「 このじじい、誰？」 (Kono Jijii, Dare?)
“Who Is This, Geezer?”
This week’s Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? provides an interesting juxtaposition between Kumoko’s experiences in the labyrinth and the humans’ knowledge of what’s been happening down there with her current fights against humans.
While Shun is currently wrestling with the emotional weight of having to replace his dear brother, Julius’ mentor Ronandt is forced to reflect on the losses he’s faced in his own personal life. The flashback is easily the most fascinating part of the episode since the enemy that shatters Ronandt’s ego is a giant white spider that happens to have overwhelming stats, Height of Occultism, and Appraisal abilities.
With the timeline establishing that the human side is years after Kumoko’s labyrinth journey, it calls into question much of what we know about Kumoko’s experiences. Kumoko’s internal monologue and conflicts with her mirror selves don’t exactly make her an unreliable narrator, but it’s become abundantly clear that the cutesy visage that we have of Kumoko isn’t how others perceive her, especially other humans who can only see a fearsome giant spider.
It’s also a neat creative decision that they don’t exactly show us Kumoko’s battles against humans from the perspective of Kumoko. For all of the humans she might’ve killed, we haven’t gotten multiple Yuuki Aoi’s revelling about how exciting it is to paralyze and murder humans just yet. We get sections in-between where she’s trying to figure out who D is by combining the brain power of her inner Kumoko’s or her celebrating the new skills and ranks she’s uncovered.
But by the time we see the implication of what it means for humans that have to face Kumoko while she’s even more ravenous and freaky, we’re already seeing chibi Kumoko elated about her victory. It should be interesting to see if they ever give us Kumoko’s perspective when she’s pitted against humans, especially since it’s been established that the chibi form is merely for the audience’s sake. But for now, it’s just interesting to have this little kernel of info on-hand for future reference.