Written by: Gabriel Castillo | Published on: March 21, 2021
Max Taboo comes with some intriguing revelations followed by some renewed determination. Kumoko versus a colossal dragon coming up!
Training goes on for the current Hero. The previous Hero’s companion returns from the battlefield and speaks with Schlain. Meanwhile, Kumoko learns the truth of their world and decides to do something about it. Before any of that can happen, she must first face her most powerful opponent!
A massive weight is suddenly placed upon Schlain’s shoulders and he needs to become stronger as soon as possible. Thankfully, Fei, the human reincarnated into an earth dragon, is by his side. They decide to forge a contract and, interestingly, Fei turns into an egg and begins her evolution. The events behind the death of Julius become clear as Hyrince, a member of the previous Hero’s party, comes home and tells all. A Phoenix Feather (phoenix down? *winks in Final Fantasy*) allowed Hyrince to survive; another very video game-like aspect of the world. Schlain, instead of moping around, becomes more motivated and wishes to inherit his older brother’s dream of a peaceful world!
The Spider's Latest Evolution
Kumoko’s change from Zoa Ele to Ede Saine comes with some cool new markings on her body as well as a ton of information about the world as a result of maxing out Taboo. The fountain of knowledge is overwhelming and she needs time to sift through it all but she learns enough to realize that the current world is in danger and this little spider wants to do something about it!
Before Kumoko can do anything about changing the fate of the world, she must get stronger! Right now, she wants to face the baddie that initially traumatized her: Earth Dragon Araba. The sequence involving Kumoko and her other wills is incredibly entertaining! Despite being afraid (her parallel wills are definitely fearful), she seeks out the powerful dragon with a renewed determination. After a bit of grinding, the cunning spider sets up a battlefield! Seeing her clear out the pesky wasps is quite fun since it’s like returning to the first dungeon of a game when a character is already ridiculously powerful.
Author's Rating: 7.7/10
This episode was engaging and chock full of new information about the world (i.e., contracts between humans and monsters, phoenix feathers, the death of Julius, and the truth Kumoko learned from maxing out Taboo). As a wonderful addition, the CGI scenes felt more polished and less out-of-place. The scene with Kumoko and her parallel wills was omega enjoyable. Aoi Yuuki, the spider’s voice actor, did a fantastic job of arguing with herself in such an amusing manner; mad props to her. On top of the new learnings, the build-up for the next episode was great. Seems like viewers will finally see a match between Kumoko and Araba!
The stage is set for a grand battle! How will Kumoko overcome the mighty Earth Dragon Araba? What will become of Schlain, the new Hero? Find out next week with the first cour’s final episode!
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