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I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I've never seen before and-and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that's nothing more than a tiny spider (that's me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE! I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I've never seen before and-and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that's nothing more than a tiny spider (that's me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE!


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I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I've never seen before and-and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that's nothing more than a tiny spider (that's me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE! I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I've never seen before and-and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that's nothing more than a tiny spider (that's me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE!

30 review for So I'm a Spider, So What?, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a delight! I love the premise of being reborn as a spider in a dungeon. The lead and her struggles are engaging. There is a mix of action and downtime. It develops the world in an engaging way and you learn along side the lead. There are additional point of views, but the majority is spent with the spider (honestly her parts of the story truly are the best). Lots of imaginative critters, a slightly bloodthirsty lead and a mystery yet to be resolved-what more can you ask for? Of course, read What a delight! I love the premise of being reborn as a spider in a dungeon. The lead and her struggles are engaging. There is a mix of action and downtime. It develops the world in an engaging way and you learn along side the lead. There are additional point of views, but the majority is spent with the spider (honestly her parts of the story truly are the best). Lots of imaginative critters, a slightly bloodthirsty lead and a mystery yet to be resolved-what more can you ask for? Of course, reader beware-the sequel doesn't come out till MARCH. Whatever will I do having to wait for more of the story? My overeager self finished this book within 24 hours. Shame on me. Now I have to wait and wait and wait and wait.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)

    A battle between a Hero and a Demon Lord in another world somehow results in a spell entering our world and killing off an entire Classical Literature class in a Japanese high school. Every single person in that class is then reborn in another world. This book's primary protagonist (who thus far has not been given a name, unless I missed it) is reborn as a spider. Specifically, as a Small Lesser Taratect, a type of monster. This new world is set up like a fantasy RPG. Literally. Everything anyone A battle between a Hero and a Demon Lord in another world somehow results in a spell entering our world and killing off an entire Classical Literature class in a Japanese high school. Every single person in that class is then reborn in another world. This book's primary protagonist (who thus far has not been given a name, unless I missed it) is reborn as a spider. Specifically, as a Small Lesser Taratect, a type of monster. This new world is set up like a fantasy RPG. Literally. Everything anyone does gradually levels up their stats and can potentially give them special skills and titles, just like in an RPG. Unfortunately, Spider MC (the name I'll be using for the book's heroine) has no game guides she can consult - it's all trial and error in a quest to survive, because she's unfortunately stuck inside one of this world's biggest underground labyrinths with a bunch of other beings who want to kill and/or eat her. There is a certain light novel style that I've become resigned to, a very spare first-person POV that can be annoyingly lacking in descriptions. So I'm a Spider, So What? definitely fell into that category, but surprisingly it was actually pretty good, even though I tended to forget what the various types of monsters were supposed to look like due to the general lack of detailed descriptions. The sections from Spider MC's POV were very light and breezy, despite all the monster killing and eating. She adjusted to her new life extremely quickly (she'd never been attached to her old life, with little emotional connection to either her parents or her classmates) and seemed to enjoy living in the moment and puzzling through her new world as best she could, so the immediacy of her POV worked pretty well. Spider MC spent much of her time either level grinding, eating, trying out any new skills the Divine Voice (a voice in her head that let her know when she leveled anything up or gained new skills or titles) told her she'd acquired, or desperately trying to survive against either very strong or numerous opponents she accidentally attracted. Some of the grinding was a little boring, despite Spider MC's cheerful and occasionally macabre sense of humor, so it was a bit of a relief that she wasn't the book's only focus. Remember how I said that the entire Classical Literature class was reborn in another world? Well, they were all reborn in this same world, although by the end of the book Spider MC still hadn't realized that. Sections from Spider MC's POV occasionally alternated with sections from another reborn character's POV, as well as a few other characters I'm assuming weren't part of the reborn class. The other reborn character, a boy named Shun who was reborn as Schlain Zagan Analeit, fourth prince of the Kingdom of Analeit, had a completely different experience than Spider MC - a different view of how the skills and points worked, differently allocated stats, and a different set of knowledge. It was interesting to see how the world worked from his perspective rather than Spider MC's, and I'm looking forward to the moment when their paths cross and Spider MC is potentially able to learn more about all the things she can currently only guess at. Assuming that Shun and Spider MC don't kill each other, considering that he'd view her as any other monster while she'd view him as a human who'd try to burn her alive if she let him. One thing I'm really hoping that future volumes will deal with more: the issues involved with being reborn into a body that doesn't match your sense of self at all. Unless the reality is that the characters' new bodies really do match their inner selves, in which case that could be interesting as well, depending on how the author chooses to handle it. Crossing my fingers that Okina Baba doesn't opt to just completely ignore this aspect - I'm particularly thinking of the potential issues surrounding (view spoiler)[Kanata's rebirth as Katia (hide spoiler)] . There was so much focus on setup and getting Spider MC leveled up that not much happened in this particular volume, so I'm hoping that the next volume has more forward movement beyond "Spider MC enters a new area, kills and eats things, and gains new skills." That said, odds are looking good that I'll be reading at least a few volumes of this. I bought this first volume on a whim and was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Extras: A brief afterword by the author (whose voice reads exactly like Spider MC's), several black and white illustrations throughout, and two full-color illustrations on a folded sheet. I wasn't really a fan of the illustrations, but they were often the best guide I had to what many of the monsters might look like. (Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Niquie

