「私、死す？」 (Watashi, Shisu?)
“Am I, Dead?”
This week’s episode of Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? was far more pleasant on the human side with Shun and his friends trying to reflect on their pasts. Whereas they were able to gain some kind of grasp as to who has appeared in this world, Kumoko is on pins-and-needles as she is forced to face a dragon that might just trigger a Game Over on her end.
I appreciated how this week, they made it more of their prerogative to give us a clearer picture of what Shun’s life was like before he was reborn. It gives us somewhat of an idea as to what the group dynamics were with those that were easier to confirm such as Hugo, Filimøs, and Feirune. There are others that haven’t quite been confirmed such as if Katia used to be Shun’s friend who was mocked for possibly liking guys and where Shun’s other friend Kyouya went.
The latter calls into question what exactly Filimøs knows, why she has such detailed intel on her old classmates, and why she has to keep some of their identities and whereabouts a secret. It doesn’t help that she confirmed Wakaba to be dead just in time for Kumoko to be hit with an attack from the lava dragon. It might even be a red herring that Kumoko and Wakaba are possibly the same person, but it does gives us food for thought about Filimøs’ importance to this isekai given how she electively decides to dole out crucial information whenever she deems it to be important or acceptable enough to mention.
On Kumoko’s end, it is amusing to see how she ends up going wild in the cave, mad with power and nearly dying from a number of close encounters with fire. It won’t be the end of Kumoko, especially if we just saw a new magician side of her that the rest of her inner reflections tell to shut up. But with how the episode ends, it’ll be tough to see exactly how she’ll pull through or where she’ll end up to avoid having to face an adversary like the lava dragon ever again.