Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 19

Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 19

Damian’s Rival, George Glooman

I don’t think the first half of Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 19 was good. The way this half of the episode ended wasn’t bad. But, in general, I didn’t find this half to be very entertaining. And a big part of why was George Glooman.

George Glooman isn’t a funny or interesting character. He’s also ugly. And the fact that he’s ugly is a bigger deal than you might expect. People like characters that look good. So, the fact that he’s not funny, interesting, or good-looking is a death sentence for poor George.

Obviously, George is ugly on purpose. He’s supposed to be the opposite of Damian, who’s portrayed as a handsome young man. They’re even opposites in the way they act. Damian is pretty outgoing, even if he often views himself as better than those around him. George is gloomy.

Anya standing up for Damian from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 19
Anya standing up for Damian

But, why are these two characters rivals? Well, it’s more of a one-sided rivalry. Damian doesn’t view George as his rival. It’s George who views Damian as his rival. And the reason for this is that George believes Damian’s father is putting his own father out of business.

In George’s mind, getting Damian expelled from Eden College is one way to solve his situation. The expulsion of Damian would rock the Desmond family. And it would distract the Desmond Group from taking down Glooman Pharmaceuticals. Clearly, George is overestimating the impact of Damian being expelled.

But, one thing we learned from this episode is that George was the one who hired Daybreak. He gave his butler the money to hire a spy to alter Damian’s test scores so he would earn Tonitrus Bolts. Even if that plan worked, though, he would still have needed Damian to earn 4 more.

Becky… For Real?

What was the best part of the first half of Episode 19? It was Anya’s reaction to everyone breaking out in song. I felt Anya’s reaction on a spiritual level. She and I reacted in pretty much the same way.

As soon as Becky began to sing, and before Anya’s “Becky… for real?” comment, I made a comment of my own. I actually said aloud, “Man, this is so cringe.” I absolutely loathe when characters break out into song. But, at least there were no lyrics to the song the students started singing. I would have had to skip through it if that was the case.

I also appreciate that Anya never joined in on the singing. Throughout the whole song, she stood there with a look of disgust on her face. People like to act all edgy and say they identify with characters like Light from Death Note. I’ve never identified with a character more than I did with Anya in this moment.

George's classmates singing with him from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 19
George’s classmates singing with him

The other part of this portion of the episode I didn’t mind was George’s return to school the next day. I saw it coming from the start. But, it was still pretty good. I think what made it better were the reactions of the other students.

At this point, my question is whether or not we’ll see George again. I’m sure he’ll be in the background. But, I’m not convinced that he’s going to become a real character. Are there other stories or gags that can make use of him?

And since George is the one who hired Daybreak, we might not see him again either. Though, Daybreak feels like he has more reuse value than George does. George is replaceable by any number of students. Daybreak is far more unique.

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Spy x Family Manga

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Yor Becomes the Wind

The more I think about it, the second half of Episode 19 wasn’t very good either. Okay, it was Yor content, which is nice. But it wasn’t exciting or funny Yor content. It was Yor delivering gym clothes to Anya.

Yes, we got to see Yor doing Yor things, like saving the falling plant and sending it back up to the ledge it came from. But, that felt out of place. It felt like it was only included because it had to be since this part of the episode focused on Yor.

I don’t know if that makes sense. It’s hard to explain. But, it’s like the plant thing and Yor scaling the school are obligatory inclusions. Why are they included? Because something like that has to be included if we’re going to be focusing on Yor.

The Eden College farm animals reacting to Yor's presence from the anime series Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 19
The Eden College farm animals reacting to Yor’s presence

At the very end of the episode, Loid catches up with Yor and asks if she wants to go out to lunch with him. Not that’s some content I’d like to see. I wouldn’t mind if we got some cute romance between Loid and Yor. It has to happen eventually, right?

It doesn’t look like next week’s episode is going to pick up where this one left off. So, I’m not getting my hopes up that we’ll see Loid and Yor’s lunch date. But, that’s one kind of Yor content I want. I want either cute romance Yor content or cool assassin Yor content.

Instead, we constantly get flustered housewife Yor content and I’m over it. I’ve been over it. To be fair, I’ve already given up on Yor ever becoming more than what she currently is. It doesn’t seem like the author has much interest in that. It’s disappointing.

Conclusion

What do you think of Spy x Family Part 2 Episode 19? Do you like George Glooman? Would you have joined the other students in song? And what’s your opinion on how Yor has been portrayed in the series so far? Let me know in the comments.

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