「王子たち、青春する？」 (Oji-tachi, Seishun Suru?)
“Springtime, for Princes?”
This week’s Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka takes a turn back into the human world as we have to endure more nonsense involving Hugo’s grand scheme to murder Shun and anyone that would approve of Shun’s existence. But while his grand plot to revolt against the school backfires, we start to see the gears in Kumoko’s head turn with regards to who could possibly be in charge of the laws of the universe she was reborn into.
Honestly, the most fascinating part of this episode was seeing how we see a more introspective Kumoko who questions why she’s getting conveniently dogpiled by so many skills after she openly complained about certain quality-of-life features she would’ve liked. She had funnier moments earlier in the episode such as when the Chuuni appeal of having an “Evil Eye” skill tickles her inner edgelord. But as she continues to grab skill skills relating to her vision, it racks in her mind as evidence that there has to be a gamemaster or observer that dictates the kinds of powers she gains.
Unfortunately, most of the episode takes place in the human world and it focuses all on Hugo’s intense jealousy over everyone liking Shun because it goes against his god complex for anyone to like anything other than himself.
His hate-boner eventually manifests into a murder-boner, causing him to cook up a half-baked scheme where his friends unleashed monsters and helped kill Shun, his friends, and his teachers. In the process, Hugo would kill the monsters and get rewarded for “avenging his friends,” assuming that the kingdom will just reward him without looking into what he did as if he was boofing and not murdering everyone he knew.
But it’s an uninteresting and immature plot move to have someone as petulant as Hugo as the current main antagonist of the series, especially if he has to rely on other outside forces to make himself anywhere strong enough to be able to brag about how much greater he is than everyone else.
There was something interesting going on with Filimøs this time around considering that she’s aware of what happened to the missing students with four dead and three missing. The latter of which she treats as an ironclad secret that she doesn’t wish to dispel to anyone. It’s probably the only thread aside from Julius’ dungeon raids that seem fascinating considering that Filimøs likely has suspicious ties if she has secrets that run deep enough to keep what happened to those kids as hidden, forbidden knowledge. Her ability to erase Hugo’s stats like Amon also calls into question the kinds of powers that were bestowed to her based on her role. There’s some lady that sympathizes with Hugo, but I’m looking forward more to seeing what we’ll come to find out about Filimøs.