A lot happens in episode 21: the barrier falls, the invasion finally commences, and the plot grows ever more complex. At this point, I have very few worries for Kumoko, but so many for Shun and the elves. For an episode without Kumoko, it remains solidly entertaining, delivering plenty of food for thought to chew on here, especially with regards to the Administrators (but can we trust Oka’s information?). While I do miss Kumoko’s antics, it was nice to see the show shift gears and become a bit more action-oriented in a different direction. Though that’s not why I’ve stuck around; It’s the complexities of the plot, and all those juicy nuggets of worldbuilding, that keep me interested.
I’ll admit that initially, I had my misgivings, painting this as a potential 22/7-esque idol anime. I was put off my Mana being shifted to the forefront, and wasn’t sure how the show would wrangle ten idols across two units. I was expecting little more than a perfectly average idol show.
I was absolutely wrong.
Episode 20 was really, really good. It was complex and raises the stakes ahead of the finale. Last week, I pondered why I still adore this series and feel excited to engage with it, and I think the answer is how the series mixes and remixes familiar elements and tropes, how it keeps the plot fresh despite being another entry in the oversaturated isekai genre . Now that it’s getting really twisty and even more fascinating, I find myself increasingly drawn to the series. It’s all I can do to not pick up the novels, since I’m already busy enough. Still, episode 20 served as incredibly tempting bait, and I have to tell you: I’m here for these final four episodes ahead of us. Reel me in, So I’m a Spider, So What? because you’ve got me hooked! I genuinely can’t wait until Spider Friday rolls around again.
Episode 8 makes it clear that this ain’t your momma’s Reaper Game. The dramatic stakes here are higher than even the previous episode, which was one of the most exciting episodes of the series. Even with Beat’s comedic outbursts, episode 8 feels like End Game content, the final stretch in TWEWY the Animation‘s story. Neku and Beat have quite the challenge ahead of them if they’re going to survive both the games and Miss Konishi’s machinations. Thank goodness Neku’s a different person from who he was at the beginning of this series or else he’d be in trouble. Even knowing how things end, I truly hope that Neku is strong enough to see this final week through and bring all those loose plot threads together.
I-Chu has the potential to be more than the sum of its parts, but failed to capitalize on it and ended up largely forgettable as a result. Unlike HYPNOSIS MIC or Ensemble Stars!, I-Chu lacks that final spark to make it genuinely engaging or distinctive. Instead, it’s often a slog of a watch despite its solid animation, which is a shame given how rare all-male idol anime are compared to their all-female counterparts.
Episode 19 gives a lot of good plotty tidbits that continue to shape the world of So I’m a Spider, So What? into one of the most creative isekai I’ve enjoyed to date. Kumoko even does double duty this episode, delivering on both comedy and action. And gosh does the plot thicken this episode, with lots of little threads flung out that will hopefully get connected and woven into the overarching story. It’ll be truly fascinating to see how the next episode goes, especially since there’s a scant five episodes left. There are definitely lots of loose threads I’d like to see get wrapped up, enough to hopefully set up a third cour. I’m not sure I’m ready to leave Kumoko and her world behind quite yet.
Episode 7 is perhaps the best episode of the series to date. The pacing feels good, the action is solid, and there’s enough to keep you excited for the final five episodes of this series. In many ways, this is what I initially wanted from the show: an action-adventure series that took from the source material, remixed things to make them fit, and ultimately, created just as emotional an experience as the game. Episode 7 proves that this can be done, and if wary viewers stuck it out until now, I think they’ll see what I mean.
If episode 5 is TWEWY the Animation regaining its footing, then episode 6 is a solid transitional episode that effectively builds up to the climax of this arc. It confidently blends quieter, character-building scenes with plot developments and interstitial moments that build up the ongoing mystery of the Shibuya Underground and what’s potentially happening behind the scenes with Minamimoto and even Joshua. It feels night and day compared to episodes 2 and 3, which felt frenetic, messy, and generally all over the place.
Episode 18 continues to tangle the plot threads in a genuinely enjoyable way. Every episode of So I’m a Spider, So What? so far has been solid, enough that it never feels like a chore to set aside thirty minutes sometime during the weekend to chill with Kumoko and company. Though I’ll admit I’m beginning to feel like I need a notebook to keep everything straight. It’s plot-dense in a good way, but also a bit overwhelming sometimes, especially now that there’s a lot of nitty-gritty details to keep track of.
In my review of episode 4, I mentioned “dreading” the day that Super Cub finally had a bad episode. I can soundly say that I don’t believe that day will ever come for this series. It’s not that Super Cub can’t do anything wrong. Rather, it’s that Super Cub is so openly earnest in its storytelling that every episode feels like a good meal: delightfully satisfying from start to finish. It feels like getting to eat cake, pie, AND ice cream, a positively sweet delight that carefully, thoughtfully, opens itself up to being candid about depression and loneliness without ever coming off as inauthentic.