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So I’m a Spider, So What? Novelist Is Elated/Worried About Anime

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With an anime adaptation of So I’m a Spider, So What? coming out early next year, Anime News Network interviewed the original creators: novelist Okina Baba and artist Tsukasa Kiryu.

Asked how he felt when he learned there would be an anime adaptation, Baba replied, “Naturally I was elated, but more so I was worried.”

He was also asked about what he wanted to keep in the anime adaptation. “I told them [the people working on the anime] that they didn’t need to follow the same structure of the novel,” Baba explained. “If anything, I asked that they don’t follow it. Anime has its own charm, and I wanted them to build a structure that brought that forward.”

Kiryu was asked more art-specific questions. “I’m better at drawing based on personality or characteristics rather than appearance descriptions, so for characters I often start drawing based on my impression of them from reading the text,” she said. “If I’m at a loss for expressions, I think back to a character or actor from a movie I previously saw whom I feel has similar stances or personality and reference that. With monsters, I feel their relatability depends on whether or not you can see their pupils. I feel that if the animal doesn’t have pupils or you can’t look it in the eye, there’s a fear where you don’t know if it’ll attack or what it’s thinking.”

So I’m a Spider, So What? is currently set for a January 2021 premiere.

Source: Anime News Network


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.