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Manga / Himenospia

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Himenospia is a 2017 seinen manga written by Murata Shinya and illustrated by Yanai Nobuhiko. It is published under the monthly Gekkan Hero's magazine along with his other story, Killing Bites.

It follows the misadventures of a young Himeno Endou, who does not have a fun life. She's spent most of her life being treated like garbage by her incestuous father and her abusive mother, her classmates force her to crawl naked around the school and then a wasp stings her in the neck... mutating Himeno and granting her a fearsome stinger tail.

Turns out there's a mysterious species of wasp out there that parasites female humans and turns them into servants. Once a wasp dies, her servants become crazed terrorists hell-bent on ruining society. As Himeno is now one of a few Queen-ranked mutants who can potentially convert an unlimited amount of women, she is soon targeted by the goverment and all her newfound "comrades" are slaughtered. Infuriated, Himeno must take charge as the herald for the next step in human evolution.


This work features the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Himeno becomes the student council president of her school following the "incident", and claims a piece of Tokyo for herself.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Himeno's stepfather attempted to rape her, and her mother hit her in the face with a hot iron when she found out. Himeno ends up brainwashing her, and feels content with the result.
    • Rushia, Mizu's mother, neglects her to astronomical extents and this resulted in the girl's odd anti-kindness dysfunction. When Rushia is converted by Himeno and starts treating Mizu well, the girl is sickened to her core. The truth, however, is that Rushia is just head-over-heels for Himeno and is using Mizu as a tool to get closer to her.
  • Accomplice by Inaction: In the second arc, when some soldier-women stop a molester on a train, they then turn on the closest individuals who did nothing to stop the asshole from forcing his fingers into the girl's underwear.
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  • The Ageless: Serena was born in the 1850s and became a wasp Queen in June 11, 1862 but is permanently sixteen. Himeno and other queens won't age either.
  • All Men Are Perverts: And/or rapists. There are no prominent sympathetic male characters in the story at all.
  • Allergic to Love: Mizu is allergic to kindness, and hurls and passes out anytime people are nice to her. Especially the wasp women. On the other hand, being abrasive and harming others makes her feel good.
  • Animal Motifs: The wasp women are also compared to ants and bees, which also belong to the Hymenoptera order and are known for having a queen caste.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Himeno gets stung by a mysterious wasp and turns into a Queen with a sting and parasite-based mind-controlling powers that only work on females. And on some level the mutated women begin to act more like wasps than humans, as Fujimoto often notes.
  • Attempted Rape: Everything goes to Hell when a school employee attempts to rape Himeno and she retaliates, forcing her classmates to murder him when it turns out they cannot brainwash him to their side.
  • Author Appeal: It's about bugs again, but with a focus on wasps and less narration fun facts. And the plot revolves around master-slave relationships, which were a regular subject back in Arachnid and Caterpillar.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Dr. Fujimoto confronts Rie over her attempt to hack into the police's database, she raises her stinger, acts like she's going to threaten him... and then bows her head low and begs for the password.
    • In Mizu's origin story, we see her terrified and backed against a wall by her mother... who is offering a birthday cake.
    • Nagisa asks Himeno for a vice president rank in the student council like she's asking for sex, and is oblivious to why Himeno, who was actually going along with it, drops to her knees in embarrassment.
  • Berserk Button: Dr. Fujimoto comments at one point he really detests how Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata cicadas don't care if they fall on their backs and can't get up, as he feels they're disregarding their predators and the need to adapt and evolve. His face even contorts as he says this, and he's fairly chill otherwise.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: The wasp women have a ovipositor stinger coming out of their genitalia, and the queens can use theirs to transform other women into wasp mutants as well. When intending to kill, they instead inject venom that deals instant death by shock to their target.
  • Black and Gray Morality: A girl who ends up doing a questionable takeover of a city through brainwashing is opposed by authorities who really just want her power for their own purposes, an American Shadow Dictator and a comically sociopathic girl.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Himeno starts out concerned about her powers, but Nagisa, who had a Heel Realization after her own conversion, argues she should view the personality changes brought by her stinger as improvements. A year later Himeno denies to Mizu she's brainwashing people, but refrains from poking her because that would be brainwashing Mizu to her side.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Himeno insists her stinger does not brainwash people because it doesn't affect their personality and autonomy much, but the victims become fanatics for her nevertheless. Serena, on the other hand, happily goes for the slavery angle on anyone but her closest confidants.
