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Blattodea (ブラトデア) is a 2020 shonen manga written by Shinya Murata and illustrated by Hayami Tokisada that's published on the Gangan JOKER magazine. It is a direct sequel to Arachnid from 2009.

Alice Fujii is as miserable as ever. She might have survived the Organization's Arachnid Hunt, an assault of psychotic bug-themed assassins at her school, but also suffered no end of physical and emotional trauma without gaining anything in return. After choosing to face the outbreak of rapist zombies that overran Japan since the incident, Alice finds the Organization wants to take her as their new Boss — whether she wants it or not.

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Putting that aside, newcomer Chiyuri Haijima is a bright and easygoing roach-girl who lives with a community of homeless people. Right before the Arachnid Hunt starts she makes friends with a troublesome ant-girl named Setsuna Dinoponera... Considering what happens later that day, what could be their role in all of this?

The story requires having read Arachnid and to a lesser extent Caterpillar beforehand to make any sense, so spoilers pertaining to them will be unmarked.


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This manga features the following tropes:

  • Action Prologue: Chapter 0 is about Alice trying to survive the zombie apocalypse on her own.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head:
    • When Alice is crying herself to sleep in the prologue and remembers her master Kumo, there's a whole page with him patting her on the head.
    • During chapter 1, Chiyuri is thinking about how Yamato has been raising her since she's fled from the Organization, and there's likewise a small panel of him patting her head.
  • After the End: In a month, most of Japan has turned into a wasteland thanks to the rape zombie apocalypse provoked by the Organization. The villains use this as an excuse to further kill as many as they see fit, in order to build some sort of utopia.
  • Aliens Made Them Do It: The army ant zombie plague, which started from the death of a Living Aphrodisiac, turns its victims crazy for sex to the point they'll end up dying of starvation. Even the previously innocent Dinoponera goes ravenous if anyone tries to rape her while she's zombified, and it's difficult to tell how self-aware she is during the act.
  • All Men Are Perverts: And rapists, except for Chiyuri's adoptive father and his pals. Unlike in Arachnid, though, female zombies are also shown trying to rape people.
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    • The homeless men who help Yamato take care of Chiyuri get zombified and assault her while claiming this is what they wanted to do unto her all along.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: In Arachnid, Alice was, by the author's own words on the final afterword, an Invincible Hero. His goal for the sequel, then, was to figure out a bug that's even better than a spider, and Chiyuri the cockroach—a wild American cockroach specifically—is who he came up with. She's all-around strong, skilled and clever, as well as capable of beating Dinoponera's and Alice's pseudo-Time Stands Still technique. Rather ironic considering how Megumi the house cockroach was a Faux Action Girl in the previous stories.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The story opens with Alice having just completely crippled a hapless zombie girl. In one of the next pages, there's a newspaper recommending the survivors amputate all four limbs of the not-exaclty-dead zombies.
  • An Axe to Grind: Alice lost the Kumoito and has been fighting with a hatchet instead. Oddly enough the narrator doesn't draw any comparisons between spiders and hatchets.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • After Kuramoto is killed, all her drones including Sara become brain-dead and are only able to shamble around trying to rape people. The zombie girl seen in the very beginning, for example, can only beg for more sex despite having all her limbs chopped off by Alice. So far it is left ambiguous what triggered them after they left Alice's school in a passive state (possibly Dinoponera being violated a second time and fighting back) and if they can be restored to normal (Dinoponera comes back to her senses seemingly by sheer Heroic Willpower, but says the other people can't turn to normal. At the time of the prologue, a vaccine is mentioned in a newspaper).
    • Dinoponera, who was tossed to the zombie mob while paralysed and likely experienced it in slow-motion, seemingly remains just lucid enough to try calling for Chiyuri but too weak to avoid the thugs who assault her later. Once one of them violates her, though, she suddenly springs back alive and as unhinged as ever to rape him instead. It's difficult to tell how conscious the brainwashing leaves her as she tries to attack Chiyuri with a crazed look upon finding her but suddenly turns back to normal and saves the roach when other zombies were molesting her.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: After catching up with Alice in the prologue, the reader is introduced to the titular "blattodea" heroine. However, she isn't Megumi Oki, but instead a new roach-girl called Chiyuri Haijima.
  • Animal Motifs: About every character has a bug motif, and once or twice per chapter the narrator will hype those critters with wild life trivia. Naturally, you can expect roaches to be treated like the apex of living beings here, even above spiders.
  • Apologetic Attacker:
    • Chiyuri's homeless friends all end up infected. When she's suddenly groped by the first one she comes across, she knocks him down in confusion and promptly apologizes.
    • Dinoponera apologizes for killing Chiyuri's hobo friends to prevent them from raping her, but Chiyuri is too thankful to think badly of her. It doesn't help that the zombies were talking like they were grooming Chiyuri all along.
  • As You Know: Kabutomushi explains to Alice (and the readers) that the zombie outbreak was planned by the Organization so they can throw Japan into chaos and get away with murdering countless people. This retroactively makes a comment from Gokiburi in the final chapter of Arachnid rather awkward, as she explains the exact same thing to Alice and the readers 28 days into the outbreak.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Dinoponera was a cruel and sadistic casual killer who offed a civilian by accident, beat up half of the cast for fun and tortured Alice for petty reasons. She then had her prized time-slow technique stolen and improved by Instant Expert Alice like it was nothing, was humiliated and defeated before getting goaded into a hopeless fight against Sasori and getting tossed into a pit of rapist zombies while paralyzed and begging for her life. However, it would be unfair to say the poor child soldier had no redeeming qualities, and her portrayal in Blattodea helps humanize her further.