    I first read So I'm a Spider, So What? years ago as a machine translated web novel, and I really really liked it, so finding out the light novel was licensed was pretty exciting. Basically, the plot of vol 1, a classroom of students die and get reincarnated in a fantasy world. We follow the story of a girl without a name as she's born a spider and does her best to survive in what's pretty much a really large dungeon. She's weak but she's smart, and through luck and skill and quick thinking sh I first read So I'm a Spider, So What? years ago as a machine translated web novel, and I really really liked it, so finding out the light novel was licensed was pretty exciting. Basically, the plot of vol 1, a classroom of students die and get reincarnated in a fantasy world. We follow the story of a girl without a name as she's born a spider and does her best to survive in what's pretty much a really large dungeon. She's weak but she's smart, and through luck and skill and quick thinking she survives enemies that should've been able to kill her easily. What's cool is this world is like a jrpg, there are levels and skills and as an obsessive grinder reading about Nameless Spider (NS) grinding and gaining new skills and levels was exciting for me. There are some S chapters that follow another reincarnated classmate. Shun, a boy who reincarnates as a prince, is OP and surrounded by girls. He's pretty much the typical protagonist of these kinds of stories, and pretty much lives the exact opposite life of NS who's every day is a struggle to survive. I consider his chapters primarily world building and set up. Through him, we're also introduced to some of the other reincarnated classmates. There are two interlude chapters that follow an adventurer and are pretty much set up for a later situation. This book is all 1st person pov, but it's easy to differentiate between NS & Shun's pov since NS is pretty isolated and unable to talk (since she's a spider) so her narration is like a conversation, and she's a bit of a weirdo. Quick thoughts: - The illustration's really fit the story. - I liked the inclusion of the class list. NA never mentions her name and Shun didn't know it either, so I like to look at the list and wonder 'is this her?". - I liked the monster encyclopedia exerts, just wish there were more of them. - The font is small, I compared it to my other light novels and it definitely is smaller. - Why is a random spider envolving such a big deal considering the monsters in this labyrinth? - There's like two or three blank pages, what's that about. - I didn't like the title of the last chapter, usually when it's another character's pov the title will have a letter or something to differentiate it from NA's chapters, but for some reason, the last chapter didn't follow this format. - Why doesn't NS have a name? Shun introduces himself right away, but NS doesn't even consider it. Because she's a spider? It's a really minor mystery, but it's kind of intriguing. - Shun is actually surrounded by a yandere lil sis, a friend (childhood friend?) who's become a girl, a female pet, a female knight, a female maid (I actually forgot her title but she can do magic), and a legal loli. I mean, Oka definitely counts as a legal loli, she's close enough. But hey, he admires his big bro! So not all girls. Differences I noticed between the web novel & light novel: - The biggest difference has to be the inclusion of the egg. I liked the addition, but props to the author for being willing to rewrite so much of the story. - A minor but also a nice change, the chapters are combined to make one long chapter instead of a bunch of shorter ones. - I can't remember if there were any Adventurer interlude chapters, but it seems like a new plot point might be being developed? Final Thoughts: I really like this series, I just want to root for NS, and I'm really into grinding (man I want to play a jrpg now). Just a warning, this is the first arc and things change in a big way later on. The story definitely becomes more complicated, so it won't be NS leveling up forever (sadly).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tarl

    Yet another book in with the theme of being reborn in another world as something unusual. In this case, a girl being reincarnated as a spider. It seemed pretty generic to a degree when I picked this up, but my wife enjoyed it, so I figured I would give it a read. And boy oh boy, I loved it. Sure, a lot of your standard isekai tropes are there, from the leveling and evolving, to the standard fantasy setting. That said, one of the things I thought was interesting was the fact that it was the prota Yet another book in with the theme of being reborn in another world as something unusual. In this case, a girl being reincarnated as a spider. It seemed pretty generic to a degree when I picked this up, but my wife enjoyed it, so I figured I would give it a read. And boy oh boy, I loved it. Sure, a lot of your standard isekai tropes are there, from the leveling and evolving, to the standard fantasy setting. That said, one of the things I thought was interesting was the fact that it was the protagonist's entire class that got teleported, and they got teleported into different bodies. And this is where we get to the part I liked/disliked about the book. Every few chapters we switch from the protagonist to her classmates who got reincarnated into human bodies and their adventures. On one hand, it was a but jarring and not as interesting as the spider's adventures. But on the other hand, it added a really good juxtaposition as to what is going on in relation to the spider's life. You get to see how the 'heroes' of the land are dealing with their new lives and the novel gears up for a confrontation between them and the spider later on. In the end, I enjoyed this novel and immediately bought the next in line. The art style feels quite off with how the spider is described and feels a bit too cute for the story, but I also understand why they did that way. All in all, this is a good one for people to read if they are looking for a non-yet still-traditional isekai. Worth the read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    I read the manga then found it was a light novel and found I might secretly love spiders now. I love the fact that most of the time it's from Nameless Spider but we also get to see others who have been reincarnated into this world. (view spoiler)[ Oh and the fact that one of them is now a girl is entertaining and a nice change since he grew up a girl and, wasn't just changed into a girls body overnight or instantly as he was. (hide spoiler)] It was also interesting to see that Nameless Spider I read the manga then found it was a light novel and found I might secretly love spiders now. I love the fact that most of the time it's from Nameless Spider but we also get to see others who have been reincarnated into this world. (view spoiler)[ Oh and the fact that one of them is now a girl is entertaining and a nice change since he grew up a girl and, wasn't just changed into a girls body overnight or instantly as he was. (hide spoiler)] It was also interesting to see that Nameless Spider wasn't the only one who became a monster, at least as far as we know. I want to know who else we're going to come across! (view spoiler)[at least she didn't eat the egg (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine Ko

