There have been many anime iterations of MMORPG’s in the recent years, but non have executed their tale like Kugane Maruyama and So-bin’s – OVERLORD.
The plot takes place in the year 2138 where gamers can virtually log-in to their games and be apart of the action, much like Sword Art Online. Although you never see a player log-in, it is hinted that the process is quite similar.
The setting is based in a once popular game called Yggdrasil. The MMORPG’s servers are sechduled to be shut down and the main protagonist, Momonga – Guild master and Dungeon lord, wishes to stay logged-in until the very end for nostalgic purposes. Something unexpectedly happens and the games servers remain active. At first Momonga felt nothing different but after meeting his in-game NPC’s and seeing that they have developed personalities, he quickly realizes that the game has become more real than before. The veteran player then embarks on a journey to take over the newly formatted game world in hopes to find more non-NPC players and obtain clarity.
The 13 episode-first season can be seen on Hulu.