    • The three men who attempt to rape Chiyuri in chapter 1 later prey on a zombiefied Dinoponera who's just looking for the roach-girl but she gleefully dominates and infects all of them. Might as well cheer her on.
  • Attempted Rape: With the rapepocalypse the story is set in, rape attempts are bound to be episodic.
    • Alice nearly gets infected by the zombies in the prologue, but is saved by Hanakamakiri.
    • Chiyuri is introduced as a trio of perverts try to rape her while she's asleep, but she breaks free instantly.
    • Dinoponera is shown to have been rape-zombified offscreen after all. This gives her the dubious distinction of being the first major girl in the author's mangas that actually gets raped right after being (re)introduced. In the next chapter, while wandering around as a zombie, Dinopo is raped by one of the guys who wanted to assault Chiyuri earlier but then... she starts asserting herself.
    • Chiyuri is molested and very nearly penetrated by her infected homeless friends, but a fully conscious Dinoponera saves her in the nick of time and brutally kills the two men. There's little time to rest, though, as the two girls are still surrounded by a crowd of zombies afterwards.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The current illustrator for the series doesn't detail scars on most female characters said to have them, leading to certain oddities.
    • Back in Arachnid, Alice had scars on her palms from the time Dinoponera repeatedly stabbed her, but in Blattodea she doesn't. Hayami Tokisada never detailed the scars Imomushi was repeatedly said to have in Caterpillar, either.
    • When Dinoponera is shown defeated by Alice, the spider-girl appears completely unharmed despite being all bruised and stabbed in the original story. The smear of Alice's blood left on Dinopo's cheek when she slapped her, on the other hand, is detailed like it is a bruise. This gives the wrong impression that Dinopo was utterly curb-stomped by Alice for the entire fight.
    • Kabutomushi is reintroduced at the point she had saved Alice from the Boss. All the injuries and damage to her uniform she suffered during the Arachnid Hunt are gone. The nearby Alice, again, doesn't look like she just had the crap beaten out of her minutes before, either.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hanakamakiri saves Alice from a horde of zombies with a squad of armored soldiers, and declares Alice is now the new Organization Boss.
  • Black Comedy Rape: The story seems to be going for this to avoid making the mood too bleak despite relishing in the inevitable Sequel Escalation of the attempted and successful rape scenes that actually get portrayed more graphically than in the Caterpillar seinen spinoff.
  • Bookends: The final chapter of Arachnid started with some dramatic narration about the troubles Alice had overcome and then a nude pin-up of her looking determined (Caterpillar also had an equivalent scene for Imomushi, sans nudity, for parallelism). This story opens with the narrator teasing some kind of bug that's superior to spiders and then we get another nude pin-up of Alice.
  • Boss Subtitles: Characters are introduced like this, starting with Chiyuri and Dinoponera after they fight. This instance is used to reveal "Wamongokiburi" is Chiyuri's bug codename and that "Setsuna" is Dinoponera's civilian name.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Despite her determined closing monologue about fighting with all she's got back in Arachnid, Alice is first seen with no real goal but to survive the zombie hordes, all battered and depressed over all she's lost, being unable to sleep in peace and having no home to return to.
    • While still plenty bitchy, Dinoponera shows a kinder side to her and is a very naive girl, as she barely makes friends with Chiyuri and still thinks she'll make even more during the Arachnid Hunt. While returning readers know it was her own fault, seeing her as a nearly brain dead zombie clinging to the hope of meeting Chiyuri again is very sad. And while she does resist the brainwashing to save Chiyuri, her unflappable confidence from earlier is certainly gone.
  • The Bus Came Back: Dinoponera is reintroduced in chapter 1. And six real life years and two months after she got very abruptly tossed into a pit of rapist zombies at the 2/3 mark of Arachnid, she is finally seen in chapter 2 looking barely conscious and desperate to meet back with Chiyuri.
  • But Now I Must Go:
    • Alice left Gokiburi's bunker to be a killer hobo for three reasons. First, Gokiburi is just less horny and forceful than the zombies outside, and while Alice likes Goki back she was afraid of snapping and harming her. Second, she's becoming addicted to violence. Third, she doesn't feel at "home" anywhere.
    • While it goes unstated in the prologue, Hanakamakiri left her partner Imomushi because she felt she had betrayed her by making a deal with her enemy Suzumebachi to later help Alice become the Boss in exchange for him not killing Imomushi if he had the chance.
  • Call-Back:
    • Alice briefly mentions leaving Gokiburi behind and thinks about her late mother and her master Kumo.
    • Alice goes back to Kumo's house to rest. The stuffed bear she used to cope with Kumo's death is still in the same place and she even tries to take it with her while escaping from the zombies.
    • Back in Caterpillar, when Hanakamakiri was facing her master, she pretended to be as depraved as him by claiming she was following Imomushi around to cut all her limbs off. At the beginning of Blattodea, the previously Only Sane Woman Alice doing just that for real to a random zombie girl sets the tone for the story.
    • After Dinoponera leaves Chiyuri, it cuts to her being defeated by Alice at the Arachnid Hunt and some brief scenes from later, with Kuramoto's death kickstarting the zombie apocalypse.
    • Dinoponera's reaction shot upon being raped in chapter 3 mirrors the one from chapter 50 of Arachnid, except she looks disturbingly happy instead of horrified at her predicament.