    Huh :D It's definitely not the standard "people end up in a game world" scenario that's for sure. I really love the MC, she's the right mix of sarcastic and funny. The other perspectives were okay, too, (since they were necessary for worldbuilding) though not as interesting as the main perspective. But those were short anyway. Huh :D It's definitely not the standard "people end up in a game world" scenario that's for sure. I really love the MC, she's the right mix of sarcastic and funny. The other perspectives were okay, too, (since they were necessary for worldbuilding) though not as interesting as the main perspective. But those were short anyway.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sean O'Hara

    My favorite fantasy monsters are giant spiders -- Shelob, It, the black widow from the Shrinking Man (which is only relatively gigantic, I admit), they're all awesome. So how can I pass up a series told from the POV of a giant spider? I can't. My favorite fantasy monsters are giant spiders -- Shelob, It, the black widow from the Shrinking Man (which is only relatively gigantic, I admit), they're all awesome. So how can I pass up a series told from the POV of a giant spider? I can't.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Fun and engaging despite being another "born in another world" tropey book. Curious to see where the two different story lines will go and how they will eventually meet. Fun and engaging despite being another "born in another world" tropey book. Curious to see where the two different story lines will go and how they will eventually meet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lennon

    Just a damn fun book. Written in the first person we follow our MC’s adventures in a fantasy world full of monsters, magic and adventure! Except she was reincarnated as a low level spider in the worlds largest dungeon, and is food for almost everything around her. Our nameless main character is what makes this novel so good, her reactions and actions are funny, sly and perhaps a little monstrous, which is quite fitting. In addition to our eight-legged MC, there are multiple side chapters that fo Just a damn fun book. Written in the first person we follow our MC’s adventures in a fantasy world full of monsters, magic and adventure! Except she was reincarnated as a low level spider in the worlds largest dungeon, and is food for almost everything around her. Our nameless main character is what makes this novel so good, her reactions and actions are funny, sly and perhaps a little monstrous, which is quite fitting. In addition to our eight-legged MC, there are multiple side chapters that follow the much more straightforward, typical isekai format, of the two legged, now prince - Shun. Shun’s chapters aren’t as engaging or fun as our MC’s, but add to the grander scale of the world, comparatively make the MC’s struggle just that bit more entertaining and foreshadows greater things to come in the future. Having read the web novel chapter’s online, there are a few noticeable differences that only further add to the fun nature of the story, and the translation of course is much more polished. So I’m A Spider, So What? is a tale of human intellect and tact substituted into a 3ft spider in another world in a dungeon, with a charming MC and fun yet simple adventures into a deadly dungeon. While a larger, broader plot line is hinted at here and there, and we instead focus on the MC’s struggle to survive, and her humourous attitude, which sure is damn fun. Some may not like the simple prose, and language, which admittedly could be a bit better, it isn’t necessary for a story like this, and did not hinder my enjoyment. I greatly look forward to the next volume, and those that follow it, as the story only gets better from here on!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    From the very first page, this book is fast-paced and intriguing. Even in comparably dull moments, the author excels in using the main character to tell a detailed and engaging story. I thought the main character was extremely relatable and found myself thinking that I would likely react in the same "freak out, but then think things through" manner that she does. The other characters, while significantly less developed (due to only being featured in side chapters), are interesting in their own way From the very first page, this book is fast-paced and intriguing. Even in comparably dull moments, the author excels in using the main character to tell a detailed and engaging story. I thought the main character was extremely relatable and found myself thinking that I would likely react in the same "freak out, but then think things through" manner that she does. The other characters, while significantly less developed (due to only being featured in side chapters), are interesting in their own way. Due to the circumstances of the book, they also have some mildly extraordinary situations to deal with which provide an unobtrusive reprieve between major plot points. The level of detail in this book is fantastic--every action and event has a corresponding reaction that the author clearly took the time to craft. If handled incorrectly, there are many instances and story-telling mechanics in the book that could easily confuse or overwhelm the reader, but I found it very clear and logical, which made it easy to enjoy and really get into. The main character's narrative also smoothed out any potentially confusing parts perfectly. The only thing I can say that I wasn't 100% satisfied with is the art. I love the style, but some of the pictures seemed a little incongruent with the picture I already had in my head. BUT, I didn't choose the book for its pictures, so this is in no way a demerit. Overall, I adored this book and often found myself laughing out loud or reading for much longer than I planned because I just couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Feliza Casano

