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

(Giant Spider & Me #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  42 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 charact
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.
Joe Crawford
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Girl meets spider. Girl feeds spider. Nice mix of recipes and ET. Very cute story, and a heck of a cliffhanger!
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this... I want to eat the pumpkin dumplings made in the first chapter... ;_;
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 me
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
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
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
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grabbed this on vacation (the time I'm most inclined to support bookstores including, yes, the Japanese ones ;) and I'm so happy to report it may actually be one of the better random vacation purchases I've made over the years. Yes, it's very simple consisting of spiders, cooking demonstrations, and eating. But it's a delightfully designed spider so it's generally pretty low on the creep factor (seriously, it's incredibly well designed). And the cooking stuff is pretty sweet - and that's coming ...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
Annie Greenman
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very cute manga and was a nice quick read. It was very whimsical and the art work had a studio ghibli type feeling to it. It is a bit slow of a story so if you're someone who likes more fast passed stories this may not be for you but if you like quick reads and something whimsical then this is for you.
This book is like a cooking show in dystopia, complete with recipes. Nagi befriends a giant spider-like creature and cooks for him as he protects her. Ends on a real cliffhanger. Complete with recipes!

Read in manga style, which I kept forgetting. The book makes way more sense when you read it in order!
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is so sweet! I love the interactions between Asa and Nagi - how Nagi doesn’t treat Asa like a pet and how they mutually try to understand each other. Such a different take on the typical human-animal bond story. Can’t wait for volume 2!
Kelly C.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-reads, manga
Nagi and Asa are very cute. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the world is overgrown with greenery. Nagi is resourceful and cooks simple recipes for herself and Asa. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.
A cute story of a girl who has been left alone by her father in a post apocalyptic era who finds a giant spider. She (Nagi) befriends the spider and tries to learn a bout it. Cute and easy recipes are thrown throughout the story.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who knew I'd love a post-apocalyptic manga about a little girl living in the forest with a giant spider and also some cooking recipes?
Meaghan Steeves
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful start to a new-to-me series. I can't wait to continue it.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is so bizarre. A post-apocalyptic, slice-of-life, cooking manga with a girl and her giant spider? It's glorious.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
So this was really cute and now I know how to make turnip soup.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Cute manga with a not-scary Spider Like thing. The artist can draw a surprising amount of emotion from the spider. Also has recipes! Can’t go wrong there.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Extra points for the seemingly impossible achievement of making the giant spider so cute. Enormous teeth and all.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
this is teeth-achingly adorable.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
A surprisingly cute series that I've been interested in for a while. Great start so far!
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Så söt, skum och bra! Älskar harmoniska "efter katastrofen" alster.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so charming, a little weird, but in a sweet way. This and Lucas the spider could get people over their fear of them.
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