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Old 2017-01-29, 17:51   Link #1
kari-no-sugata II
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Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? [manga]



Japanese title: 蜘蛛ですが、なにか?
English title: So I’m a spider, so what?
Creators: Baba Okina (original web/light novel), Kakashi Asahiro (manga)
Official website: https://web-ace.jp/youngaceup/contents/1000013/
Related threads: web novel discussion (spoilers!)
Licensed: Yen Press
Target audience: Seinen (young men and above, R15)
Genre: Fantasy (action, comedy)

Premise: Japanese highschool girl reincarnates as a spider monster in a fantasy world.

Setting: A huge dungeon filled with monsters in a fantasy world with game elements (status values, levels, skills, evolution).

What to look forwards to: The protagonist is born in an extremely hostile environment, has to figure out everything herself and use everything at her disposal merely to survive. So the main charm of this series is watching her overcome these challenges, improve herself and explore the world in her own idiosyncratic style. Despite the “kill or be killed” environment she maintains a positive attitude that provides a lot of humour and the title of the series effective sums up the attitude of the protagonist.

Possible reasons to avoid: If you're bad with spiders, you'll probably struggle to enjoy this. Despite having many commonly seen elements, overall this series is very much outside the mainstream, even for a fantasy setting. Humans and the like barely show up at all and interactions between characters is minimal. Despite the humour, the setting is very grim and not something any sane person would envy. Content warning for violence (monsters killing each other).

Spoiler warning: The original web novel is a large and complex work with many possible spoilers but since this is the manga discussion thread readers of the original should avoid discussing events, characters, plots and important background information that has not appeared in the manga. This includes the side-stories, which have yet to appear in manga form at all (with no information on when they might appear either). The protagonist should only be referred to as "the protagonist" or "Kumoko" (a semi-official nickname) for now.

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Old 2017-01-29, 17:55   Link #2
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This should have gotten it's own thread long ago so I decided to create one. I had a few ideas on creating a first post that would hopefully be helpful to new readers - any feedback is welcome.

For reference, the next chapter should be out in raw early in the morning on Tuesday, Japanese time (normally just after midnight).
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Old 2017-01-30, 10:33   Link #3
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Chapter 14-4 is out in raw (next chapter on 14th Feb).

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Old 2017-01-30, 20:03   Link #4
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I started this manga, hopefully it becomes more popular. It certainly needs something more then just concentrating on skills and levels though.
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Old 2017-01-30, 20:22   Link #5
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I started this manga, hopefully it becomes more popular. It certainly needs something more then just concentrating on skills and levels though.
The WN is already popular enough, I'm pretty sure this will get some attention.
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Old 2017-01-31, 08:37   Link #6
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I started this manga, hopefully it becomes more popular. It certainly needs something more then just concentrating on skills and levels though.
Welcome

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts as a manga reader. I started reading the WN about a year ago and I enjoyed the current battle with the monkeys a lot - very tense and also very unusual. I've seen the odd fight on a cliff face (for example) but I can't remember any of them being a "major" battle - this is the main battle of volume 1 of the LN. Facing a suicidal group attack is also rather unusual.

I'm not sure what sorts of things you hope to see in the future but the depth of the world-building and foreshadowing in this series is something I find very satisfying. At a guess, if you have any questions like "does [X] ever get explained?" or "does [X] ever happen?" then the answer to most of them would probably be "yes".
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Old 2017-01-31, 08:42   Link #7
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The WN is already popular enough, I'm pretty sure this will get some attention.
Hopefully

To quote myself on the WN thread:

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"Kumo" came 3rd in the "tankōbon" category for the "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2017's Series Ranking":
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/new...anking/.109073

Beaten only by Overlord and Monogatari.

Explanation on the ranking system:
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/fea...nkings/.109892

You can see more info on the breakdown of the rankings here:
https://forums.animesuki.com/showpos...&postcount=664

Interestingly, "Kumo" demolished the competition in "collaborator" rankings but did poorly in the online poll. Putting it another way, at the moment, it's much more of a critical success than a popular success.
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Old 2017-02-01, 15:14   Link #8
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Although I think someone has already asked this, but how long until she becomes an arachne?
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Old 2017-02-01, 15:35   Link #9
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Umm, are you posting in the right thread? This is the manga thread and there's just one page if you want to check if something has been asked before

If you want to discuss things based on future events in the WN, please ask in the WN thread. (Or PM me...)

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Old 2017-02-13, 10:47   Link #10
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Chapter 15-1 is out in raw (next chapter on 14th March).

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Old 2017-03-13, 10:36   Link #11
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Chapter 15-2 is out in raw (next chapter on 28th March).

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Old 2017-03-13, 21:46   Link #12
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with all the references put in manga, i'm just imagining how hilarious it would be for Type-moon references lol
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Old 2017-03-14, 07:43   Link #13
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with all the references put in manga, i'm just imagining how hilarious it would be for Type-moon references lol
Got any particular references in mind?


On a different note, I quite like the changes with "Poison Taratekt". Although there's no real change to her shape (apart from the hole in her "ears") the net effect of all the subtle changes are quite nice - definitely feels like a level up on her previous forms. I particularly like the "ears" (dunno if they actually are ears though)

PS If there's any manga only readers reading this, I'd like to hear what you think about "Pride"
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Old 2017-03-27, 18:02   Link #14
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Chapter 15-3 is out in raw. Kumoko does an arithmetic demonstration and a weather report

Next chapter out on 11 April
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Old 2017-03-27, 18:26   Link #15
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Is anyone translating this manga?
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Old 2017-03-27, 21:41   Link #16
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There's quite up to date translations. Latest chapter probably up in a few days (I'm not involved)
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Old 2017-04-10, 10:32   Link #17
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Chapter 15-4 is out in raw (next chapter on 25th April). Volume 3 will come out on the 10th June.

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Old 2017-04-12, 11:12   Link #18
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lol "JAEGER!" AoT reference
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Old 2017-04-13, 07:35   Link #19
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lol "JAEGER!" AoT reference
I didn't get what you meant at first but I see in the panel with 3D Manoeuvre there's "jaeger" written as a SFX

I'm not an AoT fan but I do seem to remember speculation from WN readers on whether the skill name was a AoT reference or not...
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Old 2017-04-24, 11:11   Link #20
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Chapter 16-1 is out in raw (next chapter on 23rd May).

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