    • After Mizu attempts to murder Himeno in view of everyone else, Fujimoto claims she isn't mentally ill or particularly unstable. By his and the setting's standards, maybe.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Serena surrounds herself with sharp-dressed female guards, among which are Joyce and Marjorie, her Co-Dragons. Himeno herself has nearly the entire student body of her school at her beck and call, but Nagisa is the only noteworthy original classmate of hers left.
  • Boss Subtitles: Most characters are introduced with their name on a text box. Serena and her bodyguards stand out for not getting this treatment.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Women stung by Himeno retain their autonomy and personality but turn completely loyal to her and will do anything to spread her rule. Himeno is understandably disturbed and hesistant at first, but is forced to swiftly establish an autonomous region within Japan to keep the goverment from acting against her and her close friends.
  • Break the Cutie: Himeno already was a Broken Bird to begin with, but then her classmates and mother got murdered by the authorities. She begins to turn cold from then on, and embraces her role as a wasp queen.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Subverted. Himeno is assumed to have become a queen instead of a soldier because she was forced to eat the red wasp that stung her, but it is revealed her transformation actually was the wasp's will.
  • Car Fu: When Himeno and Nagisa get cornered by a cop named Oonuki while attempting to escape from their school, Rie runs him over with her car.
  • Character Title: "Hime no supia" literally means "Princess' Spear" and is a pun on the protagonist's name, the word "Hymenoptera" and "utopia". Or even "Hymen no Spear".
  • The Chikan: One pervert starts groping a girl in a train only to find several angry women of varying ages pointing their deadly stingers at him. They demand he turns himself in to the police.
  • The Chosen Many: The red wasps are revealed to intentionally select certain human women to become queens.
  • Composite Character:
    • Himeno is one of Alice Fujii and Ai Kuramoto from Arachnid. She combines the miserable backstories of both characters, Alice's looks and personality and Ai's mind control powers. However she's a wasp person with parasitic powers instead of a tricky spider or an ant with sex powers.
    • Nagisa doesn't resemble anyone from Murata's previous series, but readers familiar with Arachnid can recognize she acts much like both Gokiburi and Yoriko did towards Alice.
    • Serena's character design is from Majo ni Ataeru Tettsui, but she has a significantly different personality and a role very similar to Yoriko from Arachnid, as she is an ageless superpowered girl who's been controling the United States' politics for over a century.
  • Cute But Psycho:
    • Himeno is generally kind, but it is shown just how psychotic and brutal she can be when driven past her edge.
    • Mizu Adachi grew up under extreme neglect and emotional abuse, and grew so used to it that kindness became poison to her. When she first meets Himeno, who unwittingly made her mother a nicer person, she immediately attempts to stab her to death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Himeno suffered from a sexually-abusive father as a child and her mother's response to that was to hit her in the face with a hot iron. Her classmates also bullied her to absurd levels.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to Arachnid, it has a consistently dark mood so far and for once doesn't break the pace with animal trivia in every chapter. It has detailed female nudity as well.
  • Decapitated Army: When a wasp Queen dies, her servants turn berserk and start doing calculated terrorist acts to destroy society. If small groups of rampaging soldiers from the bug wasps are that bad, the death of either Himeno or her rival will cause the collapse of their countries in a potentially worse way than even the zombie apocalypse scenario from Arachnid this story is echoing.
  • Deuteragonist: The second arc introduces Mizu Adachi as a second protagonist. She's a disturbed person who thrives in abusive environments and who seeks to dismantle Himenospia from within.
  • Eagleland: President Donald Trump is given an unflattering caricature and Serena is portrayed as very lascivious to contrast with Shrinking Violet Himeno.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: When Fujimoto realizes Himeno has become a previously unseen human-wasp queen, he sabotages the police to let her establish her society and closely watches over her development afterwards.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Even after her takeover, Himeno is, or rather pretends to be, far humbler than Mizu is led to expect. And the gall of Himeno acting humble after everything she did just disgusts her further.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Himeno avenges the deaths and her mother and her classmates by killing the man responsible with extreme prejudice, using her sting to stab his face beyond recognition while repeatedly screaming death threats through Berserker Tears.
  • False Utopia: Himenospia is an autonomous region ruled by Himeno and policed by her now huge amounts of semi-brainwashed soldiers. Crime reduction rates and quality of life have improved because of them, but Himeno admits as much that she's really preparing for war against any potential enemies.
