation has confirmed that they will release a simuldub of the series, but news of its release will come at a later date. The second season will premiere on January 9 in Japan, and will have a new opening and ending theme from OxT and MYTH&ROID, titled "Go Cry Go" and "Hydra," respectively.

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 Ainz Ooal Gown's members.

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.

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.

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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.