    • Kabutomushi feels like she's seen Sasori before. They never interacted in Caterpillar but both escaped from the Ageha ship with Imomushi. Sasori was knocked out at the time.
    • In chapter 4, Dinoponera rescuing Chiyuri by performing a flying kick on her assailant is an inversion of Alice being saved from Hibiki and the Media army ants by her own roach friend during the Arachnid Hunt. We also get to see her stabbing one guy through his head for real this time like she once tried on Hibiki.
    • Back in Arachnid, Dinoponera killed a bystander while thinking he was some random assassin and shruged it off once she found the guy wasn't related to the nearby Kabutomushi or anything. In this story, Dinopo kills two of Chiyuri's hobo friends who were infected and about to rape the roach. This time she is truly sorry for what she had to do.
  • Call-Forward:
    • In Arachnid, Dinoponera brags to Kabutomushi she can't be defeated with pure power, and here, before the Arachnid Hunt, she boasts to Chiyuri she can't be beaten with pure speed. She even dares both of them to try and beat her with a special move.
    • Dinoponera getting walloped by Chiyuri and yet suffering no injuries from it mirrors her getting repeatedly kicked across a corridor by Hibiki during the Arachnid Hunt, with the difference that she is impressed by fellow Sailor-Force fan Chiyuri but doesn't give a damn about Kahen Rider fan Hibiki.
    • Before fighting Sasori, Alice's monologue about how she must keep killing just to live in such a Crapsack World is the same one she does in the final chapter of Arachnid. The difference is that the "I've no choice but to kill" part is only implied in the original with her just sighing in Tranquil Fury but is stated out this time with her looking utterly unhinged.
  • Charge-into-Combat Cut: Chapter 3 cuts away from Alice jumping at Sasori. While it is known Alice survives that, her having lost the Kumoito, doing what is portrayed as The Worf Barrage throughout the series and the mentions of her having been unable to move at some point in Arachnid's epilogue aren't a good sign.
  • Clothing Damage:
    • In the prologue, Alice's uniform is worn out from what appears to be weeks of fighting the zombies and her skirt goes missing between scenes.
    • Dinoponera is rape-zombiefied offscreen, and is seen afterwards with her sailor uniform rather damaged and missing the tie... even though she was specifically paralysed at the time so she wouldn't even be able to struggle.
  • Crapsack World: The series' world is ruled by a shadowy Organization that either murders people they believe are worthless to absorb their assets or strips them of their identities to turn them into psychotic assassins. Alice, Dinoponera, and then Kuramoto were ultimately just three horribly traumatized girls lashing out at each other, and Kuramoto's death provoked an apocalypse scenario that the Organization expects Alice to clean up.
  • Darker and Edgier: The story has gore and on-panel rape both depicted more graphically than in Arachnid, and from Alice's perspective things are still quite hopeless. On the other hand, Chiyuri is brighter than the spider-girl and she ends up bringing the best out of Dinoponera, so from their perspective the story as of volume 1 goes on a more idealistic angle.
  • Damsel in Distress: The zombified Dinoponera turns out to be a Damsel out of Distress who suddenly recovers her senses to save Chiyuri from also suffering that fate.
  • Declaration of Protection: While resisting the effects of her zombiefication, Setsuna declares that no matter how much the army ants want to violate Chiyuri, letting them lay a hand on her is absolutely unacceptable.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Downplayed; former Arachnid protagonist Alice is the focus of Chapter 0 and all the marketing for the series' release focused on her, but from chapter 1 on she shares the spotlight with the actual protagonist for this story, Chiyuri the roach-girl.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Dinoponera is obsessed with making friends with people who can match her in combat... but never tires of fighting until she kills her foe and doesn't consider whether she'd be spared if she ever loses. Chiyuri overpowers and impresses Dinoponera enough that she quits fighting (what seals the deal is Chiyuri also liking Sailor-Force), and as a result Dinopo actually acknowledges her as a friend and Chiyuri happily returns the sentiment.
  • Depopulation Bomb: The point of the zombie outbreak, another stunt from this Organization that deliberately got Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuked to lose WWII spectacularly. Half of Japan's population is supposed to die from sex frenzy-induced starvation, and the Organization will employ armed forces to terminate them if needed. There never was a real justification for why Yoriko sought to do population control, but as Sasori points out, a world of chaos would be perfect for the most demented bug assassins to live in.
  • Destructo-Nookie: When zombie Dinoponera is starting to get raped by some thug inside a van, she grabs him by the throat and pins him to the floor. Whatever happens afterwards causes the van to shake wildly, to the amusement of the man's friends who are standing outside. And then all three men are next seen as zombies.
  • Downer Beginning: Everything's terrible for Alice in the prologue until she's saved from getting infected, and the idea of her getting hired into the Organization for real, even as the new Boss and with Hanakamakiri looking after her, seems rather ominous.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Alice lost her overpowered Razor Floss weapon upon sniping Ginyanma back in Arachnid, and isn't seen using Concentration Driving Force during the prologue (though it might just be the lack of her usual eye details in the artwork). She puts on a good fight and kills a whole bunch of zombies, but is defeated and Hanakamakiri gets to save her.
  • Dramatic Irony: Chiyuri doesn't have the first idea who's this smarmy ant making trouble on her home, and neither of them imagine just how big a reality check Dinoponera will get in a few hours or how Japan will collapse afterwards from the zombie outbreak. Only Yamato realizes something bad is about to happen, and what makes it more tragic is that Dino and Chiyuri actually become friends after they fight.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!:
    • An ugly-ass zombie appears out of thin air to attempt to rape Alice while she's trying to sleep.
