「私、出番ないってか？」 (Watashi, Deban naitte ka?)
“So I’m Not in This One, Am I?”
As an episode with less Kumoko and more action sequences, Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?’s 21st episode doesn’t aim to impress with its animation. Even as it pushes Shun closer towards his eventual confrontation with Hugo, this episode mostly serves to set up the battlefield that would eventually claim a number of lives.
Much of the first 3/4ths of the episode focused on getting Shun getting familiarized with the warriors on his side and establishing how essential the elf barrier is to keeping Hugo out. In the process, we get some nice exposition on elves placing strong fear of people born from another world, especially since the reincarnations are beefed up beyond recognition in comparison to the others in this world.
Even worse is that it’s the more nefarious reincarnations that the elves ended up fearing the most, making it so that they have a difficult time navigating whether a reincarnation will eventually go against them or not. Because of that, there is a fascinating guesstimation as to who is going to ally with Hugo. This was mostly due to Kusama showing up as a ninja spy, barging in as he tries to take his leave. He was an amusing character since he was far goofier than most of the antagonists in this series, but only time will tell where his full allegiance ends up steering towards.
The biggest highlight of this episode was getting to see Shun’s party start to fight Hugo. Filmos and Hugo had a decent back-and-forth considering that the only way she can counter his crazy OP abilities is with her situational crazy OP abilities. But it was nice to see that nothing much has changed on Yuri’s end and that it must’ve taken little to no effort on Hugo’s end to get her to go full psycho.
It’s too bad that Filmos ended up taking her out so quickly before she learned about Fei’s abilities. Earlier in the series, it felt like a Chekov’s gun situation to have Yuri so obsessed with an ability that Fei adopted that it would’ve been humorous/poetic for Fei to reveal the ability to her before she dealt Yuri with the fatal blow. But Yuri and her fanaticism seemed to be an afterthought, and why dwell on it if it doesn’t have the same gravitas or significance as Hugo’s conquest. When you’re busy hyping everyone up for Shun crossing swords with Hugo once again, you could barely tell that Yuri was a part of this grand battle.