  • Friendly Enemy: Serena invites Himeno on a date to get to know her, but has Joyce pointing a rifle at Himeno from afar the entire time.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Women who get turned into wasp people become awfully devoted to their Queen, strong-willed and nice to each other and their families, no matter how rotten they might have been beforehand. They realize it is all because of the Queen's influence, but feel content and at peace with their situation. This troubles Himeno at first but, being starved for love and all, she eventually starts rationalizing that they aren't reaaaally brainwashed.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing:
    • Himeno brainwashes her abusive mother and bullies into caring for her, but refrains from doing the same with Mizu. She realizes it's no good if everyone is willing to die for her and wants to have somebody who so vehemently disagrees with her methods close to keep from getting too Drunk with Power.
    • Serena instantly dismantles a protesting group at Himeno's school by stinging one of the few women in it and having her expose how corrupt nearly all the men in the crowd actually are.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Himeno is framed by the police for the massacre at her school, but exposes them and becomes the ruler of Saginomiya. As such, Mizu views her as a Villain with Good Publicity who brainwashed countless people including her mother to gain power and who rules through fear.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When the police break into Himeno's school and start shooting on sight, Himeno is terrified for her classmates and considers turning herself in but the rest of the girls oppose that, on their own volition, and convince her to flee. Most of them die fighting off the cops.
  • Historical In-Joke: Several terrorist incidents in Japan are said to have been caused by wasp infectees in-universe.
  • I Have Your Wife: The police lure Himeno to them by taking her mother into custody, but in reality they had already killed her. Himeno then gives then the nasty surprise that she's converted many family members of police and government officials over the past week.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Himeno yearned for friends and a normal life, and ended up achieving that through brainwashing her assailants. That catches the attention of authorities who kill nearly all of them, forcing Himeno to become a political figure and take over Japan to survive. Because of that, an American queen then comes over to meddle in her business.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • In the first chapter, Himeno's classmates force her to crawl naked while streaming it on Youtube and Nagisa makes her eat a wasp. Her drunken mother blames Himeno for her husband leaving and attempts to beat her up.
    • When the police invades Himeno's school, they're under orders to shoot on sight and the first few victims, who weren't yet infected, are riddled with bullets without even knowing what's going on.
    • After that whole mess, Himeno still turns herself in to the police to attempt to negotiate with them since they seem to have her mother in custody. However, Jirō affirms they killed her already and even rubs it in by showing a picture of the corpse while holding Himeno by the collar and calling her sub-human. That backfires immensely on him.
  • The Lancer: Nagisa Hattori is Himeno's bully-turned-lover and right-hand woman. Once converted, she's the one who pushes for Himeno to make it big as an Insect Queen.
  • Lecherous Licking: Some hours after Nagisa is converted, she gets a sudden urge to lick Himeno all over like honeybees to a queen bee. Serena, too, is later seen having an orgy with her followers to assert her dominance.
  • Meaningful Name: Himenospia city is presented as Himeno's utopia, but is really a spear she'll eventually use to wage war.
  • Mooks: Every soldier girl other than Nagisa in Himeno's school after her takeover appear rather nondescript and don't receive any characterization other than being abnormally head-over-heels for Himeno.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: At one point Dr. Fujimoto discusses the superiority of females over males in species across the board, and remarks modern human society can be easily toppled by Himeno and other mind-controlling wasp queens.
  • New Era Speech: After exposing the police's killing spree on TV, Himeno unveils her plans to make Japan into her ideal society.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: An American president called "Ronald Trampoline" voices his opposition of Himeno's nation to the public... and then turns out to be merely a lackey of Serena, another queen gal.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Serena freely caresses both Mizu and Himeno when she meets the two.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Japanese goverment sought to eradicate the wasp queens and their soldiers to prevent them from starting terrorist groups, but once human wasp queens show up they seek to capture them for their own nefarious plans.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Himeno outplays the Japanese goverment and makes the existence of the mutating wasps public. Then she starts a nation of her own within Japan and other queens come to cause trouble.
  • One-Hit Kill: The wasp women can cause instant death from anaphylactic shock with their stings.
  • Panty Shot: Frequently when scenes frame Himeno or the other wasp girls baring their crotch stingers.
  • Pitiful Worms: Himeno is frequently treated like a bug by those who despise her. Which is pretty much everyone until she starts brainwashing them.