    • Three thugs attempt to rape Chiyuri in her introduction scene while she's sleeping, but she leaps away in a split second. They also have no qualms about raping a zombiefied Dinoponera, but get way more than they bargained for — she jolts awake and is heavily implied to have raped all of them offscreen.
    • Subverted when Chiyuri wakes up to find a barely conscious zombie Dinoponera looming over her. Dino resisted the brainwashing enough to just wait for Chiyuri to wake up but still ends up scaring the roach away with an attempt to shove a palm on her face while giving her a Death Glare.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Alice is first seen after mutilating a zombie girl in what turns out to be a government-sanctioned Cruel Mercy, and then fails to save another girl from being infected. Readers unfamiliar with the series can tell she has a mountain of issues weighing her down but is good-natured and does whatever it takes to survive the apocalypse.
    • Chiyuri is shown to take pride in being homeless and cares a lot for the community surrounding her. A lot of detail is given on their daily routine and how Chiyuri has to beat up Dinoponera to keep her from getting them all chased out of the park.
    • Even if she acts cute and really just wants companionship, Dinoponera is a very self-centered and violent cloudcuckoolander. She's seen bathing on a public fountain without a care in the world, then greeting Chiyuri just to kick her in the face while calling Japanese people weak.
  • Exact Time to Failure: The first chapters after the prologue have a dramatic countdown to the zombie outbreak. So dramatic that 12 HOURS LEFT UNTIL THE OUTBREAK is both the first panel of chapter 1 and a splash page a while later. It ends on the next chapter, showing Kuramoto's death triggering the zombie outbreak.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: The visual eye effects when Alice uses Congenital Excessive Concentration (lines spreading from her pupils) or either her or Dinoponera use Concentration Driving Force (crosshair-like irises) are oddly absent until Alice gets serious in chapter 3, and even then she uses CEC instead of CDF. This gives the impression Alice's powers have weakened at the point the prologue takes place.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Since Dinoponera asks Chiyuri to show her a special move, she tells Chiyuri about her own, C. Drive (originally "Concentration Driving Force"), which sharpens her senses to the extent she views the world in slow motion. She does this to brag that Chiyuri won't hit her no matter what (and she's so wrong).
  • Eye Scream: Alice kicks one zombie's face so hard one of his eyes pops out. Really, there have been multiple times since Arachnid that Alice ripped eyes out of people just by hitting them that hard.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • After a random nude shot of Alice from behind, the story opens with a naked girl lying on the ground and begging for sex... but she's a mind-broken zombie whose arms and legs have just been severed by Alice's hatchet. Right afterwards another girl is undressed and gangraped before turning into a crazy zombie who Alice might have killed.
    • Although the reader is spared from seeing Dinoponera getting rape-zombified during the Arachnid Hunt, her next rape is shown in some detail with her looking badly stoned but turning into a questionably-conscious frenzy as soon as she's penetrated.
    • On chapter 4, Chiyuri is molested not once but twice by her zombified neighbors on a level of graphic depiction previously unseen in other entries in the series. She is helpless and terrified the whole time until Dinoponera arrives to kill the two men. The several upskirt angles on Dinopo afterwards serve as an ironic reminder that she's been harshly raped for hours just a while before and is obviously shaken from the experience.
  • Fanservice: Dinoponera has a pretty eyebrow-raising reintroduction after being gone for so long, as she spends two chapters fighting Chiyuri while naked. Outside of a few Male Gaze panels, this is used to portray her as an Innocent Fanservice Girl.
  • Feel No Pain: The sex-crazed zombies are known to not react to pain, which is likely why the authorities are telling people to amputate all their limbs if outright killing is to be avoided.
  • Foreshadowing: One of the first panels in the story is a close up of a cockroach. Turns out the new protagonist is a cockroach-girl, though not actually the one most readers were expecting.
  • Funny Foreigner: Having recently arrived on Japan from Thailand, Dinoponera starts up trouble by bathing nude on a park's fountain like the ridiculous ant she is. Her favorite anime "Sailor-Force" also heavily colors her perception of the country, even though she knows it's not real.
  • Gilded Cage:
    • Discounting that one "forcefully rape Alice" plan, Gokiburi does genuinely love Alice and wanted to keep her safe from the Organization in her underground bunker. Alice remarks on the prologue that she had no problems with Goki or the bunker, but staying there didn't feel right.
    • The prologue ends with Alice stupidified (once again) that the people who ruined her family and plotted the destruction of Japan think they can make a new home for her, even if Hanakamakiri might have the best of intentions.
  • Gilligan Cut: Played for Drama; Dinoponera kindly waving goodbye to Chiyuri is followed by her reduced to a crying mess when Alice defeated her, and then by her appearing zombified after Sasori got her raped.
  • Going Commando: While inspecting the zombified Dinoponera, a trio of thugs note her panties have been removed by whoever has already raped her. This is really a sordid Brick Joke payoff to Dinoponera originally having a Magic Skirt in Arachnid but getting panty shots for no reason on Caterpillar's reprise of her debut.
  • Gonk: Practically every male seen early on, from the rape zombies to the non-zombie rapists and even the hobos who are friendly to Chiyuri.
  • Got Me Doing It: Chapter 4 ends with Dinoponera lamenting she might fail to save Chiyuri from so many zombies, and Chiyuri muttering "No way..." in Thai like the ant-girl does.