    The heroine describes herself as reclusive: no relationships with anyone from school, the barest relationship with her parents, a life that consisted mainly of eating a cup of instant ramen before hopping online to play MMORPGs. And at first, she tries to mimic her old life by building a safe web home where she just has to sleep and eat. But then tragedy strikes her new home in the form of a band of humans coming to hunt her down. She realizes she can’t be proud of the life she’s lived so far–or The heroine describes herself as reclusive: no relationships with anyone from school, the barest relationship with her parents, a life that consisted mainly of eating a cup of instant ramen before hopping online to play MMORPGs. And at first, she tries to mimic her old life by building a safe web home where she just has to sleep and eat. But then tragedy strikes her new home in the form of a band of humans coming to hunt her down. She realizes she can’t be proud of the life she’s lived so far–or either of them, really. And she decides she has to change. Read more at Girls in Capes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donte McNeal

    Volume one of this bizarre light novel series, penned by Okina Baba (illustrations by Tsukasa Kiryu) follows a nameless main character who has been reincarnated into a strange new world, in the body of spider no less. And not the usual spiders in our world. No, she’s come back as a Small Lesser Taratect, the weakest monster in what is known as the world largest dungeon. She has little to no skills (though this does change as the story progresses), and she’s on the verge of a panic attack more of Volume one of this bizarre light novel series, penned by Okina Baba (illustrations by Tsukasa Kiryu) follows a nameless main character who has been reincarnated into a strange new world, in the body of spider no less. And not the usual spiders in our world. No, she’s come back as a Small Lesser Taratect, the weakest monster in what is known as the world largest dungeon. She has little to no skills (though this does change as the story progresses), and she’s on the verge of a panic attack more often than not. Though, to her credit, she does take being killed and reincarnated in another world pretty smoothly, all things considered. Still, to be able to come back with all your memories of your human life, but you’re forced to be stuck in the body of the weakest monster in a dungeon full of things looking to kill you? Talk about crappy luck. However, she does a good job of keeping things light, which is more than I would be able to do in her shoes. I mean, to have to constantly have your head on a swivel, where the smallest slip up could cost you your life? No thank you. I have a hard enough time staying alive as a human, so I know I wouldn’t make it as a Taratect. I’d be dead in a matter of days, if not sooner. I enjoy seeing how resourceful she is, given her low stats and abilities. Oh wait, I should probably tell you what I mean by that. So, in this new world, everything is set up like a video game, where you have stats (like speed, strength, defense, etc.) and skills. Her stats are…well, they’re trash. Her saving grace is her abnormally high speed stat, which helps her escape sure death quite a few times over the course of the novel. That, and her wits. It’s always interesting to see how she gets herself out of the tough spots she often finds herself in. Her commentary on the situations are oftentimes hilarious, as her age constantly shines through. And I mean that in a good way. Is it cringe? Maybe a little, but only sometimes, I promise! Hearing what she thinks about her circumstances and the small amount of skills she earns over the course of the book almost always brings a smile to my face. And it’s satisfying seeing her collection of skills grow too. This is an entertaining read, and we get to see the world through the eyes of some of the other kids from her class that were also reincarnated in this world. Admittedly, I’m more interested in our nameless main character than I am her classmates, so while I enjoy seeing other parts of the world, I prefer spending my time with our little spider the most. Strategy, comedy, life-or-death situations. What more can a guy ask for?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Iffus

    This light novel was so engaging I didn't even need to choose between reading it or doing some other thing during my spare time. My brain immediately defaulted to reading it over any other activity, for good reasons. This book is short, as reflected in the time I spent reading this book which accumulates to less than 24 hours and I'm a relatively slow reader too, but it is very engaging. It's mostly split in two parts: the POV of our spider-heroine, and the POV of her classmate that formerly had This light novel was so engaging I didn't even need to choose between reading it or doing some other thing during my spare time. My brain immediately defaulted to reading it over any other activity, for good reasons. This book is short, as reflected in the time I spent reading this book which accumulates to less than 24 hours and I'm a relatively slow reader too, but it is very engaging. It's mostly split in two parts: the POV of our spider-heroine, and the POV of her classmate that formerly had the name of Shunsuke Yamada before he was isekai'd into another world and reincarnated as a royal prince. The two different POVs juxtapose with each other to give us a more complete understanding of the book. Imo, the spider-heroine's POV is the main attraction. Reading her narrative as she discover the mechanics of the world, the circumstances she's in, and even the way her backstory plays into making readers understand the reason for her character being the way it is, all of it becomes very enjoyable because of her character profile, which largely stands out in terms of being witty, natural, straightforward, hilarious, and cunning. On the other hand, the other POV starring the spider-heroine's classmate provides the purpose of setting up the setting of the world and the situation of all of their classmates who were also isekai'd into this fantasy world. Not everyone's situation is elaborated, but his POV makes for a more natural way of understanding what's happening in the outside world while our spider-heroine solo struggles for survival in the labyrinth she finds herself reincarnated in. At the same time, it provides a change of pace and scenery from the circumstances of our spider-heroine and also prepares readers for a proper understanding of the mechanisms of the world, before being awed by the way the spider-heroine derivated them herself through experience. All in all, this LN definitely deserves the 4 stars I rank it. I highly enjoyed Kumo Desu Ga and if anyone is on the fence about reading this book or not, I highly recommend you give it a try.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cody Enos

