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Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1

(Giant Spider & Me #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  94 reviews

A young girl named Nagi and a giant spider make an unusual pair in this post-apocalyptic story, but living in the mountains is lonely, and they’ve managed to find each other. Join them in their strangely sweet domestic bliss as they spend their days sharing tea and throwing picnics, proving that love (and delicious food) can bring together even the most
Paperback, 180 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Seven Seas (first published March 10th 2017)
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Really cute story involving an adorable spider and girl and the food she makes while she waits for her father to return. Only thing I'm sad about is that this is complete at three volumes - I'm definitely going to wish for more.
Ken Yuen
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-read
Just cute! I didn't know a thing about it, but the cover just captured my interest immediately. I'm very much a fan of the art style.

Let's talk about the cover a bit more. The name "Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale" was too good. Sometimes you have to admire people who can be economical with their word usage.

Interesting fact, the original title literally means "The Calm After The End of the World". With the word Calm in Japanese being Asanagi, a combination of the two main characters'
Amy Imogene Reads
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Really cute, quiet tale. Obviously a unique premise and I enjoyed it!
Polenth Blake
Nagi is a twelve-year-old girl living alone on a mountain. Asa is a giant spider. They meet and spend their days cooking and getting to know each other.

This is the first book in a manga trilogy. The interior is black and white, with a colour cover and title page. Though it's a post-apocalyptic setting, this is one where nature has taken over rather than being destroyed. Lush vegetation has covered the remains of the old world. That feel is enhanced by the watercolour artwork.

There is a slice-of-
Rod Brown
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
A post-apocalyptic world and a giant spider, and yet about the most exciting thing in this book is finding a pumpkin. Recipes and cooking take up most of the space in this book, which is firmly in the slice-of-life genre. The spider is basically a large cat and the girl is a bit of a Pollyanna, but I'm almost willing to try another volume to see how the last-second cliffhanger plays out, though I'm pretty sure I know...
Bogi Takács
I asked my library to order this based on Polenth's review here:
And it was exactly what it was promised to be, so I recommend both the review and the book. :)
Source of the book: Lawrence Public Library
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super cute and heartwarming!!
Love the art style as well :)
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The rustic/outdoorsy setting! The adorable giant spider! The FOOD! It's like it was written to be adapted by them!

The first volume, I will say, is not very plot heavy so nothing really .... happens. It mostly is for set-up purposes, such as establishing characters, the setting, etc. But! This is super adorable and the end of it is promising for a real plot. I also really appreciate that Nagi refers to Asa with non-binary pronouns since she can't know
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had a dream/fantasy where I had a pet spider the size of a puppy dog. The spider was my sweet pet and she would fall me around everywhere and sleep on my chest at night so that she would be the first thing I would see when I woke up. I loved that spider.

And I find it terribly upsetting that this sweet little book beat me to it. I'm still glad it exists though, and, at the very least, I got some great recipes from it.
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this... I want to eat the pumpkin dumplings made in the first chapter... ;_;
Joe Crawford
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl meets spider. Girl feeds spider. Nice mix of recipes and ET. Very cute story, and a heck of a cliffhanger!
Kelly K
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, manga
Slow in the beginning but picked up at the end. I met a giant spider in the bathroom this morning. I guess I should have given it pumpkin dumplings.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
A young girl befriends a giant spider creature while waiting for her dad to return.

This book is my new best friend! It's adorable - a slice-of-life about a post-apocalyptic Earth combined with a cooking manga. Nagi is very brave to befriend Asa, who is huge, with giant teeth and tentacles (in addition to usual spider parts). But Asa is also very brave to reach out to Nagi, since they don't know anything about Nagi either.

Each of the chapters has an adorable title. The first is "Unexpected Encoun
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

In the post-apocalyptic universe, Nagi is left behind by her wanderlust dad to take care of herself. The story tugged on my heartstrings because it has been awhile since Nagi has seen her dad but she still has hope that he will come back.

Through a series of unusual events, Nagi and the spider (named Asa) because roommates/friends. They cannot communicate through means but they are able to communicate through cooking! And let me tell you, t
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a cozy, quiet little story, which is something I never thought I'd say about a book involving a giant spider! But Asa, the spider/not quite spider creature is downright adorable while simultaneously fierce and I'm here for it! Nagi is also as cute as can be- and the the illustrations are top notch. Can't wait to read the next book in this three volume series!
Kit Feral
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was like What Did You Eat Yesterday except instead of a gay couple it was a girl and her giant spider.

I loved every second of it.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, that is just charming. I want a giant spider friend.
Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
5 out of 5 stars

You know, I’m really beginning to love the ‘end of the world slice of life’ manga and anime that have been released recently. The latest in this wonderful vein is a manga called Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1 by Kikori Morino, released in English for the first time on February 20, 2018.

