「なまずって、おいしい？」 (Namazutte, Oishii?)
“Does Catfish, Taste Good?”
Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka’s fifth episode continues Kumoko’s journey through the cavern as she faces off against the newer fearsome adversaries that greet her in the magma cavern. But whereas the last episode was purely Kumoko, they added a little welcome tidbit of information from the human world that calls attention to Kumoko’s current journey.
The one thing I’m appreciating about the human scenes is how much they juxtapose Fei with Kumoko considering that the only thing that’s keeping Fei from being hunted down is their familiarity with her as a classmate. She’s able to build a connection with Shun, but her dragon form makes her inadvertently carry on the same kind of traits and growth track that other slayable monsters have.
Whereas the Taboo skill is somewhat of a cool ability that Kumoko revels in as it gives her enough of a boost to take on the lava monsters, Fei is in a vulnerable position after she accidentally got the Kin Eater title. Yuri’s overzealous religious fanaticism drives her to insanity as her discovery of Taboo skills makes her want to patrol for anyone with a Taboo skill so she can kill them.
With Episode 05, it’s the first instance where one section seems to compliment the other with how our knowledge from Kumoko’s Kin Eater and Taboo is used as a basis to understand why Fei is concerned for her well-being. Notably, it would be unnerving if Yuri isn’t the only person who tried to intentionally hunt down people that were labeled with Taboo skill traits. On top of this, we get a hint that Julius is traversing down the same cavern that Kumoko is in. It should be interesting to see if eventually, Kumoko’s POV ends up converging with the human realm given how the two feel like night-and-day at the moment.