“Overlord” has earned its place among the top 100 most popular anime according to MyAnimeList, and it’s not hard to see why. This isekai adventure follows Suzuki Satoru, who finds himself immersed in the world of his favorite video game, Yggdrasil, just as its servers are shutting down. The series brings fresh twists to an already beloved genre.
However, for newcomers, the abundance of supplemental material might seem overwhelming. There are two primary approaches to experiencing “Overlord” – in release order and chronologically.
How to watch Overlord in release order:
Navigating the release order of “Overlord” can be a bit intricate, especially given the plethora of special content associated with the series. For those looking to delve into every aspect of the show from start to finish, here’s the order to follow:
1. Overlord: “The Maid Tea Party” (2014)
2. Season 1: Overlord (2015)
3. Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades (2015)
4. Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades – “Nazarick’s Great Crisis” (2016)
5. Overlord: The Undead King (2017)
6. Overlord: Manner Movie (2017)
7. Overlord Movie: Ple Ple Pleiades (2017)
8. Overlord: The Dark Hero (2017)
9. Season 2: Overlord II (2018)
10. Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades 2 (2018)
11. Season 3: Overlord III (2018)
12. Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades 3 (2018)
13. Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades – “Fugitive Clementine” (2018)
14. Season 4: Overlord IV (2022)
15. Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades 4 (2022)
How to watch Overlord in chronological order:
For those seeking a more straightforward narrative, viewing the story in chronological order is a less complicated approach:
1. Season 1: Overlord (2015)
2. Season 2: Overlord II (2018)
3. Season 3: Overlord III (2018)
4. Season 4: Overlord IV (2022)
As for “Overlord: The Holy Kingdom,” it has been announced as a feature film but lacks a confirmed release date. This movie is set to adapt the story from volumes 12 and 13 of the manga, placing it chronologically after the first four seasons of the show.
Ultimately, the choice of viewing order depends on personal preference. For newcomers, watching chronologically offers a straightforward introduction. For those with limited time, the first two movies can serve as recaps, easing viewers into the series. Regardless of the approach, the chibi art specials are optional and don’t impact the main plot. “Overlord” is available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.