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

(Giant Spider & Me #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A WEB OF FRIENDSHIP

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
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Seven Seas (first published March 10th 2017)
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Shannon
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
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Gretchen
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS NEEDS TO BE THE NEXT STUDIO GHIBLI MOVIE.

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
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Joshua
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.
Hayley
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
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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!
Alenka
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
Terrence
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
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Bentgaidin
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
Anne
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
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.
Sarah
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!
Lara
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!
Stephanie
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.
alicat
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.
Jordan
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.
Momski
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.
Suzanne
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
this is teeth-achingly adorable.
Antonia
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Så söt, skum och bra! Älskar harmoniska "efter katastrofen" alster.
Dorcas
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.
Afia
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I thought I wasn't going to like it because spiders scare me, but this is a cute, feel good series.
Schnekk
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!
Kathleen
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, not scary! Surprisingly, it's a cooking manga.
Keri
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so cute I hate spiders but honestly this was so well written and one of the most adorable mangas I've ever read
Jennifer
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, ya
Interesting premise, cute artwork and fun recipes. I look forward to more of this.
Vi
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kind of weird. Curious how the mystery unfolds.
Becky B
Nagi is a girl who lives in the forest by herself (well, she lives with her dad but he's out satisfying his wanderlust). One day while weeding and harvesting from her garden, she meets a huge spider-like creature. At first she's scared, but the beast doesn't seem to be very beastly and enjoys Nagi's cooking. She names it Asa and they quickly become friends over food, which Nagi loves to cook. (Recipes are included.)

Most of this book just features Nagi getting to know her new "pet" and cooking. (
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LHW
rated it it was ok
Apr 23, 2018
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Giant Spider & Me (3 books)
  • Giant Spider & Me: A Post Apocalyptic Tale, Vol. 2 (Giant Spider & Me #2)
  • Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 3