Crunchyroll Streams Limited Preview of 'So I'm a Spider, So What?' Anime Episode 1
posted on by Adriana Hazra
Crunchyroll announced on its website on Friday that it will stream a 10-minute preview of the first episode of the television anime of author Okina Baba and illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu's So I'm a Spider, So What? (Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?) novels on January 2 at 12:00 p.m. EST. The video below will stream worldwide for one week except in Asia, and some countries in the Middle East and Africa.
The anime will premiere on January 8 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and TV Aichi, and will run for two consecutive cours (quarters of a year). Crunchyroll will stream the anime as it airs in Japan. The anime was previously slated to premiere this year, but the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) greatly affected the anime's production schedule.
Crunchyroll describes the anime:
I, the protagonist, was just an ordinary high school girl, but suddenly I was reincarnated as a spider monster in a fantasy world. Not only that, but I awakened in a dungeon filled with vicious monsters. Armed with only my human knowledge and my overwhelming positivity, I'm forced to use spiderwebs and traps to defeat far stronger monsters just to stay alive... So begins the labyrinth survival story of a girl with incredible mental strength living as one of the lowest-ranked beasts!
- Shun Horie as Shun
- Nao Tōyama as Katia
- Kaito Ishikawa as Hugo
- Yui Ogura as Sue
- Eri Kitamura as Fei
- Kaya Okuno as Filimøs
- Aimi Tanaka as Yuri
- Junya Enoki as Julius
Shin Itagaki (Teekyū, Berserk 2016, Cop Craft) is directing the anime at Millepensee, with Shinichiro Ueda as assistant director. Okina Baba, the author of the original novels, is collaborating with Yūichirō Momose (Infinite Dendrogram, My Sister, My Writer) for head writing duties. Kii Tanaka (Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu, Hinomaru Sumo) is drawing the character designs. Masahiko Suzuki, Ryō Hirata, and Hiromi Kimura are credited for monster design. Tomohiro Yoshida is the chief animator. Shinji Nagaoka is the art director, while Chieko Hibi is the color designer. Hideki Imaizumi is the director of photography, Takashi Sakurai is in charge of editing, and Kazuo Yamaguchi is credited as the CG director, with exsa as the CG animation studio. ENGI is credited for CG animation production assistance. Shūji Katayama is composing the music.
Riko Azuni is performing the opening theme song "keep weaving your spider way." Aoi Yūki will perform the ending theme song "Gambare! Kumoko-san."
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 13th novel volume on July 10. The series ranked #2 on the list of best novels in the 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook, and ranked #3 on the 2017 list.
Asahiro Kakashi's manga adaptation runs on Kadokawa's free manga website Young Ace Up, and Kadokawa published the ninth compiled book volume on October 10. The manga and novels have a combined 1.2 million copies in print.