Nagi is a young girl living in a post-apocalyptic world. While her father is out exploring, she stays home caring for the house. One day while out gathering vegetables she meets
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't really know what this was going into it. It's basically a cooking manga with a mascot spider if you will. Just think of it as a cooking manga, and everything else apocalyptic about it as gravy on top, and you'll probably be less disappointed.

For me, cooking manga are better purchased than rented. It's good to use them to see new dishes and then try to make them yourself. There's some yummy basic recipes in here. The time it takes to cook is probably the only vague element in their direc
usagi ☆ミ
4.5/5 stars for the Japanese edition. If you like cute stuff that takes place at the end of the world, or cooking shows, or both, this is definitely the title for you. Can't wait to read the translated version!
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
100% wonderful. Great art, perfectly peaceful story, excellent pacing. Thank you, Seven Seas Entertainment, for continuing to publish such excellent titles!
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Spider Lovers!
Shelves: manga-fantasy
Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale By Kikori Morino

Official Synopsis:
A Web Of Friendship! A young girl named Nagi and a giant spiders make an unusual pair in this post-apocalyptic story, but living in the mountains is lonely, and they've managed to find each other. Join them in their strangely sweet domestic bliss as they spend their days sharing tea and throwing picnics, proving that love (and delicious food) can bring together even the most unlikely friends.

Genres: Fantasy & Slice Of
This is really cute, I don't think I expected it to be so cute! Morino has a kind of generally cute style and put a lot of effort into making the spider a sort of balance between cute and - especially when it opens its mouth really wide - terrifying. There are also lots of gorgeous backgrounds and landscapes, and occasional soft, greyscale watercolor washes that make the whole thing feel surprisingly serene. It's kind of a Girls Last Tour kind of dystopia, just people living day to day in the wo ...more
Karissa Fast
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read too many manga series, but after finishing this volume I have the overwhelming urge to buy the entire series, find a blanket and a blustery meadow, and read them all in one day!

A 12 year old girl lives alone in the mountains, waiting for her father to return from his travels. The world as we know it has been destroyed - cities are flooded, and the population is minuscule. One day while harvesting her garden, Nagi discovers a giant spider-like creature. Who turns out to be adorable
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting start to a story that I wish had a bit more to it. It's a post-apocalyptic pastoral setting, where a girl meets and befriends a giant spider with her cooking; the manga features a few recipes along the way, although not in as much detail as some other cooking-focused stories, and the apocalypse so far has been mostly an excuse for her to live alone in the woods, and for some nice art of overgrown remnants of civilization. I feel like the volume's format is holding it back; ...more
I bought this on a whim, being drawn to the cover and hoping it'd be in the same vein as The Girl From The Other Side and I was not disappointed. It's another story about loneliness and unlikely people/creatures becoming friends but it is different enough to not feel boring or like a knock-off. It was a little strange to realize that each chapter was going to come with a cooking recipe (reminded me of those cozy mysteries that have recipes in them!) but i feel like the author did a pretty good j ...more
Nicholas Driscoll
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adorable story about a young girl in a post apocalyptic world who befriends a giant spider like creature. This is a good manga and basically has recipes woven into the narrative ala Cooking Papa, though with a taste of the fantasy trappings of Delicious in Dungeon.

The story is pretty light without much depth, but it’s pleasant. The art is pretty adorable too. Still, there are some bits that grated on me, such as the protag’s tendency to refer to the spider as “they,” which has come into vogue bu
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, 3-stars

Well, I believe I've found a replacement manga for Sweetness and Lightning. I wasn't sure what to expect upon entry to this series. A tale of a young girl and a gigantic spider fending against the end of the world? Well, yes, to a point. However, this is also a cooking manga. I never would have guessed that element would be present.

Overall, this is a nice slice of life manga with cooking thrown in the mix. The art is very visually appealing, and the spider didn't scare or creep me out like I th
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This is so fucking cute, I could just die!

The artwork/art style works well in every scenario and emotion, but is overall endearing and oddly calming. Asa is so damn cute and I love how he kind of acts like a puppy but is fucking HUGE. Nagi is a great character and I love seeing her take her situation in stride and live the best life she can. The cooking scenes were fun and I LOVED seeing Asa and Nagi cook together. So damn cute!

This was a surprisingly fun and soothing first volume, though that c
Mercedes McLean-Wheeler
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely, gentle book. This series presents a very different view of post-apocalyptic living, though it seems likely that we’ll see some darker parts eventually. For this volume we just see Nagi, a lonely girl, befriending a strange, cute giant spider. Be warned- Nagi spends most of her time cooking (describing the ingredients and cooking process in depth) so it’ll probably make you hungry! I had to get up for snacks several times (though none of them were as delicious as what Nagi makes-si ...more
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