Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 14

Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 14

Future Sight Dog

Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 14 confirms the ability of Anya’s future pet. From what we saw in Episode 13, I wasn’t sure about the extent of this dog’s abilities. It appeared to have additional abilities beyond seeing into the future. But, that no longer seems to be the case.

The dog is intelligent enough to understand what Anya says. Though, that doesn’t mean he actually listens and follows her directions all the time. However, from the previous episode, I assumed the dog had telepathy as well. I thought the dog was intentionally showing Anya the future.

That’s not what was happening. Instead, the dog was seeing the future on his own. Anya only saw the future as well because of her proximity to the dog. As the series already established, she’s always reading the minds of those around her. She can’t help it.

Anya choking a dog from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 14
Anya choking a dog

This explains why the dog doesn’t always know what Anya’s talking about. Rather than saying things out loud, she thinks them a lot of the time. The dog can’t read her mind like she can read his. And so, the dog doesn’t know what Anya’s trying to tell him.

Now that I know this is the case, I’m a bit less interested in the dog than I was before. If the dog has no way to communicate with Anya, then is he really a new character? I’d argue he’s not. Instead, he’s more like a buff to Anya’s abilities.

Before, Anya’s ability was that she could read minds. Now, her ability is that she can read minds and see the future if she’s near the dog. And, I also have my doubts about how entertaining this new ability is going to be in the long run. It could easily get overused.

Is Anya Normal for Her Age?

I know Anya’s portrayed as being not very smart for her age. Loid seems to think she’s a bit on the slow side. And compared to her classmates, she doesn’t excel in any subject. But, is Anya actually normal for her age?

This isn’t a rhetorical question. I’m genuinely asking. I don’t have children, so I don’t know what kinds of things she should and shouldn’t know. It’s also been a long time since I was her age, so I don’t remember from my own experience either.

Before going further into this topic, I want to remind you that we don’t actually know Anya’s age. She’s a first-grader, which would usually mean she’s about 6 years old. She also claimed to be 6 in Episode 1. But, Loid suspected she was either 4 or 5 in reality. So, let’s say she’s 5.

Anya realizing she can't tell time from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 14
Anya realizing she can’t tell time

The first thing Anya doesn’t understand in this episode is how to tell time using an analog clock. This doesn’t surprise me. I’m pretty sure most 5-year-olds can’t do that. But, we also have to consider that Anya is in school. So, is this something that would be taught to first-graders?

I definitely remember learning how to read analog clocks in school. But, I don’t remember if that was something we learned in first grade.

Next up, Anya doesn’t know how many minutes are in 30 minutes. This one is a bit confusing to me. Is she trying to say she doesn’t have a reference for how long 30 minutes is? Or is she literally saying she can’t count to 30? It kind of seems like she meant the latter.

So, my next question is, can a 5-year-old count to 30? I want to say yes. But, maybe not.

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Disarm the Time Bomb

Alright, I need to get something off my chest before diving into this section. There was no time bomb present in this episode. There were multiple bombs. But, none of them were time bombs. So, the episode title “Disarm the Time Bomb” is inaccurate — 0/10 anime.

With that out of the way, I liked that Anya thought she could actually disarm the bomb. And I’m not talking about how she thought there would be red and blue wires to choose from. I mean that she thought she could disarm a bomb at all.

I get it, she’s a kid. Kids think they can do things they obviously can’t. Adults also think they can do things they can’t. Not me, of course. I can do anything I claim to be able to. But, something about Anya not even hesitating to climb into the room was great.

Anya disarming a bomb from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 14
Anya disarming a bomb

I have to respect her confidence. A bomb on the other side of this door powerful enough to level the building? Yeah, that seems like no problem. And the fact that the dog helped her into the room was the icing on the cake. The genius dog even thinks it’s a fine plan.

In the end, though, Anya did actually help out. She left a message on the door written in blood (ketchup) and her father realized something was wrong. I mean, he didn’t decipher her message. But, her cryptic message seems to be what made him act with more caution.

After all, we know that if Anya didn’t do anything, the bomb would have gone off. It was the fact that she acted that changed the future. So, we can’t say her message was all for nothing even if it didn’t directly save the day.

Conclusion

What do you think of Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 14? Do you think the dog is more of a power-up for Anya rather than a new character? Do you think Anya is actually normal for her age in terms of smarts? And what was your favorite part of the episode? Let me know in the comments.

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