    This was surprisingly delightful, and wonderfully addicting. This light novel is one among a sea of fantasy stories where the main character dies and is reincarnated in another world/game. Similar to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, So I'm A Spider...is the story of a High School girl who died and was reincarnated as a lesser creature, a spider. What sets this apart from other stories is that she's not the only person who died. You find out very early on that her entire class perished at This was surprisingly delightful, and wonderfully addicting. This light novel is one among a sea of fantasy stories where the main character dies and is reincarnated in another world/game. Similar to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, So I'm A Spider...is the story of a High School girl who died and was reincarnated as a lesser creature, a spider. What sets this apart from other stories is that she's not the only person who died. You find out very early on that her entire class perished at the same time and everyone was reincarnated into this world. After a bit of confusion, and you understand that chapters are alternating point of view, the story becomes even more exciting as you're learning how other classmates were reincarnated and are interacting within this fantasy world. So far in volume 1 the main protagonist is the spider (of course) while everyone else is being set up and expanding the world outside of the Elroe Labyrinth (where the spider is for the entirety of this book). Hopefully some more character meet-ups will happen in volume 2. What's also unique to this series is the fact that the main character isn't reincarnated as OP. There's a few details that so far suggest reincarnated characters have slightly better odds, but for the most part everyone is starting from LV 1. The reason this is an addicting read is that it reads exactly like a video game where the main character is grinding and trying to figure out what skills do what. There are times where you cheer for her when she finally levels up because you can feel the amount of hard work she is putting into this life in order to survive. Anyway, this was a really good read that you can probably finish in one day. I love the world building and I love the characters thus far. You can really tell that there is an ending point and you can feel that this will be a long fantasy epic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Terrence

    This is a tale all about how a young gamer's life gets spun in thread upside down in a cobweb. It's your typical Isekai setup, characters transported to another world through a supernatural sort of method, this time with an emphasis on a whole classroom getting reincarnated into the other world. What makes it interesting is that characters aren't guaranteed to reincarnate as their species or even be bipedal; our hero becomes a spider. The story basically focuses on two fronts; our Noble human cha This is a tale all about how a young gamer's life gets spun in thread upside down in a cobweb. It's your typical Isekai setup, characters transported to another world through a supernatural sort of method, this time with an emphasis on a whole classroom getting reincarnated into the other world. What makes it interesting is that characters aren't guaranteed to reincarnate as their species or even be bipedal; our hero becomes a spider. The story basically focuses on two fronts; our Noble human characters, and our not so noble dungeon monster spider. I think it keeps your interest decently because it splits time between these two. For me, the dungeon stuff and action isn't enough to keep me interested, so seeing the nobles' lives kept me going. There were definitely some boring parts, like the introduction to the older nobleman brother, and when things settle down for our spider friend and she just kind of wanders and takes stuff out one by one. The carrot on the stick is definitely our spider friend reaching civilization and hopefully being able to communicate somehow with our heroes. Having them all together would be grand. I think this is a pretty fun book. In many ways, the skill system, upgrades acquired by taking actions and consuming animals, reminds me of Shield Hero. Much like Shield Hero though, sometimes there's too much info on the leveling and too much emphasis on the mundane dungeon crawling / level grind. I'm going to give this a tentative 4. I'm on the final pages now, but there's some parts I would like to reread.

  16. 4 out of 5

    rObin

    Cool concept, it subverts the self-insert prodigy mary sue male MC by instead being about a girl reborn as a weakling spider. Actually no, the author still finds a way to have that exact character by simply having two protagonists. The non-spider MC is the blandest de facto isekai protagonist imaginable, and the only right course is to have him be devoured by spider girl at the earliest convenience (one can hope at least...). Having read a decent amount of unofficial translations it is nice that Cool concept, it subverts the self-insert prodigy mary sue male MC by instead being about a girl reborn as a weakling spider. Actually no, the author still finds a way to have that exact character by simply having two protagonists. The non-spider MC is the blandest de facto isekai protagonist imaginable, and the only right course is to have him be devoured by spider girl at the earliest convenience (one can hope at least...). Having read a decent amount of unofficial translations it is nice that this one at least has an official translation by someone who knows how to properly edit a book. There are WAYYYY too many stat pages. I am always just left wondering who on earth reads them, esp. when it happens about 20 times per novel; it gets even worse in book two. IDK if this is a translation error or if this mistake is also done in the original, but spiders are not poisonous, they are venomous. This mistake is done repeatedly and without consistency: e.g. "I drive my venomous fangs..." / "So my poison fangs..." / "My fangs are venomous!"/ "Keep injecting poison through my fangs.". Venom is injected, poison is digested. It could be explained that the character in the novel doesn't know the difference, so her monologue on the subject shows this ignorance, but again, IDK if this mistake is due to a translation error or if it exists in the original as well. Regardless, I would hope a story that is 75% about a spider would take a bit of pride in getting facts about arachnids correct.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Cootey

