「 次回、決戦？」 (Jikai, Kessen?)
“Next Time, Is the Big Battle?”
Kumoko is ready to get Slothful in Episode 11 of Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? as she accrues enough experience to fight Arabas, the Earth Dragon, and circumvent the world’s eventual deterioration. But during Kumoko’s journey, we get vital information from Hyrince on the conditions that lead to Julius’ demise.
With Julius dying, the stakes keep rising for Shun as he has to cut ties with much of the past that he’s cultivated up to this point. Yuri might join him, but because she’s kooky, the only person that has his back is Fei. But because they agree to a pact, now she’ll likely become a summon and give up the normalcy that she had the privilege of living in during her academy days. This episode actually makes Julius into something more than just an idea of the perfect brother so it makes matters even worse for giving us an easier way of knowing why Shun held him to such high regards.
Shun’s isolation isn’t made entirely better when Hyrince tries to make amends by protecting Shun because he received a phoenix feather from Julius that made him the sole survivor of the party’s fatal encounter. He comes to him as a friend, but with so many characters that surround these characters being questionable in their morals, I’m skeptical as to whether Hyrince has any ulterior motives for having Shun under his wing.
The Rot attack definitely raises some questions considering that Julius’ Rot-related death is being tied to the Rot skill that Kumoko is looking to master at some point soon. At the same time, she has to contend with the knowledge she’s accrued since she reached Level 10 of Taboo, including the fact that if things remain the same in the universe, the world as she and others know it will be destroyed. One of the actions to help prevent this end would be fighting the Earth Dragon, but before all else, she’d have to get the experience to have a chance.
One detail about Kumoko that can be easy to overlook is how much of her psyche we get in the anime. With her motives for keeping the world around be centered around her inherent hedonistic hunger on top of her admiration of the Earth Dragon for its raw brute strength, it’s interesting to see how she tries to gather each part of her mind to make sense of what she’s going through. If I didn’t know any better, the anime could easily be a nice character study on coaching yourself to endure a harsh, scary world.