  • Gratuitous English: One odd example; Dinoponera's Hyper-Awareness ability was called "Concentration Driving Force" with "Concentration Driving Free" in furigana. The furigana was changed to just "Concentration Driving" (C. Drive for short) for some reason.
  • Gratuitous Rape: It's what the series revolves around by now, what with the ensuing "rape zombie apocalypse" and Dinoponera getting infected being a major plot hook in the beginning. Specifically, Chiyuri is introduced while avoiding rape from three guys who even lampshade the random cartoonish villainy of their act, and this is simply to fit the "introduce heroine with her suffering or avoiding some form of abuse" pattern the author continues since Arachnid.
  • Guns Are Worthless: After all the oddball skills and weapons from the previous series and Alice outsniping a sniper with her magical knife-gun, it can be a surprise to see the zombie horde in the prologue getting gunned down by mundane firearms.
  • He's Back: So Dinoponera got repeatedly defeated, was gangraped for hours and turned into a zombie. Still didn't keep her from resisting the Queen's Rule and dramatically saving Chiyuri for the sake of their friendship. It's the first time the usually bitchy and selfish ant-girl is cast in a heroic light.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • There's plenty of female nudity here, though mostly in a Fan Disservice fashion with all the rape going on. Unlike in Arachnid, female nipples are visible on the volume releases.
    • Originally, Dinoponera was depicted under Magic Skirt rules and had no fanservicey scenes outside of two mild official illustrations. Then the reprise of her debut in Caterpillar ignored that and gave her several panty shots. Her introduction scene in this story? She's butt-naked; and her panties being pulled off at the time she was raped by the army ants is Played for Laughs with upskirt shots of her being used whenever possible.
  • I Am Your Opponent: Sasori walks by the Shouran High's rooftop to dare Alice to an one-on-one rematch despite Kabutomushi and Gokiburi being right there. Kabuto naturally stands up to Sasori and argues that the Arachnid Hunt is over, but Alice accepts the duel with her hated enemy anyway.
  • Immediate Sequel: The prologue takes place only a few days since Alice was last seen, at most. Chiyuri, however, is introduced in a P.O.V. Sequel set Just Before the End.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence:
    • From how Dinoponera behaves as a zombie, she seems to act on her usual bloodlust and doesn't just crave for sex like the other zombies.
    • Sasori still makes suggestive comments over the thought of fighting Alice.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • The Title Drop of the prologue is a miserable wandering Alice saying she's looking for a home. The Title Drop of Chapter 1 is Chiyuri, a much happier hobo roach, saying she'd rather not have one.
    • Chapter 2 ends with zombified Dinoponera crying out Chiyuri's name. Chapter 3 ends with the two face-to-face, and a disturbed Chiyuri calling her by name.
  • Ironic Name: At one point, Dinoponera and Chiyuri discuss a Sailor-Force character who is an expy of Setsuna Meioh, or Sailor Pluto. It is then revealed that Dinoponera is actually named Setsuna — so she just made friends with a girl themed after the bug Sailor Pluto dislikes the most.
  • Irony:
    • When Setsuna saves Chiyuri from being infected, the story gives her a Megaponera analis motif regarding how those ants are capable of retrieving and caring for injured foragers after raids on termite nests. Thing is, Setsuna herself never had anyone to watch her back like that when she ended up raped or even when she tagged along with Paraponera as a child. Also, the research papers the narrator references are from 2017, three years after Setsuna got dumped on that rape pit...
    • Sasori had attempted to kill Yoriko with a deadly toxin, but Yoriko turned out to be highly resistant to poison and came back later to reveal her true self to Alice. Right after Kabutomushi turns Yoriko into a bloody smear in the pavement, Sasori casually walks up to Alice saying she also faked her own death upon being defeated and hanged.
    • Dinoponera saving Chiyuri with a flying kick two chapters after being first shown as a zombie is a clear parallel to Gokiburi "saving" Alice with a drop kick back in Arachnid. Said scene happened two chapters after Dinoponera was Put on a Bus to Hell and was also a major Mood Whiplash.
  • Kick the Dog: Dinoponera was perfectly willing to kill Chiyuri during their first meeting just for interrupting her bath and being "mediocre", but the roach's battle prowess dissuades her from doing so. Afterwards, Dino, or rather, Setsuna, warms up to Chiyuri a bit.
  • King of the Homeless: Yamato Mitsuda is the leader of the homeless in the Miyamoto Park who acts like a father figure to Chiyuri. It is hinted that he also has ties to the Organization.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • The prologue actually avoids giving any context for why Japan became a sexual wasteland and about anything else that's going on.
    • The magazine version of the chapters come with character profiles for Alice and Hanakamakiri, and a little recap that spoils who the Queen of the army ants was.
    • Chapter 2 has a brief recap of Arachnid Hunt scenes from Alice defeating Dinoponera to Kuramoto getting her neck crushed, but there's no context for any of that for new readers. Even the point Dinoponera is defeated by Sasori and raped by the army ants is omitted, with her just appearing as a zombie afterwards.
    • The identity of the former Boss, Yoriko Tajima, is shown in Chapter 3. Notably, it had already been a topic midway through the prequel Caterpillar and even in the ending of the Sengoku era spinoff Choubu no Shinobi.
  • Male Gaze:
    • A nude pin-up of Alice is chapter 0's title double-page for reasons.