    This is a good book with a great premise. A Japanese schoolgirl is killed by a dimensional rift that opens up in her home room, then finds herself reincarnated in a fantasy world that has a magic system exactly like a video game. This is the stuff that Japanese light novel dreams are made of. At this point, I wonder if there are *any* light novels that aren't about being reincarnated in a video game world. It's become it's own genre, LitRPG. But Douglas! You said it had a great premise, but all This is a good book with a great premise. A Japanese schoolgirl is killed by a dimensional rift that opens up in her home room, then finds herself reincarnated in a fantasy world that has a magic system exactly like a video game. This is the stuff that Japanese light novel dreams are made of. At this point, I wonder if there are *any* light novels that aren't about being reincarnated in a video game world. It's become it's own genre, LitRPG. But Douglas! You said it had a great premise, but all you've done is explain how derivative the book is. True, true. It *is* derivative. Except that the heroine has been reincarnated as a giant spider baby. Yeah, bet that got your attention. The book details how this girl survives by leveling up and acquiring skills to survive as she learns about the continent-sized underground labyrinth that she is trapped within. The upside is that the story is intriguing and entertaining, especially as you discover her other classmates were also reincarnated and have roles to play. The downside is all the status updates. I love playing JRPGs, but if I wanted to read about leveling up, I'd rather play one of my dozen or so unfinished JRPGs. And yet, that's not quite true because I read the book in one sitting and bought the sequel. It's not the best book I've read because the gaming mechanics are so prevalent, but the story is fascinating. I enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dániel

    Really enjoyed it. Not a serious read, more of a fun story. So far haven't encountered any of my pet peeves, usually occurring within anime/manga/LNs. (These would be: 1. excessive fanservice 2. incompetent virgin harem protagonist, with a bunch of decorative, but shallow women around him 3. tiny, loud and unfunny "comic relief" character *shudder* 4. no tension in the story, since MC can bitch-slap the moon into the sun with his/her pinky) Thankfully none of these are present in the story so far. Did Really enjoyed it. Not a serious read, more of a fun story. So far haven't encountered any of my pet peeves, usually occurring within anime/manga/LNs. (These would be: 1. excessive fanservice 2. incompetent virgin harem protagonist, with a bunch of decorative, but shallow women around him 3. tiny, loud and unfunny "comic relief" character *shudder* 4. no tension in the story, since MC can bitch-slap the moon into the sun with his/her pinky) Thankfully none of these are present in the story so far. Didn't find the "comedic moments" really funny, but they weren't really obtrusive either. World-building was nice. Weird, but ok characters (religious nut girl, brocon little sis and crazy guy gave me pause, but didn't bother me much). And the best part: MC faced challenges she had to overcome! I kinda hate stories with OP MCs, with the exception of Tanya, Saitama and possibly Momonga, but I'm still really iffy on the last one. My only problem is with the power progression in later books. It just becomes a jumbled mess. At the beginning of the third book, MC hass 76+1 skills and 13 titles. That's way too much. I feel like whenever I can't list out an characters skills (without looking it up), it's gotten out of control. Also, it would be awesome if LNs started getting audiobooks.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kakuzō Akutagawa

    My thoughts on "So I'm a Spider, So What?" (蜘蛛ですが、なにか?) Vol 1 The story: For some reason, a whole classroom is killed and then reincarnated in another world, some reincarnate as royalty, some as nobility. But the protagonist actually reincarnates as weak a spider monster in the largest and hardest dungeon of the world Enjoyment: It's a very strange story but the way it's written is incredible and fun as hell to read. The protagonist has one of the most interesting and fun personalities I have ever My thoughts on "So I'm a Spider, So What?" (蜘蛛ですが、なにか?) Vol 1 The story: For some reason, a whole classroom is killed and then reincarnated in another world, some reincarnate as royalty, some as nobility. But the protagonist actually reincarnates as weak a spider monster in the largest and hardest dungeon of the world Enjoyment: It's a very strange story but the way it's written is incredible and fun as hell to read. The protagonist has one of the most interesting and fun personalities I have ever seen written in 1st person, and the survival elements of the book are a blast to read. Also, there are actually 2 MC's the spider and one who reincarnated as a prince of a very important kingdom, this second MC is very interesting and his story is also very good, whenever spider starts getting boring it has a chapter about this dude in between. The verdict: I read the manga before, and it was good but the story was very dumbed down and the entire second storyline (the one of the prince) is totally cut from the manga. The novel is incredible and it amazed me by how entertaining it got towards the end 8/10

