Overlord began its serialization online 2010, after which it was acquired for publication. 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. But what about the Overlord Season 4? When will it come?
Overlord season four is officially confirmed, as well as a new Overlord movie. Unfortunately, the release date for the movie has still not been confirmed, but we do know that season four is going to debut in July 2022, as confirmed in March 2022. The exact date for the premiere was confirmed to be July 5, 2022, which made a lot of fans happy.
In this 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 with 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.
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.
Currently, 14 volumes of the light novel series have been published, which means that there is more than enough material to adapt to a new season. So, are we going to see Overlord season four?
Overlord season four was officially confirmed by a Twitter post you can see below:
The release date was confirmed much later, via another PV trailer released in March 2022. It was confirmed that Overlord Season 4 would be premiering in July 2022, as you can see for yourselves:
In June 2022, it was finally revealed that the fourth season of Overlord would be premiering on July 5, 2022, which was confirmed via a third promo video, which you can check out below. The opening theme is “HOLLOW HUNGER” by OxT, and the ending theme is “No Man’s Dawn” by Mayu Maeshima.
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.
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. From what we know at this point, the season is also set to have 13 episodes in total, which is in line with all the previous seasons of the anime series.
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:
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 is 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.
Due to the production being halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to wait a bit longer to get the trailer for season 4. Now, it is finally here and you can check it out below.
A second trailer was released in March 2022, and you can check it out here as well:
A third preview video, giving us more details on the upcoming season, was finally released in June 2022, and you can also check it out here on Fiction Horizon:
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.