    • Also from chapter 0, in Megumi's flashback cameo, the dress she's wearing is semitransparent. It wasn't like that in Arachnid at all.
    • A trio of jackasses prepare to rape a sleeping Chiyuri in chapter 1 while commenting on her figure, complete with gratuitous close-ups of her curves and crotch.
    • Dinoponera gets a double-page nude pin-up of her own in chapter 1, plus she fights Chiyuri while still naked and as a bunch of middle-aged hobos watch in awe. Notably, she wasn't ever depicted like this back in the already fanservicey Arachnid.
  • Mercy Kill: The prologue starts with Alice completely dismembering a zombie girl as a form of Cruel Mercy and leaves, with seemingly no one to retrieve her before she bleeds out. Then Alice tries to save another girl from being infected but fails and appears to kill her too via a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Mythology Gag: The cover for Gangan Joker's February 2020 issue is a redraw of the cover from Arachnid volume 1. Notably, Arachnid never got the cover page on that magazine...
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • A distraught Alice just trying to survive the apocalypse is followed by Chiyuri and Dinoponera having a catfight a month before and becoming friends... which then cuts to the point the outbreak starts and Dinoponera walking out of it broken and nearly mindless from getting defeated by Alice and Sasori and infected by the zombies.
    • A terrified Chiyuri being molested by people she considered friends in a scene portrayed even more graphically than previous rape scenes in Arachnid is followed by a conscious but scared Dinoponera killing the two guys and vowing to protect Chiyuri. Not only there are multiple random upskirt shots of Dinopo during this, but the chapter ends with Chiyuri comically mimicking Dinoponera's "no way" Catchphrase when the two are surrounded by more zombies.
  • Naked First Impression: Dinoponera is happily showering on a public fountain when Chiyuri tells her to respect the laws a little bit. She just hits her foot on the roach's face, provoking a catfight from her. Amusingly enough, Dinoponera is completely casual about being naked and Chiyuri doesn't make any comments on that.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Dinoponera's introduction is her trying to bathe naked on a public fountain, since she doesn't have a clue of social norms. After she recovers from being a zombie, her panties having been ripped off by the rapist army ants is played for laughs, with several shots of her crotch and butt while she's dramatically rescuing Chiyuri and declaring her wish to protect her friend.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Seems all the bug-people from the Organization are going to have their proper names revealed in this installment.
    • Dinoponera introduces herself as Setsuna at a point she's trying her darndest to present herself as a decent, friendly human being to Chiyuri rather than a crazy bug, therefore earning some sympathy points from the readers.
    • Conversely, Sasori is just introduced as Saori Ono in a Boss Subtitles text box.
    • It was already established that Kabutomushi's real name is Ran, but her text box gives her surname which is just "Kabuto".
  • The Nameless: The Organization's assassins are all deprived of their original identities and receive codenames based on bugs. Notably, Dinoponera, who never knew her birth name, is suddenly established to have been named "Setsuna" by her adoptive father Paraponera. Unlike in previous installments, characters like Gokiburi, Kabutomushi and Sasori are all introduced by their real or fake names as well.
  • Not as You Know Them: Averted with Alice before the protagonist switcheroo; Arachnid ended with the impression she was going to embrace the Kumo title and turn into a real maniac, but what we see here is that, while she got more blood on her hands, she's the same well-meaning girl as before.
  • Not Quite Dead: Chapter 3 reveals Sasori did not die from either her own venom or from Alice hanging her — but she only survived because somebody broke her free from that noose.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: When Alice returns to Kumo's house to sleep, she barricades the door with literally everything but the kitchen sink. And yet a ridiculously ugly zombie just walks up to Alice between panels without making a sound.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Being as insane as she is, Dinoponera could've fought Chiyuri forever and turned increasingly lethal, but when Dinopo realizes Chiyuri is also a Sailor-Force fan, she drops all hostility, introduces herself by her real name and begs Chiyuri to be her friend. While talking about her past to Chiyuri later, she lets it show how sad she is over having no friends. Her turning into a traumatized shambling zombie who goes happy-go-lucky to rape people is all kinds of wrong, too.
    • Dinoponera's Smug Super confidence was broken by her humiliation, rape and time spent as a zombie. When Dino breaks free from the brainwashing to save Chiyuri's life, she looks very unnerved and starts Suddenly SHOUTING! as if struggling to maintain control over her mind. Despite her Declaration of Protection, she is too scared to be sure she can save Chiyuri from all the other zombies.
  • Orphanage of Fear: Chapter 1 vaguely explains that Chiyuri escaped from some "institution" she was transferred to as a child. It's been established in Caterpillar that orphanages are a front for the Organization to train child soldiers, and that even Kabutomushi had a reputation of being abusive towards the children in her care.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Previously, a girl who was a Living Aphrodisiac and had a history of being raped by everyone around her because of it realized she could mind control her assailants and tried to take her frustrations out on the world by starting a pandemic and taking over Japan. Alice ended up killing her in self-defense, but this didn't keep the still-brainwashed student body of her school from turning the country into a pandemonium of debauchery anyway.
  • Pet the Dog: Dinoponera's kind treatment of Chiyuri after acknowledging her as a friend isn't outright a Heel–Face Turn but shows that all her yapping about wanting friends is sincere.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: The story reveals Sasori turned up alive to fight Alice at the Arachnid Hunt after Suzumebachi, Ginyanma and Yoriko had all been killed. Despite Kabutomushi and Gokiburi being right there. Alice just can't catch a break...