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mel's Reads

    This light novel is a fun and quirky read that follows the second life of a young-Japanese-student-turned-spider. That's right, in this isekai, our MC (lovingly nicknamed Kumoko) has been reincarnated into another world as a spider! On top of that, she found herself born in the middle of a labyrinthine dungeon, and the only way out is through it! I enjoyed reading this quite a lot. It is lighthearted and fun, though I expect it won't be afraid to touch upon darker themes in the future. On top of This light novel is a fun and quirky read that follows the second life of a young-Japanese-student-turned-spider. That's right, in this isekai, our MC (lovingly nicknamed Kumoko) has been reincarnated into another world as a spider! On top of that, she found herself born in the middle of a labyrinthine dungeon, and the only way out is through it! I enjoyed reading this quite a lot. It is lighthearted and fun, though I expect it won't be afraid to touch upon darker themes in the future. On top of the, the main character's voice is a delight to read and experience the world through. Despite her travails, she does her best to maintain her positivity and gumption. It's refreshing to see a character like hers in literature after all the darker, grittier fantasies I've been reading lately. The anime that is currently releasing is also great fun to watch, but I've been enjoying the many details that the adaption glosses over and makes it a worthwhile experience to read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    DJay

    I rather like this series. The MC is all over the damn place in this book. Not in a bad way, but in a way that's believable. She dies, comes back as a spider and is trying to figure out WTF is going on with life and how to not die. It's funny following her thought process throughout this entire book. The other thing that's cool is that you not only follow her around, but the other people who were sucked into this world as well and what trials and tribulations they are going through. If you've re I rather like this series. The MC is all over the damn place in this book. Not in a bad way, but in a way that's believable. She dies, comes back as a spider and is trying to figure out WTF is going on with life and how to not die. It's funny following her thought process throughout this entire book. The other thing that's cool is that you not only follow her around, but the other people who were sucked into this world as well and what trials and tribulations they are going through. If you've read the manga, you'll love the book even more. It explains a LOT more of what's going on behind the scense than the manga ever did. I'm looking forward to picking up the next book so much that I've stopped reading the manga so I can appreciate this even more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fiyin

    The book was something you think you really expect in the Isekai genre yet with such an amazing twist. Usually in these stories the main character is a 16 year old boy who got transported from his world to a new world where he is already overpowered and too strong for all the enemies he faces till he reaches a “boss monster”. But in this story you don’t get that, the main character starts from the bottom as a lonely spider and is immediately shown all of the horrible things in this world when she The book was something you think you really expect in the Isekai genre yet with such an amazing twist. Usually in these stories the main character is a 16 year old boy who got transported from his world to a new world where he is already overpowered and too strong for all the enemies he faces till he reaches a “boss monster”. But in this story you don’t get that, the main character starts from the bottom as a lonely spider and is immediately shown all of the horrible things in this world when she sees her siblings eating one another. Even the “game” system that’s usually used in Isekais is different, she isn’t inherently overpowered, and she doesn’t just face “boss monsters” for a challenge. It’s a great book and a refresher we needed in this genre.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Yewell

    Litrpg about a dungeon monster The book shines when it focuses on its subject. You know those lvl 3 spiders you grind for XP? They have feelings too, and this particular one just might be doing the grinding! Putting us into the anterior ganglion of this underdog denizen and making it sympathetic is an impressive feat of writing. The story frequently veers into a parallel plot line featuring a royal court with several other reincarnated victims of the same magical catastrophe that killed our prota Litrpg about a dungeon monster The book shines when it focuses on its subject. You know those lvl 3 spiders you grind for XP? They have feelings too, and this particular one just might be doing the grinding! Putting us into the anterior ganglion of this underdog denizen and making it sympathetic is an impressive feat of writing. The story frequently veers into a parallel plot line featuring a royal court with several other reincarnated victims of the same magical catastrophe that killed our protagonist. This does not work as well; the two threads never intersect and it felt like bits of another book randomly implanted into the one I bought. It seems the two will meet in the sequel (if any), but it didn’t do this story any favors.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Danny W

    The parts with the MC Spider (roughly two-thirds of the book) were fun, light reading that was more intelligent than a typical light novel. There is only one character in these parts, but the book pulls it off without getting boring. Don't go in expecting novel-level writing, because the writing quality, while not exactly terrible, is very casual. This makes it easy to read, but also easy to be pulled out of. The other third of the book follows a different MC and has more side characters, so an o The parts with the MC Spider (roughly two-thirds of the book) were fun, light reading that was more intelligent than a typical light novel. There is only one character in these parts, but the book pulls it off without getting boring. Don't go in expecting novel-level writing, because the writing quality, while not exactly terrible, is very casual. This makes it easy to read, but also easy to be pulled out of. The other third of the book follows a different MC and has more side characters, so an opportunity to explore character interactions. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy this part of the book and thought the characters to be more boring than Spider. Still worth a read and if you like Light Novels, it's better than most others I've read in the past.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecka

