Hey everyone, I read this new series this morning. It’s only a couple chapters long thus far but I wanted to give my impressions and why I think you should reading it. This isn’t a full review since there’s not much material to work with but hey I kind of actually like this manga and if more people went and read it cause of me that’d be pretty cool.
Kumo Desu Ga, Nani Ka? is a direct parody of a certain trend that’s very popular in light novels and manga right now. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll remember it from my Konosuba review. The trope is being reincarnated into a fantasy RPG world with stats and skill levels and all that junk. Only here it’s humorously subverted onto its head. The heroine is not turned into your typical adventurer out to kill monsters, she… well she reincarnated into a low level monster, an adorable spider to be specific. Yeah people who don’t like spiders will probably be grossed out by this manga but I think it’s both cute and hilarious. The main character is abstract enough to call her cute but her fellow spiders are more realistically drawn, though they’re all still in their larval form and we’re shown what her species looks like fully grown… She’s got some growing to do to say the least. Riffing on the genre, the nameless heroine still has skill points and skill trees that level up to humorous results even though she’s just a spider.
What I like about the series thus far is even though it’s a comedy it takes the basic things about being a spider and portrays them interestingly. Like take aside all the funny RPG terms and skill points and it’s actually a pretty cool story about a human suddenly learning to live as a spider. She has to learn how to spin webs to catch prey, make gross decisions to survive like whether or not she will eat one of her dead siblings since all the other baby spiders were doing it, but it’s all portrayed really funny since the heroine is cute and laughable even in this spidery form. I understand that this series is adapted from a light novel. I looked into it and it’s mostly all translated currently and still ongoing. I don’t really read light novels ever but I might take a look at this one… maybe. If I do I can write more about it but for now I definitely say go check out the manga quick. It’s funny if spiders don’t ick you and surprisingly adorable. But don’t take my word for it, let’s ask Kumo-chan if you should read it.