  • Posthumous Character:
    • Alice's late mother Ayana is briefly mentioned in the prologue. Specifically, the panel shows the pills found near her corpse to make it look like she commited suicide from medication overdose. Since she died, Alice has never felt at home anywhere.
    • Alice also thinks back to her former master Kumo. While the scene gives no context for new readers, he's who kidnapped and trained Alice as an adopted daughter but forced her to a Duel to the Death after her training was completed. She often recalls his advices to figure how to win fights.
    • Dinoponera explains her father Paraponera named her Setsuna, further implying he wasn't a bad dad to her despite being a horrible guy otherwise. What drove them apart, leading to her calling him "not a friend" in Arachnid, is still unclear.
    • Yoriko Tajima, whose corpse is seen on-panel in chapter 3, weaseled her way into Alice's heart while hiding that she was the Boss and the one who ruined her family. She wanted to kill Alice for refusing to become her final wasp puppet and being a loose end despite caring for her on some level, but was foiled and killed by Kabutomushi. Alice regrets her death a lot, and worse, takes to heart her claims that she would have grown into a murderer no matter what.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: The prologue is set after Arachnid ended, but then the story rewinds to just before the Arachnid Hunt and then its aftermath. The point of view is switched between Chiyuri, Dinoponera and Alice.
  • The Power of Friendship: As flawed as Dinoponera is, she sincerely cherishes Chiyuri and that makes her able to resist and break free from the Queen's Rule once Chiyuri is about to get infected as well.
  • R-Rated Opening: Opens with an ecstatic nude girl lying on the floor with all her limbs chopped off and then a good introduction to what exactly fuels the ongoing zombie apocalypse. The author even remarked on his penchant for starting every manga with ryona (fetish for physical and psychological abuse) a few days before the debut of this series.
  • Rape Discretion Shot:
    • The story cuts from Dinoponera getting defeated by Alice to her leaving the Ouran school at night as a mindless zombie after Sasori got her raped by the army ants. However...
    • ...The next time Dinoponera gets violated it is on-panel, as she lies locked inside a van with a random thug who doesn't care about how drugged out she is. Then she suddenly shakes off her brainless state to beat and rape him instead. The scene cuts away as it happens, and later both him and his two friends are seen zombified.
    • Chiyuri nearly getting raped by the homeless men at the public park is rather graphic as well, with a lot of molestation and one of them getting just... that... close to taking her from behind and zombifying her.
  • Retcon:
    • Chiyuri meets and befriends Dinoponera some hours before the Arachnid Hunt, despite Dinopo never alluding to her in Arachnid. There was nothing in there saying Dinoponera definitively didn't have a single friend, either.
    • Dinoponera is impressed by Chiyuri beating her without weapons and on brute force alone. This clashes with how, in Arachnid, Dinoponera is confused by how Hibiki wanted to fight her unarmed, saying she "never thought of weapons as a weakness". Dino never being pleased by whatever he does, however, is justified in Blattodea by her remarking her standards have increased from fighting Chiyuri.
    • Dinoponera's Bullet Time skill was called "Concentration Driving Force/Free" in Arachnid, but is changed to "Concentration Driving" or just "C. Drive" for some reason. It is still possible she added the "Force" later thanks to her interactions with Chiyuri.
    • Sasori's survival from losing to Alice is handily explained as her having faked her suicide with a fourth kind of venom that left her in a state of suspended animation (plus somebody else got her out of Alice's noose). That she can have a hundred other venoms other than her "three friends" goes without saying.
    • There is a glaring continuity error when Kabutomushi and Alice appear at Ouran High's rooftop right after Yoriko died: Kabuto's uniform is intact, without the slash wound she got while fighting Abu. As for Alice, she is shown with her usual blazer uniform which was stripped from her earlier. At that point in Arachnid, she was wearing an outfit stolen from the then zombified Sara, with overknee socks instead of pantyhose and no blazer. It's also very odd to see Alice talking like she was personally responsible for Yoriko's death when the reader knows she wasn't.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Show Within a Show Sailor-Force is referenced again, as not just Dinoponera but also Chiyuri are fans of it. Plus, Dinoponera is revealed to be named "Setsuna" after Setsuna "Sailor Emerald" Midorigaoka (that is, Setsuna "Sailor Pluto" Meioh) — fitting for a girl who can kind of stop time.
    • What with Dinoponera having traits of Nagisa from the original Futari wa Pretty Cure (her clothing and "Unbelievable!" tic), Chiyuri seems to follow suit. She's introduced as capable of incredibly high jumps (a Running Gag for first-time transformations in that franchise) and goes "Dadadada" while fighting Dinopo on a public fountain. The story began at about the same time as Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure, where one of the leads is Chiyu "Cure Fontaine" Sawaizumi.
    • Chiyuri's name, hairstyle and hat seem to mark her as an expy of Mayuri Shiina. The time travel theme of Steins;Gate adds up to Dinoponera being named after Sailor Pluto and having a pseudo-time-slowing power.
  • Silence Is Golden: The prologue has very little dialogue, which adds to its slow-paced melancholy. Even the bug funfacts narrator is absent after the first page.
  • Somewhere, an Entomologist Is Crying:
    • The bug trivia about Dinoponera ants portrays what looks more like a Paraponera clavata instead by mistake (which never happened in previous chapters), and as usual Setsuna acts like a mix of both. Setsuna's and her adoptive father's ants are popularly lumped together as "bullet ants", but in reality belong to different subfamilies, and Dinoponera is instead closely related to Pachycondyla — which Setsuna is only vaguely themed after by how the "巨針蟻" furigana given with her name refers to Pachycondyla chinensis.
