OP2: 「Bursty Greedy Spider」by Suzuki Konomi
「やったー、外だー 私は自由……だ？」 (Yattaa, Soto dā Watashi wa Jiyuu …… da?)
“Yay, The Outside, I’m Free?”
With the second cour of Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? underway, it’s time for Kumoko to explore the outside world and see how she can enmesh herself in human civilization while she ignores the calls that her spider mother sent to her. However, the beginning of the second half also catches us up on the human side of the story with Shun being pressured to take part in decisive battles as Hugo builds up his forces to strike his former adversary.
It was a breath of fresh air to see Kumoko interacting with an environment that isn’t a dank cavern. Yes, instead of the labyrinths and caves we’re familiar with, Kumoko finds herself having to overcome two new sets of obstacles; if she’ll be able to integrate with the human world and if she’ll be able to last long by rejecting her spider mother’s command to return to the labyrinth.
With this in mind, it gives Kumoko some nice overarching goals that go beyond survival for her to seek out a human form by leveling up more. Knowing how she’d be received in her regular spider form in the human sphere helps lend to her cunning self-awareness as she’s conscious enough to not jump immediately into danger without a plan. Similarly, the spider mother is looking to be an interesting antagonist for Kumoko since her body’s bond with the mother’s body might prove to give her plenty of obstacles aside from her ability to summon her other children to take Kumoko out.
On Shun’s end of the story, it’s actually starting to heat up a bit as he’s being pushed to take Julius’ place with barely the experience to handle his responsibilities. The elf council particularly had left an impression on Shun that he’ll have to whip himself in shape if he has any hope of making it out of situations that only Julius could have taken on by his own accord.
But the urgency that’s placed on Shun to get on the battlefield is also looking more like a transparent trap with the connections that some of the council has with Hugo. The middle and ending sections with Hugo have a very ominous feel to them with how he seems to have trapped Katia, Sue, and Cylis into a contract with him to do his bidding and lure Shun into a confrontation with him. Whether this ends up backfiring on him or not is still up in the air, anime-wise, but it made for an otherwise daunting twist at the end that Cylis has been working side-by-side with Hugo as he’s also giving Shun advice from the sidelines. At the very least, it means that the human side will have its fair share of drama in store for the second cour.
ED2: Genjitsu Tostugeki Hierarchy 「現実凸撃ヒエラルキー」 by Yuuki Aoi