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.
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 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 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.
The bulk of episode 17 is spent flipping between Ariel, Shun, and Kumoko, with the majority being very Shun-centric. By the end of episode 17, we’ve successfully seen Shun and company through to the labyrinth’s end. We also see that in the past, Kumoko has survived thanks to her handy-dandy immortality and her HP Auto-Recovery skill which ultimately letrs her comedically censored head float around the ocean. However, not all is at peace, especially when the Demon Lord realizes that Nameless is alive and very, very well in the post-credits snippet. Worse, she realizes that Kumoko is alive and capable of attacking Ariel’s mind thanks to the use of her parallel minds.
Episode 16 has a lot of setup and plot development, all of which remain thoroughly engaging. I swear, each episode of So I’m a Spider, So What? Only gets better and better. While some might find this episode a bit slower-paced due to the large amount of exposition, it establishes building blocks and plot threads that I really hope we get pay off for during this cour. At this point, I have a feeling that we will, though nothing is ever set in stone, is it?
For me, Episode 15 is one of the most enjoyable episodes in this cour. Aoi Yūki ensured that Kumoko’s ongoing internal narration of literally everything that goes wrong in her No Good Very Bad Day never loses her characteristic goofiness, and balances the intense battle scenes with some much-needed wry humor. There’s also a lot of good suspense in this episode, despite the fact that viewers already know that Kumoko will be okay.
And look. I know I promised to give the CG a chance. Rather, I hoped that it would grow on me … which it hasn’t. Sometimes, Kumoko looks like a digital muppet being manipulated around the screen. Not only does it not look great, it sticks out in otherwise perfectly fine scenes, which really is a shame. There’s still a lot left to this cour so… maybe CG Kumoko will get a glow-up? Who knows, time will tell.
After the events of the final episode -and really, all of the first season- there’s something satisfying about seeing Kumoko’s first steps out into the world, treacherous as they are.