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'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Novels Get Comedy Manga Spinoff

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Gratin Tori draws manga about protagonist spider splitting consciousness into 4 spiders

The July issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine revealed on Tuesday that author Okina Baba and illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu's So I'm a Spider, So What? (Kumo desuga, nanika?) novels are inspiring a spinoff comedy manga that will debut in Kadokawa's Young Ace Up website "soon." Gratin Tori will draw the manga. The manga's story begins when the protagonist uses the skill "Parallel Consciousness" to split their consciousness into four, but they somehow gain physical form — as not just one spider, but four spiders.

The novels take place in a world where the hero and the demon king are locked in a continuous dispute. Their grand magic crosses into another world, and ends up exploding in a classroom, killing the students inside. The students are then reincarnated into a fantasy world. The protagonist, who has the lowest position in the class, is reincarnated as a one-meter-long monster spider. But she accepts this fate and adapts to her new life and situation quickly. The story follows the protagonist as she survives in this new world.

Baba launched the novel series on the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" website in May 2015. Kadokawa published the novels' 10th volume in print on January 10. The novels ranked #2 on the 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook, and ranked #3 on the 2017 list.

The novels are inspiring a television anime adaptation starring Aoi Yūki.

Asahiro Kakashi's manga adaptation runs on Kadokawa's free manga website Young Ace Up, and Kadokawa published the sixth compiled book volume on January 10. The manga and novels have a combined 1.2 million copies in print.

Yen Press is releasing the novels and the manga in English.

Source: Young Ace July issue

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