Last time, we looked into "I've been killing slimes for 300 years and maxed out my level" and I loved the good feels it was going with as well as everything else I discussed in the mid-season review.
This week, let us explore another anime as it reaches its end point in the first season:
So I'm a Spider, So What?/Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?
Please take note that this review is my thoughts on the anime and should not be taken as the official impression. WARNING! This review may contain spoilers!
Storyline & Writing
Being an isekai in today's generation of anime, it is hard to write a compelling story that will keep viewers engaged. To have the MC reincarnate into an isekai world as a monster, let alone a spider, the new Winter 2021 anime "So I'm a Spider, So What?" has expectations to be met.
Going into this anime, I was excited to see this sort of change in the genre as the last time it happened, "The time I reincarnated as a Slime", I was extremely happy from Episode 1.
However, "Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?" brought something else to the table. That was its twin timeline storytelling, sort of like the new Ratchet and Clank game with the two dimension Ratchets. One timeline had Kumoko growing from a spiderling and putting her in all sorts of crazy situations with certain death at its core. The other timeline had her classmates who were also reincarnated, growing at the same stage as Kumoko.
Little did we know, that the author of the light novel made it so that the timelines eventually meet with each other as we realise that these two storylines are actually set at different points in time! Not only this, Kumoko evolved herself countless times whilst the other reincarnated children were still babies!?
In addition to this fantastic storytelling, this anime also takes a deep dive into the darker side of reincarnation into another world with several human-like species living on the same world. This made the anime differ from it's peers like Isekai Cheat Magician and Sentouin Hakenshimasu!
Having this style of storytelling alongside the perspective of a spider reincarnation in another world, it met my expectations and kept me intrigued throughout the season. If an anime can inspire me enough to look forward to each episode, then that is a successful anime.
After the final few episodes revealing the storyline's secrets and the identities of several characters, I can confidently say that, despite these characters being children, they felt compelling and didn't make me feel disconnected from the anime throughout.
In the first half of the anime, we mainly had monsters as the antagonist of some episodes as Kumoko is burdened with hunger, lack of shelter and the desire to become stronger. This meant that we could focus solely on Kumoko's bubbly personality and almost become engulfed by it. This was perfect as it was a complete flip when we saw the seriousness and fear that the other children who reincarnated as humans felt throughout their time in this new world.
We then meet the administrators at a perfect time to provide backstory and other information to fill in the gaps that the storyline with Kumoko had left unanswered purely because she didn't know/couldn't find the answer herself.
However, despite the benefits of a smaller cast of characters, I felt like the other reincarnated children that they met in the Elven Village should have had more personality as it felt, due to the lack of character development with them, it was very plain at times.
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I absolutely loved OP1, OP2 felt more mellow and more chilled out, comparatively speaking. This may be due to the focus shifting away from Kumoko's bubbly nature to the deadly threat that was approaching Schlain and the others.
This ending was by far one my favourite endings of anime for this year, possibly of all time. I loved how they ended tense episodes full of death with a fun idol concert with the rest of her subconscious minds.
With the anime ending its first season and undoubtedly (and hopefully) getting a second season, this anime gets a 9/10 with my MUST WATCH sign of approval!! You cannot miss this anime for a second and I can guarantee that you'll be hooked for all 24 episodes.
Let us know what your thoughts are on "So I'm a Spider, So What?" in the comments below!
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