  • Police are Useless: The investigators don't seem to give a damn about the sleazy things that previously happened on Himeno's school, but as soon as they realize dangerous wasp girls are afoot they send a group of agents to neutralize them. The girls swarm and drive them away, so the cops go into full Police Brutality mode and send an heavily armed squad to kill them all.
    "Unbelievable. For the police to make a move this quick... even though usually... they're so slow to do anything."
  • Production Throwback:
    • The first chapter already features several to Arachnid. The scene where Himeno is being forced to crawl naked around her school is framed the same way as an Imagine Spot from Arachnid where Gokiburi was threatening to do the same to Alice. Her worst bully, the Yoriko to her Alice, suddenly becomes her best friend and the other bullies are upset by this. Futhermore, Himeno's backstory is a mashup of Alice's and Kuramoto's abuse-filled childhoods.
    • The wasp queens' brainwashing abilities are reminiscent of how Kuramoto the army ant queen from Arachnid did stuff, and Serena is even shown spreading her control via sex like what happened in that story. The death of either Himeno or her rivals could also start something akin to the zombie apocalypse Arachnid ended with.
    • Back in Arachnid, the Organization Boss ruled over Japan as a mind-controlling parasite to their wasp-themed frontmen. In Himenospia, the wasp queens likewise use mind control to perform social parasitism and rule from the shadows. Serena's backstory is even very similar to that of the aforementioned Boss.
    • Himeno refers to her refusal of stinging Mizu as giving her a distinct role in her group. In Arachnid, Kuramoto could give roles for her drones which restored most of their autonomy.
  • R-Rated Opening: Downplayed. The story starts dark enough with the display of the severe abuse Himeno suffers from day to day, but the police's slaughter of her classmates only starts at the end of the first volume.
  • Recycled In Space: Although not structured as a Fighting Series, the story is kind of an Arachnid remake.
    • The entire premise is a different take on the infamous sex-based ant Zombie Apocalypse stuff Arachnid ended with. Several situations from that story are also repurposed here, causing constant déjà vu to returning readers.
    • While Killing Bites is about mankind evolving by taking on the traits of other vertebrate animals, this one is about taking on the traits of wasps. Arachnid and Caterpillar also had their share of inexplicably superpowered bug-people, but science fiction wasn't the focus of those stories.
    • Vaia'n Maiden, a previous manga from the author which was Cut Short, also began with a whole crowd of schoolgirls getting executed for cartoonishly evil reasons.
  • Reused Character Design: A few character designs in this closely resemble ones from Arachnid.
    • Himeno is designed after Alice from Arachnid, who in turn was a lookalike of Turis from Jackals.
    • Eccentric scientist Dr. Fujimoto appears to be Jigabachi/Sand Wasp from Arachnid with a full beard.
    • Serena Cervantes is reused from Majo ni Ataeru Tettsui, name and all.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Tokisaka is the one who suggests Himeno gets the entire student body of their school converted for their protection. She's the first one to die when the police invades the school.
  • Shown Their Work: The story features information regarding wasps and other Hymenoptera genera.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Nagisa kisses Himeno on the lips to bring her back to her senses so they can flee the police's assault on their school.
  • Super Sex Organs: The wasp women's long stings seem to be ovipositor cords stretching out of their wombs.
  • The Teaser: Starts with the narrator commenting about humanity having much to evolve yet as a species and then Himeno emerging naked from some kind of machinery. It then cuts to the present time at her school.
  • There Is Another: Himeno is thought to be an unprecedented queen-ranked wasp mutant, but it quickly turns out another one was secretly ruling over the United States.
  • Time Skip: There is a year-long skip between chapters 10 and 11, in which Himeno has established her wasp society.
  • Title Drop: Early on, Himeno is told to make the world into her "Himenospia" paradise. She brands her dream nation with that name. It also puns off her surname Endou, which has the kanji for "garden" in it.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: Jirō Kuroda is the police officer who ordered the invasion of Himeno's school and her mother's death. At the end of the first arc, he tries to force Himeno to do as he says but it turns out she had already extended her influence over Japan's female population and turned public opinion on her favor such that she brutalizes him in retaliation and the other policemen cannot do anything about it.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Mizu wants to force Himeno to turn her mother back to normal. And Rushia's "normal" is being the Universe's Worst Mom.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • Jirō holds the wasp mutants in contempt because they're responsible for a terrorist attack that killed his wife and unborn child. So he has no qualms about getting Himeno's mother killed, and that sure works out well for him...
    • Mizu hates Himeno because her mother was one of the people Himeno had to convert during her revenge plot against the police.


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