So, I am a spider, so what? puts a twist on the “Isekai” genre, where instead of being transformed into a great heroine or even a villain in a new reality, the heroine is reborn as a spider-like background monster. Fans probably know the manga from the series, but with a series like this, where audiences aren’t entirely sure what the name of the main character is, those who haven’t read it yet might be surprised at what they find.

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And it’s not just the story within the manga, some of its production might come as a surprise to the most die-hard fans of manga, anime, and light novels.

10 So I’m a spider, so what? actually started out as an Okina Baba novel series before getting into a light novel, manga, and anime adaptation

Anime and manga feel so interconnected that people tend to assume that if a new anime comes out, it is based on a popular manga series. The truth is that there are many exceptions; anime that came before manga, anime and manga released side by side, and anime and manga that started out as other media.

This series is an example of the latter: So I’m a spider, so what? actually started out as a series of novels by Okina Baba before getting a light novel, a manga and an anime adaptation. That said, the manga predates the anime series.

9 The manga is generally considered a seinen aimed at young adult men.

so i'm a spider and what

Manga is generally thought of as having a genre, but this series proves that it is much more complicated than that. Just because the series has a female lead, spider or not, does not mean that the series is considered shojo. After all, shojo doesn’t always have to have a female lead either.

The manga is generally considered “seinen”, which is a “youth” oriented manga, generally aimed at young adult men. Generally, the earlier novels were also aimed at a male demographic. The series combines this with the “Isekai” genre, which sends characters to other worlds, often through some form of reincarnation.

8 Kumoko is pretty much the only focus in the manga.

so i'm a spider and what

Kumoko, a spider game that is probably not the heroine’s real name, with her misadventures as a spider, tends to be the main focus of the original manga. While this is technically the case in all versions, she is pretty much the unique focus on the manga.

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The other reincarnated characters that appear in previous versions, such as Shun, generally do not appear beyond the cameos and bonus material, although they have been restored for the anime adaptation. This seems to suggest that the manga is intended to be enjoyed as supplementary material to the novels, rather than its own adaptation.

7 Kumoko is a scavenger

In her new life as a spider or taratect, Kumoko learns that her new siblings are still eating each other, and that her mother is also welcoming her children. Finally, he finds himself eating one of them, which earned him the title of “Kin Eater”, although the circumstances are different between the manga and other incarnations.

In the manga, the taratect he consumes was already dead when he found it, having been killed by an adventurer. In other versions of the story, she killed him herself, albeit in an act of self-defense.

6 Characters within the story generally view Kumoko as a hideous spider-like monster.

kumoko so i'm a spider and what

Kumoko’s color scheme varies depending on what media fans are viewing her in at the moment. She is pink in the manga, black in the novels, and mostly white in the anime, with some art that turns her into a stylized purple. Light novels make a difference and turn it into a variety of colors, from pink to brown to gray.

The manga also makes Kumoko’s mouth look a bit more ragged in appearance than in other versions, with the anime drawing it directly out of her fangs. That said, Kumoko’s cute appearance is normally only for the benefit of the reader. Characters within the story generally see her as a horrible spider monster.

5 Kumoko wants to become a spider centaur

Arachne, so I'm a spider

In the manga, Kumoko’s ultimate goal is to become an Arachne, a special spider-human hybrid, with a human’s torso and upper body where the spider’s head would normally be. Technically it contains a spider brain and a human brain. Kumoko’s final plan is that this new form could help her better interact with humans.

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In Greco-Roman mythology, Arachne was a seamstress who offended the goddess Athena by boasting and eventually transformed into a spider, often believed to be the first spider and mother of the breed, as well as being the namesake of the “arachnid”.

4 Kumoko is a bit more fond of Ronandt

Kumoko likes Ronandt's type

Ronandt Orozoi is an elder chief among magicians who develops a connection with Kumoko: he can recognize her in her various forms and eventually begins to worship her.

Kumoko’s reaction to him is to ignore him at best and be bothered by him at worst. In the manga, however, upon seeing him for the first time, one of her first reactions is to admit that he might be her type.

3 The manga is a bit more condensed

Generally speaking, according to the manga that gives Kumoko the most focus, the story may seem a bit more simplified compared to the original novels. For the sake of comparison, as of 2021, the manga has 9 volumes, while the light novels have at least 14, with the novels.

Also, although both series usually start with Kumoko on his own, he meets other characters that he can interact with with 30 or so chapters in the manga, but this took around 150 chapters in the web novel. The manga is also known to feature characters earlier than the original.

two There are extra stories in the Kumoko universe

Another attractive aspect of the manga format is that it allows additional stories to appear for the Kumoko universe found in the volumes. Sometimes they are presented as comic strips and sometimes as printed text stories.

They can be anything from an explanation of the food chain in the show’s universe to Kumoko discussing her desire for roasted monkey meat or a discussion about a battle.

1 There is a spin-off manga, so I’m a spider, so what? The daily life of the four spider sisters

As of 2019, the series also got a spinoff manga with a fairly long title: So I am a spider, so what? The daily life of the four spider sisters. In this version, four alter-egos created by the heroine obtain their own bodies.

Gratin Tori is credited with work on the spinoff manga, with Asahiro Kakashi as the writer for the previous manga and Tsukasa Kiryu as the illustrator for the earlier light novels.

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