「アイキャントスピーク、イセカイゴ？」 (Ai Kyanto Supiiku, Isekaigo)
“I Can’t Speak, Isekai?”
Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?’s ninth episode gets a little meatier with its set-up towards a large scale war between the human and demon realms. On Kumoko’s end, she is figuring out what her role in the world is now that she knows that she’s being used by the powers that be for entertainment purposes. But in the meantime, Shun gets bad news that Julius himself had an inkling about if any of the flags he dropped were of any indication.
This time around, we were introduced to the Demon Lord, whose council has been watching over Kumoko alongside the mysterious figure known as D. It’s been revealed that all of the overly convenient features that Kumoko has gained at this point have been instrumental in providing D with enough entertainment to make her worth rooting for.
Additionally, this scene introduces a member of the Demon Council that ultimately aims to trigger a war with the human population. It was pretty funny to see how she tried to interpret his language and desperately tried to work around the language barrier before the smartphone dropped down to give her a hand.
It was interesting to be introduced to the Demon Lord given how much foreshadowing we’ve had since we started seeing Kumoko get bonus upgrades. There are some nice tidbits to keep an eye out on such as the Demon Lord having webbing-based powers and the scarf that Julius had made from the leftover webbing from one expedition. But at the moment, we just see her gearing up for the untimely demise of Julius.
Speaking of which, it continues the tradition of the folks in the human realm gaining unwanted skills that Kumoko would’ve had a field day over. The Demon Lord being familiar with Julius’ original name of Yamada makes it neat to speculate what information she’s operating off of that she’s able to recognize characters from the past life even with the Demon Kingdom and the Human Realm being so far off. But Shun’s new title of