Let me explain the meaning behind the title of this post. I am not really a huge fan of 3D animation. I understand that not everyone shares my taste but hear me out. I find it unappealing, sometimes clunky, lacking fluidity and a bit ugly.
Yes, there have been a few anime that employ 3D animation that are pleasant to look at. Recently there where two that caught my eye. Beastars was the first and the other was Dorohedoro. Both have visually unique source material that without a doubt set them apart from the usual. Although I was initially worried about the prospect of their adaptation, I was pleasantly surprised by the end result. Certainly, it’s not like they were perfect –Dorohedoro was a bit of a challenge at times- but I was willing to let go of my aversion towards 3D animation because of their enthralling stories.
Those are two good examples. A bad one would be Berserk. I am talking about the recent attempt of course. I don’t believe there is any reason to explain what my point is here. Most Berserk fans haven’t yet recovered from that. Another recent adaptation that crushed my hopes and dreams was Goblin Slayer. Holy sh*t. Watching my goblin slaying boy lumber around like a demon from the original Doom game made me tear up a bit. Not in a good way. I’m not even going to talk about Overlord III because I might hurt myself.
To be fair, computer generated animation is well on its way of becoming the standard and that’s perfectly understandable. It’s faster, more efficient and cheaper. Obviously not every studio has the opportunity to go full Miyazaki on every single anime. Still, at least for me, 3D animation either needs to be utilized discretely so it blends well or with great creativity so as to appear like a choice rather than simply a necessity due to the budget.
Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? is a story about a girl that reincarnates in a fantasy world as a mob. A spider to be exact. Despite the shock of her death and reincarnation, she decides to do her best and survive in the terrifying dungeon in which she has “spawned”. Weird stuff, sounds dumb at first but actually is really entertaining once you get into it. It is definitely well worth an anime adaptation, just for the comedy factor alone.
Unfortunately, now I’m gonna get into the point of this article and the reason for my lengthy introduction and thoughts on 3D animation. From the trailer you can tell that there’s gonna be a lot of computer generated animation in this anime. Which makes perfect sense when you take into account that the animators are tasked with constantly animating an eight legged spider, the protagonist of the story. Not to mention that if we go by the source material, there will be plenty of action throughout. Imagine Rambo but instead of a jungle it’s a cave and instead of Sylvester Stallone it’s a spider monster that talks to herself. I get it. This was the only way to go about adapting this but still, I can’t help but worry.
Not much information has been released in terms of the cast and staff apart from the voice actress, Aoi Yuuki, who will be voicing Kumoko, the spider. You might know her previous work from Boku no Hero Academia (Tsuyu Asui), Fire Force (Kotatsu Tamaki), Gosick (Victorique de Blois), Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika (Kaname Madoka), Kino no Tabi (Kino), Oregairu (Hikigaya Komachi), Nanatsu no Taizai (Diane), One Punch Man (Tatsumaki), Youjo Senki (Tanya Degurechaff) and many others. It’s safe to say that despite knowing about only one person that is involved in this adaptation, having Aoi Yuuki voice the main protagonist has gotten my hopes up.
Perhaps I’m worrying too much. Perhaps I’m exaggerating. I hope I am because this could be a great anime. The source material at least is fun, exciting and interesting. It should get the adaptation it deserves.
The anime adaptation will start broadcasting on January 2021. To learn more about it, visit the Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? official website (Japanese).