    Maybe it is because I find non-human MCs fascinating that I liked reading about the struggle of the spider so much. She really faced a lot of challenges and overcame them using her wit and a big dose of luck. She never felt OP. The prince on the other hand really won the lottery in the whole reincarnation thing. He gets a loving family, friends, and training. Near-endless resources. He is granted skills that make him better than others from less effort. He is loved, almost worshipped. Yeah, nope Maybe it is because I find non-human MCs fascinating that I liked reading about the struggle of the spider so much. She really faced a lot of challenges and overcame them using her wit and a big dose of luck. She never felt OP. The prince on the other hand really won the lottery in the whole reincarnation thing. He gets a loving family, friends, and training. Near-endless resources. He is granted skills that make him better than others from less effort. He is loved, almost worshipped. Yeah, nope... I just can't be impressed. But the parts about the prince really made me appreciate the parts about the spider even more!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    *hides face* I know, the rating is just average, I’m sorry! Even though I love the idea of the world and story I find the writing very amateurish and I’m pretty sure it’s not the translator’s fault. SO MANY paragraphs! I’d love more details and so ons, but this is basically stream of consciousness style writing and our MC doesn’t care about such things: just survival. Anyway I will definitely still be reading more because it’s entertaining but I think I prefer the manga style version of this.... *hides face* I know, the rating is just average, I’m sorry! Even though I love the idea of the world and story I find the writing very amateurish and I’m pretty sure it’s not the translator’s fault. SO MANY paragraphs! I’d love more details and so ons, but this is basically stream of consciousness style writing and our MC doesn’t care about such things: just survival. Anyway I will definitely still be reading more because it’s entertaining but I think I prefer the manga style version of this.... on the other hand I think I will catch up to the manga material and beyond rather quickly so I will get more story by reading the light novels......

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Galloway

    This is more four stars because it's lots of fun rather than because I was greatly moved or that the writing is amazing. If anything, the writing was sometimes rather repetitive and often simple and silly. Other than the repeating some info, though, it was exactly what it as supposed to be: a goofy romp through a world where Japanese high schoolers have been reincarnated into the people and monsters of a gaming world complete with level grinding and skill trees. The main character is, as you can This is more four stars because it's lots of fun rather than because I was greatly moved or that the writing is amazing. If anything, the writing was sometimes rather repetitive and often simple and silly. Other than the repeating some info, though, it was exactly what it as supposed to be: a goofy romp through a world where Japanese high schoolers have been reincarnated into the people and monsters of a gaming world complete with level grinding and skill trees. The main character is, as you can probably guess, reincarnated as a monstrous spider. I'm hoping to read the next volume soon!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I wasnt sure at first. I love いせかい(Isekai) light novels alot. I bought this one a while ago, and kept putting it off. I finally had some time today and read the whole thing. I wasnt disappointed. Like previous stated I wasnt sure about the story at first but it has alot going for it. A fast learning protagonist who is a previous shut in trying to refrain from her past mistakes. You get to read about what happened to everyone else as well. Multiple story archs converge in a single one to make a vi I wasnt sure at first. I love いせかい(Isekai) light novels alot. I bought this one a while ago, and kept putting it off. I finally had some time today and read the whole thing. I wasnt disappointed. Like previous stated I wasnt sure about the story at first but it has alot going for it. A fast learning protagonist who is a previous shut in trying to refrain from her past mistakes. You get to read about what happened to everyone else as well. Multiple story archs converge in a single one to make a vibrant story about a spider. It is definitely worth the read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tani

    This took me a literal age to read, but I'm so glad that I did! This is the first light novel that I've read entirely in Japanese, and although it was definitely a challenge, I think it was a great one. My grasp on grammar has improved, my vocabulary is rising, and I had a great time getting there. I went into this having read the first few volumes of the manga that is based on this series, so I had a bit of help, but it was still a huge learning experience, and I'm excited that I can continue o This took me a literal age to read, but I'm so glad that I did! This is the first light novel that I've read entirely in Japanese, and although it was definitely a challenge, I think it was a great one. My grasp on grammar has improved, my vocabulary is rising, and I had a great time getting there. I went into this having read the first few volumes of the manga that is based on this series, so I had a bit of help, but it was still a huge learning experience, and I'm excited that I can continue on with the adventures of Kumoko! She's definitely my favorite spider ever.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allen Simpson

    A whole Japanese class gets killed due to a magickal fight between two powerful beings from another world, and somehow everyone in the class reincarnates into someone else on another world. Our main character, girl, reincarnated into a spider in a dungeon and her life is a struggle for survival. As I read the book I just became more and more intrigued about what happened next to the girl-turned-spider. Truly a great read and perfect for people that wants to read something original, and different A whole Japanese class gets killed due to a magickal fight between two powerful beings from another world, and somehow everyone in the class reincarnates into someone else on another world. Our main character, girl, reincarnated into a spider in a dungeon and her life is a struggle for survival. As I read the book I just became more and more intrigued about what happened next to the girl-turned-spider. Truly a great read and perfect for people that wants to read something original, and different than the norm.

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