Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale: Volume One Review

Nagi a small girl who lives by herself in a cabin in the woods in a post-apocalyptic world finds and later befriends a giant spider. While waiting for her wander-lust riddled father to return and living day to day life and trying to find out more about her new arachnid house guest. Replate with an disarmingly soft linework and vigorously detailed hand-drawn depictions of food. This volume sets up the story introduces the characters and simply lets the story move at its leisurely pace. There is a plot but each chapter is anchored by a particular food that Nagi makes while trying to understand the spider she has named Asa and forage for food. While charming and sweet without being cloying the post-apocalyptic nature of the story combined with Nagi being a young girl seemingly all alone. Give the story an undercurrent of melancholy. While Nagi's relationship with Asa grows throughout the volume with Asa even protecting the young girl from a ravenous wild dog at one point. In an action scene that given the series subject matter I did not expect to have been so tense and foreboding. Wich I guess can also be a place to praise how Morino-Sensei constructs the scene and while foreshadowed it never feels like one is being bludgeoned with said foreshadowing. While also having such adorable scenes as Asa getting drunk on coffee or keeping Nagi warm at night as well. If nothing else this is a series that feels unlike anything on the English Langauge market. The only slight comparison I could make is Delicious In Dungeon with its disparate genres and emphasis on cooking. Still, this is a volume that shows even if a story seems odd on the service if written so that it feels like an organic whole nothing can feel dissimilar. While the food illustrations themselves are well drawn each individual vegetable in the Ratatouille is noticeable as it's own kind of vegetable. Even the liquidity of the oil used for frying is drawn in such a way that though still motion is captured. It's the fact that recipes were included that simply has that little extra touch to the story that makes for a neat little interactive element for the audience that has seen the food would like to attempt to make it. Another fine addition to Seven Seas growing collection of odd titles such as Little Devils and Juana and the Dragonewt's Seven Kingdoms.

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