    • The chapter 2 funfact about roaches getting upwards of 300 IQ and remembering how to fly when in danger appears to be based on bogus internet rumors. The concept of IQ isn't easily applied to animals, but there are studies on how well roaches can learn at different times of a day.
  • Stunned Silence: Wouldn't be Arachnid if Alice wasn't left utterly confused at something on a regular basis.
    • When Hanakamakiri declares Alice the new Boss of the Organization, Alice is left gasping like this. Notably, it mirrors the ending of Caterpillar, a so-far disconnected scene in which Hana's partner Imomushi praises Alice for fighting alone.
    • Dinoponera is awestruck by how Chiyuri is able to blast her out of C. Drive mode by brute strength alone, without a plan, tricks or weapons "like a real Sailor-Force".
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Dinoponera is portrayed from hers and Chiyuri's point of view as a rash and violent girl who nevertheless can be sickeningly sweet to anyone who earns her trust. The story glosses over Dinopo's evil actions during the Arachnid Hunt such as casually killing a civilian by accident and developing an irrational grudge towards Alice, making Alice look bad and Dinopo all the more pitiful when she ends up zombified.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Chiyuri and Dinoponera bond over baked potatoes and their shared love of magical girl anime.
  • Technically Living Zombie: The army ant zombies are actually alive but since their Queen died they became incapable of doing anything but raping anyone who's not yet infected. The Organization intends for all of them to die of starvation in a Depopulation Bomb scheme, but there's also talk of a vaccine being developed to heal them.
  • There's No Place Like Home: Back in Arachnid's ending, Alice claimed she felt more at home fighting the zombies than hiding away with Gokiburi. However, in the prologue for this series, Alice is stressed out again and monologues about how she feels like she doesn't belong anywhere since her mother got killed. Hanakamakiri claims the Organization can help fill that hole in her heart after all.
  • This Cannot Be!: Dinoponera has a habit of repeatedly screaming something along the lines of this in Thai (ไม่มีทาง/mâi mee taang, meaning "no way"; translated to "arienai"/"impossible" in furigana) when she does get scared, which is seen when Chiyuri lands an uppercut on her despite Dinoponera being on Bullet Time mode. Keeping with her Magical Girl motif, this is a nod to Nagisa Misumi from Futari wa Pretty Cure.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In the prologue, Alice drops her guard and nearly gets infected because she was trying to protect a teddy bear Kumo gave her.
  • Villains Out Shopping: A few hours before killing a clueless teacher and beating up a lot of people in the Arachnid Hunt, Dinoponera was innocently bathing on a park's fountain until Chiyuri stopped her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Alice killed Kuramoto in self-defense and found there was a ridiculous Evil Plan to halve the population of Japan from the pandemic of her brainwashed soldiers. Soon after, the zombified Dinoponera is assaulted by a group of thugs and fucks them right back. Her bloodlust is possibly what actually triggers the then passive zombies into attacking everyone, and then her three assailants among other people end up right next to Chiyuri's master and his friends, meaning poor Dinoponera did bring ruin to her friend's home without even realizing it.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Hanakamakiri meeting Alice in the prologue, making good on her promise to make Alice the new Boss.
    • The reveal of poor zombie Dinoponera in chapter 2, six real life years since she got Put on a Bus to Hell in Arachnid.
    • The reveal in chapter 3 that Sasori faked her death when she lost to Alice.
  • The Worf Barrage: Dinoponera's Concentration Driving Force lets her increase her heartbeat to view the world in slow-motion and she handily beat Imomushi, Kamadouma, Riokku and Kabutomushi with it. However, her lack of foresight while using C.D.F. against Crazy-Prepared opponents ultimately causes her to be easily defeated and humiliated by both Alice and Sasori. This story then adds that before even that Dinoponera's ability was beaten by Chiyuri with brute force alone, retroactively making the ant-girl even more stupid since she learned nothing from that.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Dinoponera, who was a supposedly all-powerful Arc Villain back in Arachnid, is the first opponent Chiyuri fights, and it is shown Chiyuri is too strong and fast for Dinoponera's and Alice's Hyper-Awareness powers. Although she was butt-naked and without her venomous elbow-stingers, Dinoponera gets knocked down repeatedly and acknowledges Chiyuri as a friend.
    • The army ant zombies are just going berserk and lack the team tactics they had under Kuramoto's control, but there's enough of them to pin down and nearly infect both Alice and Chiyuri. Dinoponera resists their hivemind, but given what she's been through she is uncharacteristically afraid and unsure if she can protect Chiyuri from them despite having a Child Soldier background in war zones.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Strangely, the official synopsis for the story and Alice herself claim she killed the Boss even though she no, she didn't, it was Kabutomushi who blew her to her death. Alice was hopelessly immobile and being tossed off the building by the Boss before Kabuto and Goki rescued her (Alice was even trying to reach out for the falling Yoriko in despair), and the event was reported correctly by Kirigirisu. Nonetheless, Hanakamakiri forces Alice to take over the Organization as she promised to Suzumebachi midway through the Arachnid Hunt.
  • Zombie Gait: The army ant zombies wander like this while passive, but will charge at the non-infected if set off. Dinoponera, for example, stumbles around pitifully while drooling with her head tilted sideways and her eyes rolled up... but when provoked she's about the most dangerous rapist around thanks to her innate lunacy, speed and strength.
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