Title: The Men of the Kingdom Part II
Author: Kugane Maruyama
Series: Overlord #6
Sebas must own up to the snowballing mess that his involvement with Tsuare has become. But even after he and Ainz come to an agreement, it’s not over—the Eight Fingers have taken the offensive. Now the forces of Nazarick, the Blue Roses, and the Eight Fingers are set to collide . . .
If volume 5 was almost entirely setup, volume 6 is almost entirely payoff. And what a payoff! From Sebas’s nervous confrontation with Ainz to a much bigger Eight Fingers raid to the conflict with Demiurge, this volume races from high point to high point.
Yet it’s not all action. There’s plenty of humor, too, whether it’s Evileye unexpectedly falling in love, Ainz stumbling across Demiurge’s plots and trying desperately not to derail them, or the fight between Nabe and some of the other maids.
And if you’re reading between the lines, there are some intriguing things going on behind the scenes. I didn’t even realize until I was reading comments on the anime episode but Pandora’s Actor is actually the original “Ainz” confronting Sebas—there are a few small clues but it’s never outright stated. And there are additional revelations that call earlier events into question.
So this volume is loaded with so many good moments it’s hard to pick a favorite. I love watching Ainz scramble not to look stupid in front of his subordinates, and the multiple mock-fights between the various members of Nazarick. Sebas is awesome (“Just a little bit stronger” indeed).
This book finishes out season 2 of the anime. I would recommend reading it even if you’ve seen the show, as some things get more exposition here, especially all the quick scenes at the end. I rate this book Highly Recommended.